Fishing News and Information

Try fishing with a bow

Several years ago, I set out to target fish in a different way. I consider myself a bowhunter first and foremost, and bowfishing seems a natural progression to the sport. 

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March 29 at 9:00 am
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Roanoke River guide shares tips for catching more and bigger stripers

Mondays are my favorite days to fish the Roanoke in spring. Every Monday, N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries do their electrofishing survey.  I usually take a Monday or two off from guiding clients around the first of May, and follow them around and shoot video for them. 

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March 29 at 12:17 am
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South Cape Lookout faces bottom-fishing closure

In an effort to protect and boost the numbers and quality of fish in the snapper-grouper complex, the South Atlantic Fisheries Management Council will close South Cape Lookout to bottom fishing. The 5.1 square mile area is a popular spot for anglers fishing on the bottom.

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March 23 at 6:45 pm
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Hatchery-supported trout waters opening April 2

April 2 marks the beginning of trout season for North Carolina’s approximately 1,000 miles of hatchery-supported trout waters across 25 counties in the western part of the state. Anglers can begin fishing that day at 7 a.m., and the season runs through Feb. 28 of next year.

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March 23 at 12:22 pm
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Storm Wiggle Warts

The importance of realistic, crawfish patterns is well known to Bassmaster Elite pro, and Brandon Palaniuk proved it on his way to finishing second in the 2013 Bassmaster Classic on Grand Lake in Oklahoma.

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March 22 at 9:00 am
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NCWRC takes next step in stocking redfish on Hyco Lake

The NCWRC took another step toward establishing a red drum fishery at Hyco Lake on March 12, when they held a public forum at the Hyco Lake Campground Community Center in Leasburg to hear input from the public on the possibility. The overall opinion of the public was favorable to the idea.

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March 21 at 10:58 am
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John Cox wins Hartwell FLW tournament

John Cox of DeBary, Fla. won the FLW Lake Hartwell tournament after losing the lead on day three to Clark Wendlandt. Cox fished a small impoundment off of the Seneca River on the last day, and it paid off for him with a check for $100,000. 

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March 20 at 10:01 pm
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Phone-in boat control

There seems to be no end to the number of ways smartphones and tablets can help us. Just about the time I thought I couldn’t be surprised by another smart-electronics revelation, I discovered that they can now operate a bow-mounted trolling motor.

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March 19 at 9:00 am
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Bryan Thrift in 5th place at Lake Hartwell FLW tournament

The first day of the Walmart FLW Tour event on Lake Hartwell is in the books, and so far, the local boys have not fared well. Darrel Robertson of Jay, Oklahoma leads the event after weighing in a five-fish limit that tipped the scales at 20-6. 

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March 17 at 9:25 pm
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NCWRC holding Outdoors Day on March 30 in Currituck County

How would you like to get some experience and practical knowledge while fishing, kayaking, shooting a bow, or an air rifle? How about checking out activity stations like Game Species, Talking Turkey, Backyard Bass, Birding Basics, and Sea Turtles? You can do all that on March 30 during the NCWRC’s free Outdoors Day, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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March 17 at 9:12 am
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How to catch more Roanoke River stripers

Before I started guiding full time, I was a television producer doing fishing shows for the Outdoor Channel and Fox Sports South. While shooting a show at the National Catfish Championship at Randolph's Landing on Santee Cooper almost twenty years ago, I witnessed something that really made an impression on me when it comes to fish being sensitive to water levels.

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March 16 at 4:16 am
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Top 5 spring bass baits

Growing up, I read plenty of articles that asked what single bass bait you would use if you could only choose one. Actually, we have lots of choices that often makes fishing confusing but fun. 

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March 15 at 9:00 am
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Jordan Lake boat ramps: Not just for launching

It’s not uncommon for anglers to blast off from the boat ramp at full throttle, skipping across the water like a flat stone to an undisclosed honey hole on the other end of the lake. In fact, a hungry bass could have been right under the boat, enjoying an easy meal.  

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March 15 at 7:00 am
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Give a flip — or a pitch — to the bushes for prespawn bass

One of the most-productive methods for triggering a reaction strike from a bass is to drop an intruder into his hiding spot when he’s in ambush mode. That’s why Chadd Eriksen and Jonathan Phillips both look forward to banging the shallow bushes by flipping and pitching.

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March 15 at 7:00 am
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Jig size may matter more than color to crappie, veteran angler says.

Selecting the correct jig size depends on the conditions, with wind and water depth major players.

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March 15 at 7:00 am
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Tar River Reservoir has history of record-breaking white crappie

In 2010, two Nashville, N.C. anglers set state records for white crappie at Tar River Reservoir. 

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March 15 at 7:00 am
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Kerr is better the second time around

Kerr Reservoir was one of the best striped and largemouth bass lakes in the country for 25 years after the lake opened for public use in 1952.

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March 15 at 7:00 am
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Kerr stripers, bass are islanders

A big reason that guide Joel Richardson fishes Kerr Lake’s northern creeks and coves near the dam for stripers and largemouth bass in February and March are the many islands surrounded by deep-water channels that serve as highways for those two species.

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March 15 at 7:00 am
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