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Morehead City-based Inspiration, captained by Casey Wagner, brought a 753.4-pound blue marlin to the scales Monday to lead the Big Rock Blue Marlin tournament. Inspiration is Big Rock leader after boating huge marlin
1814 Views - Posted: June 09 at 7:27 pm

Rare has there been a day like Monday’s opening round of the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament out of Morehead City. Three big blue marlin were brought to the scales, and two of them may stay atop the leader board for the entire six days of action unless something else tremendous happens. 

The crew of Huge marlin wins Cape Fear tournament, sets record
1257 Views - Posted: June 09 at 12:01 pm

Capt. Hunter Blount, Jim Holmes and the crew of the “Coverage” out of Morehead City, are on a tear this year having won two of the first three of the tournaments in the N.C. Governor’s Cup Billfishing Conservation Series, taking first place in the Cape Fear Blue Marlin tournament last weekend with an 821.2-pound blue marlin that set a tournament record.

Matthew McKnight and mate Ian Moulder admire McKnight's 73-pound bull dolphin, caught June 1 on the Huge Hatteras dolphin comes up just short of state record
1557 Views - Posted: June 08 at 6:30 pm

When Matthew McKnight left Rhinebeck, N.Y., to visit his brother, Sean, on the Outer Banks, the two decided that an offshore fishing trip was in order, and it was a great decision. Fishing on the “Big Tahuna” out of Teach’s Lair Marina in Hatteras on June 1, Matthew McKnight boated a 73-pound dolphin that was six pounds shy of the 21-year-old state record.

North Carolina's spring wild-turkey harvest was off 8-percent this year, but it was still the second-largest on record. North Carolina turkey harvest is off 8 percent from 2013 levels
1006 Views - Posted: June 06 at 6:02 am

For the first time in seven seasons, North Carolina wild turkey hunters saw a decline in the total spring harvest. During the April 12-May 10 gobblers-only season, hunters downed 16,912 birds. 

North Carolina fishermen will get 8 days in July to target red snapper. Feds announce 8-day season for red snapper
1012 Views - Posted: June 05 at 6:01 pm

Fishermen in the Carolinas and other South Atlantic states will have eight days to catch red snapper this month, it was announced in early June. 

Guide Colt Bass said striper fishing at Lake Hickory has bounced back this year after a poor 2013 season. Lake Hickory striper fishing on upswing after a poor 2013
1379 Views - Posted: June 05 at 12:01 pm

Lake Hickory is bouncing back from a tough 2013, with striped bass being landed across the lake thanks to a cool spring and what looks like a mild beginning to summer. Guide Colt Bass of Colt Bass fishing has been consistently catching stripers ranging from 10 to 20 pounds, and he expects the action to only get better.

Hatteras Inlet is full of gray trout, and fishermen are catching them, plus flounder, Spanish mackerel, bluefish and sea mullet there. Hatteras Inlet is literally full of fish
1064 Views - Posted: June 04 at 12:01 pm

The wind has finally quit blowing at Hatteras, so boats are heading back out into the ocean, but they don’t really need to, and when they do, they don’t need to go far for good fishing, because Hatteras Inlet is full of fish.

The Roanoke River is producing some big blue catfish as the spring striper run wanes and fish move back downstream. Try Roanoke River for big blue cats as striper run wanes
1250 Views - Posted: June 02 at 6:00 pm

The spring striped bass migration has ended in the Roanoke River and fish have turned around and headed downstream toward Albemarle Sound and the Atlantic Ocean until next March. But tremendous-size fish remain in the river, blue catfish, with individuals that'd make the largest rockfish look like a bluegill.

Redfish are starting to hit live bait in the cuts and along spoil islands in the Cape Fear River and in coastal creeks around Carolina Beach. Carolina Beach fishing on steady improvement curve
884 Views - Posted: June 02 at 9:43 am

Kyle Lewis at Island Tackle and Hardware in Carolina Beach said more fish are arriving daily in area waters and action is picking up from the backwaters to the Gulf Stream.

The federal protection of red wolves in five eastern North Carolina counties apparently trumps the state's right to manage coyotes, according to a federal judge's decision. Judge puts halt to coyote hunting in five NE NC counties
1564 Views - Posted: May 30 at 12:01 pm

A U.S. District Court judge issued a temporary injunction earlier this month that banned coyote hunting in five counties in eastern North Carolina because endangered red wolves may have been mistakenly killed in the same areas, but the decision will be up for review in September.

On June 1, commercial fishermen will be able to put large-mesh gill nets back in the water in five areas where there's little chance of encountering turtles and red drum. Commission opens commercial netting June 1 in limited areas
1224 Views - Posted: May 30 at 6:00 am

The N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission turned down the opportunity to open commercial netting of red drum at its meeting last week in Pine Knoll Shores, but it will allow netters to put large-mesh gill nets back in the water on June 1 in areas that haven’t traditionally been home to either reds or endangered sea turtles.

Guide Jerry Hill of Lexington caught an 8-fish limit of striped bass on High Rock Lake this past Saturday that averaged better than 10 pounds per fish, anchored by this 11.3-pound fish. Lexington guide exults in tremendous High Rock striper catch
907 Views - Posted: May 29 at 11:02 am

Guide Jerry Hill of Lexington had an unforgettable Memorial Day weekend at High Rock Lake. On Saturday, Hill caught eight stripers totaling 81.4 pounds, with individual weights of 11.3, 11.2, 10.6, 10.6, 10.4, 9.4, 9.3 and 8.6 pounds.