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Guide Ricky Kellum caught this huge speckled trout, which exceeded the 8-pound mark, on May 23 in the New River near Sneads Ferry. Guide lands speck in New River that exceeds 8-pound mark
1442 Views - Posted: May 28 at 7:56 am

 Accounts of large alligators are becoming more common in many of our coastal areas. Not to be outdone, Capt. Ricky Kellum of Speckled Specialist Inshore Fishing Charters landed a “gator” speckled trout in the New River near Sneads Ferry on May 23 that stretched 29 inches and topped the 8-pound mark.

Summer fishing patterns are starting to develop in the Sneads Ferry area for redfish, flounder and speckled trout. Sneads Ferry inshore action coming alive as fish enter summer patterns
665 Views - Posted: May 28 at 6:01 am

The waters around Sneads Ferry are warming, and summer fishing is settling in with fish moving into bays and creeks where they should stay through September, according to Capt. Allen Jernigan of Breadman Ventures.

The recreational harvest of red drum was the highest on record last year; almost three times as many fish were caught compared to 2012. DMF's harvest report for 2013 shows mixed results
832 Views - Posted: May 23 at 8:31 am

North Carolina’s commercial and recreational fishing harvests had mixed success during 2013, according to a report from the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries released this week. Commercial fishermen caught fewer fish for the third-straight year but made more money, also for the third-straight year. Recreational fishermen caught about 10-percent more fish in 2013 than 2014, but still 47-percent fewer than they were catching 10 years ago. They landed 13.3 million pounds.

Late-spring crappie fishing at Jordan and Falls of the Neuse lakes is producing slab crappie in water 16 to 25 feet deep. Crappie biting deep at Falls of Neuse, Jordan lakes
845 Views - Posted: May 22 at 6:01 am

The crappie spawn has ended at North Carolina’s larger Piedmont lakes, but that doesn’t mean anglers can’t catch more tasty sac au lait. Triangle-area guide Freddie Sinclair said it’s been business as usual for him at his two favorite lakes, Falls of the Neuse and Jordan

Guide Rennie Clark has been catching plenty of nice Spanish mackerel around rocks off Carolina Beach. Nice Spanish mackerel hanging out off Carolina Beach
1111 Views - Posted: May 21 at 8:33 am

Capt. Rennie Clark of Carolina Beach’s Tournament Trail Charters reports that some Spanish mackerel in the 2- to 3-pound range are hanging around some rocks in about 30 to 40 feet of water off Carolina Beach, feeding on schools of passing baitfish and providing anglers with some great action.

A team from Bandys High School in Catawba won this past Saturday's state high-school bass fishing championship on Kerr Lake. Bandys H.S. pair wins state high-school bass-fishing title.
708 Views - Posted: May 19 at 6:00 pm

Kristopher Queen and Tyler Black of Bandys High School in Catawba won the North Carolina State High School Fishing Championship on Kerr Lake this past Saturday. 

Knocking on wood has been the ticket to good bass fishing at High Rock
809 Views - Posted: May 19 at 12:01 pm

For the past two weeks, bass fishermen have had success at High Rock Lake by knocking on wood. Tree laps, tree roots, log jams, stumps and bushes have been yielding quality largemouths to anglers who prefer not to sight-fish for bedding bass as the spawn wraps up.

Plenty of gaffer-sized dolphin have made Gulf Stream fishing out of Morehead City a pleasure over the past week or two. Big showing of dolphin has energized Morehead City offshore bite
940 Views - Posted: May 19 at 6:00 am

Capt. Mike Webb of Pelagic Sportfishing in Atlantic Beach said Gulf Stream fishing, which has been pretty good for most of the spring, has kicked into high gear with the arrival of hordes of hungry dolphin. While the fishing for wahoo and blackfin tuna has slowed a little, the sometimes overwhelming number of dolphin in the waters around the Big Rock more than make up for it.

Biologist Jeremy McCargo hefts a 59 1/2-pound striper that was netted during an electroshocking trip on the Roanoke River last week. Stripers have reached Weldon area in good numbers
1157 Views - Posted: May 16 at 1:46 pm

Veterans of past Roanoke River striped bass runs said they expected the species’ annual spawning migration to be about a month late this year because of an unusually cool spring, and it appears they are correct. Large female rockfish finally began arriving in the Weldon area last week.

Toby Grantham of Knightdale caught this potential state-record African pompano this past weekend on the Continental Shelf out of Morehead City. Knightdale angler has another state record in his pocket
1600 Views - Posted: May 14 at 12:01 pm

Few anglers ever catch a state-record fish, but Toby Grantham of Knightdale has now done it twice. He caught the record scamp grouper two years ago on a trip aboard Capt. Dave Tilley’s Continental Shelf out of Morehead City, and last weekend, he caught a potential record African pompano on another trip with Tilley.

Spanish mackerel are being caught in good numbers off Cape Lookout. Great Spanish mackerel bite kicking off Cape Lookout fishing
961 Views - Posted: May 13 at 10:20 pm

 Capt Noah Lynk of Noah’s Ark Charters in Harkers Island said there is a lot of fishy activity in the waters around Cape Lookout, with Spanish mackerel and bluefish are around the jetty, cobia cruising the waters inside and outside the hook and some flounder are starting to show on the bars and channel edges inside the hook.   

Guide Maynard Edwards of Lexington said largemouth bass have moved out of the shallows and are headed to deep water. All kinds of fish really biting at Badin
929 Views - Posted: May 12 at 10:07 am

Anglers anywhere in the Piedmont who are looking for a “reel good” time should try Badin Lake. Over the past week or so, fishing on the Yadkin River system’s oldest lake has been outstanding.