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A big, bulky worm like this 10-inch Culprit is a great bottom-bumping weapon for summer bass. Find current, find bass

July is not the time to “camp out” on a spot hoping fish will bite. You need to be fishing were they are biting, and that means moving water. 


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Fishing with large-mesh gill nets in the Currituck and Albemarle sounds will face further restrictions because of problems protecting endangered sea turtles. Netters face new, tighter restrictions in Currituck, Albemarle sounds

Commercial fishermen in the Albemarle and Currituck sounds who fish large-mesh gill nets have had regulations tightened because of problems the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries has had complying with federal regulations regarding protection of sea turtles.


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Spanish mackerel like these two have been a regular catch around Cape Lookout, along with flounder and redfish. Fishing still hot around Cape Lookout for Spanish, flounder, reds

While fishing typically slows during July and August, Capt. Noah Lynk of Harkers Island said that hasn’t been the case this year in the waters around Cape Lookout. Lynk, who runs Noah’s Ark Charters, there is good variety in the waters around the cape and the shoals that run offshore from it,  plus the inshore waters back towards Harkers Island, Beaufort and Morehead City.  


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Thread a toothpick through a soft-plastic jig trailer, break the ends off, then thread the jig hook through the trailer below the toothpick and you won't have the trailer pulled down as much as often happens. Stick with a 'pick for rigging soft plastics for bass

One of the best tools a bass fisherman can have, especially during the summer  when fish live largely in deep, cool, oxygenated water, are toothpicks – and not to clean peanut butter from an angler’s teeth.


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When Bassmaster Elite Series phenom Brandon Palaniuk needs a lure that crashes into cover and provokes reaction strikes, he turns to the Arashi Rattling Square line of lures. Storm Arashi Rattling Square 3 and Square 5

After a day of prefishing in late May for a Bassmaster Open on Tennessee’s Douglas Lake, one of the tour’s up-and-coming bass pros was eager to talk about a crankbait he used on his way to finishing 14th this year in this year’s Bassmaster Classic.


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A replica of a dead vulture hangs upside down from a gazebo at the Flat Creek boat-access on Tuckertown Lake, hopefully to convince its live brethren to keep away from tow vehicles parked there Commission goes with unusual solution to vulture problem at boat ramp

Fishermen using the Flat Creek boat-access area at Tuckertown Lake might just do a double-take upon their arrival. At the entrance there’s a newly constructed gazebo with a replica of a vulture hanging upside down from one of its wooden appendages. At the ramp, a single pole holds another artificial effigy of a vulture dangling upside down.


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Joel Richardson has been having a fine time at Lake Gaston finding bass near mayfly hatches. Match the hatch? Big Lake Gaston bass gorging on mayflies

Think only fly-rodders who fish skinny-water mountain streams for trout like insect hatches? Don’t tell it to Joel Richardson, a long-time bass guide from Kernersville. Last week, he had two of the best days he’s ever had at Lake Gaston, taking advantage of the mayfly hatch.


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After dark is a great time to fish for summer largemouth bass -- if you know which lures are the most productive. Try these top "after-dark" lures for North Carolina bass

If the blistering sun has you running for cover, then bass fishing after dark is for you. William Small, who organizes night tournaments at Falls of the Neuse Lake, targets bass as they transition to the more shallow water from the points and ledges where they spend the daylight hours. When he’s fishing at night, he has three lures he won’t leave the dock without.


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Are you ready for an on-the-water emergency? A floating ditch bag can hold everything you need to call and wait for help. EPIRB plus PLB equals SOS

Standing in ankle-deep water on deck while too far from the shore to see it? Congratulations: You are behind a marine-grade 8 ball.


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Guide Mark Stacy said live bait has been producing some nice red drum, trout and flounder in Brunswick County's inside waters. Mixed-bag fishing awaits Brunswick County anglers

The heat of summer has arrived and along with it has come steady, if not spectacular, fishing along the Brunswick County coast. According to Capt. Mike Stacy of Ocean Isle Fishing Charters, fishermen willing to move around and fish for several species can expect a good, mixed-bag catch.


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Kevin Sneed uses a Flip a "bird" to Spanish mackerel for bigger fish, better success

Since May, many fishermen have been targeting Spanish mackerel, particularly off the beaches from Oak Island to the South Carolina line, and the good fishing will last into September. If you’re a novice and want to get in on the action – and have a better chance of success – try “teasing” fish with a “bird.”


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After several lean years, redfish have returned in good numbers to the upper Neuse River near New Bern. Redfish rebound!

Alongside the Neuse River’s tackle-busting stripers are schools of equally voracious redfish, competing for the same food and or lure.


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