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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
944 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.

John Gornto won $100 for catching the first king mackerel off Ocean Crest Pier -- the first of 12 since Friday. King mack attack begins on Ocean Crest Pier
889 Views - Posted: May 08 at 6:01 am

Vance Courson of Ocean Crest Pier on Oak Island said the king mackerel waited until May to make an appearance, but it didn’t take long once the calendar page flipped. The action began the morning of May 2 and is still going strong. As of Wednesday, 12 kings and three cobia have been caught from the pier, and the . weather forecast looks really good for the next few days.

Kathie Brown caught this Spanish mackerel on April 30 on the Ocean Crest Pier on Oak Island. Oak Island fishing picking up; Spanish beginning to arrive
978 Views - Posted: May 06 at 6:00 am

Paul Anderson of Island Fishing Center in Oak Island said it appears spring has finally arrived and fishing is improving around the moth of the Cape Fear River. He said water has warmed up over the past 10 days of good weather, fish are hungry and becoming more active, and more fish are arriving daily.

Stanton McDuffie (left), a former N.C.State BassPack member, and Todd Nixon, a SGM from Pinehurst and Fort Bragg, display their three bass at the Warriors on the Water tournament at Jordan Lake. Ninth Warriors on the Water tournament draws 150 angler teams to Jordan Lake
906 Views - Posted: May 05 at 8:06 am

The ninth annual Warriors on the Water Bass Tournament – the idea came from three military retirees – drew 150 two-man teams last Friday at Jordan Lake, with 2013 winners Will Blanton of Fayetteville and Cory Kidwell of Alariogordo, N.M., defending their title with a 5-bass limit that weighed 20.13 pounds and included the day’s big fish, a 7.60-pounder.

To prevent discards of red drum caught in large-mesh gill nets next month, the N.C. Division of Marine fisheries has ordered that commercial gear out of all inshore waters on Monday. Fisheries group wants red drum re-opened, gets only gill-net closure instead
1956 Views - Posted: May 02 at 2:46 pm

Banned from selling red drum until at least September because of overharvest, commercial fishermen in North Carolina requested on Tuesday that the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries reopen the commercial season on a limited basis after taking nets out of the water for the rest of May.They got half their wish today, when NCDMF’s director said he would close all internal waters to large-mesh gill-netting for all species on Monday for at least the next month because of the possibility of reds being caught in nets and discarded. But Dr. Louis Daniel also said Friday there is no chance of re-opening the commercial harvest or reds until at least Sept. 1.

Rod King of Durham said crappie fishing has broken loose on Falls of the Neuse and Jordan lakes. Crappie fishing in Triangle-area lakes is heating up
1190 Views - Posted: May 01 at 6:01 am

Grab your pole and head to the fishin’ hole. That’s the advice of Rod King, a veteran crappie fisherman from Durham.

The channel through the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge over Oregon Inlet has silted in almost completely, causing difficult passage to the Atlantic Ocean. Oregon Inlet channel has already silted in to dangerous level
1493 Views - Posted: April 30 at 6:00 pm

It took $7.8 million in dredging to get Oregon Inlet passable last fall. It took about five months for Mother Nature to take it back.

Fishermen aren't sure whether or not Tuckertown Lake's largemouth bass have spawned, but they know they're biting in the shallows. Tuckertown bass bite is still shallow, but spawning stage undetermined
758 Views - Posted: April 30 at 12:00 pm

Despite muddy water, the shallow-water bite on largemouth bass remains strong at Tuckertown Lake, with 20-pound stringers being the norm for winning wildcat weekly wildcat tournaments.

North Carolina deer hunters killed a record 188,130 deer in the 2013-14 season, an all-time harvest record. North Carolina deer harvest sets all-time record
1875 Views - Posted: April 29 at 6:01 am

North Carolina deer hunters posted an all-time harvest record during the 2013-14 season, tagging 188,130 whitetails according to the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission.

Brian Sykes' Orange County gobbler had five beards that measured between 7 and 9 3/4 inches. Orange County gobbler with five beards will rank No. 10 all-time in North Carolina
1528 Views - Posted: April 28 at 7:32 am

Veteran turkey hunter Brian Sykes of the Caldwell community in northeastern Orange County has had little trouble filling his tags in recent season, but a gobbler he took two weeks ago is a first for him: a 5-bearded bird that ranks in the top 10 all-time in North Carolina.

Jarrett Freeze (left) and C.J. Johnston found the pot of bassin' gold at the CATT Gold tourney at High Rock last Saturday by ignoring the flooded bushes.
Fishing out of the shallows beats beating the bushes at High Rock
1010 Views - Posted: April 24 at 6:00 am

Fishermen at High Rock Lake are trying their best to beat the bushes for bass right now, but it’s a different place and pattern that are producing the best catches.

Bragging-size walleye are more common at Lake Gaston than most fishermen realize. Try Lake Gaston walleye as a spring alternative
1173 Views - Posted: April 23 at 6:00 pm

Tired of same ol’ spring fishing for largemouth, crappie, striped bass or catfish? Want to try something completely different, a fish that’s considered among the best-tasting in freshwater? How about walleye? And you don’t have to haul your boat several hours to reach deep, western North Carolina impoundments only to catch a handful of 1- to 1-pound fish. That leaves Lake Gaston.