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Jeremy and Samantha Evans caught this 65-pound blue catfish at Badin Lake this past Sunday. Refilling Badin offers great shot at big blue catfish
3488 Views - Posted: February 01, 2013 at 12:00 pm
Reservoirs along the Yadkin River system are known for their large catfish, and Badin Lake is at the head of the class.

The fishery there for big blues and flatheads is so good that variable weather this winter and a 2-month drawdown haven’t had much of an effect on the bite.

Kinston’s “Unreel” fishing team won the SKA Key West Harbor King Mackerel Tournament with this 56.41-pound fish. Kinston-based boat wins first SKA king mackerel event of 2013
2721 Views - Posted: January 31, 2013 at 12:00 pm
The first Southern Kingfish Association tournament of the 2013 season was held in Key West, Fla., last weekend, and first-place trophy has returned to North Carolina.

Team Unreel, captained by Steve Squires of Kinston, won the two-day Key West Harbor King Mackerel Tournament, beating a field of 58 other boats with a 56.41-pound king.

John Parks and Ed Petrelli of the Carnivore still don’t have their first-place prize for winning the 2010 Big Rock Blue Marlin tournament because the state supreme court has ruled that a suit filed by a boat whose winning fish was disqualified for a rules violation must be tried again in Carteret County Superior Court. N.C. Supreme Court rules that disqualified winner of 2012 Big Rock tournament should get a new trial
2732 Views - Posted: January 30, 2013 at 12:00 am
The North Carolina Supreme Court decided on Jan. 25 that the 2010 Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament still doesn’t have a winner.

The court has sent back to the Carteret Count Superior Court for retrial a suit brought by the owners of a boat that was disqualified for a rules violation after catching a tournament-record blue marlin that would have been worth almost a million dollars.

It may not happen for a while, but North Carolina hunters may eventually have to have special tags to harvest black bears. Special tags, baiting may be in works for bear hunters
2090 Views - Posted: January 29, 2013 at 12:00 pm
The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s Jan. 16 Big Game Committee meeting discussing the state’s expanding bear population produced agreement among diverse user groups, according to David Cobb, director of the agency’s Wildlife Management Division, but no new proposals were adopted.

“The discussions covered a broad spectrum of ideas, all the way to leaving things the way they are now to allowing more-liberalized take of bears over bait,” Cobb said. “But we didn’t make any decisions or proposals.”

Magnum-size blue catfish are available all winter in the upper Neuse River, its tributaries and the Trent River. Catfish bite still good in upper Neuse and Trent rivers, and their tributaries
4300 Views - Posted: January 28, 2013 at 12:00 pm
Although most freshwater fish slow down when the water really cools off during the winter, the frigid temperatures don’t seem to bother catfish.

It doesn’t matter if air or water temperatures are hot, pleasant or cold, catfish will bite. And one of the best places to try for a trophy blue cat or flathead catfish is the upper Neuse River and its tributaries.

Two NCDMF biologists do some minor surgery on a striped bass caught in the Cape Fear Riverwatch tournament last weekend, inserting a tag that will help them understand striper movements in the river. Trio wins Cape Fear Riverwatch striper tournament with 11 releases
2158 Views - Posted: January 23, 2013 at 9:56 am
Capt. Jim Sabella led Dean Lamont and Ben Bowditch to the grand prize in the Cape Fear Riverwatch Invitational Striper Tournament on Jan. 19 in Wilmington.

The all-release tournament is part of the annual Cape Fear Riverwatch Striperfest. All stripers caught were tagged and released, with around 20 fish receiving sonic tags that record if and when they pass over the top of the rock-arch fish ladder at Lock and Dam No. 1 on the Cape Fear.

Guide Freddie Sinclair has been catching plenty of nice crappie in deep water at Shearon Harris Lake. Crappie bite has been consistently good at Shearon Harris Lake
5766 Views - Posted: January 21, 2013 at 1:57 pm
When a few days of warm weather rolled across central North Carolina last week, anglers were quick to head for local lakes.

No place got more business than Shearon Harris, a 4,100-acre impoundment between Raleigh and Sanford. However, most of the boats and fishermen targeted crappie and not the largemouth bass that built the lake’s reputation.

Guide Mark Stacy said redfish and speckled trout have been biting from Shallotte and Ocean Isle to the South Carolina line. Redfish, specks picking up along SE coast as weather warms
2309 Views - Posted: January 21, 2013 at 9:13 am
The warm weather of the past week-and-a-half has turned on the bite in the salt water marshes of lower Brunswick County. Redfish had been biting pretty well and that got better, plus, they were joined by some hungry speckled trout.

Capt Mark Stacy of Ocean Isle Fishing Charters said the first half of January brought excellent condition and good fishing to the waters around Ocean Isle Beach. He ventured east to the Shallotte River and west to Little River Inlet and found hungry red drum and specks in numerous places.

Tim Gallimore caught this 46-pound gag grouper on May 1,
2011, but didn’t know he could submit it for a state record until six months
ago. His record catch was certified on Jan. 12.

Ocean Isle man caught 46-pound fish on May 1, 2011 – didn’t know it was state record
3041 Views - Posted: January 17, 2013 at 12:03 pm
More than 18 months after he caught it, Tim Gallimore’s 46-pound gag grouper
has been recognized as a North Carolina state record.

Gallimore, of Ocean Isle Beach, caught the huge grouper on May 1, 2011,
fishing about 60 miles off Ocean Isle with friends. Back in port, he got the
grouper officially weighed and certified and received a citation for his
catch from the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries. He knew that North
Carolina didn’t have a state record for gag grouper, but he didn’t know he
could apply to establish the initial record.

Nice speckled trout have been biting in deep holes in the backs of creeks off the Neuse and Trent rivers around New Bern. Backs of creeks feeding Trent and Neuse rivers full of specks, pups
1821 Views - Posted: January 17, 2013 at 10:55 am
It might be winter, but the speckled trout, puppy drum and stripers in the Neuse and Trent Rivers haven’t gone into hibernation. They are in the river and its feeder creeks, and feeding regularly appears to rank very near the top of their to-do list.

Capt. Joe Ward of Down East Guide Service said it is not difficult to catch specks, reds and stripers in a single trip, and there are days he adds flounder, raccoon perch and more. The dividing lines for coastal, joint and inland fishing waters are in the waters around New Bern, but the fish don’t seem to understand. Ward said many days his best catches of the saltwater species are well back in the creeks in inland waters.

Toby Grantham’s 27.6-pound scamp grouper was certified as North Carolina’s first state record for that species. Knightdale man’s catch certified as North Carolina’s first state-record scamp grouper.
3501 Views - Posted: January 16, 2013 at 9:00 am
When Toby Grantham of Knightdale held up a scamp grouper he’d just caught last Sept. 25, Dave Tilley, the captain of the Continental Shelf, exclaimed, “That’s a potential state record!”

Tilley was correct.

On Jan. 14, the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries certified the 27.6-pound fish as its first state-record scamp grouper.

‘dharper0413’ killed this great 7-point buck on Dec. 3. It won the December Bag-A-Buck contest. December Bag-A-Buck winner goes to hunter’s first buck
2063 Views - Posted: January 15, 2013 at 12:00 pm
NorthCarolinaSportsman.com user “dharper0413” wasted little time entering the magazine’s Bag-A-Buck contest presented by Leupold and Barnes Precision Machinery after he killed the first buck of his hunting career on Dec. 3.

On New Year’s Day, he got a second dose of good luck when his entry was drawn as the winner of the December contest. “dharper0413” will receive a $25 gift certificate to the Sportsman Outdoor Store and a year’s subscription to North Carolina Sportsman.