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Mounting a camera near the kayak’s bow will allow for great grip-and-grin shots of a happy angler. Save your memories now
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In a world of Youtube, Vimeo, Instagram and Vine, along with social media networks built to carry videos and images readily, it only makes sense for people to want to video and photograph their exploits while on the water. Software used to create and edit the images and video is also plentiful and in many cases, inexpensive or even free.


Two Republicans in the state senate have introduced a bill to give control of deer farms to the N.C. Department of Agriculture, taking it away from the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission. Deer-farm supporters find two friends in state senate
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Two Republican state senators, Andrew Brock and Brent Jackson, have introduced a bill that would strip the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission of regulatory authority to manage penned-in deer and turn it over to the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.


Blue Ridge Electrical Membership Corp. wants to help landowners who have power-line right-of-ways across their property to maintain them for wildlife. Energy co-op offers landowners chance to help wildlife on right-of-ways
499 Views - Posted: March 27 at 6:55 am

Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corp., an energy co-op located in the northwestern corner of North Carolina, has announced a new program aimed at using its right-of-ways to benefit wildlife. Blue Ridge is partnering with the Whitetail Institute and the National Wild Turkey Federation to transform power-line easements into prime deer and turkey habitat.


Fishermen are catching plenty of keeper striped bass and an occasional largemouth in the lower section of the Roanoke River. Good numbers of stripers still biting in lower section of Roanoke River
464 Views - Posted: March 26 at 12:57 pm

Joey VanDyke of Fingeance Sportfishing Charters said the striper action is really good in the lower Roanoke Rive, and it continues to get better. VanDyke has been fishing from Jamesville downriver to the edge of Albemarle Sound and is finding good numbers of fish in many locations. He said the stripers are staging in deeper holes along the river as they work their way upstream to spawn. They rest and feed for a few days and, as the river rises, head upstream again.


Tom Mann Jr. of Florida holds a 9-pound bass he caught in mid-December on a YamaFrog by Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits. Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits’ YamaFrog
87 Views - Posted: March 26 at 9:00 am

Christmas came early for one of the most-accomplished professional bass anglers in his era.


Crappie are moving out of deep water at Lake Tillery, getting into range of most fishermen. Sunny days bringing crappie into Lake Tillery shallows
1188 Views - Posted: March 25 at 5:26 pm

April fishing is busting out all over at Lake Tillery. That’s how Rodney Crisco at  Joe’s Bait & Tackle in Albemarle described conditions at the Yadkin River reservoir as the last few days of March flip off the calendar.


The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has scheduled two fishing clinics for the Pechmann center in Fayetteville in April, one on kayak fishing. Commission schedules kayak fishing, bass fishing workshops
453 Views - Posted: March 25 at 12:25 pm

To help anglers improve their fishing skills, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is offering two free fishing workshops in April at the John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center in Fayetteville. 


The new Bio-Lume LED light array is a fish magnet that works after dark in either fresh or saltwater. 
New high-tech night-fishing light
253 Views - Posted: March 23 at 9:00 am

Crossing a bridge over a southern reservoir on a summer night can treat you to a light show that really makes you want to wet a line.  When the bite is on and the word is out, the flooded timber can be dotted with enough lights to look like a field of stars.


Justin Goodyear of Thomasville caught this 8.11-pound largemouth bass last weekend at Badin Lake. Warm weather sends big bass into Badin Lake's shallows
1010 Views - Posted: March 22 at 9:20 pm

The first warm weather of the season has caused a tidal wave of largemouth bass to move into the shallows at Badin Lake, creating a bass bonanza for fishermen.


Jamie Fajardo keys on aquatic grass to follow the prespawn movements of Shearon Harris Lake's bass. Shearon Harris bass anglers need to look to grass early in spring
645 Views - Posted: March 20 at 7:26 pm

Prespawn on Shearon Harris Lake is possibly the best time and place to catch a trophy bass in North Carolina, but only if you’re fishing where the bass are headed. During the spring, bass are on the move, and that can lead fishermen to monumental days followed by dire lows.


Redfish are only one of a handful of species biting for Capt. Rennie Clark in the lower Cape Fear River. Runoff has mixed bag of freshwater, saltwater fish biting in lower Cape Fear River
751 Views - Posted: March 20 at 7:00 am

A deluge of runoff has made the Cape Fear River a smorgasbord for inshore fishermen, with Capt. Rennie Clark of Carolina Beach having a recent catch of red drum, stripers, a keeper flounder and a largemouth bass near Snow’s Cut.


Big bass can be caught in prespawn on a number of different baits if you present them in the proper situations. Overlooked March tactics
155 Views - Posted: March 18 at 9:00 am

When it comes to March, we all have visions of a giant bass blasting a spinnerbait or that heart-stopping lipless crankbait bite, but are there things we are missing? While the spinnerbait and lipless crankbait are superb lures under the right conditions, there are a lot of days this month when they don’t work as well as alternatives.


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