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H. R. White took advantage of the return of a deep bite in High Rock's Flat Swamp Creek. Surprise! Cooler weather returns bass to deep water at High Rock
741 Views - Posted: August 21 at 7:04 am

Throughout a sizzling July, the offshore bite for bass at High Rock Lake was almost non-existent, much to the chagrin of crankbait and Carolina-rig fishermen, as fish snuggled tight to the piers in less than 5 feet of water, hitting jigs and plastics flipped their way. Then along came August and surprisingly cooler temperatures and the unexpected happened. The offshore bite reappeared, catching most fishermen by surprise.


Victoria Navaroli caught this huge green sunfish, which weighed 1 ounce shy of 2 pounds. It is the new North Carolina state record. Charlotte teen catches state-record green sunfish
3074 Views - Posted: August 19 at 6:59 am

It was a team effort that landed Victoria Navaroli a state-record fish from a private pond in Creston. In the early morning hours of July 12, the 13-year-old Charlotte girl watched as her big brother Jack baited his hook with a quarter of a night crawler and then handed his fishing rod to her. Two casts later, Victoria reeled in the record-breaking green sunfish.


The Yadkin Patriots from Forbush Middle School won the junior-division national championship at the Youth Hunter Education Challenge in Pennsylvania. Yadkin County hunter-ed team wins junior-division national championship
622 Views - Posted: August 18 at 6:51 pm

The Yadkin Patriots from Forbush Middle School in Yadkin County took top honors in the nation as junior champions at the 29th annual International Youth Hunter Education Challenge (YHEC), a week-long shooting and outdoors skills competition held in late July in Mansfield, Pa.


T.J. Farrington, 13, of High Point, decked this 42-pound, 10-ounce king mackerel on Oak Island Pier last week. High Point teen decks trophy king mackerel at Oak Island Pier
3083 Views - Posted: August 14 at 11:28 am

There’s little doubt that 13-year-old T.J. Farrington of High Point will remember the first king mackerel of his pier-fishing career – because it was a real smoker. Farrington decked a 42-pound, 10-ounce king on the Oak Island Pier last week, the biggest from the pier this year and the biggest in several years.


Wildlife officer Michael Paxinos spends plenty of his off-duty time targeting flathead catfish in the Neuse River. This is his biggest, at 57 1/2-pounder. Try the Neuse River for huge flathead catfish
1590 Views - Posted: August 12 at 12:53 pm

Want to beat the heat this summer and have a chance to catch a potential record fish? First, load a skiff with plenty of lighting equipment for after-dark fishing, a couple of cinder-block anchors, eight or nine heavy baitcasting outfits spooled with 50-pound monofilmament, some Carolina and Santee rigs and about 30 eating-sized bluegills in the livewell, plus insect repellant. Then trailer it to the Neuse River in Wayne, Lenoir or Craven counties where the giant flathead catfish live.


Big flounder have been regular visitors to fishermen's creels in the Wrightsville Beach area. Big flounder making plenty of waves in Wrightsville Beach area
1545 Views - Posted: August 11 at 4:43 pm

Tex Grissom of Tex’s Tackle in Wilmington said the fishing is pretty good around Wrightsville Beach from the backwaters to the Gulf Stream, but flounder fishing has been especially good, especially for big fish.


Guide Joel Richardson uses sections of surgical tubing to bind together all of his hooks by size and style, so they're less likely to get jumbled in his tackle box. A slice of surgical tubing can keep hooks all in line
793 Views - Posted: August 09 at 6:16 pm

If you’re like many anglers, you have scads of hooks for different types of fishing because our finny targets have variable-size mouths. They’re usually stored in different compartments in tackle boxes, and it’s likely that a good bump going down the road or down the lake will shake things up, leaving hooks in a big tangle the next time you need one particular size and style. That’s where guide Joel Richardson and a length of surgical tubing come into play.


Gov. Pat McCrory signed the state budget bill on Thursday, ending wrangling over several key wildlife and fisheries issues, including the management of captive deer. Sportsman are winners in budget bill signed Thursday
1853 Views - Posted: August 08 at 7:23 pm

The budget bill passed by the state legislature and signed into law by Gov. Pat McCrory on Thursday included a few victories for sportsmen and fishermen in confrontations between the N.C. House and N.C. Senate, both controlled by Republicans.


Two commercial fishing groups have filed suit against a handful of federal and state agencies, saying they're unfairly bearing the brunt of Endangered Species Act restrictions concerning sea turtles, and that hook-and-line recreational fishermen are not being restricted in any fashion. Commercial fishermen file suit, take aim at agencies over sea turtles
1561 Views - Posted: August 07 at 1:21 pm

The North Carolina Fisheries Association and the Carteret County Fisherman’s Association filed suit in Raleigh on Aug. 5 against several state and federal agencies, citing violations of the Endangered Species Act in regards to protecting sea turtles. This action followed a March 5 letter notifying the agencies they were planning to initiate the suit.


Watch the attached vid to for step-by-step instructions on how to tie the improved clinch knot. Knot instructions: How to tie an improved clinch knot  Video Included
1440 Views - Posted: August 07 at 10:46 am

Theimproved clinch knot is probably one of the first knots an angler learns, and is a quick, easy way to make a strong connection between line and hook.

Read the instructions below, then watch the accompanying video for great step-by-step visuals.


Bottom-fishing trips out of Southport are producing many different species. Bottom-fishing already good out of Southport; could weather make it better?
1021 Views - Posted: August 06 at 9:30 pm

Capt. Butch Foster of Yeah Right Charters in Southport said if the weather would just cooperate for a while, the fishing around Southport would be excellent – and the bottom-fishing is pretty good as it is.


Fishermen at Roanoke Rapids Lake have been catching plenty of nice stripers like this one in the tailrace below Gaston Dam. Tailrace fishing great for stripers on Roanoke Rapids Lake
836 Views - Posted: August 06 at 12:34 pm

A problem for striper fishermen during the summer is that on large reservoirs, you often spend lots of time finding bait, then finding fish. But guide Tim Biesecker hasn’t had that problem on Roanoke Rapids Lake, where he has found the bait and fish concentrated.