Fishing News and Information

Double up in December bass

December is a great month to fish for largemouth and striped bass in North Carolina.There are a lot of lakes around here where you can go out in December and find quality fish in that 10-foot depth range — there are other states where if you want to catch fish in the winter, you have to go in really deep water.

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December 15, 2015 at 9:00 am
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The Cape Fear is unique among North Carolina rivers

The Cape Fear is North Carolina’s only major river that flows directly into the ocean. Its headwaters reach into Virginia, and it becomes the Cape Fear about 4 miles below Jordan Lake Dam where the Haw and Deep rivers merge. From there, it works its way about 200 miles to Southport.

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December 15, 2015 at 7:00 am
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Channel dredging created Cape Fearís spoil islands

The N.C. State Port in Wilmington is 24 miles upriver from the mouth of the Cape Fear River. A channel is maintained to allow large ships to travel upriver to the port. There is almost continual maintenance dredging at some point between the river’s mouth and Wilmington.

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December 15, 2015 at 7:00 am
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The importance of Astro tables when fishing

Astro or solunar tables are published in a lot of outdoor periodicals, but they are often skipped or skimmed as if they were akin to astrology. But animal activity in accordance with the positioning of the sun and moon is an applied science that has been aiding outdoorsmen since the first table was published in 1936.

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December 15, 2015 at 7:00 am
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How does side-scan technology work?

Side-scan or side-imaging has been around for a few years, long enough for units with such capabilities to be more affordable to the average user, providing applications for all kinds of fishing. Side-scan is still sonar; the difference lies in the beam and projection angle.†

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December 15, 2015 at 7:00 am
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Take steps to stay warm, dry in a trout stream

Mountain trout waters are cold no matter the time of year, and on a late fall or early winter day, keeping warm is a must. That translates to warm, well-insulated chest waders, and my personal preference is for the stocking-foot variety that let you wear boots with good traction. A fall in icy water not only is not fun; it can be downright dangerous. With that in mind, the safety belt near the top of chest waders should always be good and snug.

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December 15, 2015 at 7:00 am
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Go slow and deep for trout with winter flies, lures, baits

In late fall and winter, it is vital to keep in mind the fact that fish are cold-blooded creatures. That means that whatever the fisherman’s preferred means of taking trout — flies, other artificials or natural bait — the operative words are slow and deep.†

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December 15, 2015 at 7:00 am
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Speckled trout bite hot around Ocean Isle area and below

The speckled trout bite is hot along the border, with good catches coming from areas in Little River on up to Ocean Isle Beach. The fish are very concentrated though, so while the specks are thick in some areas, they are no present at all – or at least not feeding – in others.

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December 14, 2015 at 6:24 pm
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The Great Smoky Mountains National Park's best streams for fishing

If you like getting away from the crowds, enjoy beautiful surroundings and don’t mind working for your trout, consider heading for the Great Smoky Mountains National Park on your next trip to the western end of the state. The park has some great streams, and the best ones are on the North Carolina side.

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December 12, 2015 at 9:00 am
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8-foot great white shark washes up on Wrightsville Beach

Visitors of Wrightsville Beach saw something Monday that very few people ever see, especially in this coastal North Carolina town. A great white shark washed up on the beach that morning. The shark’s cause of death has yet to be determined, and was taken to UNC Wilmington where a necropsy has been performed.†

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December 09, 2015 at 11:53 am
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What wise fishermen want for Christmas

Wow, this year has flown by, and we’re approaching Christmas again. This list of gift suggestions for your favorite sportsman began more than 10 years ago, and I have received reminders to do another every year, so here it is, divided into price ranges and containing perennial favorites, plus new and improved fishing and hunting gear. It can be difficult to shop for sportsmen, but this should provide a starting point.

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December 05, 2015 at 9:00 am
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Islands in the stream - Cape Fear Riverís spoil islands are fish magnets

As he pulled away from the ramp it Carolina Beach, Stuart Caulder said he expected to catch a few trout early and then look for some red drum as the tide rose enough to let him get into the shallows around a few of the spoil islands in the Cape Fear River.†

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December 01, 2015 at 7:00 am
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Reds on the side - Side-scan technology helps guide to catch more red drum

As Dave Eakins blistered a blue streak across the New River, a thought came to mind; something seems out of place. †Coastal rivers are home to flat-bottom skiffs, flats boat, and bay boats — not bass boats, but that’s how a bass pro turned redfish chaser rolls. Take what worked for largemouth bass and apply those techniques to a different set of circumstances, like using side-scan technology to find redfish hangouts and catch them †with square-bill crankbaits.

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December 01, 2015 at 7:00 am
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Catch some chilled North Carolina trout this winter

Although few trout fishermen even pause to ponder the matter, this is a sport that has, in its own fashion, changed as dramatically in the past 50 years as turkey hunting. Just as chasing gobblers has transitioned from a fall and winter pursuit to springtime, trout fishing has expanded from a warm-weather pursuit to a year-round activity.†

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December 01, 2015 at 7:00 am
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Z-Man

Z-Man Fishing Products has introduced a combo intended to appeal to speckled trout and the anglers who target them, a Trout Trick soft-plastic lure that’s mated with a Trout Eye jighead. The Trout Trick is a slender, 5-inch bait with a ribbed body and tapered tail that comes in 14 colors and is made of Z-Man’s durable ElaZtech plastic. The 3/16-ounce Trout Eye jighead features an oversized 3D eyeball, a 2/0 Mustad hook and keeper barbs.

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December 01, 2015 at 7:00 am
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Time to store and protect your kayak

As cold weather rolls in along with other activities such as hunting season and football, fishing is no longer a priority for many anglers, and kayaks tend to be put to the side. But even though it’s out of sight and out of mind, it still requires care and maintenance.

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November 29, 2015 at 9:00 am
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Record king mackerel caught during Championship for the North Carolina National Guard Cape Lookout Shootout Series presented by Yamaha

When Kent Raynor lifted the big king into the†Blue Water Candy†on Nov 15, he and crew members Scott Pelletier, Timmy Parker and Capt. Jody Gay knew they had a fish that had a great chance to win the championship of the Cape Lookout Shootout Series. But it was several days later before someone pointed out that their 68.67-pound king was the largest ever caught in a tournament along the Atlantic coast, the previous record being a 66.55-pound fish caught by Andy Hinton aboard the Hot Grits II during the Teach’s Lair King Mackerel Tournament in 2002.

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November 27, 2015 at 10:48 pm
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Hiddenite teen catches 82-pound catfish at Santee Cooper

When Anthony Miller and his family decided to come to Santee Cooper Country for the first time, they expected to catch a handful of keepers to take back to their home in Hiddenite, North Carolina. But when his 17-year-old son, Logan, wrestled an 82-pound Arkansas Blue into Guide Linwood Thornhill’s boat, a fantastic trip out of Black’s Camp turned into an epic adventure.

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November 25, 2015 at 2:51 pm
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