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The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries is operating on a budget that's $600,000 short because of a delay in implementing a Joint Enforcement Agreement with the feds. NCDMF still operating on low budget level due to missing JEA

The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries continues to operate on a budget raided by the state legislature of $600,000 six months after Gov. Pat McCrory signed into law a Joint Enforcement Agreement that would earn the state’s saltwater management agency that amount in federal assistance.


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How you handle a fish between the time you catch it and return it to the water will go a long way to helping or hurting its chances for survival. Make your releases work

Hopefully everyone realizes there is more to properly releasing fish than simply taking them off the hook and throwing them back. However, there are times all you can do is watch and wonder. 


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Big schools of redfish have been in bays off the ICW and New River in the Sneads Ferry area, and getting the to bite hasn't been terribly difficult Despite being in huge schools, redfish are biting in Sneads Ferry area

Capt. Allen Jernigan of Breadman Ventures in Sneads Ferry said there are red drum in the shallow bays off the Intracoastal Waterway and New River around Sneads Ferry, in schools of anywhere from 50 to 200 or 300 fish – and most of them are hungry.


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Crappie have been biting jigs tipped with minnows and slow-trolled in deep water at Badin Lake. Go deep for Badin Lake's cold, winter crappie

Most fishermen don’t consider February a prime month because of the cold weather, but a few sunny days can make a big difference, and they have recently for anglers targeting crappie on Badin Lake.


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Learn to follow the movements of baitfish during the winter as guide Chris Hammill has, and big blue catfish won't be far away. Kannapolis guide: follow baitfish, find big catfish

You may think dog days of summer when catfish come to mind, but blue cats are perfectly happy in cold water, where they will be shadowing every move of shad and feasting on the baitfish in reservoirs across North Carolina. Patterning baitfish is a key for Kannapolis guide Chris Hammill of Hammill Outdoor Adventures, who puts them in the boat on Yadkin/Pee Dee system reservoirs. Here are some of his winter catfishing tips:


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More than 1,000 striped bass were tagged and released on 10 recent trips by NCDMF personnel who want to study the species' migration and spawning patterns. NCDMF tags more than 1,000 ocean stripers to study migration, spawning

I recently had the opportunity to go on a couple of the 10 fishing trips that are part of a program funded by sales of North Carolina’s Coastal Recreational Fishing License to catch and tag coastal striped bass. On the two trips I took part in, more than 400 fish were caught and tagged, and slightly more than 1,000 fish were caught and tagged during the 10 trips. Most, unfortunately, had not migrated into North Carolina waters, so trips had to be run out of Virginia’s Rudee Inlet.


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2015’s Top fiberglass boats

Editor’s note: This is the first in a two-part Sportsman Boat Showcase. Next month, top aluminum boats will be featured.

The ultimate fishing boat would be different things to different fishermen, depending on whether they exorcise their passion in inshore or coastal backwaters, lakes and rivers, or the bluewater deep.


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Jordan Lake’s crappie population is on the rebound after a couple of years of sub-par catches. February is the month that gets it all started. Bold in the cold - Jordan Lake’s crappie fishery has returned to prominence after a 2011 fish kill

Although everyone knows the spring spawn makes crappie as vulnerable as carnival kewpie dolls, March and April actually aren’t the best months to catch trophy fish.


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Badin Lake has always had a reputation for producing plenty of nice bass early in the season. Start early for Badin Bass - Winter is no time to stay inside if you’re within driving distance of Badin Lake’s largemouth bass

It is so easy to sit inside and watch fishing shows on television during the frosty days of February. Armchair anglers can relax in warm living rooms and dream of warmer days on the water to come. 


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Cold weather doesn’t slow down trout in North Carolina’s mountains. Cold weather, steaming-hot trout

There’s an explanation why mountain trout fishing is a year-round activity: although some fishermen like it hot, trout like it cold.


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Big, bull black drum are more likely to be caught closer to or in the ocean because of their love for waters with a higher salinity level. Beat the black drum slowly - The waters of lower Brunswick County will be filled with hungry black drum throughout the winter

February is the coldest month, and most North Carolina fishermen are either dreaming on the couch or gliding stealthily across a narrow lens of saltwater with a school of red drum in their sights. 


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Livingston Lures Livingston Lures

Livingston Lures’ new Team Livingston line of baits allows anglers to program the sounds their baits make. Using Electronic Baitfish Sounds (EBS) MultiTouch™ Technology, these baits will have four different settings that change the sounds emitted from EBS Original (gill plate compressions) to EBS Craw (snapping shellfish) to EBS Shad (panicked/fleeing shad) to a fourth “silent” or “stealth” setting with no baitfish sounds. EBS MultiTouch will be part of 13 new baits in the Team Livingston line.


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