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    Riahn Brewington caught and released this 112-pound blue catfish from the Cape Fear River, barely missing the state record of 117 pounds.

    Wilmington angler catches 112-pound catfish in Cape Fear River

    As waters cool across the Carolinas, trophy blue catfish become active. While they are most often landed with stout tackle, a Wilmington angler managed to challenge the North Carolina state record of 117 pounds with a 112-pound blue that he caught on relatively light tackle and 10-pound test line.

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    David Hilton said anglers will have no trouble catching bream in cold weather, as long as they follow a few tips.

    3 tips to catching more cold weather bream

    Bream are some of the most sought after fish in the Carolinas, and these fish bite well throughout the spring, summer, and early fall. But once the cold weather months arrive, most panfish anglers stow their fishing gear away and longingly think of spring when they can once again fill their coolers with these tasty panfish.

    10 hours ago
    Jamin Floyd killed this big 14-point buck in Loris while home for Thanksgiving from Clemson University.

    Loris hunter kills 14-point trophy buck during Thanksgiving holiday

    Jamin Floyd, a senior business major at Clemson University, went home for Thanksgiving holiday to be with his family and to do a little deer hunting. Never did he expect to take a 14-point buck while there.

    11 hours ago
    Mike Davis of Burlington downed his second giant Person County buck, a 10-pointer, on December 1, 2016.

    Person County hunter kills 10-point, 160-class buck

    When it comes to deer hunting, Mike Davis would rather be at Person County.

    11 hours ago
    Get it one last kayak fishing tournament before the year ends, and do it to benefit Toys for Tots and the Waccamaw Youth Center, this weekend, Dec. 9 – 10.

    YAK Kayak Fishing Shootout sponsored by Hooters of Myrtle Beach Dec. 9 – 10

    It’s not time to put your fishing kayaks or rods and reels in storage for the winter just yet. Instead, it’s time to gear up for the YAK Kayak Fishing Shoot Out sponsored by Hooters of Myrtle Beach, which will be held this weekend, Dec. 9 – 10.

    21 hours ago
    Hunters who can locate viable late-season food sources should see plenty of deer, including some nice bucks, this month.

    Want deer? Find the food

    As the holiday season arrives, most hunters are satisfied with a freezer full of enough tasty venison to last until the 2017 opener. But some hunters holding out for a wall-hanger and passing on immature bucks are beginning to lose confidence that a trophy will show up within range of their weapon of choice. 

    23 hours ago
    Brassicas are great in late-season food plots because they don’t become palatable to deer until after the first frost.

    For late season, shift stand sites, begin supplemental feeding

    By December, popular deer stands and other heavily hunted areas have been abused to the point where the deer only use them nocturnally, which doesn’t help hunters fill a late-season tag. For the best opportunity, hunters should consider shifting to an alternative stand site that hasn’t been hunted and that has an abundant food source. 

    23 hours ago
    The NCWRC is reminding hunters to do their part in keeping Chronic Wasting Disease out of North Carolina by following regulations regarding importing harvested deer from other states.

    Do your part to keep CWD out of North Carolina

    As chronic wasting disease (CWD) cases sprout up around the country, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission reminds hunters who travel beyond state lines to follow importing regulations before returning home.

    Yesterday at 9:48pm
    Capt. Rob Bennett shows off the type of redfish he's been catching on the small Z-Man Slim SwimZ in the Bohicket area.

    Catch more speckled trout and redfish with this small plastic lure

    While plenty of soft plastic lures are made to specifically target one species of fish, it’s no secret that anglers often successfully use those lures for other types of fish. It’s a little bit of serendipity for lure makers and anglers alike, and can often lead to claims of a “secret lure” catching all the fish.

    Yesterday at 2:03pm
    Stripers get more active in cold weather, making them perfect targets for December trips.

    Stripers, walleyes on tap

    If you’re getting tired of sitting in your deer stand or bored with football games on television, I think I might have a little something that will make your December more fun. 

    December 01 at 9:00am
    Sheepshead gang up on Little River’s jetties in December before migrating into the ocean to spawn around nearshore reefs.

    A rocky time for Little River sheepshead

    The Carolinas are in the middle of the eastern seaboard, where unpredictable weather drives the outdoor scene. Even though the first day of winter arrives Dec. 20, 75-degree days are still common. 

    November 30 at 3:40pm
    Dani High killed this 10-point buck while on a dog drive in Brunswick County on Nov. 19

    Female hunter kills big 10-point buck in Brunswick County

    When Dani High of Winnabow, N.C. got out of her dad’s truck at Big Bay Hunt Club in Brunswick County Nov. 19 to get ready for a dog drive, she had high hopes of bagging a decent buck, especially since the dogs were running through an area they’ve jumped some big deer this year. But even she was surprised at the 10-point buck she killed with one shot from her Remington 870 12-gauge shotgun.

    November 29 at 9:13pm
    Jim Andrews of White Cross killed this massive buck in Orange County. The 8 pointer has been green-scored at 155 inches.

    White Cross hunter kills massive 8-point trophy in Orange County

    Jim Andrews has kept tabs on a massive 8-point buck on his Orange County, N.C., hunting land for quite a while. Early on the afternoon of Nov. 28, his patience and experience managing his herd and providing premium habitat paid off in a big way when the 155-inch buck stepped out in plain sight, giving him a killing shot.

    November 29 at 3:31pm
    The NCWRC will re-open the South Mountains Game Land at sunrise tomorrow morning, Nov. 30.

    NCWRC to re-open South Mountains Game Land on Nov. 30

    The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will re-open South Mountains Game Land at sunrise on Nov. 30.

    Officials had closed the game land, which encompasses more than 21,000 acres in Burke, Cleveland, McDowell and Rutherford counties, on Nov. 16 because of wildfires.

    November 29 at 12:12pm
    The concave nose, paddle feet and tough double hook of the Poppn’ Toad make a deadly combination.

    Lure Review: Stanley’s Poppn’ Toad

    Stanley’s Poppn’ Toad, a hollow body soft-plastic frog with a pronounced cup in the nose, is going places.

    November 29 at 9:00am
    Sportsmen enjoy showing their love of the outdoors, even when they have to dress up. That makes a Brackish Bowtie the perfect gift for anglers and hunters.

    Brackish Bowties make perfect Christmas gifts for outdoorsmen

    It’s December, and that means we’re all on the lookout for Christmas gifts for our favorite outdoorsmen and women. And while some folks think you can just grab any handful of fishing lures or hunting accessories to wrap up and stash under the tree, most true sportsman already have plenty of those things.

    November 27 at 1:47pm