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Mike Parrott caught this hefty Lake Wylie crappie trolling a Rockport Rattler jig. Longline trolling in Lake Wylie's creeks producing great crappie catches

The crappie fishing at Lake Wylie has been hot and cold this spring – just like the weather – but one crappie fishermen has the formula to produce plenty of action. Mike Parrott of Charlotte said that late April is a prime time for longline trolling to find crappie as they move through the creeks, and the fishing is excellent.


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The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has a plan to replace the 168,500 rainbow trout killed in an act of vandalism at a fish hatchery two weeks ago. Commission has plan to meet stocking goals in wake of hatchery trout kill

Responding to the recent fish kill at the Armstrong State Fish Hatchery in McDowell County, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has implemented a plan to meet goals for stocking numbers and size of catchable trout as scheduled in 2015. 


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Whiting, aka sea mullet, have invaded the Pigfish Grounds near the mouth of the Cape Fear River and are filling up many a happy angler's cooler. Great numbers of whiting have moved into lower Cape Fear River

Capt. Butch Foster of Yeah Right Charters in Southport said the whiting bite in the lower Cape Fear River is about as good as it gets, and pieces of shrimp are all it takes to get bit. Whiting aren't generally considered a gamefish, but few fishermen will admit to not liking them rolled in their favorite breader and introduced to some hot peanut oil. Fishermen are taking the tasty fish home in excellent numbers.


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A crankbait is often overlooked during the spring when fish are hitting so many different baits, but it can be a key bass-fishing lure. Spring is crankbait time

Alot of fishermen don’t think about fishing a crankbait in the spring, but except for the time when they’re on the bed, bass will hit a crankbait about as good as anything — if you know how to fish them. If you fish anywhere in the South, it’s one of the tools that you have to have in your tackle box.


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Anglers try the spawning flat in Bush Creek for Jordan Lake crappies. Slabs in all three Raleigh-Durham area reservoirs are moving into and out of the shallows.
Crappie spawning in waves on Raleigh-Durham area's three big lakes

It began as a trickle four weeks ago, but now the crappie spawn is coming in waves each day at the Raleigh-Durham area’s top big reservoirs: Jordan, Falls of the Neuse and Shearon Harris.


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Matt Nelson of Charlotte admires a 9-pound Spanish mackerel he caught on live bait last spring. Spanish mackerel can be delicious

Some people don’t like the taste of mackerel, probably because they’ve only eaten king mackerel.


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King Mackerel Kings vs. Spanish: What’s the difference? Why you should care?

Every year, a few fishermen get into trouble because they can’t tell the difference between Spanish mackerel and small, spring kings.


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Areas along the Neuse and Trent rivers where water classifications change are marked with signs on bridges and other  structures. Coastal, joint and inland waters

North Carolina has three designations of fishing waters: Coastal Waters that are generally saltwater, Joint Waters that are generally brackish, and Inland Waters are generally considered freshwater. But in extended periods of excessive rainfall or drought, these waters change, and fish don’t pay attention to the signs posted at the boundaries.


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The Neuse River and its tributaries downstream from New Bern provide excellent habitat for both speckled trout and the saltwater buffet they eat: crabs, shrimp and baitfish. The Neuse and its creeks have spec-tacular habitat

The Neuse River flows from Falls of the Neuse Dam near Raleigh to the Pamlico Sound. From around New Bern downstream, it becomes speck -tacular. Some trout are occasionally caught upriver of New Bern in the Neuse and Trent rivers, but there is magic in the downriver areas. Speckled trout somehow know there is just the right combination of freshwater, saltwater and food and are drawn to it. Fishing is good most of the year, but the fishing can be excellent in spring when specks get active.   


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Docks may have a number of different features that make them attractive to bass, including shade, multiple posts and brush. Docks? Learn to take your pick

Andy Montgomery is more concerned with what’s under a dock than what is above it, most of the time, but said there are some visual clues that he can identify a structure that might convince him to sling a jig or Texas rigged plastic under it.


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Wind direction has more effect than lunar tides on where the water rises and falls in Albemarle Sound and its tributaries. Savvy anglers will move to areas where the wind has pushed water out. Play the wind

Even though the Albemarle Sound is an estuary with direct connections to the ocean, the lunar tide cycle has little effect, especially on the western side of the sound. The wind has a greater effect on water levels and currents. Anglers should pay close attention to the prevailing winds to choose which creeks to fish.


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Jerkbaits are great lures to use to imitate the river herring that move into Albemarle Sound and its tributaries in the spring. Match the hatch when herring arrive

Bass fishing picks up in the Albemarle Sound and its tributaries at the same time that a different breed of baitfish plows in from the ocean, and for fishermen wanting to catch a trophy largemouth, the best lures will mimic these ocean intruders.


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