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North Carolina hunters will have a Sept. 6-24 season east of US 17 for teal. Commission sets seasons for early waterfowl, doves, rails
745 Views - Posted: Yesterday at 8:07 am

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has set season dates for doves and other webless migratory game birds, as well as September seasons for Canada geese and teal.


It once was expensive and cumbersome to test rifle ballistics, but the digital age has made the use of chronographs very affordable. The ProChrono Digital chronograph
90 Views - Posted: July 21 at 9:00 am

I’ve written about the “wildcatting” era in the early 1950s when the U.S. economy was booming in the years coming out of World War II and then the Korean War. 


Joel Richardson has been having a fine time at Lake Gaston finding bass near mayfly hatches. Match the hatch? Big Lake Gaston bass gorging on mayflies
398 Views - Posted: July 18 at 9:36 am

Think only fly-rodders who fish skinny-water mountain streams for trout like insect hatches? Don’t tell it to Joel Richardson, a long-time bass guide from Kernersville. Last week, he had two of the best days he’s ever had at Lake Gaston, taking advantage of the mayfly hatch.


After dark is a great time to fish for summer largemouth bass -- if you know which lures are the most productive. Try these top "after-dark" lures for North Carolina bass
800 Views - Posted: July 17 at 3:21 pm

If the blistering sun has you running for cover, then bass fishing after dark is for you. William Small, who organizes night tournaments at Falls of the Neuse Lake, targets bass as they transition to the more shallow water from the points and ledges where they spend the daylight hours. When he’s fishing at night, he has three lures he won’t leave the dock without.


Are you ready for an on-the-water emergency? A floating ditch bag can hold everything you need to call and wait for help. EPIRB plus PLB equals SOS
492 Views - Posted: July 17 at 9:00 am

Standing in ankle-deep water on deck while too far from the shore to see it? Congratulations: You are behind a marine-grade 8 ball.


Guide Mark Stacy said live bait has been producing some nice red drum, trout and flounder in Brunswick County's inside waters. Mixed-bag fishing awaits Brunswick County anglers
383 Views - Posted: July 17 at 7:30 am

The heat of summer has arrived and along with it has come steady, if not spectacular, fishing along the Brunswick County coast. According to Capt. Mike Stacy of Ocean Isle Fishing Charters, fishermen willing to move around and fish for several species can expect a good, mixed-bag catch.


Kevin Sneed uses a Flip a "bird" to Spanish mackerel for bigger fish, better success
622 Views - Posted: July 16 at 7:44 am

Since May, many fishermen have been targeting Spanish mackerel, particularly off the beaches from Oak Island to the South Carolina line, and the good fishing will last into September. If you’re a novice and want to get in on the action – and have a better chance of success – try “teasing” fish with a “bird.”


The Bipartisan Sportsman's Act of 2014, co-sponsored by Sen. Kay Hagan of North Carolina, was killed in the U.S. Senate last week due to political infighting. Hagan's Sportsman's Bill dies in Senate despite tremendous support
1243 Views - Posted: July 15 at 6:15 pm

The Bipartisan Sportsman’s bill, co-sponsored by Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC), died in the U.S. Senate last Thursday, a victim of senators attaching politically charged amendments onto a piece of legislation that got glowing reviews in both houses of Congress and support across-the-board from sportsman’s groups.


After several lean years, redfish have returned in good numbers to the upper Neuse River near New Bern. Redfish rebound!
78 Views - Posted: July 15 at 7:00 am

Alongside the Neuse River’s tackle-busting stripers are schools of equally voracious redfish, competing for the same food and or lure.


Casting to structure on windblown banks or points can often result in good catches of striped bass. The wind is your friend
64 Views - Posted: July 15 at 7:00 am

Freshwater bass anglers have long known the effectiveness of fishing windward points. The same holds true in many saltwater scenarios.


Popping corks are a great rig to fish when targeting trout and redfish. Put some “pop” in your fishing
126 Views - Posted: July 15 at 7:00 am

Popping corks have been in use for a long time, longer than you would think.


Wes Barbour catches plenty of speckled trout along spoil islands, created by a dredging the Cape Fear River shipping channel. Spoil island specks
57 Views - Posted: July 15 at 7:00 am

It seems odd to find spotted seatrout 10 miles north of the mouth of the Cape River and approximately 3 miles inland from the Atlantic Ocean, but that’s possible near Carolina Beach.


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