|Dove season will open Saturday of Labor Day weekend as NCWRC sets seasons
3114 Views - Posted: July 17 at 4:53 pm
Dove hunters will open the 2015 season on a Saturday for the first time in several years after the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission announced season dates for dove and other webless migratory game birds, as well as September seasons for Canada geese and teal.
|Flounder fishing has been anything but flat in Cape Lookout, Harkers Island marshes
793 Views - Posted: July 17 at 10:17 am
Capt. Noah Lynk of Harkers Island said the flounder bite is on in the marshes around Cape Lookout and Harkers Island, with fish hungry and being aggressive at times, hitting live baits and artificials.
|Six tips for keeping fish or bait livelier in livewells or bait tanks
1683 Views - Posted: July 13 at 7:45 am
Whether the fish you’re trying to keep healthy are in the bait tank or in the livewell, there are several tricks that you can use to keep them alive – or at least tasty – during the summer, and they all boil down to one thing: oxygen levels. Once you understand how to control and manipulate oxygen levels or the fish’s intake of oxygen, keeping them alive isn’t that hard. Here are six tips:
|Take it to the top early for Carolina Beach speckled trout
833 Views - Posted: July 10 at 7:00 am
Capt. Rennie Clark of Tournament Trail Charters said the early morning speckled trout action around Carolina Beach has been about as hot as the weather, with specks crushing bait on the surface, dictating the use of topwater baits for fish that are averaging 3 to 5 pounds.
|Governor signs Sunday hunting bill into law
6707 Views - Posted: July 09 at 4:07 pm
North Carolina’s long-standing ban on Sunday hunting with guns ended on Wednesday when Gov. Pat McCrory signed into law HB 640, “The Outdoor Heritage Act”, which will take effect Oct. 1.
|Three tips for taking flounder around nearshore reefs
2922 Views - Posted: July 09 at 7:19 am
When high inshore water temperatures have you asking where the big flounder have gone, Capt. Wayne Crisco of Hampstead has the answer. According to Crisco, doormat flounder often leave their inshore hangouts when temperatures spike, opting for more comfortable ocean water and setting up near artificial reefs and ledges. Here are some of his tips for scoring a heavy limit.
|Don't forget shallow waters in upper ends of lakes for summer bass
657 Views - Posted: July 08 at 8:35 am
It’s a given among bass anglers that July and August heat drives largemouth bass into deep waters, but that’s not always true. The shallow-water bite might be the best one.
|Several saltwater species get upgrades in latest stock-status report
1686 Views - Posted: July 07 at 7:46 am
The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries upgraded the status of a handful of popular saltwater species in its annual stock status report released last week.
|Duck numbers remain good, according to USFWS waterfowl survey
536 Views - Posted: July 06 at 7:54 am
Waterfowl hunters in the Carolinas can expect to see roughly the same number of ducks this coming season as they have in the past several, as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s annual report on the breeding duck population shows numbers slightly above 2014 levels.
|Head up the lake for Gaston's striped bass
987 Views - Posted: July 03 at 5:36 pm
Because of what he calls “a weird year” this spring and early summer, Don Enderle of Tri-Lakes Guide Service said he’s quit trolling baits and is casting artificial lures at striped bass in the upper reaches of Lake Gaston, where the species’ false spawning toward the tailrace below Kerr Dam is six weeks late.
|Two North Carolina lakes are in Bassmaster's Top 100 for 2015
1280 Views - Posted: July 02 at 5:26 pm
Two lakes in North Carolina have been ranked in the top 100 bass fisheries in the country according to Bassmaster magazine.
|Dolphin have been surprising catches off Cape Lookout shoals
1517 Views - Posted: July 02 at 10:55 am
Capt. Noah Lynk of Harkers Island expects to catch Spanish mackerel, bluefish and a few red drum on Cape Lookout shoals, and he has been, but lately, he’s had a few surprises in his catches: dolphin.