News Breaker




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
847 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.


Jim Knight (center) was accompanied by his grandson and daughter when he was honored in late July by having an artificial reef named for him. Newest artificial reef will carry name of Knight, reef promoter
1058 Views - Posted: August 05 at 11:22 am

AR 430, the newest artificial reefs constructed by the Long Bay Artificial Reef Association in conjunction with the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries, was dedicated two weeks ago as the Jim Knight Reef.


The N.C. Wildlife Federation has received a $25,000 grant to help children learn to appreciate outdoors experiences. N.C. Wildlife Federation gets grant to help children explore nature
1164 Views - Posted: August 04 at 5:42 pm

The N.C. Wildlife Federation has learned that it’s been chosen to receive a $25,000 grant from The North Face Co. to help educate children about nature and the outdoors world.

 


Andrew Helms and Jake Whitaker of UNC Charlotte won the Bassmaster College Series National Championship on Lake Chatuge with a three-day total weight of 38 pounds, 9 ounces. 
UNC Charlotte fishing team wins national college bass-fishing title
1079 Views - Posted: August 04 at 11:17 am

UNC Charlotte’s bass-fishing team defended its “home waters” in a winning way last week, taking home the national championship in the Bassmaster College Series tournament on Lake Chatuge, a 7,500-acre reservoir along the North Carolina-Georgia border.


Ray Fowler of Wilmington caught this 11-pound, 30-ounce flounder, in the Cape Fear River on Wednesday, June 30. Wilmington angler decks huge flounder in Cape Fear River
9632 Views - Posted: August 01 at 3:05 pm

Ray Fowler of Wilmington readily admits he always has his sights set on big flounder. On the morning of July 30, when he squeezed in a little fishing time before heading to work, his sights were on target. A favorite spot on the Cape Fear River near Carolina Beach produced his largest flatfish to date, an 11-pound, 30-inch doormat on a live finger mullet fished on a Carolina rig.


Jim Francesconi, artificial reef coordinator for the NCDMF, died July 18 after a long battle with cancer. Francesconi, NCDMF's artificial reef coordinator, loses cancer battle
524 Views - Posted: August 01 at 1:52 pm

Jim Francesconi, artificial reef program coordinator for the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries, passed away on July 18 during the second round of a prolonged battle with leukemia. Francesconi was at N.C. Memorial Hospital in Chapel Hill recovering from a stem-cell transplant when he contracted a virus that morphed into pneumonia and his weakened immune system was unable to fend it off.  


Fishermen on the French Broad River have been catching plenty of smallmouth bass this summer, including a few like this trophy. French Broad smallmouth fishing producing good numbers
769 Views - Posted: August 01 at 7:34 am

Where can anglers find all-day action in a comfortable setting in North Carolina, pass through wonderful scenery and make frequent stops to enjoy a cooling dip? Try the French Broad River as it flows from Asheville toward the Tennessee border.


Fees for a number of hunting, inland fishing and trapping licenses will increase on Friday, Aug. 1, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has announced. Higher license fees go into effect for North Carolina sportsmen on Aug. 1
7651 Views - Posted: July 29 at 11:40 am

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission announced on Monday several changes to its hunting, inland fishing and trapping licenses, which will go into effect Aug. 1.


Fishing with large-mesh gill nets in the Currituck and Albemarle sounds will face further restrictions because of problems protecting endangered sea turtles. Netters face new, tighter restrictions in Currituck, Albemarle sounds
1117 Views - Posted: July 26 at 7:41 am

Commercial fishermen in the Albemarle and Currituck sounds who fish large-mesh gill nets have had regulations tightened because of problems the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries has had complying with federal regulations regarding protection of sea turtles.


Federal duck stamps will be available on-line this year through the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission. Federal duck stamp will be available on-line starting Aug. 1
742 Views - Posted: July 25 at 8:10 am

Starting Aug. 1, North Carolina waterfowl hunters will be able to order the federal duck stamp on-line by visiting the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission's website (www.ncwildlife.org), going to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service website (www.fws.org), calling the Commission at 888-248-6834 or visiting a wildlife service agent. 


Spanish mackerel like these two have been a regular catch around Cape Lookout, along with flounder and redfish. Fishing still hot around Cape Lookout for Spanish, flounder, reds
1017 Views - Posted: July 24 at 9:42 pm

While fishing typically slows during July and August, Capt. Noah Lynk of Harkers Island said that hasn’t been the case this year in the waters around Cape Lookout. Lynk, who runs Noah’s Ark Charters, there is good variety in the waters around the cape and the shoals that run offshore from it,  plus the inshore waters back towards Harkers Island, Beaufort and Morehead City.  


Thread a toothpick through a soft-plastic jig trailer, break the ends off, then thread the jig hook through the trailer below the toothpick and you won't have the trailer pulled down as much as often happens. Stick with a 'pick for rigging soft plastics for bass
1077 Views - Posted: July 24 at 12:58 pm

One of the best tools a bass fisherman can have, especially during the summer  when fish live largely in deep, cool, oxygenated water, are toothpicks – and not to clean peanut butter from an angler’s teeth.