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Using a double-dropper rig, a dry fly in tandem with a nymph, is an effective way to target summer trout in mountain streams. Tandem rigs will double your pleasure when fishing for mountain trout
670 Views - Posted: August 12 at 6:52 am

Mountain trout don’t act that differently from other freshwater species. They try to hang out in an area protected from the current, and they don’t want to have to work that hard to feed. They will feed on insects along the bottom of a rocky stream or rise to the surface. That’s why anglers using a “dropper rig” can be successful during the summer.


Drifting a nightcrawler downstream has been a great tactic for doing battle with Cane Creek rainbow trout. Beat the heat; drift a crawler for a Cane Creek rainbow
614 Views - Posted: August 10 at 7:25 am

Anglers looking for a respite from the heat while still catching fish are finding all they can ask for on Cane Creek. Plenty of chunky rainbow trout are hitting live bait on the small, blue-ribbon stream that flows for 10 miles through Mitchell County.


State wildlife and marine fisheries officials are looking for the individual who bludgeoned a protected sea turtle to death the last week of July. NC looking for information about sea turtle that died after being bludgeoned
1832 Views - Posted: August 08 at 6:55 pm

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries are seeking information leading to the arrest of the individual who bludgeoned a protected loggerhead sea turtle to death the last week of July.


Black drum are ganging up around the two Civil War wrecks in Lockwood Folly Inlet. Have a wreck in Lockwood Folly Inlet and catch plenty of black drum
851 Views - Posted: August 07 at 9:07 pm

Black drum are biting in Lockwood Folly Inlet near Holden Beach, and according to  Fayetteville’s Daniel McJunkin, as long as you can find the two wrecks in the inlet, you’ll find the black drum.


Lake Norman catfish have been biting cut white perch all over the lake during the hot weather. Trolling cut bait, watching electronics, has been key to Lake Norman catfish
972 Views - Posted: August 07 at 10:35 am

Catfish are biting across Lake Norman in a variety of sizes, and Jerry Neeley of Jerry’s Fishing Guide Service said trolling with cut bait is the best way to catch them during on hot days. 


The Forbush Raptors won the YHEC national hunter-safety championship in late July in New Mexicco. Two Yadkin County teams win national hunter-ed championships
1041 Views - Posted: August 07 at 7:30 am

Two teams from Yadkin County have won the 30th annual International Youth Hunter Education Challenge, held in late July at the NRA’s Whittington Center in Raton, N.M.


Chunks of bar soap, grapes, slices of apples and blackberries are among the interesting baits that a South Carolina anglers uses when targeting catfish. Imagination is everything when it comes to catfish baits
998 Views - Posted: August 06 at 5:05 pm

Many hardcore catfish anglers have favorite baits they swear by over all others. A variety of live baits, cut baits, stinkbaits and homemade concoctions are on the list of baits many outdoorsmen use to pursue Mr. Whiskers, but Mike Spinks of Sumter, S.C., has branched out in other directions when searching for the perfect catfish bait. 


A suit brought by two North Carolina commercial fishing groups over sea turtles has been dismissed by a federal judge. Commercials' suit over sea turtles dismissed by federal judge
1140 Views - Posted: August 06 at 8:37 am

Judge James C. Dever has dismissed a lawsuit by the N.C. Fisheries Association (NCFA) and Carteret County Fisherman's Association (CCFA) to challenge how gill-net fishing is regulated in areas where sea turtles are present.


North Carolina's first-ever tarpon landed on a fly rod was taken in the lower Cape Fear River last weekend. North Carolina's first-ever tarpon on fly is landed in lower Cape Fear River
5662 Views - Posted: August 05 at 10:46 am

This past Saturday, Aug. 1, a fisherman caught and released what is being heralded as the first tarpon confirmed to have been caught on fly-fishing tackle in North Carolina waters. Bill Rustin, who splits time between Raleigh and Southport, teamed with Capt. John Huff of Circle H Charters in Wrightsville Beach to subdue a tarpon in the lower Cape Fear River they estimated at 125 pounds.


Guide Rick Bennett said flounder are becoming the No. 1 inshore catch for many fishermen in the Carolina Beach and Wrightsville Beach areas. Flounder numbers, sizes on the increase in Wrightsville, Carolina Beach areas
1285 Views - Posted: August 03 at 7:55 am

Flounder have slowly but surely made their way to the top of the mixed bag of fish caught in the summer heat around Wrightsville Beach and Carolina  Beach, according to Rick Bennett of Rod-Man Guide Service, with numbers of fish increasing and fish getting bigger.


Fly fishing with terrestrials and topwater poppers are producing a lot of smallmouth bass for New River anglers. Cool New River is producing some hot smallmouth bass action
673 Views - Posted: July 31 at 6:24 am

Anglers who want to escape North Carolina’s summer heat and catch fish might consider a float-fishing trip at the state’s northwestern corner, at least that’s the idea presented by guide Marty Shaffner of Elkin, who said his clients have been catching plenty of smallmouth bass on the New River.


Rainbow trout in the Watauga River near the Watauga County town of Foscoe have been discovered to have whirling disease, a potentially devastating disease for trout populations. Commission discovers whirling disease in Watauga River trout
879 Views - Posted: July 30 at 8:45 am

Whirling disease, a disorder affecting trout, has been confirmed in rainbow trout collected from Watauga River near Foscoe in Watauga County — the first occurrence of the disease in North Carolina – and the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has suspended stocking fish raised at its three cold-water hatcheries until it can confirm that those populations are free of the disease.