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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
731 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
1802 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
1478 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
973 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
1123 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.

Chris Kinyoun of Greensboro caught this 62-pound blue catfish at Badin Lake fishing with guide Chris Hammill. Badin Lake spits out 62-pound blue catfish
6617 Views - Posted: April 23 at 8:03 am

Guide Chris Hammill of Hammill Outdoor Adventure routinely boats fat blue catfish on Badin Lake, but April 20 was a special day, when a client won an epic tug of war with a 62-pound blue. Chris Kinyoun of Greensboro subdued the beast on one of his own bass outfits.

The Southern Kingfish Association, folded three weeks ago, has been purchased by a Florida group that will keep this year's tournament schedule intact and hold a national championship. Southern Kingfish Association is puchased, brought back to life
845 Views - Posted: April 22 at 7:41 am

The Southern Kingfish Association, pronounced dead three weeks ago, has received a big breath of life with the announcement that it has been purchased by the National Boat Owners Association, which plans to keep in place a tournament schedule it sanctions and hold a national championship this year.

The N.C. Wildlife Federation has created six rock reefs in Lake Norman over the past three years. Fifth and sixth rock reefs are built in Lake Norman
1357 Views - Posted: April 21 at 3:14 pm

Artificial reefs long have been deployed in coastal waters to enhance habitat for fish. They're made of sunken ships, concrete pipes and old bridge pilings. Now that same concept is being applied to Lake Norman near Charlotte with the creation of rock reefs in the 32,510-acre reservoir.

Frank Dalli's huge jack crevalle, caught April 2 out of Wrightsville Beach, is a potential state record. Potential state-record jack crevalle caught out of Wrightsville Beach
1469 Views - Posted: April 18 at 8:49 am

A Wake Forest fishermen has caught a potential state-record jack crevalle out of Wrightsville Beach. Frank Dalli was fishing with his son, Luke, and Capt. Mike Jackson of Live Line Charters when he caught the big fish on April 2 – and another that was within a pound of a state record.

The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries said that commercial netters exceeded their entire quota of red drum for the 2014 season in only 84 days last fall. North Carolina closes commercial netting for red drum until at least Sept. 1.
1715 Views - Posted: April 17 at 12:01 pm

The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries has closed commercial fishing for red drum statewide because netters caught more than their allowable poundage for the entire season in just a few months last fall.

Guide Rod Thomas said stripers are on the way up the Roanoke River but haven't reached Weldon yet. Roanoke River stripers still downriver, but headed for Weldon
1182 Views - Posted: April 17 at 6:01 am

The cold snap that ripped through North Carolina late Tuesday may have killed some plants and fruit-tree buds, but it fired up striped bass in the Roanoke River. "The push of water is bringing fish to Weldon,” said Rod “Capt. Ponytail” Thomas, a former cameraman for ESPN and The Outdoor Channel who guides out of Weldon during the spring striper run.

The Pamlico Sound behind Hatteras and Ocracoke islands has been loaded with puppy drum. Huge number of puppy drum invades sound behind Hatteras
1114 Views - Posted: April 16 at 6:00 am

Capt. Joey Van Dyke of Fingeance Charters in Hatteras said fishermen along the edge of Pamlico Sound are receiving a special treat this spring – an invasion of puppy drum. Van Dyke has not seen a spring like this one in either the numbers of fish or the intensity of the action.