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If a recent South Atlantic Fishery Managment Council decision is approved by federal officials, deep-water bottom fishing can begin again off the North Carolina coast. Fishery council votes to reopen deep-water bottom fishing in South Atlantic, feds still must approve decision
3141 Views - Posted: August 26, 2011 at 10:35 am
The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council voted unanimously in a special meeting on Aug. 10 to reopen bottom fishing in waters 240 feet deep out to 200 miles after being closed since January.

The decision will next go to the U.S. Secretary of Commerce for review, and upon approval, it will become law.

Hurricane Irene is massive, and making a beeline for the North Carolina coast. That's prompting mass evacuations of residents and boats, particularly from Atlantic Beach northward where the Category 3 storm is expected to pound the hardest. Coastal Tar Heels prepare for Hurricane Irene
2362 Views - Posted: August 25, 2011 at 4:08 pm
Concern among Carolina's coastal residents heightened today (Aug. 25) when the NOAA National Hurricane Center shifted the forecast track of Hurricane Irene to the west during its 11 a.m. update, intensifying the need to be ready for the oversized storm barreling toward the eastern seaboard.

At Southport, on the far southern end of the North Carolina coast, Capt. Butch Foster, said he and many of his fellow charter fishermen were intently watching the updates and expecting the center of the storm to pass 50 miles of so offshore in the ocean.

A new pier at George Poston Park Lake is designed to make it easy for children and wheelchair-bound anglers to take advantage of the fishery. George Poston Park Lake adds specialized pier
5136 Views - Posted: August 23, 2011 at 4:38 pm
It’s easier than ever for anglers to fish at George Poston Park Lake in Gaston County now that a “universally accessible” fishing pier has been completed, the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission announced today (Aug. 23).

The recently completed pier is a project of the NCWRC and Gaston County Parks and Recreation Department, and extends 91 feet from the shore.

Bear hunters who use dogs often take some of the largest bruins in North Carolina each year, and now bowhunters want a piece of the action. Bowhunters want part of bear-hunting action
6091 Views - Posted: August 23, 2011 at 11:00 am
With the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission bringing a series of proposed changes to bear-hunting regulations to public hearings in September, the North Carolina Bowhunters Association wants a piece of the pie, so to speak.

“It’s now legal for bear dog hunters to set up a natural-food bait pile nd strike a bear on that bait and kill it 10 feet from the bait,” said Ramon Bell, NCBA’s president. “I don’t see the difference in doing that and shooting a bear over a corn pile with a bow or a gun, but that's just my opinion. We just want some equity in the regulations. But again, NCBA has no official position on baiting."

The dredge Federal belt-tightening forces local governments to help with cost of dredging inlets
4611 Views - Posted: August 22, 2011 at 4:30 pm
The sands of time shift quickly; in fact, very quickly if they happen to be around one of the smaller, unstabilized, shallow-draft inlets along North Carolina’s southern coastline.

In past years, federal funds were earmarked for the maintenance of inlets, but the federal ban on earmarks caused the funding for these U.S. Army Corps of Engineers projects to dry up — and that’s just what would have happened if an alternative source of dredging funds hadn’t been found.

Properly handling bass can increase survival during the heat of the summer. Tips on keeping bass alive during summer heat
2488 Views - Posted: August 19, 2011 at 4:31 pm
Keeping bass alive after being caught can be a challenge during the summer heat, and often many bass die after release or when placed in livewells. However, there are steps that can be taken to increase the chances of survival, according to the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission.

The problem is that dissolved oxygen levels drop during the summer when water temperatures soar, and that stresses fish.

North Carolina was well represented during this year's Youth Hunter Education Challenge held in New Mexico. Tarheel youth make mark at Youth Hunter Education Challenge
2987 Views - Posted: August 18, 2011 at 4:03 pm
North Carolina youth won three first- and one second-place awards during the recent Youth Hunter Education Challenge held in Raton, New Mexico.

The event is a week-long series of shooting competitions with .22-caliber rifles, muzzleloaders, shotguns and archery. There also are non-shooting components including orienteering, wildlife identification, written exams and hunter-safety trail tests.

Renovations to the Halls Creek Boating Access Area include a fixed fishing pier. Halls Creek Boating Access Area renovations completed
2890 Views - Posted: August 12, 2011 at 8:27 am
Renovations to Halls Creek Boating Access Area in Elizabeth City has been completed and the boat launch is now open for public use, the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission announced Wednesday (Aug. 10).

“The renovations to this Pasquotank County site will give both boaters and anglers better, more convenient access to the Little River,” said Erik Christofferson, chief of the NCWRC’s Division of Engineering Services. “The access area has a new ramp and fixed docks, and we also made the parking ADA accessible.”

Linden's Marty Stone is one of 24 top bass pros to be competing in the newly formed Major League Fishing circuit. New pro bass-fishing league formed
3198 Views - Posted: August 11, 2011 at 2:12 pm
Twenty-four of the nation’s top bass anglers have teamed with the Outdoor Channel to form a new professional fishing circuit designed to test anglers’ prowess in putting together patterns quickly.

The Major League Fishing trail will allow anglers to weigh as many legal fish as they catch, but competitors must begin each event without the benefit of user-generated GPS waypoints or practice. Anglers also will fish on surprise venues, meaning they will have to make on-the-water adjustments to catch bass.

Clay Reed, who goes by Reed wins final Big Bass Contest monthly prize
2459 Views - Posted: August 07, 2011 at 4:35 pm
Clay Reed easily won the final round of the 2011 Big Bass Contest for a photo of a 3-pounder he caught in a Scotland County pond.

“(I) caught it … (in) deep water with lots of stumps,” Reed wrote. “(It) looks bigger, but that’s on a digital scale.

The Trail Cam Contest is back, and better than ever! Trail Cam Photo Contest kicks off
3360 Views - Posted: August 03, 2011 at 6:24 pm
It's time to show off all the photos from your trail cams in the 2011 Trail Cam Photo Contest.

“Hunting season might not begin until mid September, but scouting begins much earlier than that – and trail cams have become a big part of the scouting scene,” the site’s Andy Crawford said. “So we wanted to provide a place for our users to post their photos and compete for monthly prizes."

Skip Conklin (left), Sandy Conklin (center) and Jay Russell with their 60.30-pound king mackerel that won the Raleigh Salt Water Sportfishing Club King Mackerel Tournament on July 30. Ocean Athlete sprints to Raleigh king tourney win
3582 Views - Posted: August 02, 2011 at 5:15 pm
Skip and Sandy Conklin, and Jay Russell have caught enough large king mackerel they are rarely surprised, but the 60.3-pounder they caught on Saturday (July 30) to win the Raleigh Salt Water Sportfishing Club King Mackerel Tournament was indeed a pleasant surprise.

In fact, it established a new record for the tournament.