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Capt. Thomas Wood named his charterboat after a popular hillbilly dancer back in his native West Virginia. Boat’s name came from a hillbilly dancing legend

Thomas Wood’s 56-foot boat may not be the newest at the Morehead City waterfront, but it certainly has the most unique name.


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Some anglers use armbands to relieve pressure on their elbow tendons caused by the repetitive nature of flipping hundreds of boat docks in a day’s fishing. Flipping can lead to fishing elbow

Flipping may be the most-effective way to fish piers and reach their hard-to-reach inner recesses, but its practitioners risk an injury known as “fishing elbow,” which can result in surgery.


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Fishing the piers in an area thoroughly will allow fishermen to finds and hone in on areas that are holding a lot of bass. Fish upriver: the alternative to piers

With the deep-water bite vanishing at High Rock, pounding piers is shallow water has become the norm at the lake. On any given day, a parade of fishermen marches along, flipping piers and docks along the shoreline.


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Lake Hickory has three main species of baitfish that fishermen use when targeting striped bass: (from top to bottom), gizzard shad, threadfin shad, blueback herring. Live bait equals better bites

Nothing beats the real thing when it comes to bait. Lure manufacturers have spent millions of dollars researching and trying to replicate the movements of baitfish, but a cast net can provide the real thing over and over again.


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Striper fishermen often use planer boards with live baits to help spread them out, away from the boat, and cover a wider swath of water. Planer boards make trolling work

It wouldn’t be possible or effective to run a trolling setup without planer boards on the outer lines. The rectangular boards attach to the fishing line and pull them away from the boat at an angle as the water pushes past. 


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Casey Ashley fishes a popping bait from mid-morning, working it around any kind of shady cover and around bream beds he locates. Tune up that popping bait

Pro fisherman Casey Ashley, the reigning Bassmaster Classic champion, loves his popper fishing. He’s particularly fond of the XCalibur Zell Pop, but even though the bait comes ready for action, Ashley makes a few adjustments to ensure he gets the performance he needs.


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Sushi's 419.1-pound blue marlin, caught in Friday's fifth day of the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament, didn't break into the leaderboard. VIking 62 remains in Big Rock lead with one day left in tournament

One blue marlin was brought to the scales on Friday on the fifth day of the 57th annual Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament out of Morehead City, but it wasn't big enough to shuffle the leaderboard, leaving Viking 62's 680-pound fish, caught on Monday, as the leader.


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Too many interactions with sea turtles has caused the closure of inside waters in northeastern North Carolina to anchored gill nets. Anchored gill nets out of northeastern inshore waters as of 5 p.m. today

Inshore waters in northeastern North Carolina, including the Albemarle, Currituck, Croatan and Roanoke sounds and their tributaries, will close to all anchored gill nets at 5 p.m. today due to interactions with sea turtles.


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EZ Boy, captained by Van Pierce of Trinity, took over second place in the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament with this 556.3-pound fish caught on Thursday. EZ Boy jumps into second place at Big Rock with 556.3-pound blue marlin

Viking 62 remains in the lead after four days of the 57th annual Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament, but there’s a new second-place fish.


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The N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission has scheduled a public meeting on June 17 to receive comment on options being discussed to change flounder management in North Carolina. Marine Fisheries Commission schedules public meeting on flounder options

The N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission has scheduled a public meeting for June 17 to receive public comment on six proposals for changes in the way southern flounder are managed in North Carolina waters.


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Public campgrounds can put you within walking distance of some of North Carolina’s best trout waters. Home away from home

Throughout the mountains, public campgrounds are found in national parks, national forests and state parks, many of them located on trout streams or lakes. With very few exceptions, they’re well-maintained, clean, convenient and accessible. Standard amenities include flush toilets, freshwater outlets, pads for tents, picnic tables, fire rings — some with grills — and posts to hang lanterns. Some of the larger campgrounds even have hot-water showers. You can camp in a tent, a camper or an RV. Larger campgrounds have hook-ups for water and electricity.


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Reel Pleasure's 451.8-pound blue marlin is the fifth-largest weighed in at the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament but the biggest weighed in by an outboard-powered boat. Viking 62 still in lead at Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament

The tournament-leading Viking 62 caught and released a blue marlin on Wednesday’s third day of the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament, when one billfish was brought to the scales.


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