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Capt. Brian Komer's Viking 62 caught this 680-pound blue marlin on Monday to take the lead in the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament out of Morehead City. Viking 62 leads Big Rock with 680-pound blue marlin
768 Views - Posted: June 08 at 8:09 pm

Fishermen brought four blue marlin to the Morehead City dock’s scales on Monday, the first day of the 57th annual Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament, and at the end fishing, a 680-pound billfish was leading the way.

With the approval of E-15, finding ethanol-free fuel may become more difficult in many parts of the nation. EPA gives E-15 fuel thumbs up, drawing ire of marine industry
1342 Views - Posted: June 08 at 4:26 pm

Much like the monsters that won't die in horror movies, ethanol refuses to go away. Now, the son of ethanol, E-15, will likely become a bigger part of the United States’ fuel supply as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has reconfirmed its approval of the controversial fuel additive.

Anchored, large-mesh gill nets are no longer allowed in Pamlico Sound and the northern portion of Core Sound until at least Sept. 1 due to interactions with sea turtle. Anchored, large-mesh gill nets out of Pamlico Sound, parts of Core Sound
890 Views - Posted: June 08 at 9:55 am

Commercial fishermen in the Pamlico Sound and the northern portion of Core Sound had until midnight this morning to remove all anchored, large-mesh gill nets from those waters due to interactions with sea turtles, the NCDMF announced.

Fishermen in the South Atlantic area will have no open season for red snapper in 2015 due to catching almost double the allowable catch in 2014. Feds: No red snapper season in 2015
1211 Views - Posted: June 05 at 2:30 pm

After several years of limited weekend fishing, the South Atlantic Fisheries Management Council announced today that there will be no red snapper season in federal waters in 2015, because the total number of fish removed from the population in 2014 exceeded the allowable harvest.

Artificial frogs can be a very effective lure for big bass during the summer on lakes with a lot of surface vegetation.
Let a frog lead you to big summer bass
629 Views - Posted: June 05 at 9:41 am

During hot weather, largemouths at many large lakes head to deep water for comfort and baitfish, and anglers who chase them have sporadic success. But shoreline vegetation sprouts this time of year and affords opportunities for faster action, especially for anglers who cast soft-plastic frog lures at weed-covered shallow water and are patient enough to set hooks after a bass’s heart-throbbing surface attack.

Barry Singletary is one of many anglers enjoying a great speckled trout bite on the piers of Oak Island. Piers on Oak Island experiencing one-of-a-kind speckled trout bite
3026 Views - Posted: June 04 at 6:41 pm

Paul Anderson of Island Fishing Center in Oak Island said there’s a speckled trout bite taking place on Oak Island’s two piers like he’s never seen before. Specks are swarming around the pier pilings, and anything that resembles a shrimp gets eaten pretty quickly. There are some nice trout too. Anderson said he hasn't seen a citation fish yet – 5 pounds – but several have run 4 to 4 pounds. This bite fired up a week or so ago and doesn't appear to be slowing

Trout in delayed-harvest waters better watch out; anglers can start keeping them on Saturday, June 6. Keeper season begins Saturday on delayed-harvest trout waters
475 Views - Posted: June 04 at 7:18 am

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will open 31 trout streams and two lakes classified as delayed-harvest trout waters under hatchery-supported regulations on Saturday, June 6.

North Carolina hunters tagged 17,828 turkeys during the spring season that ended early last month, the second-highest harvest on record. Spring turkey harvest is second-highest on record
714 Views - Posted: June 03 at 2:59 pm

North Carolina hunters recorded the second-highest wild turkey harvest on record during the 2015 spring season, downing 17,828 gobblers, according to statistics released by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission.

This 72-pound cobia was caught last May 14 off Hatteras from a kayak. Check out this video of a big cobia being caught from a kayak  Video Included
1196 Views - Posted: June 03 at 9:28 am

This great video was posted online on May 15, 2014, by the guys at Salt Minded Charters in Hatteras. Enjoy watching this fisherman catch two cobia, one of them 72 pounds, from a kayak.

The type and quality of a rod's blank and components all go into how it performs in various situations and which it's best for use. Understand how a rod performs and use it in the right situation
764 Views - Posted: May 31 at 5:45 pm

Capt. Rick "Rod Man" Bennett of Wrightsville Beach understands a lot about fishing. He understands a lot about fishing rods, too, because he builds custom rods for everything from bluegill to blue marlin and fishes them when he guides out of his home port of Wrightsville Beach. Bennett said fishermen need to understand a number of things about rods to use them properly, including how fast or slow their actions are, and that there is a wide price range in fishing rods for a reason.

Brian White struggles to lift the 96.4-pound cobia he caught last Sunday fishing with Capt. Rom Whitaker IV out of Hatteras. Virginia Beach angler lands huge cobia on trip out of Hatteras
4940 Views - Posted: May 30 at 8:43 am

The only thing better than catching a big fish, is catching an even bigger fish. That’s what happened last Sunday for Capt. Rom Whitaker IV of Hatteras. With a 77.8-pound cobia in the fish box caught near Diamond Shoals, Whitaker and Brian White of Virginia Beach, a member of his charter fishing party, crossed paths with a real magnum cobia, a 96.4-pound fish that was 65 inches long.

Knowing which topwater baits to use under which conditions is a key to success fishing surface baits. Try these tips for making topwater lures work best in saltwater
1026 Views - Posted: May 28 at 10:22 pm

Using topwater lures to catch fish is a favorite technique of many fishermen. The lure wobbles across the surface, imitating a thrashing, wounded baitfish, and the strike comes. And even subtle strikes aren't subtle. Knowing which baits to choose under different circumstances is a key to success.