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An artificial bait worked in an appealing fashion will often draw more strikes than live bait. Can artificials outfish live bait?

There are live-bait anglers, artificial purists and blended fisherman. Undoubtedly, there are numerous ways to collect a days’ catch, but artificial lures are not just for purists. There are many cases where adopting an artificial-lure strategy will put more fish in the boat than live-bait tactic. The lifelike presentations of artificial lures may just be what the doctored ordered in the fall.†


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With a daily creel limit of one fish, catch-and-release is a staple for anglers targeting redfish in North Carolina. Red drum specifics

Red drum, sciaenops ocellatus, are also called redfish, puppy drum, spot-tail bass, channel bass and spot-tail drum. They are long-lived fish that reach sexual maturity slowly and are one of the few fish that fishery managers allow to be harvested before reaching reproductive size, which is roughly 28 to 32 inches.†


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Rennie Clark custom paints and changes out the hooks and split rings on many of his topwater baits. Customizing lures for redfish

Rennie Clark likes to customize fishing lures for his guide trips and tournaments. He often changes hooks and split rings and if he gets caught up or has a day-off, he’ll change colors, too. His favorite lures to customize are the Skitterwalk series of topwater baits from Rapala.


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Rennie and Shannon Clark have been successful fishing redfish tournament trails around the Carolinas. Want to fish a tournament? Choose your poison

A handful of redfish tournament trails serve North Carolina fishermen.†


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Winter trips to the lake require some good preparation as far as clothing is concerned. What to wear for winter bass

When winter approaches and you schedule a day on the water, be prepared for temperatures that may start out around or just below freezing and top out between freezing and the mid-50s later in the day.†


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A syringe can help deflate the swim bladder from a fish thatís been brought quickly out of deep water and canít swim back down. Fizzing a fish

When bass decides to move from deep to shallower water, they will do it gradually, in small increments, so their internal swim bladders can adjust to the change in water pressure. Water pressure is very high in deeper depths and much lower nearer the surface. Bass can slowly add or remove air from their bladders to help them sink or rise easily.


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Tips for perfect fly presentation

• Wade upstream, not downstream. In heavily stocked rivers with little or no wild-trout population, hatchery fish can be taken by wading downstream. The smarter spawned and wild trout are not quite as susceptible. Wading kicks up silt and knocks stones together, no matter how stealthy you are. Use the water flow to your advantage. It’s harder to set the hook when wading and casting upstream, but the difference in fish that you can interest with your fly will more than make up for a few missed strikes.


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Walking a few extra minutes can get you away from other fishermen on the Davidson River and its tributaries and may wind up getting you a few more trout. Get away from the crowd

The Davidson is an incredibly popular river to fish. On pretty days, anglers can get a little close for comfort. †If you’re going to fish in the crowd, by all means be a good neighbor, but you will usually do better if you push away from the group. All it takes is one non-stealthy angler to turn off the bite for an entire section of the river. †Don’t let someone else’s habits ruin your day, and by all means, don’t be that angler!


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Plenty of nice crappie are there to be caught in Hyco Lake, especially as cold weather approaches. Cooling weather sets off hot crappie bite at Hyco

Sportsmen who aren’t chasing deer this month and are dialed into fishing might consider hunting crappie at Hyco Lake — and throughout the winter.


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Brook and brown trout are fall spawners, especially in smaller streams. Itís prime time for trout

November can be a tough time for fly-fishing with all the new leaf fall in the streams. Consider snagged leaves on retrieves as a normal, if not annoying, part of the normal fishing day. Plus, November’s weather can be erratic — warm and sunny one day, cold and rainy the next.


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Did Bob Wagner of New Jersey catch and release a possible state-record black drum in the surf at Wrightsville Beach last week? Was black drum caught and released at Wrightsville Beach a state record?

Bob Wagner, a 66-year-old retiree from Pennsauken, N.J., beached a possible state-record black drum from the surf at the north end of Wrightsville Beach last Thursday, but mistaking it for a red drum, he released it.


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Guide Richard Andrews of Bath said stripers are really biting in the Tar and Pamlico rivers. Stripers and specks in productive late-fall patterns in Pamlico, Tar rivers

Richard Andrews of Tar-Pam Guide Service in Bath said fish in the Pamlico River have settled into late fall-early winter patterns, with speckled trout and stripers the primary catches, but some redfish and a few late flounder being caught also.† ††


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