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Guide Wayne Crisco shows off a inshore grand slam from the waters of Topsail Island: speckled trout, flounder and redfish. Topsail’s fishy triumvirate - Learn to run the tides for Topsail’s three big inshore targets

Topsail Island first achieved notoriety in the golden age of piracy, as a favored stomping ground for such nefarious scoundrels as Blackbeard and Stede Bonnett. In fact, treasure hunters have combed the island for years searching for the ill-gotten gains rumored to rest beneath a stone yet to be turned.   However, with little more to show than calluses, it’s sufficient to say that putting down shovels and picking up spinning rods to sample the Topsail triple would have time better spent.  


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Anglers out of Oregon Inlet catch a lot of cobia in June sight-fishing after spotting them while trolling for Spanish mackerel. Outer Banks’ June double play

Most fishermen along the North Carolina coast are familiar with cobia and Spanish mackerel, but few think of them as a combined fishery. 

Capt. Karl Helmkamp of Fistful Sportfishing in Manteo sees them that way, but not quite in the manner one might expect. He sees cobia as the primary target and Spanish mackerel as the secondary catch, rather than the other way around. 


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Veteran Morehead City captain loves to head to the bluewater in June for dolphin and wahoo. Dancin’ in the bluewater - June means “Fish on!” for bluewater anglers out of Morehead City

The deep, muffled throbbing of the twin 600-horsepower CAT diesels and the gentle rocking inside the cabin of the Dancin’ Outlaw III as it sped across a calm sea finally put to sleep six anglers.

They had arrived at 5:15 a.m. at the Morehead City Waterfront boat slip where Capt. Thomas Wood moored his 56-foot sportsfisherman.


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Brad Staley of Pleasant Garden, a confirmed shallow-water fishermen, has taken advantage of the change in High Rock Lake’s bass fishery from an offshore paradise to boat-dock heaven. Stack the dock at High Rock

High Rock Lake, once known for its offshore structure and the 20-pound stringers that came from its deep-water haunts, has changed dramatically as a largemouth bass fishery. Crankbait specialists no longer dominate tournaments. 


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Colt Bass prepares to release a striped bass back into Lake Hickory. Stalk Hickory’s stripers - Head for the upper end of Lake Hickory for some great late-spring striper action

Being 100 miles inland at the foot of the Appalachian mountains, mere yards from the Hickory Regional Airport, Lake Hickory might seem is an unlikely spot for trophy striped bass, but many anglers are finding this sliver of a lake to be a good bet for landing quality fish.


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Casey Ashley, the reigning Bassmasters Classic champion, loves to fish topwater baits on Kerr Lake in June, and his catches reflect that. June at Kerr: Hard to top

The year’s sixth month marks the beginning of a transitional period. Summer arrives on June 21, but there’s a lot of room for crossover, so anglers will do well to mind these margins and make the most of what a day offers.


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G-Force Eliminator G-Force Eliminator

The latest addition to the G-Force trolling motor accessory line is the Eliminator premium trolling motor nut. The Eliminator helps dampen trolling motor prop noise and vibrations, while helping dissipate heat. Made from strong 6061 aluminum and available in black, red, silver and blue, the Eliminator increases battery life and allows for a wider contact area for a more stable prop.


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Mystic Tremor Salt Water series Mystic Tremor Salt Water series

The Tremor series of fly rods by Mystic were built to handle big wind and big fish. Every component of this series is designed with salt water in mind, from the three solid titanium stripping guides, to the custom built reel seat with integrated hook keeper. Featuring a faster, more powerful action than traditional saltwater rods, the Tremor is able to react quicker for faster presentations to quick moving fish and adds the power to cast large flies into the often present wind. 


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Men's PFG Solar Cast ZERO long sleeve shirt Columbia Sportswear

The PFG Solar Cast ZERO long sleeve shirt from Columbia has built-in vents that allow fresh air in and warm air out. Omni-Shade UPF 50 sun protection will keep you dry and protected during long hours under the sun and Omni-Wick sweat-wicking technology lowers the temperature of the material to keep you cool. Other features include a sunglass cleaning patch, tabs to hold rolled-up sleeves, a zippered chest pocket and even a rod holder.


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The type and quality of a rod's blank and components all go into how it performs in various situations and which it's best for use. Understand how a rod performs and use it in the right situation

Capt. Rick "Rod Man" Bennett of Wrightsville Beach understands a lot about fishing. He understands a lot about fishing rods, too, because he builds custom rods for everything from bluegill to blue marlin and fishes them when he guides out of his home port of Wrightsville Beach. Bennett said fishermen need to understand a number of things about rods to use them properly, including how fast or slow their actions are, and that there is a wide price range in fishing rods for a reason.


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Brian White struggles to lift the 96.4-pound cobia he caught last Sunday fishing with Capt. Rom Whitaker IV out of Hatteras. Virginia Beach angler lands huge cobia on trip out of Hatteras

The only thing better than catching a big fish, is catching an even bigger fish. That’s what happened last Sunday for Capt. Rom Whitaker IV of Hatteras. With a 77.8-pound cobia in the fish box caught near Diamond Shoals, Whitaker and Brian White of Virginia Beach, a member of his charter fishing party, crossed paths with a real magnum cobia, a 96.4-pound fish that was 65 inches long.


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Knowing which topwater baits to use under which conditions is a key to success fishing surface baits. Try these tips for making topwater lures work best in saltwater

Using topwater lures to catch fish is a favorite technique of many fishermen. The lure wobbles across the surface, imitating a thrashing, wounded baitfish, and the strike comes. And even subtle strikes aren't subtle. Knowing which baits to choose under different circumstances is a key to success.


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