Fishing News and Information

‘Marine-grade’ means more than you might think

Owning a boat long enough to pay it off has a dark side. I usually own a fishing boat about 15 years — long enough to get it set up just right for me and, unfortunately, long enough to see electrical problems develop.

November 19, 2015 at 9:00 am

Fish November patterns

November in North Carolina can provide some really good bass fishing, but it can also a tad frustrating since fish can be doing so many things. The positives are obviously that decreased fishing pressure and cooling water have the fish much more active and moving to new areas.

November 15, 2015 at 9:00 am

Should the Alabama rig be allowed in bass tournaments?

Chuck Murray, president of the North Carolina chapter of the Bass Nation Federation and a guide on Lake Gaston, supports B.A.S.S., which ruled several years ago that an Alabama rig could not be used on its Elite tournament trail.

November 15, 2015 at 7:00 am

A-rig tackle needs more backbone

Veteran bass fisherman J.T. Palmore prefers to use a 7-foot-6 extra-heavy baitcasting rod with a fast, light tip when fishing an Alabama rig. A stout rod is required to handle the heavy, multi-rig baits that can easily weigh over 2 ounces. The lighter tip increases hookup chances by helping the bait to “load up” without pulling it away and missing the fish. 

November 15, 2015 at 7:00 am

Know your state line and state limits

The border between the Carolinas runs northwest to southeast angle across the Calabash River and Intracoastal Waterway, marshes and creeks from just west of Calabash to just east of the north jetty at Little River Inlet. Unfortunately there isn’t a dotted line drawn to mark the boundary, and it is difficult to always know which state one is in.  

November 15, 2015 at 7:00 am

Shrimp fill the bill when bait thieves are run off by the cold

Brandon Sauls believes that live shrimp will trigger bites from speckled trout, even when nothing else works. While he’ll often catch specks on lures or minnows, shrimp are their preferred food and well worth the effort and expense to get.

November 15, 2015 at 7:00 am

Reidsville lure maker produces alternative to Alabama rig for bass anglers

Bass anglers know the effectiveness of the Alabama Rig, especially this time of year in lakes that have a good population of baitfish. Those baitfish typically bunch up and school throughout the fall months, and the Alabama Rig does a great job of simulating them. Even when the fishing is tough, the Alabama Rig brings bass to the boat.

November 13, 2015 at 3:24 pm

Mountain Dew stops bleeding of gill-hooked bass

 Video Included

The fishing trip was going fantastic. My buddy Austin Abadie and I were catching bass after bass on small Academy H20 Xpress square-billed crankbaits during one of my vacation days.

I’ve been told my vacations and my work look a lot alike.

Anyway, a particularly vicious strike prompted me to set the hook again, and I pulled a 1 1/2-pounder out of a submerged tangle of wood.

By the time I got my hand on the bass to unhook it, blood was streaming from under its gill plate. Sure enough, the rear treble of my lure had snagged the fish’s gills.

That fish was as good as dead. Or so I thought.

November 12, 2015 at 3:00 pm

Top 3 tips for Wilmington trout fishing in November

November is a great time for speckled trout fishing in the Wilmington area, and Capt. Jot Owens of Jot It Down Fishing Charters is one of the best at catching these fish in the inshore waters at any time of year. Owens offers three tips for angler hoping to cash in on this month’s trout bounty. 

November 12, 2015 at 1:45 pm

Fish with slower presentation during cold spells

In the winter, when steams are icy cold and hatches are fewer, trout feed more below the surface than above. The action may be slower and less exciting than dry-fly fishing, but the quality of the fish usually is just as good. Fish have to eat regardless of the weather or stream conditions.

November 12, 2015 at 9:00 am

ECU angler catches 10.45-pound bass, wins Cashion College Clash

Mike Corbishley caught a 10.45-pound bass, his personal best, this past weekend on Falls Lake. The best part – he caught it during a tournament. Corbishley, who fishes for the East Carolina University Fishing Team, was participating in the Cashion College Clash, a tournament series for college fishing teams within the state of North Carolina.

November 10, 2015 at 8:15 pm

Fly anglers catching multiple species on uppermost reach of Neuse River

I’m not a fly fisherman, but when EJ Stern of Raleigh Flyfishing invited me along to sample the fly fishing on the uppermost reaches of the Neuse River, I gladly accepted. I figured if I was going to go fly fishing for the first time, I might as well do it in an unlikely place to fly fish. I’m glad I went.

November 05, 2015 at 11:36 pm

Use these tips to work your favorite fishing holes

Some days when you fish, everything you do matters, and some days, it seems as if you couldn’t stop fish from biting if you wanted to. There is a lot of room for fishing mistakes between these two extremes, and being on the positive side more often is simply a matter of identifying bad choices from good ones and doing our best not to repeat the mistakes. 

November 05, 2015 at 9:00 am

Unleash an Alabama rig on Lake Gaston’s fall largemouth bass

What lure can give a fishermen the thrill of having one of his best days ever on the way, while at the same time make another argue passionately against its use under any circumstances, especially in bass tournaments?

It’s the Alabama rig, released to the public on July 1, 2011, and soon thereafter sued by pro Paul Elias to win a tournament on Alabama’s Lake Guntersville and its $100,000 first-prize money by a 17-pound margin over four days.

November 01, 2015 at 7:00 am

Costa’s Rooster

Costa’s new Rooster style large-fit sunglasses include built-in side shields to block incoming glare, as well as vents to alleviate lens fogging, giving fishermen enhanced visual clarity when looking out into the water. The frames are built of nearly indestructible co-injected molded nylon and the interior lining and nose pads keep the sunglasses comfortably in place all day. Rooster frame color options include blackout, tortoise, matte black and white.

November 01, 2015 at 7:00 am

Slay state-line specks

Fall is often a very long season along the coast close to the North Carolina/South Carolina border, between North Myrtle Beach and Sunset Beach. The area seems to be south of the areas that get the biggest cold fronts in the fall. There are times that cold weather may dip into this area, but it is usually only for a day or two, and the weather warms right up after it passes. Fishing may slow for a couple of days, but most of the time, it recovers, and often, fish are more active than before the weather change.

November 01, 2015 at 7:00 am

Pro tips for landing slab crappie on Jordan Lake in the fall

The only question about catching crappie at Jordan Lake these days might be, “Push or pull?”

The fall crappie bite on Jordan, one of North Carolina’s most-renowned lakes for big slabs, is on — in spades. Tournament pro Kenny Allen of Brown Summit has sampled the bite twice in the last week, and he’s limited out both times: 20 fish at least 10 inches long.

October 30, 2015 at 1:31 pm

Angler catches 11.4-pound bass at Shearon Harris

Ask a typical outdoorsman when his wife’s birthday is, and he’s probably got the month nailed down, but might not be sure of the exact date. Ask that same guy what the date was when he caught a double-digit largemouth bass, and chances are, he’ll tell you the date, along with plenty of other details about it.

October 28, 2015 at 11:10 am