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Thirteen commercial fishermen have been charged with multiple violations of federal fishing regulations for catching 90,000 pounds of striped bass in the ocean off North Carolina's coast. Thirteen commercial fishermen charged in illegal ocean striper fishing
4726 Views - Posted: January 22 at 10:18 am

Twelve commercial fishermen from North Carolina and one from Georgia have been charged in federal court in Raleigh for the illegal harvest and sale and false reporting of around 90,000 pounds of striped bass from federal waters off the coast of North Carolina during 2009 and 2010, the Justice Department announced on Wednesday. The average retail value of the illegally harvested striped bass is approximately $1.1 million.


Guide Stu Caulder (right) has had to move from the Cape Fear to the Northeast Cape Fear River to catch stripers because of a lot of cold, dirty water in the bigger river. Cold, muddy water has moved Cape Fear stripers to Northeast Cape Fear
1137 Views - Posted: January 22 at 6:12 am

Stripers moving up the Cape Fear River into the Wilmington area have made a bit of a detour, thanks to cold, dirty runoff, and they’re being caught in the Northeast Cape Fear, according to Stuart Caulder of Gold Leader Fishing.


Two fly-tying clinics are scheduled for the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education next month. Commission schedules two fly-tying clinics for February
1080 Views - Posted: January 21 at 10:13 am

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has scheduled two fly-tying clinics next month through the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education near Brevard. Both clinics are free and require pre-registration on a first-come, first-serve basis. They are open to anyone ages 12 to adult.


Mike Martin of Southport caught this nice speckled trout fishing with Capt. Butch Foster. Clean water with little current has been equation for good Southport trout, reds
1185 Views - Posted: January 20 at 9:08 am

Finding clear and fairly still water has been the ticket for redfish, speckled trout and an occasional black drum the past two weeks, according to Capt. Butch Foster of Yeah Right Charters in Southport.


The crew of the Fish Bucket landed this 1,005-pound bluefin tuna last Tuesday about 3 1/2 miles out of Beaufort Inlet. Largest North Carolina bluefin ever, by 200 pounds, caught out of Beaufort Inlet
79116 Views - Posted: January 19 at 3:24 pm

Bluefin tuna fishing around Morehead City is shaping up to be one of the best in years, and last Tuesday, it may have hit its peak. After a grueling battle that lasted 3 hours over nearly 10 miles of ocean, two fishermen trolling near Beaufort inlet hauled in what is unofficially the largest bluefin tuna ever brought to North Carolina scales, weighing 1,005 pounds and measuring 115 inches long.


A 14-foot great white shark named Katharine has been tracked across the Pamlico Sound and much of North Carolina's coastline this month. GPS-tagged great white shark spends much of mid-January in North Carolina waters
17127 Views - Posted: January 18 at 8:47 pm

A tracking device indicated that a “famous” 14-foot great white shark, tagged in 2013 off the Massachusetts coast, apparently swam through Oregon Inlet, into and around Pamlico Sound during the second week of January.


A great year-class of stripers spawned in 2011 is making for excellent winter fishing in the lower Roanoke River. Stripers in lower Roanoke River are biting up a storm
1926 Views - Posted: January 14 at 8:50 pm

Although the weather outside may be frightful, lower Roanoke River winter striper fishing has hit its stride.


Anglers are landing good-size striped bass in deep water at Lake Hickory by using rainbow trout as live baits. Cold weather hasn't slowed down striper bite at Lake Hickory
1054 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.


Samantha Brown's unusual drop-tine Stanly County buck won North Carolina Sportsman's December Bag-A-Buck contest. Salisbury woman is December Bag-A-Buck winner
2362 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.


Fishermen have been catching plenty of slot-sized red drum around the Cape Lookout rock jetties, along with bluefish, black drum and sea mullet. Forget the bluefins! The drum are biting around the Cape Lookout rock jetty
1209 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.


More and bigger hybrid bass are showing up in the creels of Lake Norman fishermen; the bite over the past several weeks has been excellent. Lake Norman anglers welcome great cold-weather hybrid bite
1113 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.


Hunter Davis has an awfully big seat on his dad's boat, Grady Bunch, after it landed a 785-pound bluefin tuna on Jan. 1. The crew followed up that catch with a 767-pound bluefin the next day. Back-to-back bluefin add up to more than 1,500 pounds for Fuquay-Varina captain
9283 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.