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Black sea bass regulations differ between waters north and south of Cape Hatteras, just one example of bottomfish regulations that are somewhat complex and often confusing. A plethora of piscatorial regulations

Regulations for offshore bottomfish species are complex and include several closed seasons and several seasons that close when the annual allocation is caught.


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Location, location, location

Much like for a successful business, the key to productive offshore bottom-fishing is being in the right location. Once the preferred, rock, wreck or reef is found, the captain must anchor so the boat is positioned just right to get the baits down to the fish. Bottomfish are very specific to their chosen structure, and missing it by even a few feet will result in a lot of waiting rather than catching. When anchored correctly, bites should be felt almost immediately.


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A shallow-water anchoring device makes stopping your boat almost immediately when you contact fish a big weapon in the marshes. Fish on? Power down!

Minn Kota’s Talon is a shallow-water anchoring system that makes it easy to stop the boat when an angler hooks a fish. This type of anchoring system is a staple on redfish tournament boats because it is so effective.


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Trolling motors enable fishermen to operate from the bow in shallow water, unlike having to pole from a platform. Stop poling and start trolling

Mike Taylor uses a 36-volt Minn Kota trolling motor with a remote-control piloting device when he is fishing for red drum in shallow water. A trolling motor with enough thrust for use on a large boat like his 24-footer can takes three batteries to operate, with boat weight the main consideration in sizing the trolling motor to the boat.


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Fishermen can ride the tide upstream or downstream to fish areas at the proper stage for the best fishing. Fishing the tide

Check any tide table and you will see the tide is not in the same stage everywhere at the same time. Substantial differences exist between locations, and a wise fisherman will use these differences to fish a preferred stage of the tide at several locations during a tide change.


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Docks with plenty of pilings, cables, cleaning tables and shade will often hold more flounder than others. What’s up, dock?

Many docks hold fish, and there are thousands of docks along the Intracoastal Waterway and the rivers and creeks that intersect it. Some hold more fish than others, but all have potential and deserve at least a look-see.


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Guide Wayne Crisco shows off an Inshore grand slam a real possibility for Topsail Island anglers

As fantastic fall fishing looms on the horizon, Capt. Wayne Crisco of Hampstead says there’s no need to wait for cooling water temperatures to put together the coveted “inshore slam” of speckled trout, flounder, and redfish in the backwaters of Topsail Island.


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Capt. Mark Stacy releases a slot-sized red caught in the Ocean Isle area. Flounder, reds are biting up a storm around Brunswick County inlets

September weather can be cool one day and sweltering the next, but fortunately, that hasn’t been bothering the fishing, according to Capt. Mark Stacy of Ocean Isle Fishing Charters, who said redfish and flounder have really been biting.


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It doesn’t take a nice brown trout for a fisherman to call a fishing trip a success. A matter of perspective

We follow the stream where we can, fishing deep pools and smooth runs in water so clear we can see every detail of the streambed. Brightly colored leaves swirl in the eddies and gather in thick carpet like clumps in the deepest sections of water. On almost every cast, the lure snags a leaf or two, and when the current grabs the leaf and tugs, it feels, for a brief moment, like a hooked trout.


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Duke Energy said it hasn't been trying to kill aquatic grass at Shearon Harris Lake, despite the claims of a number of local bass fishermen. Duke Energy denies spraying aquatic grass at Shearon Harris

Anecdotal evidence sometimes points toward the truth, and sometimes it is just, well, anecdotal. That may be the case in the tale of Duke Energy’s attempts to spray and kill the aquatic grass in Shearon Harris Lake. Despite what it might look like to some, they likely didn’t happen.


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Carl Thomason caught this 20-inch New River smallmouth over Labor Day weekend on a float trip with guide Marty Shaffner. Smallmouth action on New River is back on track as water reaches 70-degree mark

Smallmouth bass fishing in the New River has been tough this year for a variety of reasons, but now it’s apparently back on track.


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Old Town’s Predator XL kayak won Best of Show honors at the recent ICAST. Paddle up a winner

Something’s fishy when Christmas comes in July, and for many it is the annual ICAST (International Convention of the Allied Sportfishing Trades) show. ICAST 2014 was held in Orlando, Fla., and a spokesman for the American Sportfishing Association said it was the largest yet, both in attendance and the size of the show floor. It certainly was very impressive, with lots of new products, remakes of current products and spiffed up long-time favorites to be seen.


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