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Guide Richard Andrews of Bath said stripers are really biting in the Tar and Pamlico rivers. Stripers and specks in productive late-fall patterns in Pamlico, Tar rivers

Richard Andrews of Tar-Pam Guide Service in Bath said fish in the Pamlico River have settled into late fall-early winter patterns, with speckled trout and stripers the primary catches, but some redfish and a few late flounder being caught also.    


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Roger Brown of Cape Carteret caught this 82-pound black drum on a trout rig last Wednesday off the Bogue Inlet Pier. Cape Carteret man decks 82-pound black drum at Bogue Inlet Pier

Roger Brown of Cape Carteret is a regular at Bogue Inlet Pier and catches a lot of big fish there. However, even he was surprised when he landed an 82-pound black drum on the morning of Nov. 6.


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Gamefish such as black drum are often found along windy banks because the wind creates current that pushes bait into those areas. Learn to ride the wind

North Carolina’s coast is windy; unless you have been living in a vacuum, you should know that. Some days it is merely a light breeze, and some days it is much more. Along the coast, the sun heats the land and creates sea breezes most afternoons from late spring to late fall. This has always happened and always will.


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The Atlantic Beach area is on fire with the season's best speckled trout bite. Best trout bite of year hits Atlantic Beach area waters

Fishing for speckled trout in inshore waters and the surf around Atlantic Beach, Morehead City and Beaufort is about as it gets, according to Capt. Matt Lamb of Chasin’ Tails Outdoors.


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Surf fishermen along the entire Outer Banks have been catching plenty of fish, including some big red drum and Big red drum highlight great week of surf, pier fishing on Outer Banks

Surf fishing on the Outer Banks has been great over the past week or so, especially for the big drum that draw so many anglers to beaches from Nags Head south to Ocracoke.


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Thomas Craddock's 12-pound, 14-ounce flounder hit a 3-inch Gulp! shrimp fished off a dock along the ICW on Oak Island. ICW at Oak Island produces another humongous flounder

Tommy Craddock of Oak Island looked at Oct. 30 like he does many other days. He had a little work to do and hoped to go fishing. The focus of his day changed, however, when he hooked into a 12-pound, 14-ounce flounder.


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Play a trick on a Pamlico Sound trout this fall. Fake out a trout - Artificial baits can be real trout killers in the fall in North Carolina’s Pamlico Sound

The fall fishing season across North Carolina’s Pamlico Sound offers ideal water conditions for speckled trout, which respond to falling water temperatures by becoming aggressive and feeding heavily. It’s the time of year that anglers often trade in live bait for artificials.


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Rennie Clark targets fall redfish around Carolina Beach with a variety of artificial lures, including this topwater plug. Double up on reds - Redfish king and his first lady have Carolina Beach redfish under their spell

Rennie Clark of Carolina Beach zigged and zagged through the creeks behind Bald Head Island on his way to a pocket he was sure was holding redfish, and he didn’t slow until he was about 100 yards from the spot he intended to fish, switched off his outboard, lowered the trolling motor, plucked a spinning outfit from a rod holder and handed it to his wife, Shannon.


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Blade baits and tailspinners can be very productive lures when Lake Gaston bass school during the late fall and winter. Get ready for winter bass - With winter on the horizon, get your Lake Gaston bass plans in order

When you’re thinking about all the time you expect to spend indoors this winter, why not include some time to get out for a day or so of fishing? There may be no better place to go in North Carolina than Lake Gaston, where you have opportunities to catch all three major species of black bass — largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass — along with striped bass, walleye or crappie using the same techniques.


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Depending on where you put step in the water, the Davidson River can fish  as easy as a stocked stream or as tough as a native stream. Thanksgiving trout - Sample November’s bounty on North Carolina’s premier trout stream, the Davidson River

When it comes to diversity in mountain trout fishing, North Carolina has it in spades. Think of stalking a tiny tributary stream on the Blue Ridge Parkway for native brook trout versus firing long casts to cover the vast stretches of the Tuckasegee River. 


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Soft-Dine XL Soft-Dine XL

Paul Brown’s extremely popular Soft-Dine is now available in a new larger size. The 3 ¼-inch Soft-Dine XL is designed for fishing the shallows and catching trophy-size trout and redfish. Like its smaller brother, Soft-Dine XL features a built-in reflective foil insert for added realism and a special sonic rattling chamber for more vibration and noise.


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Crappie Trailers Crappie Trailers

Normally used as an add-on to other crappie lures such as tube jigs or small crappie spinner baits, Crappie Trailers from The Crappie Psychic, LLC feature a beveled design that creates greater bait action and generates more strikes. They can also be used for panfish when attached straight to a small No. 6 long shank hook. Crappie Trailers come in four colors: Chartreuse, White, Crawworm and Flamingo.


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