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Randy Howell, the 2014 Bassmaster Classic champion, shows off his Howell's new Livingston crankbait makes plenty of noise

Randy Howell, the former Lake Gaston bass pro and guide who now lives in Springville, Ala., won the 2014 Bassmaster Classic, and Livingston Lures has rewarded him by naming a crankbait after him: the Livingston Howeller.


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Jon Royce (left) caught this 86-pound blue catfish on a trip to Lake Gaston this past Monday with his son, Zakk. Big Lake Gaston blue catfish narrowly misses state record

What started out as a slow day turned into a fishing trip that the father and son duo of Jon and Zakk Royce of Murfreesboro will never forget. Lake Gaston has spit out its share of big blue catfish, but this past Monday, it almost produced a state record, falling short by 3 pounds when Jon Royce landed an 86-pound behemoth.


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This beautiful brown trout was caught in Hazel Creek in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, which has more than 1,000 miles of trout streams. A trout angler’s paradise

It is possible to fish a different trout stream every day for a year and cover only a fraction of the streams in western North Carolina. Trout country runs from Surry County in the northwest to Cherokee County in the far west and includes three distinct fisheries: streams regulated by the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, streams regulated by the U.S. Park Service and streams regulated by the eastern band of Cherokee Indians.


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Largemouth bass will be making a big move to the shallows of Shearon Harris Lake as soon as the water warms a bit. Shearon Harris guide expects bass to be moving shallow soon

Even though early March has been cold, dreary and wet, it’s when lunker largemouth bass head for staging areas to prepare for the spawn at lakes around the Raleigh-Durham area, especially Shearon Harris.


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RigRaps are plastic boxes designed to hold pre-tied rigs of various kinds and sizes, like this Alabama rig, color-coded and available with carrying cases. Necessity was mother of invention when it came to RigRaps

Glen Oberacker remembers the day he realized he needed a better way to store all the rigs he carried offshore to bottomfish.


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A Cajun Sleigh combines the best of a spoon and an in-line spinner. Some great new stuff

I won’t stop going to the International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades show held each July to introduce new fishing products, especially when it’s Orlando and I can schedule fishing trips before and after. However, a growing number of tackle and accessory manufacturers are introducing new products at the Big Rock Sports Group tackle shows held each January at Las Vegas and Raleigh. Some of these items were still in development at the previous ICAST show, and the bulk of the fishing season will be completed before the next ICAST show.


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Red drum are one of only two inshore fish species that haven't been shut down around Cape Lookout by the recent cold weather. Drum, red and black, are only Cape Lookout targets thanks to cold snap

Noah Lynk of Noah’s Ark Charters in Harkers Island said the recent weather has affected fishing around Cape Lookout, and not in a positive way. All he’s finding, Lynk said, are drum, and he’s not alone. The cold displaced plenty of fish, and drum are the only ones most fisherman are finding.


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March brings out some great spring fishing for reds on the coast, but don't forget that it's also the peak of crappie fishing.


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March brings out some great spring fishing for reds on the coast, but don't forget that it's also the peak of crappie fishing.


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Sportsman Boating Showcase - 2015’s Best Aluminum Boats

Traditionally, many have thought of aluminum boats as being somehow utilitarian and, well, basic. But that’s changed over that past decade or so, and now aluminum boats are built for every purpose imaginable — from carrying duck hunters into the swamp to screaming-fast bass boats to tricked out bay boats.


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As the weather warms in March, more and more redfish move back into the ICW and the marshes around Swansboro. Stem the red tide - Learn the tides and you can figure out Swansboro’s late-winter red drum

Rick Patterson quickly checked the tide level on the bulkhead as he eased his bay boat away from the dock. He decided it would be wise give the tide an hour or two to rise and bring more water to flats where he’d found redfish, leaving him fishing several nearby creeks and deeper channels.


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Ed Duke of Concord tight-lines jigs and minnows vertically next to his boat to sack big stringers of spring crappie. Spring slab triple play - Try to turn this triple play on prespawn crappie. You won’t need to do anything else

March ushers in what most anglers consider to be prime crappie season, a time when the weather and the fish can have you running for the bank one day, then backing off and fishing deep water the next. Unfortunately, the same tactics and techniques don’t relate very well to those two extremes. The fisherman  who can assess the situation and choose the proper approach is more likely to do some “spring cleaning” than one who expects crappie to bite the same way in the same places throughout the month.


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