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Residents and non-residents can fish any public waters in North Carolina without a fishing license on Saturday, July 4. No fishing licenses required across North Carolina on July 4

Saturday, July 4 is free fishing day in North Carolina. From 12:01 a.m. until 11:59 p.m., everyone in North Carolina can fish in any public body of water without purchasing a fishing license or additional trout fishing license. 


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A public fishing access area near Westfield in Stokes County will give fishermen a great place to get into the Dan River. Commission opens public fishing area on Dan River in Stokes County

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, along with Jessup Mill, has opened a new public fishing access area on the Dan River in the Westfield community of Stokes County. 


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Although bass and bream are normally the top-drawer residents of most small bodies of water, crappie are often encountered. Small ponds are big deals

It is safe to say that nearly everyone has fished a body of water with limited access such as a farm pond or private pond. A small, properly stocked body of water can be a great place to get lots of bites and catch fish well above normal sizes. The majority of these ponds and lakes are usually fished from the shoreline. The downfall is that where there is good offshore structure, it’s difficult to get close enough to cast to those good spots.


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Sabiki rigs are great tools to catch all kinds of fish, like this Lake Norman hybrid bass. Sabiki rigs can be versatile tools to catch all kinds of fish

With white perch populations expanding in many of North Carolina’s large impoundments, it was only a matter of time before someone figured a way to catch perch and other species at the same time – on a Sabiki rig.


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Fishermen in the Cape Fear River have been enjoying a great early morning speckled trout bite. Early morning speckled trout bite has been great in Cape Fear River

Capt. Stuart Caulder of Gold Leader Fishing in Wrightsville Beach said the early morning trout bite in the Cape Fear River has been so good he’d never believe it if he hadn’t experienced it. He said trout are hitting topwaters and soft plastics with abandon, and there have been some really nice fish in the mix.


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Jonathan Phillips of Pittsboroo targets main-lake points for much of his summer bass action. Fish points for tops in summer bass action in North Carolina

Points are among the most-recognizable features of any body of water. They are also great starting blocks for targeting bass as they ease offshore into their summer patterns. However, with a lake full of choices, learning to distinguish those with the most fish-holding potential and work them effectively will make you a better summertime bass fisherman. Try these tips for more success.


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The marshes behind Bald Head Island are producing plenty of nice flounder now that hot weather has arrived. Check Bald Head Island's sprawling marshes for great flounder fishing

Flounder are among North Carolina’s most popular saltwater fish for anglers, and if the past two weeks are any indication, the marshes and creeks north of Bald Head Island ought to be marked on every fisherman’s GPS.


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Zell Rowland holds up a bass caught on the YUM Sharp Shooter. YUM’s Kill Shot, Warning Shot and Sharp Shooter

Take it from a Bassmaster Elite pro bass fisherman who is serious about his drop-shot and finesse worm fishing: three soft plastics introduced by YUM Baits at the 2014 ICast are going to be deadly tantalizing to bass from California to his home state of Florida.


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Flounder fishing has kicked into gear early this year in the Southport area, as evidenced by this nice fish caught by Kyle Peters of Wilmington. Great flounder fishing hits the Southport area early

The weather has decided to be August in June, and it appears the flounder action is trying to heat right up right along with it, according to Capt. Jimmy Price of Wildlife Bait and Tackle in Southport. 


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Lures that catch bass as the summer heat starts to beat down on North Carolina lakes can range from deep-diving crankbaits to worms, to jigs, to topwaters. Be ready for summer bass with a variety of lures, guides suggest

For the better part of two weeks, June’s weather has got plenty of naysayers thinking that there may be something to global warming, and don’t think largemouth bass aren’t affected by all those back-to-back-to-back 90-degree days. And fishermen need to understand that the summer heat should change their approach and lure selection some.


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If you have enough time for a 3- to 5-amp charger to top off your batteries between trips, a pulse charger like this Xtreme Charge model can clean and condition their plates while maintaining a full charge. Smart battery charging 101

Fishermen learn the easy way or the hard way that how long a trolling motor battery lasts depends on how competently they charge it. I’d go so far as to say that proper charging can be more important than how well the battery is built and how much you paid for it.


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A team from Bandys High School in Catawba County is the state high-school bass fishing champions. It's Bandys again! State bass-fishing title goes to Catawba County high-school team

Tyler Black and Logan Anderson of Bandys High School won the 2015 North Carolina State High School Fishing Championships on Sunday at Lake Norman, bringing the championship trophy to Catawba County for the second-straight year.


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