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Samantha Brown's unusual drop-tine Stanly County buck won North Carolina Sportsman's December Bag-A-Buck contest. Salisbury woman is December Bag-A-Buck winner
2040 Views - Posted: January 12 at 3:54 pm

Samantha Brown of Salisbury really had no idea what she’d shot when she squeezed the trigger on a Stanly County buck late on the afternoon of Dec. 29.


Fishermen have been catching plenty of slot-sized red drum around the Cape Lookout rock jetties, along with bluefish, black drum and sea mullet. Forget the bluefins! The drum are biting around the Cape Lookout rock jetty
906 Views - Posted: January 08 at 9:27 pm

Noah Lynk of Noah’s Ark Charters in Harkers Island said it’s hard to ignore the lure of chasing huge bluefin tuna within a few miles of the beach at Cape Lookout, but for fishermen who don’t have the heavy duty equipment or the desire to get pulled around by a 700-pound fish, the inshore fishing around the Cape has been good.


More and bigger hybrid bass are showing up in the creels of Lake Norman fishermen; the bite over the past several weeks has been excellent. Lake Norman anglers welcome great cold-weather hybrid bite
823 Views - Posted: January 08 at 7:36 am

Lake Norman’s fishery has changed for the better, according to one guide, and the winter bite is showing exactly how, with a lot of hybrid bass being caught from the 32,510-acre reservoir on the Catawba River.


Hunter Davis has an awfully big seat on his dad's boat, Grady Bunch, after it landed a 785-pound bluefin tuna on Jan. 1. The crew followed up that catch with a 767-pound bluefin the next day. Back-to-back bluefin add up to more than 1,500 pounds for Fuquay-Varina captain
8280 Views - Posted: January 06 at 8:12 pm

The crew of the Grady Bunch, fishing the first two days of 2015 just outside Beaufort Inlet, may not have landed a state-record bluefin tuna, but the three men and a boy almost certainly accomplished a feat no other North Carolina saltwater crew has duplicated, two bluefin tuna that combined to weigh more than 1,500 pounds.


Gracen Melhorn, 8, from Cramerton, caught this 60-pound, 9-ounce blue catfish on New Year's Day. He and his father were fishing South Carolina's Lake Wateree. Cramerton youngster decks huge blue catfish on New Year's Day trip
1022 Views - Posted: January 06 at 7:38 am

An “horrible day of fishing” is how Dieter Melhorn of Cramerton described a New Year’s Day catfishing trip to South Carolina’s Lake Wateree. During the outing, he and his 8-year-old son, Gracen, only got six bites. Fortunately for the Gracen Melhorn, one of those bites was from a blue catfish that tipped the scales at 60 pounds, 9 ounces.


Hiding or burying a cache of hunting odds and ends can keep deer hunters from toting too much equipment in and out of the woods on every trip. Hunting cache can help lighten your load on hunting trips
1294 Views - Posted: December 31, 2014 at 8:57 am

One thing that made the Lewis and Clark expedition successful was knowing what to carry and when to carry it. Expected to take roughly 2 years, the explorers had to bring every tool they expected to use on their trip. The genius behind their adventure was that they stockpiled gear along the way to avoid carrying everything to the Pacific Ocean and back. The “Corps of Discovery” buried at least three separate caches —buried hordes of equipment —with the intention of digging them up on the return trip.


Bass pro Dave Wolak limits his winter bass-fishing lures to a handful of baits that have special powers over cold, deep largemouths. Dave Wolak's five favorite winter bass baits
1584 Views - Posted: December 31, 2014 at 8:45 am

Many bass fishermen lead double lives, torn between their bass boats and tree stands. But as the door slams shut on deer season, the choice for cold-water bass fishing becomes clear. According to bass pro Dave Wolak of Wake Forest, the key to success is locating deeper fish and using just a handful of lures.


Guide Rick Patterson said the marshes around Swansboro are full of big schools of redfish. Redfish are really going to school in Swansboro marshes
1051 Views - Posted: December 31, 2014 at 8:21 am

According to Rick Patterson of Cape Crusader Charters in Cape Carteret, the winter redfish action is about as good it gets right now in the waters around Swansboro.


PFD's off all shapes and sizes are available and required for North Carolina boaters, but they do no good unless they're worn or within easy access of vessel occupants. PFDs are especially important when boating during cold weather; pick one and wear it
973 Views - Posted: December 29, 2014 at 9:50 pm

Kyle Young, an enforcement officer with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, makes plenty of points during his boater-safety classes, but one underscores the importance of personal flotation devices: 90 percent of drowning victims in boat accidents weren’t wearing one. 


A bill that will force the relaxation of beach-driving and beach-access restrictions on the Cape Hatteras National Seashore has passed both houses of Congress by wide margins. Bill that will ease Cape Hatteras beach restrictions passes both houses of Congress
7863 Views - Posted: December 27, 2014 at 1:41 pm

North Carolina’s surf fishermen, tourists, residents and businesses along the Cape Hatteras National Seashore received some good news earlier this month regarding a potential rollback of onerous beach-access restrictions. On Dec. 4, 2014, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill that was part of a public-lands package, and then on Dec. 12, the U.S. Senate passed its version, which included a major change to an unpopular Off-Road Vehicle Plan. All that is needed now is President Barack Obama’s signature.


The 2014 summer wild-turkey brood survey indicates that enough poults survived to keep North Carolina's statewide flock in good shape. Wild turkey brood survey reports adequate poult survival for 2014
1021 Views - Posted: December 26, 2014 at 8:50 am

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s annual report on wild turkey reproduction contains some familiar numbers, but the agency is interpreting them a little differently. Chris Kreh, the Commission’s wild-turkey project leader, said the poults/hen survival ratio of 1.9 observed statewide the past summer, previously considered “poor” is nothing to worry about.


Gill lice have been discovered in brook trout in Cullasaja River headwater streams, and the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is plenty concerned. Gill lice found in brook trout in Cullasaja River headwaters streams
1080 Views - Posted: December 22, 2014 at 7:26 am

Fisheries biologists with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission are asking for anglers’ assistance after gill lice were found on brook trout in several headwater streams of the Cullasaja River in Macon County.