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As the weather warms in March, more and more redfish move back into the ICW and the marshes around Swansboro. Stem the red tide - Learn the tides and you can figure out Swansboro’s late-winter red drum

Rick Patterson quickly checked the tide level on the bulkhead as he eased his bay boat away from the dock. He decided it would be wise give the tide an hour or two to rise and bring more water to flats where he’d found redfish, leaving him fishing several nearby creeks and deeper channels.


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Ed Duke of Concord tight-lines jigs and minnows vertically next to his boat to sack big stringers of spring crappie. Spring slab triple play - Try to turn this triple play on prespawn crappie. You won’t need to do anything else

March ushers in what most anglers consider to be prime crappie season, a time when the weather and the fish can have you running for the bank one day, then backing off and fishing deep water the next. Unfortunately, the same tactics and techniques don’t relate very well to those two extremes. The fisherman  who can assess the situation and choose the proper approach is more likely to do some “spring cleaning” than one who expects crappie to bite the same way in the same places throughout the month.


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Rod King’s best Falls of Neuse crappie are usually caught in late February and March. Spring slabs? Don’t be late! At Falls of Neuse Lake, it’s the early angler that catches the crappie. Don’t wait for April. March is madness!

Popular opinion among many fishermen is that April is the best month to catch crappie because fish are heading for shorelines to spawn and are susceptible to jigs and live minnows.


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Guide Scott Cunningham lifts a net full of brown trout from the special-regulations section of the  upper Catawba River. Brown is beautiful - Upper Catawba River below Lake James is a trophy brown trout stream

A pickup towing a trailer carrying two inflatable boats pulled into the parking lot of the Bridgewater Public Fishing Access Area downstream from one of the two dams that impounds Lake James. A cold, rainy morning is not most what most fly-fishermen call ideal, but Scott Cunningham of Marion was excited about being on the water.


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Guide Richard Andrews loves the kind of action he gets from striped bass in the lower Roanoke River and its tributaries before the spring spawning run opens up. Ready for Roanoke rocks? The lower end of North Carolina’s Roanoke River is full of striped bass this month

Some angler think striper fishing in the Roanoke River begins around March 1 each year, because that’s when the keeper season opens on the Roanoke River and in the Albemarle Sound.


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Jetties along Little River Inlet are great spots for late-winter, early spring redfish action. Jerk on a jetty red - As winter gets ready to leave and spring to arrive, redfish action cranks up around Little River jetties

After a long winter, fishermen can find a strong fishery cranking into high gear as the spring thaw approaches. For light-tackle anglers familiar with the rock jetties that straddle the North Carolina-South Carolina state line can expect a fantastic redfish bite along the rocky fringes of Little River Inlet. 


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G. Loomis E6X rod series G. Loomis E6X rod series

The E6X rod series from G. Loomis includes 30 casting and spinning rods, offered in both technique specific models with exacting actions, and ‘Classic’ models with easy to cast, more forgiving actions for use with a variety of lures. The new series also introduces anglers to what G. Loomis rod designers refer to as ‘swing-weight’, the proper rod balance needed when fishing ‘tip up’ techniques like pitching/flipping and casting tubes, jigs, soft plastic jerkbaits and drop shot rigs, and ‘tip down’ lures like crankbaits, spinnerbaits or swimbaits.


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WX TIDE WX TIDE

The WX TIDE is equipped with Wiley X’s patented removable and breathable Facial Cavity™ seal which blocks out wind and light for enhanced polarization. Reducing peripheral light and glare enables the wearer to see more effectively overall, resulting in improved eye comfort and undistracted vision, whether blasting off to the next spot or casting to rising fish. The prescription ready WX TIDE features Wiley X’s polycarbonate Filter 8™ polarized lenses with anti-scratch, anti-reflective and hydrophobic coatings for all-day performance.


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P-Line’s XTCB-8 P-Line’s XTCB-8

By using 8 strands of fiber during the braiding process, P-Line has made a braid which is extremely tight and compact. The benefit of P-Line’s new XTCB-8 is an ultra-smooth finish and the ability to retain its round shape while having a smaller diameter. Add DuPont’s Teflon® Surface Protector, awesome abrasion resistance, great knot strength and reduced friction, and you have the best braided “Superline” available.


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C-Eye Pro Catch 2000 C-Eye Pro Catch 2000

One of MirrOlure’s best-selling lures, the Catch 2000, is now available in the C-Eye Pro Series. This new series features natural clear 3-D eyes, seven contemporary fish catching finishes and premium black nickel hooks. C20MR measures 3 ½ inches and weighs ½-ounce.


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Keeper season for striped bass in the Roanoke River opens on Sunday, March 1, running through April 30. Commission will open Roanoke River keeper striped bass season March 1

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will open the entire Roanoke River Management Area to striped bass harvest on Sunday, March 1. The season will remain open through April 30 unless closed or extended through proclamation. 


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Crappie are a great target for winter trips on days when the weather cooperates. Paddle up a winter slab

The day was projected, according to weather forecasters, to be as beautiful as a winter day could be. Slight winds with a mid-day high in the lower 50s did not seem unbearable. After all, deer season had ended, ducks prefer the nastiest weather Mother Nature can create, and no one wants to miss spending this day in the outdoors.


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