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Take a shot at Wylie’s early winter crappie

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Seasonal patterns dictate the movements of crappie, no matter which lake you are fishing. However, on many clear lakes such as Lake Wylie on the North Carolina-South Carolina border, crappie movements may be more vertical than horizontal as the seasons change.
Mike Parrott, a tournament fisherman and past national crappie-fishing champion, said that a particular segment of Lake Wylie crappie takes up year-round residence around larger residential and commercial boat docks.Read More...
December 23, 2012 at 5:00 pm

Pamlico Sound spits out 50-pound striper

Capt. Richard Andrews of Tar-Pam Guide Service landed the biggest striper ever reported on hook-and-line in the greater Pamlico Sound area on Dec. 14.

“I’ve caught hundreds of adult stripers in the ocean during the winter while charter fishing out of Oregon Inlet; this is probably my biggest to date, and we were far from the ocean,” said Andrews, who is from Washington. “At 49 ¾ inches in total length and with a 26-inch girth, she was approximately 50 pounds.” Read More...
December 22, 2012 at 5:00 pm

Feds’ historic vote will protect Atlantic menhaden

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission voted on Dec. 14 for a historic reduction in the harvest of menhaden, an oily little baitfish that fishermen and biologists often call the “most important fish in the sea.”

On the final day of a meeting in Baltimore, ASFMC voted to adopt Amendment 2 to the Interstate Fishery Management Plan for menhaden, which was heralded by conservationists as the first step toward managing menhaden with respect to its importance to the ecosystem.
December 21, 2012 at 6:30 am

Montgomery County’s ‘Big Nasty’ falls to Oak Ridge hunter

A Montgomery County buck had given a family of hunters the slip for three years until Dec. 15, when Robbie Bennett finally downed the deer they called “Big Nasty.”

The buck’s non-typical antler rack, which features 19 points, has been gross scored by Biscoe taxidermist Bob Morgan at 172 4/8 inches.

“We had a three-year history with that deer,” said Bennett, a native of the Guilford County town of Oak Ridge.Read More...
December 20, 2012 at 5:00 pm

Mebane hunter blessed with Thanksgiving buck

The third week of November is typically the peak of the whitetail deer rut in North Carolina’s Piedmont area, and the results hunters had this year aren’t proving otherwise.

In the third week of November, Tarheel State hunters, including Mebane’s Jerry Payne, dropped several handsome whitetails. Payne’s deer fell Thanksgiving afternoon when the 38-year-old firefighter was hunting with his brother, Glenn Payne, in Caswell County.
December 19, 2012 at 6:30 am

Giant California yellowfin tuna battle for world record

Two huge yellowfin tuna – the two biggest ever – have been caught in the past couple of months, but only one is being considered for a new world record.

John Petruescu caught a 445-pound yellowfin just before sunrise on Dec. 9 while fishing on the Excel, a long-range charterboat out of San Diego, Calif., Although his fish surpassed the existing world record by a full 40 pounds, it was will not be considered as a possible world record because the boat’s captain grabbed the fishing rod twice during the fight, disqualifying it under the rules of the International Game Fish Association (IGFA).
December 13, 2012 at 10:29 am

Two men arrested after Craven County gill-netting incident

A Nov. 26 report of illegal gill netting in Craven County has led to two men being arrested by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, their boat seized and the wrongfully taken fish given to a community food bank.

The suspects had 450 yards of fine-mesh gill net stretched across the entire width of Hancock Creek, which is designated as inland waters. They had netted 89 spotted sea trout, some of them up to six pounds and weighing a total of 178 pounds – plus two mullet.Read More...
December 12, 2012 at 2:40 pm

Reward offered in latest red wolf shooting in NE North Carolina

The U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service is requesting assistance with an investigation involving the suspected illegal take of a radio-collared red wolf that was recently found dead with a suspected gunshot wound on November 29, 2012, south of Columbia, in Tyrrell County.

Anyone with information that directly leads to an arrest, a criminal conviction, a civil penalty assessment, or forfeiture of property on the subject or subjects responsible for the suspected unlawful take of this red wolf may be eligible for a reward of up to $2,500.

The red wolf is protected under The Endangered Species Act. The maximum criminal penalties for the unlawful taking of a red wolf are one year imprisonment and $100,000 fine per individual. Anyone with information on the death of this red wolf or any others, past or future, is urged to contact Special Agent Sandra Allred at (919) 856-4786, Refuge Officer Frank Simms at (252) 216-7504 or North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission Officer Robert Wayne at (252) 216-8225.
December 10, 2012 at 8:08 am

Magazine schedules saltwater fishing school for March 16 in Wilmington

North Carolina Sportsman’s annual saltwater fishing school will return to Wilmington and the Cape Fear Wildlife Expo on Saturday, March 16, providing fishermen with plenty if in-depth information from guides and other fishing experts on inshore and offshore fishing, tackle, baits and rigging.

The school, presented by Mercury, Sea Striker and Star Rods, will begin at 9 a.m. in the Wilmington Convention Center and Coastline Conference & Events Center. Seminars will continue through mid-afternoon, with lunch provided for all fishermen who sign up.
December 10, 2012 at 7:56 am

Inshore action going strong on lower Brunswick County coast

Redfish and speckled trout are biting well in the creeks along the Intracoastal Waterway from Ocean Isle Beach across the state line to Dunn Sound. Limits are being filled daily, with fishermen typically also releasing several dozen keeper-size fish and a few undersize yearlings.

Capt. Mark Dickson of Shallow Minded Guide Service said the inshore fishing was great the first week of December and doesn’t look to be slowing anytime soon. Unless there is a major change in the weather, there is no reason to expect the good fishing to slow any time soon.
December 07, 2012 at 3:29 pm

Lake Wylie crappie action great for last page on calendar

If you’re a Charlotte-area fishermen, your best option in early December is to head for Lake Wylie with crappie in mind.

“We are catching lots of crappie right now,” guide Jerry Neeley said. “That’s the best bet, although a few people are catching catfish.”
December 06, 2012 at 8:04 am

Iredell hunter wins November Bag-A-Buck contest user “G5 bowhunter” has won the November Bag-A-Buck contest presented by Leupold and Barnes Precision Machinery.

G5 bowhunter killed this tall, narrow 8-point buck on Nov. 9 in Iredell County and entered the contest just in time to be drawn as the monthly winner and receive a $25 gift certificate to the Sportsman Outdoor Store and a year’s subscription to North Carolina Sportsman.
December 05, 2012 at 2:48 pm

NCWHF offers Raver prints to benefit N.C. Quail Habitat Fund

The N.C. Wildlife Habitat Foundation’s latest project to help rebuild the state’s bobwhite quail population is being boosted by one of the state’s most-famous wildlife artists.

The NCWF is offering limited-edition prints of wildlife artist Duane Raver’s “Winter Roost,” a painting created specifically for the NCWHF. All proceeds will be earmarked for the N.C. Quail Habitat Fund.

December 05, 2012 at 9:00 am

N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries needs volunteers for shrimp committee

The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries is asking for volunteers to sit on a Shrimp Fishery Management Plan Advisory Committee that was activated by the N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission's decision to re-visit shrimp management.

The committee will focus on the effects of by-catch in the shrimp trawling fishery -- a hot topic since a DMF report last fall indicated that millions of juvenile fish are being killed in shrimp trawl nets.

NCDMF is looking for a cross-section of those representing the various commercial and recreational shrimp fisheries, including those who fish with large trawlers, small trawlers, skimmer trawlers, channel nets, shrimp pots and cast nets. The division would also like to seat scientists with expertise in the areas of bycatch and gear innovation, especially in trawls and bycatch reduction devices, as well as other individuals interested in shrimp fishing issues.
December 03, 2012 at 8:39 am

Specks, albacore highlight great fishing from Cape Lookout to New Bern

The fishing has been good from New Bern to Cape Lookout, and the variety of species that are biting isn’t bad, either, with stripers, puppy drum, speckled trout and false albacore making the short list.

“It has been an excellent fall so far,” said Capt. George Beckwith of Down East Guide Service. “We have guides working from the backwaters of the Neuse and Trent rivers around New Bern to the ocean around Cape Lookout, and all of them are finding fish.”
November 30, 2012 at 6:34 am

Cold weather kicks off striper bite at High Rock

Striped bass fishing has been sporadic at High Rock this fall, much like the naughty little girl — when she’s bad, she’s been very, very bad but when she’s good, she’s been very, very good.

“Until two weeks ago, we hadn’t found stripers on the main lake since spring,” said Jerry Hill of Southmont, a High Rock striper expert. “Everybody believes the fish went up the river (for the spawn) and didn’t come back down again, for some reason.

“But then we had the first cold-weather bite Nov. 17 in a Tarheel Striper Club a tournament.”

After months of inactivity, High Rock’s winter striper bite ignited, with fishermen weighing in 22 stripers that totaled 195 pounds, four ounces.
November 29, 2012 at 8:04 am