Fishing News and Information

Kerr stripers, bass are islanders

A big reason that guide Joel Richardson fishes Kerr Lake’s northern creeks and coves near the dam for stripers and largemouth bass in February and March are the many islands surrounded by deep-water channels that serve as highways for those two species.

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March 15 at 7:00 am
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All hail North Carolina’s king(fish)

Whatever nickname you prefer to use, whiting, sea mullet or Virginia mullet are properly named kingfish and are members of the croaker family. They are cousins of drum and trout and have the sweet taste of trout and a firmer meat like drum.

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March 15 at 7:00 am
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Whatever you call them, whiting are among North Carolina’s tastiest inshore fish

Whiting are found along most of the Atlantic and Gulf coasts, and their sea mullet and Virginia mullet monikers to a disservice to these mild-flavored fish, which have none of the oily qualities of mullet species. Ask the older salts to name their favorite panfish, and a large majority will answer whiting. 

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March 15 at 7:00 am
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New River’s artificial reef is prime spring fishing spot

After four years, the New River’s artificial reef is cranking out good numbers of seatrout and other gamefish and plenty in trophy sizes.

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March 15 at 7:00 am
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Next state-record might be a New River speck

Although the New River has a reputation for yielding giant spotted seatrout, the state-record trout of 12 pounds, 4 ounces came from Wrightsville Beach and has held up for 55 years. John R. Kenyon caught the beast at Wrightsville Beach in 1961.

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March 15 at 7:00 am
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White perch: the best bait for Lake Wylie catfish

In the span of 30 years, the white perch’s range has increased from coastal rivers to just about every freshwater reservoir and river drainage in the Carolinas. Biologists suspect natural migrations did occur, but most likely, fish had help from anglers in moving across solid boundaries.

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March 15 at 7:00 am
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Director of Marine Fisheries reassigned to another job within agency

Dr. Louis Daniel III, who resigned Feb. 29 after nine years as director of the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries, has been reassigned to a different job within the agency.

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March 14 at 10:03 pm
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Bryan Thrift wins Costa FLW Santee Cooper tournament

FLW angler Bryan Thrift of Shelby went down to Santee over the weekend looking to improve on what has been a rough 2016 season for him so far. He did just that, winning the Santee Cooper Costa FLW Series Southeastern Division tournament, which netted him $48,200 and a Ranger Z518 bass boat with a 200-horsepower outboard.

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March 14 at 8:10 am
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Spring trout are hard to beat

Beginning around the middle of March and continuing through May, brown, rainbow, and brook trout become active and hungry, and mountain anglers enjoy some of the best trout fishing of the year.

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March 12 at 9:00 am
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Double your rig to catch more flounder

Everybody likes a two-for-the-price-of-one sale, especially on fishing equipment. Flounder like it too, so increase your chances at hooking up with them by using a double flounder rig. Whether your preferred flatfish lure is a bucktail jig or a Shrimposter, try two at a time this spring.

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March 11 at 2:14 pm
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Feds announce June 20 closure of cobia fishery

The recreational harvest of cobia between the Georgia-Florida border and New York will close at June 20, 2016, and will reopen on Jan. 1, 2017, NOAA Fisheries announced earlier today.

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March 09 at 2:36 pm
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Get a grip on new fishing tackle

Many fishermen are aware that the International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades (ICAST) show is held each July to introduce new fishing tackle. It is a closed show, open to media and buyers only, and some anglers would consider donating body parts to be able to walk the aisles and see all the fishing tackle and accessories. 

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March 05 at 9:00 am
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Obtain written permission to hunt, fish on private land

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission reminds  hunters and anglers to obtain written permission from a landowner or leaseholder before hunting or fishing on privately-owned posted property — including land, waters, ponds or legally established waterfowl blinds.

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March 03 at 5:20 pm
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Properly net fish with this tip

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Hooking a big fish is always a thrill, so when it’s time to get it in the net, you don’t want things going wrong there. Plenty of anglers have had their hearts broken after tricking their fish-of-a-lifetime into biting, then playing it cool long enough to keep it from breaking the line or running into thick cover that makes landing them impossible, only to knock the fish off with their net. Or worse, having their fishing partner knock the fish off.

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March 02 at 5:34 pm
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Shad fishing already heating up on Neuse River

For some, it’s the blooming of dogwood trees that mark the beginning of spring. But for many of North Carolina’s anglers it’s the shad run that tells them winter is over. And even though we’ll surely face a few cold nights before we put away our coats for a while, spring is here, at least on Pitchkettle Creek.

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March 02 at 12:29 pm
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Cover

The spring bass season is here, and there's plenty of action at Jordan and Kerr lakes. But there also is some coastal action available this month.

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March 01 at 7:00 am
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Reaction time - March is time to get a reaction bite from Jordan Lake’s prespawn largemouth bass

March madness is a different ailment for different people. For some, it’s a need for the heated rivalries between the college basketball teams they love and love to hate. For others, it’s the heating up of the shallow waters at B. Everett Jordan Lake south of the Raleigh-Durham area.  

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March 01 at 7:00 am
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Slab happy - For big crappie in eastern North Carolina, try the Tar River Reservoir

Just as anglers do in early spring, Tar River Reservoir suffers mood swings. One day, the water is clear. The next day, it rains, bringing muddy runoff surging down its feeder creeks. The brick-colored water can cause crappie fishing to crash. Then, the water clears again and the rising water temperature from those spring rains heats up the crappie bite.

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March 01 at 7:00 am
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