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Black drum of all sizes are suckers for live shrimp or pieces of fresh-cut shrimp. Black drum bite remains great in waters around Ocean Isle

Capt. Mark Stacy of Ocean Isle Fishing Charters said much of the fishing in the creeks and marshes of lower Brunswick County has been unpredictable this summer, but the black drum bite has been freakishly consistent. 


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Guide Joel Richardson said the bass fishing at Randleman Reservoir has been as hot as the August weather. Even the heat can't stop Randleman bass from biting

No matter how sweltering the heat is in August, one Piedmont lake features a bass bite that just won’t quit, come morning, afternoon or evening. “There’s really good bass fishing at Randleman now,” said guide Joel Richardson of Kernersville (336-803-2195). “Even with the hot weather, they’re really biting good.”


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The Fly Fishing Museum of the Southern Appalachians has opened in Cherokee. Fly-fishing museum has opened in Cherokee

The Fly Fishing Museum of the Southern Appalachians opened last week in Cherokee, giving visitors a chance to learn about the history of fly-fishing in the Southeast.


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Fishing small, backcountry streams is the key to successful, late-summer fishing. Adapt for August trout

Late-summer trout fishing requires a slow hand, patience and endurance. Hatches are fewer, and as water temperatures rise, trout seek cooler places in streams: undercut or overgrown banks and deep pools. When water levels drop, as they often do in August, trout are easily spooked. 


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The allowable annual catch of gag grouper in South Atlantic waters will dip slightly this year from 2014 levels, but it will increase steadily in the next several years after that. Gag grouper catch will dip, then rise; wreckfish catch will rise, then dip

NOAA Fisheries has announced annual catch-limit changes for commercial and recreational sectors of  gag grouper and wreckfish in the South Atlantic management area, based on population assessments.  


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Using a double-dropper rig, a dry fly in tandem with a nymph, is an effective way to target summer trout in mountain streams. Tandem rigs will double your pleasure when fishing for mountain trout

Mountain trout don’t act that differently from other freshwater species. They try to hang out in an area protected from the current, and they don’t want to have to work that hard to feed. They will feed on insects along the bottom of a rocky stream or rise to the surface. That’s why anglers using a “dropper rig” can be successful during the summer.


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Drifting a nightcrawler downstream has been a great tactic for doing battle with Cane Creek rainbow trout. Beat the heat; drift a crawler for a Cane Creek rainbow

Anglers looking for a respite from the heat while still catching fish are finding all they can ask for on Cane Creek. Plenty of chunky rainbow trout are hitting live bait on the small, blue-ribbon stream that flows for 10 miles through Mitchell County.


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Black drum are ganging up around the two Civil War wrecks in Lockwood Folly Inlet. Have a wreck in Lockwood Folly Inlet and catch plenty of black drum

Black drum are biting in Lockwood Folly Inlet near Holden Beach, and according to  Fayetteville’s Daniel McJunkin, as long as you can find the two wrecks in the inlet, you’ll find the black drum.


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Lake Norman catfish have been biting cut white perch all over the lake during the hot weather. Trolling cut bait, watching electronics, has been key to Lake Norman catfish

Catfish are biting across Lake Norman in a variety of sizes, and Jerry Neeley of Jerry’s Fishing Guide Service said trolling with cut bait is the best way to catch them during on hot days. 


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Chunks of bar soap, grapes, slices of apples and blackberries are among the interesting baits that a South Carolina anglers uses when targeting catfish. Imagination is everything when it comes to catfish baits

Many hardcore catfish anglers have favorite baits they swear by over all others. A variety of live baits, cut baits, stinkbaits and homemade concoctions are on the list of baits many outdoorsmen use to pursue Mr. Whiskers, but Mike Spinks of Sumter, S.C., has branched out in other directions when searching for the perfect catfish bait. 


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John Alden Knight’s Solunar Tables provide predictions for when game and fish will be most active based on moon phases. Get your moon table on

Would you like to better understand fish and their feeding habits? Maybe even get a leg up on your buddies so you tear them up the next time you go fishing together? 


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A suit brought by two North Carolina commercial fishing groups over sea turtles has been dismissed by a federal judge. Commercials' suit over sea turtles dismissed by federal judge

Judge James C. Dever has dismissed a lawsuit by the N.C. Fisheries Association (NCFA) and Carteret County Fisherman's Association (CCFA) to challenge how gill-net fishing is regulated in areas where sea turtles are present.


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