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David Derrick caught this 12-pound flounder on Sept. 21 in the Lockwood Folly River. Oak Island fishermen decks 12-pound flounder in Lockwood Folly River

David Derrick of Oak Island targets big flounder in the Lockwood Folly River, and in the fall, he only fishes a few spots – but he fishes them thoroughly. And on Sept. 21, that strategy paid off with a huge flatfish that tugged the scales down to 12 pounds and was 29 ˝ inches long and 25 inches in girth.


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Bass pro Mike Lanier understands the importance of running the tide when he's fishing coastal rivers; inshore fishermen can also profit from understanding how the tide operates. Learn how to run the tide for better fishing success

Fishermen often use the term “fish the tide,” but there is a little confusion to what it actually means. For some fishermen, it’s a call to fish all of a moving tide, probably in same location. But more often, it’s finding the stage of the tide you want to fish and fish the same stage throughout an area.


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Guide Mitchell Blake has found that big, lipless crankbaits are killer lures for Pamlico Sound's Lipless crankbaits are latest hot lure for Pamlico Sound's old drum

While searching for artificial alternatives, Capt. Mitchell Blake of Chocowinity found the versatility of jumbo-sized, lipless crankbaits to be the ticket for enticing full-speed strikes from the jumbo-sized red drum that inhabit the Pamlico Sound and its tributaries during their spawning season. 


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Ott DeFoe used a Terminator Weedless Football Jig to win a Bassmaster Open earlier this year. The Terminator Weedless Football Jig

On a hot July day in Knoxville, Tenn., Ott DeFoe was sorting and arranging his fishing tackle while preparing to go fish Bassmaster tournaments at Lake Champlain and the Deleware River.


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Capt. Noah Lynk said Spanish mackerel, bluefish and false albacore have been biting very aggressively just off the beach at Cape Lookout. Nearshore trolling just off Cape Lookout has been excellent

Capt. Noah Lynk of Harkers Island is pleasantly surprised with the excellent fishing around Cape Lookout; the bluefish and Spanish mackerel are supposed to be there this month, but the false albacore have arrived a little early. The puppy drum and speckled trout are in the surf, tarpon are still a little farther off the beach and king mackerel have moved in. Apparently, the fishing just outside the hook is off the hook.


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A Johnson spoon fitted with a soft-plastic trailer is an overlooked lure that will catch bass in the fall when they're keying on threadfin shad. In the fall, follow the shad and spoon-feed the bass

We’re approaching the fall fishing season, and many largemouth bass anglers await its coming with great anticipation. Why? Because bass do lots of the same things they do in the spring without the spawning activity. Their movements are largely triggered by the movements of threadfin shad, one of their favorite foods, and when shad head up in creeks and into shallow water, they follow.


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As of Sept. 17, offshore bottom-fishermen will have to release several members of the porgy family like this knobbed porgy, as the recreational season closes. Feds will close recreational season on several porgy species on Sept. 17

Federal fisheries managers announced last Friday that the recreational season for a number of species in the popular porgy family will close on Sept. 17 and not reopen until Jan. 1, 2015.


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The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries attempted to close a loophole that allowed commercial fishermen to sell more red drum than daily limits allowed. Whether the loophole has been completely sealed remains to be seen. Latest attempt to curtail commercial sale of red drum may have hit snag

An attempt by the N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission to curtail the sale of over-limit red drum by commercial netters lost a lot of its punch last week when officials with the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries determined that new restrictions might very well violate state statutes.


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Minn Kota’s Ulterra offers auto stowing and power trim functions, as well as the ability to virtually anchor a boat in a specific location. Hot new electronics are coming

Here is a look at a cross section of the new electronics coming our way:


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An in-console Minn Kota trolling motor is featured on the award-winning Old Town Predator XL kayak. ICAST — Another kayak victory

Something historic happened in July at the ICAST show — the show that brings manufacturers of fishing tackle and accessories together with retailers and the media. A kayak, specifically the Old Town Predator XL, won Best of Show, solidifying the use of kayaks as a viable platform for angling.


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Crappie fishermen have dozens of styles and hundreds of colors from which to choose. A jig is a jig is a jig, right? Wrong!

A fishermen could get overwhelmed or confused looking at the selection of crappie jigs in a tackle shop — or in Danny Sisson’s tackle box.


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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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