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Kayla Heafner (right) downed her first wild hog, a 327-pounder, with the first shot of her first hunt with boyfriend Sean Casey in Union County. Locust woman's first wild hog is a big one: 327 pounds
5265 Views - Posted: February 25 at 12:30 pm

Kayla Heafner, a 25-year-old Locust resident, got her big-game hunting career off to a rousing start on Jan. 31, killing a 327-pound Union County hog with one shot at 165 yards – at night.


Nice crappie have already moved toward the backs of Kerr Lake's major creeks, and all it will take is a little warm weather to get their appetites cranked up. Kerr Lake slabs already moving back into big creeks, waiting for warm weather
2184 Views - Posted: February 25 at 6:48 am

The arctic blast that swallowed up much of North Carolina may have frozen crappie in their tracks, but rest assured the clock is ticking on a big move to shallower water before the spawn. Guide Chris Bullock of Fountain is already finding fish staging in the backs of major creeks on Kerr Lake, and he’s ready to start spider-rigging as soon as warmer weather returns.


Supports of deer-farming in North Carolina got a shock earlier this month when a leading spokesman for the movement was arrested on charges of obtaining property under false pretenses. Vocal supporter of deer-farming has been arrested
3150 Views - Posted: February 24 at 8:04 am

A man arrested in Wake County earlier this month for obtaining property by false pretenses in Stanly County is a long-time supporter of the North Carolina Deer Farmers Association’s legislative attempts to relax import-export rules for captive cervids and allow more cervid farms in the state.


Andrew Helms (left) and Josh Whittaker of UNC-Charlotte won the Bassmaster College Classic title on Sunday on South Carolina's Lake Keowee. UNC-Charlotte pair wins Bassmaster College Classic
993 Views - Posted: February 24 at 7:09 am

Andrew Helms and Jake Whitaker, students at the UNC-Charlotte, made college bass-fishing history Sunday by adding the 2015 Bassmaster College Classic title to add to their National Championship title.


South Carolina pro Casey Ashley lands a Lake Hartwell bass on the way to winning the Bassmaster Classic on Sunday. SC pro Casey Ashley wins Bassmaster Classic on Lake Hartwell, his home lake
1190 Views - Posted: February 22 at 6:16 pm

This time, Mighty Casey didn’t strike out. Casey Ashley, a 31-year-old bass pro from Donalds, S.C., hit a homerun on Sunday, fishing on his home water, to the cheers of an adoring, hometown crowd, winning the Bassmaster Classic with a great final-day catch of better than 20 pounds.


Japanese bass pro Takahiro Omori leads the Bassmaster Classic on South Carolina's Lake Hartwell after two days. 2004 champ Omori leads Bassmaster Classic entering final day
589 Views - Posted: February 21 at 7:41 pm

The final day of the Bassmaster Classic on Lake Hartwell is shaping up to be a free-for-all, with a handful of former champions sitting atop the standings with the coveted trophy and $300,000 first-place prize well within their grasp. Takahiro Omori, a Japanese angler who now makes his home in Emory, Texas, caught five fish that weighed 16 pounds, 11 ounces Saturday and claimed the lead going into Sunday’s final round with a two-day total of 31-11.


Brandon Gray of Bulloch caught six bass on six straight casts in Saturday's second round of the Bassmaster Classic on Lake Hartwell. Gray misses Bassmaster Classic cut, even with six fish on six casts
932 Views - Posted: February 21 at 7:04 pm

How crazy can bass fishing be? Brandon Gray of Bulloch found out on Saturday afternoon in the second round of the Bassmaster Classic on South Carolina’s Lake Hartwell.


Arizona pro Dean Rojas leads the Bassmaster Classic with a 21-pound, 2-ounce catch. Rojas burns up field in frigid Bassmaster Classic
692 Views - Posted: February 20 at 8:04 pm

Doesn’t it just figure that after the coldest day in the history of the Bassmaster Classic, four anglers from warm, sunny climates are sitting atop the standings?


Brandon Gray of Bullock shows off the two biggest of the three bass he caught in Friday's opening round of the Bassmasters Classic on South Carolina's Lake Hartwell. North Carolina pro is well back after opening round of Bassmaster Classic
760 Views - Posted: February 20 at 7:46 pm

There’s deep, and there’s DEEP. That’s how pro bass fisherman Brandon Gray felt after Friday’s first day of the Bassmasters Classic on South Carolina’s Lake Hartwell. How deep should he have fished?


Fishermen have been catching plenty of speckled trout, and a mixture of smallish to large fish, in and around the Neuse River. Guide said 2014 trout closure has been a boon for Neuse River specks
1520 Views - Posted: February 20 at 7:52 am

Joe Ward of FlyDaddy Charters in New Bern is looking at the closure of speckled trout fishing last year as a godsend – a key factor in the excellent fishing that anglers have enjoyed along the Neuse River since the season re-opened last Sunday. And in the past couple of weeks, trout have been biting consistently, with a mixture of small and large fish.


Alabama's Chris Lane is wrapped up tight as he fishes a Lake Hartwell boat dock during Wednesday's practice for this weekend's Bassmaster Classic. Gray hopes Buggs Island background helps out in Hartwell Bassmaster Classic
1053 Views - Posted: February 19 at 5:22 pm

At 56,000 acres, Lake Hartwell is a little bigger than Brandon Gray’s home lake, Buggs Island, aka Kerr Reservoir. And it’s a little bit clearer, and it’s got spotted bass. But there are enough similarities that Gray believes he can feel confident in what he’s doing when he blasts off on Friday morning in the Bassmaster Classic.


Charlie Cone of Newport and his son, Chris, landed this enormous, 78.66-pound king mackerel, in a Florida tournament three weeks ago. The fish is a pending line-class world record for king mackerel. Newport angler's huge Florida king mackerel is pending line-class record
1905 Views - Posted: February 18 at 5:03 pm

Charlie Cone of Newport was looking for a little downtime three weeks ago when he headed to Key West, Fla., to fish the Stock Island Marina Village King Mackerel Tournament with his son, Chris, who is station at Key West in the U.S. Coast Guard. It turned out to be a great trip all the way around, as the Cones won the tournament with a 78.66-pound fish that is set a tournament record, is the biggest fish ever caught in a Southern Kingfish Association-sanctioned tournament, and is a pending IGFA line-class world record.