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Fishermen have been catching plenty of speckled trout, and a mixture of smallish to large fish, in and around the Neuse River. Guide said 2014 trout closure has been a boon for Neuse River specks
1044 Views - Posted: February 20 at 7:52 am

Joe Ward of FlyDaddy Charters in New Bern is looking at the closure of speckled trout fishing last year as a godsend – a key factor in the excellent fishing that anglers have enjoyed along the Neuse River since the season re-opened last Sunday. And in the past couple of weeks, trout have been biting consistently, with a mixture of small and large fish.

Alabama's Chris Lane is wrapped up tight as he fishes a Lake Hartwell boat dock during Wednesday's practice for this weekend's Bassmaster Classic. Gray hopes Buggs Island background helps out in Hartwell Bassmaster Classic
826 Views - Posted: February 19 at 5:22 pm

At 56,000 acres, Lake Hartwell is a little bigger than Brandon Gray’s home lake, Buggs Island, aka Kerr Reservoir. And it’s a little bit clearer, and it’s got spotted bass. But there are enough similarities that Gray believes he can feel confident in what he’s doing when he blasts off on Friday morning in the Bassmaster Classic.

Charlie Cone of Newport and his son, Chris, landed this enormous, 78.66-pound king mackerel, in a Florida tournament three weeks ago. The fish is a pending line-class world record for king mackerel. Newport angler's huge Florida king mackerel is pending line-class record
1529 Views - Posted: February 18 at 5:03 pm

Charlie Cone of Newport was looking for a little downtime three weeks ago when he headed to Key West, Fla., to fish the Stock Island Marina Village King Mackerel Tournament with his son, Chris, who is station at Key West in the U.S. Coast Guard. It turned out to be a great trip all the way around, as the Cones won the tournament with a 78.66-pound fish that is set a tournament record, is the biggest fish ever caught in a Southern Kingfish Association-sanctioned tournament, and is a pending IGFA line-class world record.

Most fishermen have all they need to build a homemade downrigger in their tackle box or shop. Hold onto that hard-earned money; make your own downrigger
835 Views - Posted: February 18 at 7:14 am

With striped bass, hybrid bass, spotted bass and white bass in many North Carolina lakes, downriggers have become standard equipment to get baits down to these open-water fish, but they aren’t a poor-man’s fishing tool, with most systems costing more than $200. To fish deep without going into debt, consider a do-it-yourself downrigger that can be assembled in about 20 minutes with materials likely at hand. 

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has postponed four public meetings scheduled around the state this week. Commission postpones four public meetings because of weather
524 Views - Posted: February 16 at 6:29 pm

Due to anticipated inclement weather across North Carolina, a handful of public meetings scheduled for discussion of fishery and wildlife issues have been postponed, but a meeting to discuss the replacement of an important buoy off Wrightsville Beach will remain on schedule for Tuesday night.

Turkey hunters can attend a series of seminars around North Carolina over the next seven weeks to better prepare themselves for the spring gobbler season, which begins in mid-April. Commission, NWTF will hold turkey hunting seminars across North Carolina
781 Views - Posted: February 11 at 8:30 pm

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and the National Wild Turkey Federation are offering 16 free turkey hunting seminars across North Carolina in March and April before spring gobbler season arrives. 

A bill has been filed in the U.S. House of Representatives to prevent E-15 from being added to the national fuel supply. House gets bill to overhaul Renewable Fuel Standards, kill E-15 expansion
1740 Views - Posted: February 11 at 4:26 pm

A bipartisan coalition of members of the U.S. House of Representatives introduced legislation on Feb. 4 to overhaul the current Renewable Fuel Standard regulations and its outdated ethanol mandates. 

Striper fishing on the lower Roanoke River has been better than good over the past several weeks, with no signs of slowing down. Lower Roanoke River striper fishing continues to be hot
839 Views - Posted: February 10 at 11:14 pm

Richard Andrews of Tar-Pam Guide Service in Bath said striper fishing in the lower Roanoke River is good, really good, and unless there is a drastic change, he anticipates the action to remain hot for when the keeper season opens on March 1. 

The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries is operating on a budget that's $600,000 short because of a delay in implementing a Joint Enforcement Agreement with the feds. NCDMF still operating on low budget level due to missing JEA
1357 Views - Posted: February 09 at 9:56 pm

The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries continues to operate on a budget raided by the state legislature of $600,000 six months after Gov. Pat McCrory signed into law a Joint Enforcement Agreement that would earn the state’s saltwater management agency that amount in federal assistance.

Big schools of redfish have been in bays off the ICW and New River in the Sneads Ferry area, and getting the to bite hasn't been terribly difficult Despite being in huge schools, redfish are biting in Sneads Ferry area
2183 Views - Posted: February 08 at 10:03 pm

Capt. Allen Jernigan of Breadman Ventures in Sneads Ferry said there are red drum in the shallow bays off the Intracoastal Waterway and New River around Sneads Ferry, in schools of anywhere from 50 to 200 or 300 fish – and most of them are hungry.

Crappie have been biting jigs tipped with minnows and slow-trolled in deep water at Badin Lake. Go deep for Badin Lake's cold, winter crappie
991 Views - Posted: February 05 at 8:56 pm

Most fishermen don’t consider February a prime month because of the cold weather, but a few sunny days can make a big difference, and they have recently for anglers targeting crappie on Badin Lake.

Learn to follow the movements of baitfish during the winter as guide Chris Hammill has, and big blue catfish won't be far away. Kannapolis guide: follow baitfish, find big catfish
1248 Views - Posted: February 04 at 9:51 pm

You may think dog days of summer when catfish come to mind, but blue cats are perfectly happy in cold water, where they will be shadowing every move of shad and feasting on the baitfish in reservoirs across North Carolina. Patterning baitfish is a key for Kannapolis guide Chris Hammill of Hammill Outdoor Adventures, who puts them in the boat on Yadkin/Pee Dee system reservoirs. Here are some of his winter catfishing tips: