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Guide Jeff Thomas said bass are getting on summer patterns, and he expects the bite to get even better as the weather heats up. Summer patterns producing for Shearon Harris bass
2850 Views - Posted: June 28, 2012 at 3:05 pm
Summer patterns for catching largemouth bass are “coming on strong,” at Shearon Harris Lake, according to guide Jeff Thomas of Broadway.

“It’s definitely going to get better as the weather gets hotter,” said Thomas, who has recently focused on Harris with deep-diving crankbait, big plastic worms fished on a Carolina rig and football-head jigs.

Fishermen may be able to keep a limited number of red snapper this fall if proposed Feds discuss limited opening of red snapper season
2322 Views - Posted: June 27, 2012 at 9:34 am
The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council has voted to request an emergency rule to allow recreational and commercial fishermen the opportunity to harvest a limited number of red snapper. If approved quickly by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce, the season could open later this year, possibly as soon as early fall.

Capt. Rick Bennett said the late spring and early summer has produced plenty of nice flounder in the Wrightsville Beach area. Flounder have arrived at Wrightsville Beach in good numbers
2217 Views - Posted: June 26, 2012 at 3:05 pm
Give credit to the warm winter or whatever reason you prefer, but what is important is that flounder have arrived in good numbers around Wrightsville Beach, and they are biting well.

The author caught this striper in the lower Roanoke River near Plymouth on a streamer fly. The striper run is still on -- just downstream
2190 Views - Posted: June 25, 2012 at 9:01 am
During the spring, the tiny town of Weldon at the head of the Roanoke River gets blasted with hundreds of thousands of spawning stripers every year and their fair share of anglers. The spawning run is famed as one of the biggest striper success stories in the country and for good reason.

But as water temperatures rise, those fish leave their spawning grounds and head downstream towards their summer quarters in the Albemarle Sound. While the Weldon action may have ended in May, the striper fury is on again in the river’s lower reaches.

North Carolina hunters killed more than 15,000 turkeys during the month-long spring season that ended in mid-May. North Carolina hunters set a fifth-straight spring-turkey harvest record
2139 Views - Posted: June 24, 2012 at 9:45 pm
While other southeastern states have seen declines in wild turkey numbers and falling harvest figures, North Carolina continues to buck the trend.

Hunters produced a record harvest during the recent spring gobbler season for the fifth-straight year, with 15,421 turkeys taken, 945 more than in 2011. The 9.3-percent increase almost matched 2011’s 9.5-percent jump over 2010’s harvest total.

Expanded beach access at Cape Hatteras National Seashore will give anglers more opportunities to enjoy the ocean’s bounty. Rep. Jones bill to open Cape Hatteras beaches passes House
2575 Views - Posted: June 22, 2012 at 4:30 pm
After striking out a half-dozen times trying to change public beach access at Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Rep. Walter Jones Jr. has hit a home run in Congress.

On Tuesday, June 19, the U.S. House of Representative passed his bill, HR 4094, by a 232-188 margin, reopening miles of beach to pedestrians and off-road-vehicles.

If Senate Bill 2372, a bi-partisan companion bill submitted by Sen. Richard Burr and Sen. Kay Hagan passes next week, the latest NPS plan will be replaced by the Interim Plan.

Spotted bass are plentiful at Lake Norman now and likely to be caught with Sabiki rigs. Sabiki rigs key to catching everything Lake Norman has to offer during the summer
3638 Views - Posted: June 21, 2012 at 7:57 am
Lake Norman has “turned over”, and not in the traditional sense that anglers talk about when observing the fall “turnover” of a lake that occurs after water temperature changes.

Norman’s turnover is that it’s changed from a striped-bass fishery to one dominated by spotted bass and flathead catfish.

Guide Craig Price of Denver said most of his fishing trips now are centered around an unusual lure choice — Sabiki rigs.

Capt. Stu Caulder releases a big puppy drum caught in the marshes off the Cape Fear River. Cape Fear puppy drum really on the prowl
2751 Views - Posted: June 20, 2012 at 9:04 am
The puppy drum in the Cape Fear region are biting more like bulldogs than puppies.

“Our fishing has been really good,” said Capt Stu Caulder of Gold Leader Fishing in Wrightsville Beach. “We have had fish in the marsh and creeks where we usually find them and have been catching them mixed with trout and flounder in places we don’t usually see them. One of the good things about redfish is when you find them, they are usually hungry and ready to bite.”

Wintering waterfowl like these tundra swans may not have to worry about flying into 497-foot-tall wind mills, as a Chicago-based energy company has put on hold its plans to build a 11,000-acre wind farm in Beaufort County, just two miles from the Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge. Wind farm project put on hold over concerns about bald eagles
2870 Views - Posted: June 19, 2012 at 8:59 am
Invenergy LLC of Chicago, operating in North Carolina as Pantego Wind Energy, apparently has thrown in the towel on locating a controversial “wind farm” in Beaufort County, close to a major national wildlife refuge.

However, Invenergy/PWE said it would continue to study the problem an 11,000-acre wind farm with 497-foot-tall wind mills would pose to local bird life, specifically endangered and protected bald eagles.

Dolphin were the No. 1 fish for recreational anglers in North Carolina waters in 2011, with 3.5 million pounds hitting the docks. Commercial fishermen continue to take most of North Carolina's saltwater bounty
2435 Views - Posted: June 18, 2012 at 8:11 am
North Carolina’s commercial and recreational fishermen saw harvests decline slightly in 2011, but for-profit fishing continued to lead all landings by weight and income by a large margin.

Flybuoy, a boat out of Charleston, S.C., won the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament with this 499.3-pound blue marlin caught on the first of six competition days. Flybuoy holds on to win Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament with opening-day marlin
2285 Views - Posted: June 17, 2012 at 8:05 pm
A blue marlin caught the first morning of competition hung on through five days of competition, and the crew of the boat that caught it walked away with the first-prize money in the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament on Saturday in Morehead City.

Maynard Edwards likes fishing Tuckertown Lake during June for shallow-water largemouths.

Tuckertown bass heat up as summer approaches
2973 Views - Posted: June 14, 2012 at 9:30 am
Anglers who spend time on the Yadkin River impoundments talk about High Rock Lake as the gold standard of the chain’s bass fisheries, but during June, nothing is finer in Central Carolina than Tuckertown Lake.

At least that’s what now full-time guide Maynard Edwards of Yadkin Lakes Guide Service in Lexington believes.