|Cold weather hasn't slowed down striper bite at Lake Hickory
986 Views - Posted: January 13 at 6:31 pm
When cold winter weather blankets North Carolina, freshwater fishing prospects usually falter, but fishermen who are braving the conditions at Lake Hickory are being rewarded with striped bass.
|Salisbury woman is December Bag-A-Buck winner
2287 Views - Posted: January 12 at 3:54 pm
Samantha Brown of Salisbury really had no idea what she’d shot when she squeezed the trigger on a Stanly County buck late on the afternoon of Dec. 29.
|Forget the bluefins! The drum are biting around the Cape Lookout rock jetty
1121 Views - Posted: January 08 at 9:27 pm
Noah Lynk of Noah’s Ark Charters in Harkers Island said it’s hard to ignore the lure of chasing huge bluefin tuna within a few miles of the beach at Cape Lookout, but for fishermen who don’t have the heavy duty equipment or the desire to get pulled around by a 700-pound fish, the inshore fishing around the Cape has been good.
|Lake Norman anglers welcome great cold-weather hybrid bite
1004 Views - Posted: January 08 at 7:36 am
Lake Norman’s fishery has changed for the better, according to one guide, and the winter bite is showing exactly how, with a lot of hybrid bass being caught from the 32,510-acre reservoir on the Catawba River.
|Back-to-back bluefin add up to more than 1,500 pounds for Fuquay-Varina captain
8990 Views - Posted: January 06 at 8:12 pm
The crew of the Grady Bunch, fishing the first two days of 2015 just outside Beaufort Inlet, may not have landed a state-record bluefin tuna, but the three men and a boy almost certainly accomplished a feat no other North Carolina saltwater crew has duplicated, two bluefin tuna that combined to weigh more than 1,500 pounds.
|Cramerton youngster decks huge blue catfish on New Year's Day trip
1149 Views - Posted: January 06 at 7:38 am
An “horrible day of fishing” is how Dieter Melhorn of Cramerton described a New Year’s Day catfishing trip to South Carolina’s Lake Wateree. During the outing, he and his 8-year-old son, Gracen, only got six bites. Fortunately for the Gracen Melhorn, one of those bites was from a blue catfish that tipped the scales at 60 pounds, 9 ounces.
|Hunting cache can help lighten your load on hunting trips
1468 Views - Posted: December 31, 2014 at 8:57 am
One thing that made the Lewis and Clark expedition successful was knowing what to carry and when to carry it. Expected to take roughly 2 years, the explorers had to bring every tool they expected to use on their trip. The genius behind their adventure was that they stockpiled gear along the way to avoid carrying everything to the Pacific Ocean and back. The “Corps of Discovery” buried at least three separate caches —buried hordes of equipment —with the intention of digging them up on the return trip.
|Dave Wolak's five favorite winter bass baits
1811 Views - Posted: December 31, 2014 at 8:45 am
Many bass fishermen lead double lives, torn between their bass boats and tree stands. But as the door slams shut on deer season, the choice for cold-water bass fishing becomes clear. According to bass pro Dave Wolak of Wake Forest, the key to success is locating deeper fish and using just a handful of lures.
|Redfish are really going to school in Swansboro marshes
1203 Views - Posted: December 31, 2014 at 8:21 am
According to Rick Patterson of Cape Crusader Charters in Cape Carteret, the winter redfish action is about as good it gets right now in the waters around Swansboro.
|PFDs are especially important when boating during cold weather; pick one and wear it
1106 Views - Posted: December 29, 2014 at 9:50 pm
Kyle Young, an enforcement officer with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, makes plenty of points during his boater-safety classes, but one underscores the importance of personal flotation devices: 90 percent of drowning victims in boat accidents weren’t wearing one.
|Bill that will ease Cape Hatteras beach restrictions passes both houses of Congress
8041 Views - Posted: December 27, 2014 at 1:41 pm
North Carolina’s surf fishermen, tourists, residents and businesses along the Cape Hatteras National Seashore received some good news earlier this month regarding a potential rollback of onerous beach-access restrictions. On Dec. 4, 2014, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill that was part of a public-lands package, and then on Dec. 12, the U.S. Senate passed its version, which included a major change to an unpopular Off-Road Vehicle Plan. All that is needed now is President Barack Obama’s signature.
|Wild turkey brood survey reports adequate poult survival for 2014
1153 Views - Posted: December 26, 2014 at 8:50 am
The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s annual report on wild turkey reproduction contains some familiar numbers, but the agency is interpreting them a little differently. Chris Kreh, the Commission’s wild-turkey project leader, said the poults/hen survival ratio of 1.9 observed statewide the past summer, previously considered “poor” is nothing to worry about.