|Three artificial reefs will be enhanced with CRFL money
880 Views - Posted: January 22 at 9:41 pm
Fishermen in the southern part of Onslow Bay will soon be fishing on improved habitat courtesy of the Coastal Recreational Fishing License and the Onslow Bay Artificial Reef Association; the OBARA was awarded $637,500 in the most-recent round of grants funded by income from the saltwater fishing license.The money will be used to enhance the size and effectiveness of three artificial reefs off New Hanover County in Onslow Bay.
|Reds, specks scattered in marsh between Carolina Beach, Bald Head Island
854 Views - Posted: January 21 at 10:46 pm
Capt. Jeff Wolfe of Carolina Beach said speckled trout and puppy drum aren’t yet in their normal winter routines in the lower Cape Fear River, but some fish, along with black drum, are scattered through the marshes and creeks between Carolina Beach and Bald Head Island, and one of his parties landed a keeper flounder this past Sunday, rounding out an inshore grand slam.
|Blue catfish bite at Blewett Falls has been outstanding
1329 Views - Posted: January 19 at 11:39 pm
Despite cold weather, heavy rains and muddy water that have shut down fishing at many area lakes, Robbie Burr of Pee Dee Fishing Adventures said he and his clients “have been wearing the blue cats out” at Blewett Falls Lake, the tiny 2,560-acre lake in Anson and Richmond counties between Wadesboro and Rockingham.
|Slow-trolling producing plenty of Jordan Lake crappie
977 Views - Posted: January 17 at 6:00 am
It may be tough to find bass that will bite at Jordan Lake in January, but crappie fishermen remain on cruise control -- if you can call moving at less than a mile an hour cruising. “It’s the time to go long-line slow trolling for crappie,” said veteran guide Freddie Sinclair of Clayton, who believes that the lake’s population of black crappie has recovered from a 2011 fish kill brought on by a dearth of baitfish and sizzling hot summer temperatures.
|Ayden man wins December Bag-A-Buck contest
882 Views - Posted: January 15 at 8:14 am
Hubert Bowen of Ayden ended an 11-year drought in a big way last fall. He’d had plenty of chances to take deer over since 2002, but he didn’t pull the trigger until Oct. 15, when he killed an 8-pointer. He added another 8-pointer on Nov. 21, then a third 8-pointer on Dec. 27. The last of those three Greene County bucks he entered in North Carolina Sportsman’s Bag-A-Buck contest, and his entry was chosen a few days later as the winner of the monthly contest for December.
|NCDMF to fishermen: Our trout dodged cold-weather bullet
1140 Views - Posted: January 14 at 9:35 am
As the bitter cold bore down on North Carolina last week, many fishermen and fishery managers braced for a disaster, worried about another cold-stun kill of speckled trout like the one that devastated the fishery in January 2011. Thankfully it didn’t happen. The “polar vortex” rolled in and dropped the temperature into the teens along the coast for two days, and when it headed back to the North Pole, fishermen and biologists didn’t find the massive fish stuns and kills they had feared.
|Davidson River trout fishing great with double-nymph rigs
734 Views - Posted: January 13 at 12:32 pm
Although many people think of winter as a downtime for fishing, North Carolina trout fishermen know the cold months offer excellent opportunities in mountain rivers and streams. At least that’s the case on the Davidson River and its tributaries near Brevard.
|Unsettled weather has White Oak River reds, specks moving and feeding
1058 Views - Posted: January 08 at 6:00 am
The unsettled weather has reds and trout moving around in the White Oak River, creeks and marshes around Swansboro, trying to figure out where they want to be, and fishermen are taking advantage – at least Capt. Dale Collins of Fish or Die Charters.
|Head to New Bern for hottest cold-water trout fishing
1238 Views - Posted: January 07 at 6:00 am
Speckled trout came to New Bern as an early Christmas present, but fishermen are still upwrapping them through the first handful of days after the new year.
|Roper woman gets 600-pound birthday present
2582 Views - Posted: January 03 at 6:00 am
Tom Hughes’ girlfriend, Tiffany Taylor, got a cool birthday present last Friday. There was no jewelry or flowers involved, and there probably wasn’t enough wrapping paper in Bertie County to cover the 600-pound black bear he “gave” her.
|Shearon Harris crappie have gone deep, but they're sure biting
1303 Views - Posted: January 01 at 6:00 am
With water temperatures dipping into the 40s, the crappie in Shearon Harris Lake are going deep, seeking stable conditions and a steady supply of threadfin shad, according to Greg Griffin of Greggofish Guide Service.
|Bill introduced in Senate would raise duck stamp price to $25
1217 Views - Posted: December 31, 2013 at 12:00 pm
A U.S. Senate bill was placed in the hopper Dec. 19 that would boost the cost for a federal waterfowl stamp from $15 to $25.
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