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Jeff Smith's 4-pound, 1-ounce kokanee salmon, caught June 11 from Nantahala Lake, is the new state record for that unusual species. State-record kokanee salmon from Nantahala Lake is confirmed
3657 Views - Posted: June 30 at 8:42 am

A Mills River man has broken the state record for kokanee salmon. Jeff Smith’s 4-pound, 1-ounce fish, caught from Nantahala Lake on June 11, was verified by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and certified this past Friday.

Float trips on the New River have been producing plenty of nice smallmouth bass. High-country smallmouth beckoning anglers to beat the heat
1394 Views - Posted: June 27 at 8:40 am

With summer causing fishermen and others to look for an escape from the heat, North Carolina’s foothills and mountains offer plenty in the form of smallmouth bass and mountain trout. And according to one guide, the smallmouth fishing in the New River is starting to peak.

Capt. Rick Bennett said flounder fishing is getting better and better around Wrightsville Beach and Carolina Beach. Flounder fishing on the up-tick around Wrightsville Beach, Carolina Beach
1388 Views - Posted: June 26 at 7:28 am

Flounder fishing is beginning to pick up around Wrightsville Beach and Carolina Beach, according to Capt. Rick Bennett of Rod-Man Charters, who said calm, summer weather is making it easy to get out and fish.

The N.C. House version of the 2014 state budget includes a section that would transfer N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission management of captive deer and elk to the N.C. Department of Agriculture. House bill would take management of captive deer away from NCWRC
1762 Views - Posted: June 25 at 3:34 pm

A section of the proposed 2014 House budget would transfer management authority over deer farming from the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission to the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. The Senate budget doesn’t include the proposal and both bodies currently are “reconciling” their versions.

The black spot on the dorsal fin of the Spanish mackerel is the single factor that most distinguishes it from king mackerel of similar sizes. Make sure you're "spot on" with mackerel identification
1829 Views - Posted: June 25 at 7:26 am

Is that a king mackerel of a Spanish mackerel you’re about to slide into your cooler? It might not quite be the $64,000 question, but it is one that could be expensive for fishermen if they make the wrong guess. The cost of court for having an undersize king mackerel is significant, and there is always the possibility of a hefty fine.

Todd Harris of Clemmons won the BFL tournament on High Rock this past Sunday by fishing his best docks later in the day. Clemmons angler rings dinner bell for High Rock bass
888 Views - Posted: June 24 at 6:57 am

Todd Harris of Clemmons took advantage of the “dinner bell bite” to win the June 21 Bass Fishing League Piedmont Division tournament at High Rock Lake.

Deep, clear Fontana Lake in the Great Smoky Mountains is producing plenty of trout and bass - and fishermen don't have to brave the heat to catch them. Fontana Lake offers great escape from the heat for fishermen
1705 Views - Posted: June 23 at 7:19 am

Anglers wishing to escape the early arriving summer heat don’t have many options — except mountain lakes in western North Carolina – and one of the best is Fontana Lake, where the fishing is providing plenty of action.

Use the right bait and the right hook to land big stripers during the summer. Live bait is the way to go for summer stripers on North Carolina lakes
1574 Views - Posted: June 20 at 12:43 pm

It’s hard to beat live bait when it comes to striper fishing, and Colt Bass, who guides on Lake Hickory and Lake Rhodhiss, said anglers need to bring the real deal when chasing stripers, especially as the summer action heats up.

UNC Sea Grant and the NCDMF are offering a graduate fellowship for a fisheries researcher to study bycatch. Sea Grant, NCDMF offering graduate fellowship to study bycatch
920 Views - Posted: June 18 at 6:01 pm

North Carolina Sea Grant and the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries are accepting applications for a fellowship opportunity for students nearing completion of an advanced degree program in natural resources or marine sciences.

Big flounder are really starting to show up in Southport's inshore waters, with plenty of bait already around. Inshore fishing around Southport is going great guns
1665 Views - Posted: June 18 at 7:22 am

Capt. Jimmy Price at Southport’s Wildlife Bait and Tackle said that inshore fishing has been very good lately, despite stained water from runoff that’s been rolling down the Cape Fear River all spring.

Kevin Sneed of Rigged & Ready Charters out of Holden Beach has caught plenty of Spanish over the past two weeks, most of them around inlets between the mouth of the Cape Fear River and the South Carolina state line. Plenty of Spanish being caught off Brunswick County beaches
915 Views - Posted: June 17 at 12:01 pm

With July on the horizon and mild June days sliding into the background, saltwater fishermen are still enjoying excellent runs of Spanish mackerel from the mouth of the Cape Fear River all the way to the South Carolina border.

Video caught the moment lightning struck the Magic Moment during the 2014 Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament out of Morehead City this weekend. Vid shows Big Rock marlin boat being struck by lightning  Video Included
8710 Views - Posted: June 13 at 6:34 pm

When the weather turns bad offshore therei's not much anglers can do. So it's not a real surprise the Magic Moment team left their spread out during the second day of the 2014 Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament taking place this weekend.

But things turned tense when lightning struck the boat — and it was all caught on video.