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T.J. Farrington, 13, of High Point, decked this 42-pound, 10-ounce king mackerel on Oak Island Pier last week. High Point teen decks trophy king mackerel at Oak Island Pier
3321 Views - Posted: August 14 at 11:28 am

There’s little doubt that 13-year-old T.J. Farrington of High Point will remember the first king mackerel of his pier-fishing career – because it was a real smoker. Farrington decked a 42-pound, 10-ounce king on the Oak Island Pier last week, the biggest from the pier this year and the biggest in several years.


Wildlife officer Michael Paxinos spends plenty of his off-duty time targeting flathead catfish in the Neuse River. This is his biggest, at 57 1/2-pounder. Try the Neuse River for huge flathead catfish
1809 Views - Posted: August 12 at 12:53 pm

Want to beat the heat this summer and have a chance to catch a potential record fish? First, load a skiff with plenty of lighting equipment for after-dark fishing, a couple of cinder-block anchors, eight or nine heavy baitcasting outfits spooled with 50-pound monofilmament, some Carolina and Santee rigs and about 30 eating-sized bluegills in the livewell, plus insect repellant. Then trailer it to the Neuse River in Wayne, Lenoir or Craven counties where the giant flathead catfish live.


Big flounder have been regular visitors to fishermen's creels in the Wrightsville Beach area. Big flounder making plenty of waves in Wrightsville Beach area
1683 Views - Posted: August 11 at 4:43 pm

Tex Grissom of Tex’s Tackle in Wilmington said the fishing is pretty good around Wrightsville Beach from the backwaters to the Gulf Stream, but flounder fishing has been especially good, especially for big fish.


Guide Joel Richardson uses sections of surgical tubing to bind together all of his hooks by size and style, so they're less likely to get jumbled in his tackle box. A slice of surgical tubing can keep hooks all in line
975 Views - Posted: August 09 at 6:16 pm

If you’re like many anglers, you have scads of hooks for different types of fishing because our finny targets have variable-size mouths. They’re usually stored in different compartments in tackle boxes, and it’s likely that a good bump going down the road or down the lake will shake things up, leaving hooks in a big tangle the next time you need one particular size and style. That’s where guide Joel Richardson and a length of surgical tubing come into play.


Gov. Pat McCrory signed the state budget bill on Thursday, ending wrangling over several key wildlife and fisheries issues, including the management of captive deer. Sportsman are winners in budget bill signed Thursday
2052 Views - Posted: August 08 at 7:23 pm

The budget bill passed by the state legislature and signed into law by Gov. Pat McCrory on Thursday included a few victories for sportsmen and fishermen in confrontations between the N.C. House and N.C. Senate, both controlled by Republicans.


Two commercial fishing groups have filed suit against a handful of federal and state agencies, saying they're unfairly bearing the brunt of Endangered Species Act restrictions concerning sea turtles, and that hook-and-line recreational fishermen are not being restricted in any fashion. Commercial fishermen file suit, take aim at agencies over sea turtles
1798 Views - Posted: August 07 at 1:21 pm

The North Carolina Fisheries Association  and the Carteret County Fisherman’s Association filed suit in Raleigh on Aug. 5 against several state and federal agencies, citing violations of the Endangered Species Act in regards to protecting sea turtles. This action followed a March 5 letter notifying the agencies they were planning to initiate the suit.   


Watch the attached vid to for step-by-step instructions on how to tie the improved clinch knot. Knot instructions: How to tie an improved clinch knot  Video Included
1605 Views - Posted: August 07 at 10:46 am

The improved clinch knot is probably one of the first knots an angler learns, and is a quick, easy way to make a strong connection between line and hook.

Read the instructions below, then watch the accompanying video for great step-by-step visuals.


Bottom-fishing trips out of Southport are producing many different species. Bottom-fishing already good out of Southport; could weather make it better?
1224 Views - Posted: August 06 at 9:30 pm

Capt. Butch Foster of Yeah Right Charters in Southport said if the weather would just cooperate for a while, the fishing around Southport would be excellent – and the bottom-fishing is pretty good as it is. 


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
1022 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
1287 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
1278 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
1232 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.