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Biologists believe that an increase in good habitat can help bolster quail populations on private and public lands. Commission biologist supports latest quail-restoration project
3099 Views - Posted: March 27, 2012 at 9:32 am
The decline of bobwhite quail in the southeast and in North Carolina has been increasingly alarming to sportsmen.

2012 Bassmaster Classic champ Chris Lane made a huge move today to come within 10 ounces of taking the lead in the Elite Series stop on Florida's Lake Okeechobee. Lane cuts lead to 10 ounces on third day of Okeechobee Elite Series tournament
2054 Views - Posted: March 24, 2012 at 8:38 pm
Nothing short of a heroic effort Saturday could have knocked Ish Monroe of Hughson, Calif., off his lead of 13 pounds, 11 ounces in the Bassmaster Elite Series Power-Pole Slam on Lake Okeechobee.

Meet Chris Lane, almost-hero. He brought 31 pounds, 3 ounces to the scales Saturday (March 24) and put it up against Monroe’s 18 pounds, 2 ounces. The result was Monroe, 77-6, Lane 76-12.

Suddenly, after trailing Monroe from afar after two days, Lane was only 10 ounces behind.

California's Ish Monroe kept a tight grip on the Lake Okeechobee Bassmaster Elite Series after two days of competition. Monroe holds lead of Elite Series tournament on Lake Okeechobee
2009 Views - Posted: March 23, 2012 at 9:36 pm
Smashing a six-year-old Bassmaster Elite Series record and threatening others, Ish Monroe increased his lead Friday to 13 pounds, 11 ounces, in the Power-Pole Slam over his nearest challenger, 2012 Bassmaster Classic champion Chris Lane.

Monroe weighed in 24-15 Friday to add to his gigantic first-day sack of 34-5 for a two-day total of 59-4 on Lake Okeechobee. Lane, who won Bassmaster events on Okeechobee in 2006 and 2010, had 45-9 for second place, moving up from fourth.

Ish Monroe claimed the first-day lead of the Bassmaster Elite Series stop on Lake Okeechobee. Monroe leads first day of Okeechobee Elite Series stop
1719 Views - Posted: March 23, 2012 at 6:50 pm
Ish Monroe of Hughson, Calif., had one of those magical days all pros dream about: hauling aboard lunker after lunker after lunker. The five best added up to 34 pounds, 5 ounces, giving Monroe the first-day lead in the Power-Pole Slam on Lake Okeechobee by 8 pounds, 12 ounces, over Davy Hite.

So good was his day, Monroe was able to cull a 6-plus-pounder, trading it in for what turned out to be his largest, a 7-11.

Kristopher and Chelsey Queen from Bandys High School took 1st place at the North Carolina High School Fishing State Championship. Brother-sister duo wins North Carolina High School Fishing State Championship
2580 Views - Posted: March 19, 2012 at 1:40 pm
The brother and sister team of Kristopher and Chelsey Queen from Bandys High School are well on their way in the world of tournament bass fishing.

The siblings, who traveled to Russellville, Ark., last year and finished third in the prestigious High School Fishing World Finals, captured the 2012 North Carolina State High School Bass Fishing Championship March 17 with an incredible four fish weight of 21.80 pounds.

Flounder fishermen who target flatfish around reefs and wrecks in the ocean aren't required to use circle hooks with live bait as are anglers targeting members of the grouper/snapper complex. Circle hook regs don't affect flounder fishermen
4619 Views - Posted: March 19, 2012 at 10:38 am
When the South Atlantic Fisheries Management Council passed a regulation several years ago that required circle hooks to catch fish in the grouper-snapper complex, fishermen were caught up in questions about whether anglers targeting other bottomfish species could use standard J-hooks – or were they faced with trying to catch, say, flounder, on circle hooks.

The answer is fairly simple: no.

Texas' Alton Jones won his first Bassmaster Elite Series tournament today during the 2012 inaugural event on the St. Johns River. Jones clinches Elite Series win on Florida's St. Johns River
1767 Views - Posted: March 18, 2012 at 10:38 pm
Alton Jones’ Sunday victory on the St. Johns River was all the sweeter for the redemption sprinkled on top.

He finally got the St. Johns Bassmaster Elite Series win that slipped through his fingers last season. That memory, and the fact that he ran out of time Sunday to entice a lunker he could see on a bed, gave the Texas pro a few tense moments as he was waiting for the final-day trek to the scales. He was feeling shaky despite the 9-pound lead he had going into the day.

Bassmaster pro Alton Jones leads the Elite Series tournament on the St. Johns River by more than 9 pounds, but the river is turning out huge sacks that could erase that margin on the final day. Jones goes into St. Johns River finale with Elite Series lead
1804 Views - Posted: March 18, 2012 at 7:37 am
Texas pro Alton Jones extended his lead in the 2012 Bassmaster Elite Series opener on Florida’s St. Johns River to just more than 9 pounds yesterday (March 17).

His 62-pound, 14-ounce total might seem insurmountable, but anything can happen in a tournament during huge sacks of bass are being caught.

Texas pro Alton Jones jumped 17 places to take the second-day lead of the Bassmaster Elite Series stop at the St. Johns River. Jones takes second-day lead of St. Johns River Elite Series stop
1898 Views - Posted: March 16, 2012 at 7:23 pm
Alton Jones jumped from 17th to the top position after the second day of the Bassmaster Elite Series stop at Florida’s St. Johns River on the strength of a two-day total of 44 pounds, 14 ounces.

His nearly 28 1/2-pound second-day sack gave him a margin of more than 7 pounds over his nearest competition, Virginia’s Rick Morris and Tennessee’s David Walker.

Morris and Walker were tied for second place with 37-10 going into the third day of competition.

N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission seizes illegally-held deer N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission seizes illegally-held deer
2785 Views - Posted: March 16, 2012 at 1:39 pm
The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission on Thursday, March 15 seized and euthanized four adult whitetail deer being held without permit or license in Iredell County.

Bassmaster Elite Series rookie Kyle Fox launches for the first day of competition on the St. Johns River. Elite Series rookies kick off 2012 season
1699 Views - Posted: March 15, 2012 at 11:23 am
Fletcher Shryock competed last month in the Bassmaster Classic, so his first official week on the job as a Bassmaster Elite Series pro wasn’t the awakening it might have been.

“At the Classic, I was able to get most of the jitters out,” said the 26-year-old from Newcomerstown, Ohio. “From now on, it’s just going fishing.”

Brent Ehrler won the FLW Major Tour stop at Lake Hartwell, pocketing $100,000 and taking the lead in the Angler of the Year standings. Ehrler wins FLW Tour stop on Lake Hartwell
1650 Views - Posted: March 12, 2012 at 8:23 pm
It was a dramatic ending to four days of the Walmart FLW Major Tour on Lake Hartwell. Brent Ehrler, who had come in second place at this same event last year, was the winner on the first stop of the 2012 tour with a four-day total weight of 74.13 pounds.

Ehrler from Redlands, Calif., who had been in second place for the last two days weighed-in another 20 pound plus sack of fish, and the audience was waiting on leader Tom Monsoor to step on stage and weigh in.