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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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Big flounder are really starting to show up in Southport's inshore waters, with plenty of bait already around. Inshore fishing around Southport is going great guns

Capt. Jimmy Price at Southport’s Wildlife Bait and Tackle said that inshore fishing has been very good lately, despite stained water from runoff that’s been rolling down the Cape Fear River all spring.


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Kevin Sneed of Rigged & Ready Charters out of Holden Beach has caught plenty of Spanish over the past two weeks, most of them around inlets between the mouth of the Cape Fear River and the South Carolina state line. Plenty of Spanish being caught off Brunswick County beaches

With July on the horizon and mild June days sliding into the background, saltwater fishermen are still enjoying excellent runs of Spanish mackerel from the mouth of the Cape Fear River all the way to the South Carolina border.


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Side- and down-scanning units are amazing scouting tools for anglers. Get the picture?

Strangely enough, the reservoirs on our nation’s river systems were not originally constructed to give us places to fish; they were built to control traditional spring floods that destroyed crops and homes.


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Fishermen are blessed with the latest tackle technology that can produce a sensitive rod capable of  making long casts, yet powerful enough to subdue a hefty red drum. Make the correct gear choices

Out of the hundreds of different gamefish available in North Carolina, there is an equal number of rod and reel combinations available to fishermen for every set of conditions.


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Scented baits like this Gulp! shrimp appeal to a red drumís extraordinary sense of smell. Stank it up!

In the fish-eat-fish world, having acute sensory systems is a critical life component for a fish. Their sensory organs are highly developed and unique, and they use all their senses each and every day to eat, detect currents and sense any potential dangers.


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The Hatteras Fever II won last yearís Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament with this 465.3-pound blue marlin. The Big Rock is a big deal

From the literary era of Ernest Hemmingway, to the early days of television to the fast paced, technical-savvy offshore anglers of the 21st century, the blue marlin reigns as one of the most storied big-game sportfish on the Atlantic seaboard.


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Speckled trout bite better in moving water, and bridges over the Croatan and Roanoke sounds around Manteo serve as pinch points, concentrating wind and current. Moving water required

Fishermen in the sounds north of Oregon Inlet do not see lunar tides; they lose their influence about half-way to Manteo. Wind is the primary factor that influences water level and flow around Roanoke Island in Roanoke, Croatan and Albemarle sounds.


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Richard Vaughn nets a speck for Richard Andrews; lots of trout were killed or stunned in late January, causing a statewide closure of the fishery. Trout closure, caused by winter kill, will end June 15

A severe, late-January cold snap froze rivers and creeks in many areas and stunned and/or killed trout in several places along the coast.


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A Trilene knot, aka improved clinch knot, works best when tied with heavier line; it could have  problems tied in lighter lines. The popular knot may not always be the best knot

Fishing l knots and their relative strengths and weaknesses are logical birds’ nests for many anglers, but Don Enderle has some things to say about knots for big fish that are worth a listen. After all, he’s only been guiding for more than 35 years.


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The four main catfish baits at Lake Gaston include (top to bottom): bass shiner, gizzard shad, herring and alewife. Gaston live-bait choices

Anglers targeting Lake Gaston’s blue catfish have four baitfish choices. Anyone with a cast net can catch these baitfish, which are also available at local bait-and-tackle shops, but fishermen like guide Don Enderle know where to throw their nylon.


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