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Guide Kyle Hoover shows off the kind of smallmouth bass he regularly catches on Dan River float trips. Try the Dan, Yadkin rivers for prespawn smallmouth bass

Many North Carolina fishermen like to target smallmouth bass, but often the lakes in the western part of the state have fish that are tough to find and even tougher to catch. If you’re looking for bronzebacks on red alert for food sources 24/7, you’d have a hard time matching, much less surpassing, two rivers in the northern Piedmont.


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Plano Guide Series Tackle Bag Tackle boxes, Nets, etc.

Plano Guide Series Tackle Bag

Winner of the Best Tackle Management award at ICAST 2013, this intuitively re-engineered bag features a molded top that holds a 3700, 3600 or 3500 ProLatch StowAway box in place with elastic straps. Remove the StowAway and you have a handy workspace for rigging tackle.

With five additional boxes stored inside the bag, it’s easy to switch out your top StowAway so you always keep your most-relevant tackle within easy reach.


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The Yamamoto Chikara is designed to run true right out of the box, and the attention to details — right down to the eyes — is stunning. Chikara crankbaits

Bass fishermen are tying on a hot product from Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits. Surprisingly, it isn’t a soft plastic like the ever-popular Senko. In fact, it’s a hard bait with an attitude.


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When boats out of Southport can get offshore, they've been greeted with excellent bottom-fishing. Find a nice day and catch plenty of Cape Fear bottomfish

Capt. Butch Foster of Yeah Right Charters in Southport said he hasn’t been able to get to the bottomfish off Cape Fear until he caught a calm, warm day recently and found that the fish were where they were supposed to be – and hungry, too. He filled his cooler with a mixture of black sea bass, grunts and porgies, and he caught plenty of grouper and red snapper that he had to release because seasons are closed.


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Maurce Freeze's decision to fish muddy water turned out to be a rewarding one: more than $6,000 worth of rewards. Concord fisherman strikes it rich at Badin Lake

Concord’s Maurice Freeze targeted the muddiest water he could find Saturday to win the Walmart Bass Fishing League Piedmont Division tournament at Badin Lake. Freeze weighed in a five-fish limit, one of only 10 limits taken by the 98 boaters in the event, that totaled 19 ˝ pounds, to take the first-place prize of $3,756. He also won manufacturer’s bonuses totaling $2,300.


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Jimmy and James Wall spanked Hyco Lake’s lunkers for a 5-fish total of 31.72 pounds. Swimbaits, crankbaits produce huge catch of bass at Hyco Lake

Jimmy and James Wall of Greensboro found an unusual fishing pattern on March 15 at Hyco Lake, a Duke Energy impoundment in Person County, and they landed one of the most impressive sacks of largemouth bass seen this spring in a Piedmont Bass Classic tournament.


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Kevin Bissette of Fuquay-Varina caught this nice drum off the beach on a trip with Capt. Noah Lynk of Harkers Island. Schools of red drum showing up in surf from Beaufort Inlet north

Fishermen have been creative about finding ways to enjoy the stretches of pretty days between the bouts of harsh winter weather that have been bombarding the coast since Late January. Capt. Noah Lynk of Harkers Island hopes spring brings general warming and extended periods of nice weather, but he has found some red drum in the surf and has been chasing them from land and by boat.


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Doug McNeill fishes while Andy Futrell catches a bass from the back of the boat at Ramseur Lake this past Saturday.  Small-boat anglers cruising to plenty of bass on Ramseur Lake

At Ramseur Lake, smart anglers downsize boats and go electric for big bass from a small reservoir. Doug McNeill and Andy Futrell are fishing buddies from Moore County who fish in a bass club that only allows electric trolling motors. Last Saturday, a couple of days before St. Patrick’s Day, the pair practiced for a tournament on the 127-acre reservoir in eastern Randolph County.


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Flat Swamp Creek has some of the only fishable water in an otherwise muddy High Rock Lake, and crappie are biting. High Rock crappie biting in Flat Swamp Creek

Maynard Edwards and Jason Heitman of Yadkin Lakes Guide Service caught quality crappie in High Rock Lake’s Flat Swamp Creek last week by trolling deep water. The two Lexington anglers didn’t deplete the crappie population, but they certainly had a more productive day than those crappie fishermen probing brush along the banks for fish.


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Garmin’s GPSMAP 1000 series units offer the company’s best technologies in a keypad-controlled design for those who aren’t ready for touchscreens. Garmin catches up (and then some)

Garmin is bringing its down- and side-scanning sonar technology to the marine electronics market, calling them DownVü and SideVü. You can expect near-picture-quality views of the fresh- or saltwater world beneath and off to both sides of your boat like those you’ve been seeing on the screens of other manufacturers’ units.


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Lew’s BB1 Inshore Speed Spool Fishing reels

Lew’s BB1 Inshore Speed Spool

Tough enough to stop a bull red, the BB1 Inshore Speed Spool combines strength and performance in a baitcast reel designed specifically for the demands of inshore saltwater fishing. Built for battle, these reels feature sturdy one-piece aluminum frames and gear side plates.

This series includes the IS1H with its 6.4:1 gear ratio and the high-speed IS1SH (7.1:1). Both reels sport premium eight-bearing systems with double-shielded stainless steel ball bearings for anti-rust reliability and high-strength brass gearing for stamina.


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Croaking on the huge numbers of Pamlico by-catch

The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries’ stock-status report on Atlantic croaker generates more questions than answers.

It presents a “concern” listing because it says scientists can’t “precisely determine overfished stock status,” although the coast-wide assessment says croaker “are not overfished and overfishing is not occurring.”

If you’re confused, how about the poor croakers? Recreational fishing for these tasty saltwater panfish in Pamlico Sound is and has been terrible for years, unlike the Chesapeake Bay’s tributaries that offer up 10- to 14-inch fish spring through fall.

Division biologist Jason Rock acknowledged shrimp trawling on croaker grounds, mainly Pamlico Sound, is a concern, but said the agency couldn’t make a definite call about the species’ overall health because it doesn’t have enough information about the effects of bottom trawling on juvenile croakers.


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