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Target topwater bass in the early morning hours for great mid-summer fishing opportunities. Don't fry while fishing deep water. Get out early and fish topwaters for bass

Many bass fishermen consider July and August times when they're forced to spend all day in a bass boat on an open lake with no shade in the blazing sun, slathered by sunscreen, cranking deep-diving crankbaits and hoping to reach 20-foot depths where they believe big fish may be hiding. Fortunately, there's a better way that's much cooler and more fun.


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Ron Ripz (left) and guide Wayne Crisco ran into this 10.07-pound flounder on a trip in Sneads Ferry on Thursday. Run to Sneads Ferry results in 10-pound flounder for Surf City angler

Plagued by extremely high water temperatures in his normal fishery near Topsail Island, Wayne Crisco of Last Resort Charters made a faithful decision on Thursday to head north to Sneads Ferry in search of cooler water and big flounder. The end result was a 10.07-pound flounder that his long-time client, Ron Ripz of Surf City, not only caught, but also released.


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Redfish and speckled trout have been patrolling shallow shelves along the banks of the New River, often busting topwater lures. Reds, specks hitting a variety of baits in Sneads Ferry area

Capt. Allen Jernigan of Breadman Ventures said the fishing in the New River and Intracoastal Waterway around Sneads Ferry isn't as hot as the steamy weather, but it's pretty good and at times really good, with speckled trout and redfish feeding and often hitting topwater baits.


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Trout Trailers should be in 100 stores this summer. Trout trailers

Success, as usual in the artificial lure manufacturing business — or anything else, for that matter — †begats success.


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C.J. Rice of Manteo caught this 65-pound king mackerel off Jeanette's Pier in Nags Head last Saturday. Jeanette's Pier gives up 65-pound king mackerel to Manteo angler

A Manteo angler who hadn’t fished for several weeks made a big splash on his return last Saturday, landing a 65-pound king mackerel from the end of Jeanette’s Pier in Nags Head on what was supposed to be a trip for cobia.


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Fishermen can catch awfully big sharks from kayaks with the right approach and right equipment. Fish for big sharks from a kayak? Why not? This video shows how

All summer, the internet has lit up with tales of shark attacks along the Carolina coast, as well as hapless kayak anglers being overturned by big sharks. In reality, sharks are a common gamefish along the coasts of both Carolinas and make for exciting sport, especially when landed from a kayak.


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Deep brush piles are producing plenty of nice crappie for Kerr Lake fishermen, along with white perch. Deep brush piles producing crappie, white perch for Kerr Lake anglers

With the heat on across North Carolina, many fishermen have taken to after-dark trips, but Chris Bullock, a veteran guide on John H. Kerr Reservoir has been knocking out plenty of black crappie and white perch on daytime trips.


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Simradís new HALO pulse compression radar scanners feature curved pedestals and a range of about 20 feet to 72 nautical miles. Simradís new Halo radar solves problems

Some things about radar that used to be considered common knowledge are no longer valid — and some, of course, never were.


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Flounder fishing has been great in the marshes behind Cape Lookout and Harkers Island in the past couple of weeks. Flounder fishing has been anything but flat in Cape Lookout, Harkers Island marshes

Capt. Noah Lynk of Harkers Island said the flounder bite is on in the marshes around Cape Lookout and Harkers Island, with fish hungry and being aggressive at times, hitting live baits and artificials.


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The author in better days, before he got into his slump. How to shake a slump

I’ve had a few trips here lately that have me thinking about selling all my stuff. Then, I think about golf, and I head right back to the lake. That’ll do it every time — unless there is a pond at the golf course that I can fish. Sorry to you golfers. LOL.


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Finding schools of baitfish, like these under attack from predators, is the key to keeping up with the movements of old drum. Stay on the fish

The Pamlico Sound is the largest saltwater lagoon along the eastern seaboard and the second-largest in the United States. With thousands of square miles of water available, the brigade of adult red drum has endless places to travel. But a few tips can help fishermen make their trips more productive.


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Most old drum caught under popping corks wind up with the hook in the corner of their mouths, not deep in their throats. Popping cork rig is better conservation measure

Over the past 20 years, the old drum fishery in the Pamlico Sound has grown to epic proportions. The heavy fishing pressure requires the fishery to be managed correctly, and the popping cork rig is a big help in reducing catch-and-release mortality, which typically arises from deep-hooking, stress from prolonged battles or improper handling when caught.


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