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Seven tips for late-season gobblers from a North Carolina guide Seven tips for late-season gobblers from a North Carolina guide
1018 Views - Posted: April 29 at 9:41 pm

Sportsmen across North Carolina flooded the woods earlier this month as the spring gobbler season opened, and many have enjoyed reasonable success. But as the season wanes, the gobblers have heard all the misplaced yelps and purrs and busted fidgety hunters, and they’re a lot more wary. It’s a time when guides like Karl Helmkamp of Albemarle Outfitters in the northeastern corner of the state really shine.   

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will allow the harvest of striped bass in the Roanoke River Management Area for three extra days. Commission adds three days to Roanoke River striper harvest season
653 Views - Posted: April 28 at 9:30 pm

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will extend the striped bass harvest season in the Roanoke River Management Area until midnight on Sunday, May 3. The season had been set to expire by rule on April 30. 

Forbush High School's White team won the senior division in the state Youth Hunter Skills Education Tournament last Saturday. Forbush White wins senior division in state youth hunter-safety tournament
485 Views - Posted: April 28 at 10:30 am

Forbush High School’s White team and Park Ridge Christian School emerged as champions at the 2015 Youth Hunter Education Skills Tournament last Saturday in Ellerbe.

Matt Arey of Shelby won the FLW Tour event on Arkansas' Beaver Lake on Sunday, taking home $125,000. Shelby pro strikes it rich on Arkansas' Beaver Lake
497 Views - Posted: April 27 at 10:15 pm

The banks are closed on Sundays, but bass pro Matt Arey of Shelby got a big payday last Sunday when he won the FLW Tour event on Beaver Lake out of Flippin, Ark., taking home $125,000.

Topwater baits like this She Pup are producing a lot of nice speckled trout in the Sneads Ferry area of late. Topwater trout bite has taken hold in Sneads Ferry area
1277 Views - Posted: April 27 at 9:24 am

Capt. Allen Jernigan of Breadman Ventures said speckled trout are aggressively attacking topwater lures in the bays and creeks off the Intracoastal Waterway and New River around Sneads Ferry, with the action typically best in the early mornings and late afternoons and on rainy and overcast days.

Kristopher Queen and Tyler Black of Bandys H.S. won the FLW/TBF High School Fishing National Championship on Arkansas' Grand lake on Sunday. Team from Bandys H.S. wins high school national bass-fishing championship
563 Views - Posted: April 27 at 6:27 am

Kristopher Queen and Tyler Black of Bandys High School in Catawba brought their second great catch in a row to the scales on Sunday to win the FLW/TBF High School Fishing National Championship on Grand Lake near Rogers, Ark. 

Guides along North Carolina's coast have formed two groups to promote their interests and the health of the state's saltwater fishery. Saltwater guides form two groups to represent their interests, NC's fishery
1014 Views - Posted: April 24 at 9:34 am

After several months of sometimes contentious debate, fishing guides in coastal North Carolina have organized into two different groups to work for the fisheries and make sure members’ needs are being recognized.

Bass pro Dustin Wilks said he tries to get a bedding bass agitated before he can really try to catch it. Spawning bass: Make her mad, then catch her
1548 Views - Posted: April 22 at 7:00 pm

Largemouth bass in lakes across North Carolina will begin spawning very shortly, if they already aren’t. And that marks a period that can be frustrating for fishermen because bass aren’t interested in eating. But former bass pro Dustin Wilks of Rocky Mount knows what it takes to get bedding bass to strike.

Badin Lake fishermen have been relying on Carolina rigs to catch big blue catfish. Carolina rigs aren't just for bass anymore
716 Views - Posted: April 22 at 7:00 am

The Caroling rig, a bottom-dragging rig for offshore structure-fishing originally intended for largemouth bass, has become popular when used in conjunction with live or cut bait for catching big blue catfish, especially on Badin Lake.

South Carolina's Lake Jocassee produced a 26-inch, 9 1/4-pound brown trout for a Gastonia angler last weekend. Gastonia angler lands 9 1/4-pound brown trout in South Carolina mountain lake
1448 Views - Posted: April 21 at 7:00 pm

Each spring, die-hard anglers look forward to brown and rainbow trout returning to the main-lake area of Lake Jocassee. The first few weeks of the return are a great time to catch trophy sized trout, and guide Sam Jones said he realized the return was in progress when one of his clients, Tony Hale, of Gastonia, N.C., reeled in a 9-pound, 4-ounce brown trout on Saturday, April 18.

Mike Parrott caught this hefty Lake Wylie crappie trolling a Rockport Rattler jig. Longline trolling in Lake Wylie's creeks producing great crappie catches
682 Views - Posted: April 20 at 7:00 am

The crappie fishing at Lake Wylie has been hot and cold this spring – just like the weather – but one crappie fishermen has the formula to produce plenty of action. Mike Parrott of Charlotte said that late April is a prime time for longline trolling to find crappie as they move through the creeks, and the fishing is excellent.

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has a plan to replace the 168,500 rainbow trout killed in an act of vandalism at a fish hatchery two weeks ago. Commission has plan to meet stocking goals in wake of hatchery trout kill
436 Views - Posted: April 18 at 7:00 pm

Responding to the recent fish kill at the Armstrong State Fish Hatchery in McDowell County, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has implemented a plan to meet goals for stocking numbers and size of catchable trout as scheduled in 2015. 

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