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The Fishing Ride 115X Wilderness Systems

The Fishing Ride 115X from Wilderness Systems provides anglers the true fishing experience they want from a kayak. Take your fishing to the next level of comfort and versatility with the Phase 3® AirPro seating system, rear SlideTrax™ rails and additional mounting surfaces. The Ride 115X also features a removable console that consolidates fish/depth finder components (including battery), simplifies installation of electronics and provides added storage.


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13 Fishing Concept C Baitcaster 13 Fishing Concept C Baitcaster

The Concept C model Low-Profile Baitcaster reel features Airfoil Carbon sideplates, an upgraded stainless gear shaft and nine total ball bearings, including four anti-corrosion and a Dead Stop Anti-Reverse bearing. You can easily wrap your hand around this silver-pearl lightweight saltwater reel to maximize comfort and control. An Arrowhead line guide, 22-pound Bulldog drag system and 6-way centrifugal braking system are also highlights of this new reel.


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Wiggins Mill in Wilson is one of a handful of lakes across North Carolina where access is perfect for canoes or kayaks. Paddle close to home

Everyone who has ever put a line in the water understands the best places to fish are not always in huge lakes and rivers. In fact, most of us likely had our best early success on farm ponds and small lakes. We also know the shoreline is not always accessible on the small bodies of water. 


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Jeff Smith's 4-pound, 1-ounce kokanee salmon, caught June 11 from Nantahala Lake, is the new state record for that unusual species. State-record kokanee salmon from Nantahala Lake is confirmed

A Mills River man has broken the state record for kokanee salmon. Jeff Smith’s 4-pound, 1-ounce fish, caught from Nantahala Lake on June 11, was verified by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and certified this past Friday.


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Float trips on the New River have been producing plenty of nice smallmouth bass. High-country smallmouth beckoning anglers to beat the heat

With summer causing fishermen and others to look for an escape from the heat, North Carolina’s foothills and mountains offer plenty in the form of smallmouth bass and mountain trout. And according to one guide, the smallmouth fishing in the New River is starting to peak.


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On North Carolina lakes, June is a fantastic month to catch largemouth bass because they’re hungry and they’re not particular about the baits they’ll bite. June can be best month

June has always been one of my favorite months to fish for bass in North Carolina, and not just because there’s usually a great crankbait bite. It’s a time when no matter how you like to fish, you can catch fish that way, and almost anywhere you go. You can catch fish shallow, at mid-depths and deeper. You can catch fish on topwater in the mornings, on soft-plastic baits, on spinnerbaits, on crankbaits. Nobody has a big advantage; it’s just a matter of what stage the bigger fish are in.


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Capt. Rick Bennett said flounder fishing is getting better and better around Wrightsville Beach and Carolina Beach. Flounder fishing on the up-tick around Wrightsville Beach, Carolina Beach

Flounder fishing is beginning to pick up around Wrightsville Beach and Carolina Beach, according to Capt. Rick Bennett of Rod-Man Charters, who said calm, summer weather is making it easy to get out and fish.


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The black spot on the dorsal fin of the Spanish mackerel is the single factor that most distinguishes it from king mackerel of similar sizes. Make sure you're "spot on" with mackerel identification

Is that a king mackerel of a Spanish mackerel you’re about to slide into your cooler? It might not quite be the $64,000 question, but it is one that could be expensive for fishermen if they make the wrong guess. The cost of court for having an undersize king mackerel is significant, and there is always the possibility of a hefty fine.


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Todd Harris of Clemmons won the BFL tournament on High Rock this past Sunday by fishing his best docks later in the day. Clemmons angler rings dinner bell for High Rock bass

Todd Harris of Clemmons took advantage of the “dinner bell bite” to win the June 21 Bass Fishing League Piedmont Division tournament at High Rock Lake.


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This chunky bass was caught recently on Mister Twister’s new Magnum Sin-Sation. Mister Twister’s Magnum Sin-Sation

What soft-plastic creature bait has an oversized, curved, a wide tail, an hour glass-shaped body lined with air pockets and distinctive wings that remind so many veteran bass anglers of a popular Mister Twister soft plastic first introduced in 1976?


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Deep, clear Fontana Lake in the Great Smoky Mountains is producing plenty of trout and bass - and fishermen don't have to brave the heat to catch them. Fontana Lake offers great escape from the heat for fishermen

Anglers wishing to escape the early arriving summer heat don’t have many options — except mountain lakes in western North Carolina – and one of the best is Fontana Lake, where the fishing is providing plenty of action.


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Use the right bait and the right hook to land big stripers during the summer. Live bait is the way to go for summer stripers on North Carolina lakes

It’s hard to beat live bait when it comes to striper fishing, and Colt Bass, who guides on Lake Hickory and Lake Rhodhiss, said anglers need to bring the real deal when chasing stripers, especially as the summer action heats up.


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