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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
1032 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.


The N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission is considering six options to reduce the annual harvest of southern flounder by 25 to 60 percent. Marine Fisheries Commission changes sheepshead regs, reviews flounder options
7623 Views - Posted: May 28 at 10:17 am

The N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission voted at its meeting last week to change daily creel limits and size limits for sheepshead and proposed six options to consider to reduce the commercial and recreational harvest of southern flounder.


Nice numbers and good-sized Spanish mackerel have arrived just off the beach between Fort Fisher and Topsail Island. The Spanish armada has arrived off east side of Cape Fear
938 Views - Posted: May 28 at 8:27 am

Spring may have been a little slow in arriving, but Rick Bennett of Rod-Man Guide Service in Wrightsville Beach said that Spanish mackerel have arrived off the beaches on the east side of Cape Fear and are in full attack mode. 


The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has scheduled nine public forums across the state to discuss deer management. Commission plans nine public forums next month to discuss deer hunting
1384 Views - Posted: May 25 at 7:14 am

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will hold nine public forums across the state in June to discuss deer management. These forums will utilize an interactive approach to share information and gain feedback from hunters and others about their preferences for deer management in North Carolina.  


A women's only fly-fishing clinic is scheduled for June 13 in Fayetteville. Commission schedules women's fly-fishing clinic for June 13 in Fayetteville
584 Views - Posted: May 23 at 4:09 pm

Space remains for a one-day fly-fishing workshop for women only at the John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center in Fayetteville on June 13, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 


The nearshore waters between Cape Lookout and Bogue Inlet have been full of chunky cobia over the past week. Atlantic Beach cobia bite has gone off the chain this week
1891 Views - Posted: May 21 at 10:08 pm

Matt Lamb at Chasin’ Tails Outdoors in Atlantic Beach said the spring cobia bite has ramped up to absolutely wide open in the past few days, with fish cruising bait pods, searching just outside the breakers and feeding on the bottom of channels everywhere from Cape Lookout to Bogue Inlet.


Blue crabs topped the commercial fishing harvest in 2014, as they have in past years. Commercial landings way up, recreational landings way down in 2014
1268 Views - Posted: May 21 at 11:43 am

North Carolina’s commercial fishing harvest increased by 23 percent in 2014, boosted by higher landings of blue crabs, spiny dogfish and summer flounder, while recreational fishermen caught 25-percent fewer fish last year, according to the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries.


North Carolina hunters took 2,521 bears last season, a 16-percent drop from 2013's record harvest. Bear harvest is off 16 percent, despite baiting being allowed for first time
1284 Views - Posted: May 20 at 8:41 am

Even with hunters allowed to take black bears over bait for the first time, North Carolina’s 2014 harvest didn’t increase. In fact, it declined.


The N.C. Wildlife Federation hopes its “Sounds Solutions” recommendations will result in positive results for saltwater species. NCWF offers "Sound Solutions" to North Carolina's coastal fisheries issues
1192 Views - Posted: May 19 at 12:29 pm

The N.C. Wildlife Federation has embarked on a program called “Sound Solutions” in an attempt to convince major players in state government that new steps are needed to reverse pressure on fish that live in the state’s sounds and backwaters.


Bryan Thrift of Shelby is $125,000 richer after winning an FLW Tour event on Lake Eufala, Ala., on Sunday. Shelby bass pro strikes it rich on Alabama's Lake Eufala
544 Views - Posted: May 18 at 10:57 pm

Bass pro Bryan Thrift of Shelby scored his fourth major national tournament win on Sunday, taking the FLW Tour event on Alabama’s Lake Eufala by more than three pounds.


The smallmouth bass spawn is cranking up on the New River in northwest North Carolina, promising good fishing as June approaches. Smallmouth spawn cranking up on New River, great fishing ahead
699 Views - Posted: May 18 at 12:30 pm

Smallmouth bass fishing on the New River in northwestern North Carolina is beginning to pick up as water temperatures are on the rise, setting the stage for spawning.


Commercial fishermen who trawl for shrimp will have to add a second bycatch device to their equipment on June 1. Commercial shrimpers will have to add second bycatch device on June 1
978 Views - Posted: May 18 at 7:30 am

Shrimp fishermen will be required to use an additional bycatch reduction device in their trawl nets beginning June 1, and they will have a wider range of certified bycatch reduction devices to choose from than in the past.