• Fishing

    The NCWRC is hosting free fishing workshops through July at the John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center in Fayetteville.

    Free fishing workshops and Cub Scout adventures held in July

    The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is offering two free fishing workshops and two free Cub Scout fishing adventures in July at the John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center, in Fayetteville.

    Yesterday at 4:42pm
    The NCWRC agrees that the 4th of July is all about freedom, including freedom from needing a fishing license to fish. Fish for free state-wide on July 4.

    No fishing license needed on July 4

    The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission reminds anglers and would-be anglers of all ages that July 4 is “free fishing day” in North Carolina. From 12:01 a.m. to 11:59 p.m., anyone can fish without having to pay for a fishing license or additional trout privilege license in all public waters, including coastal waters. 

    Yesterday at 3:27pm
    A thorough spraying with fresh water is enough to remove the remnants of saltwater after a fishing trip and keep the reel in good, working order.

    Don’t clean reels too well: Hold off the suds

    Keeping fishing reels in good working order is essential for saltwater anglers, and the best way to do that is to rinse them thoroughly with fresh water after every saltwater fishing trip. And this should be accomplished as soon as possible. 

    June 22 at 11:54am
    LiveTarget Sunfish

    LiveTarget Sunfish

    Apparently startled, certainly rattled, a small, injured bream swam to the surface, zigged and zagged in the scattered grass, jumped a little and landed sideways before continuing to move erratically until it settled back into the water to meet its fate.

    June 22 at 9:00am
    Bunker Hill High School won the FLW/TBF North Carolina state championship, and advances to the Southeastern Conference championship later this year.

    Bunker Hill High School duo wins TBF/FLW High School State Championship

    The Bunker Hill High School duo of Dylan Lamm and Austin Blair brought a five-bass limit to the scale Saturday weighing 14 pounds, 13 ounces, to win the 2016 TBF/FLW High School Fishing North Carolina State Championship on Lake Norman.

    June 21 at 5:11pm
    Tim Street poses with the new North Carolina state record skipjack tuna he caught on May 24.

    Valdese angler catches new skipjack tuna state record

    Tim Street of Valdese took his first offshore fishing trip on May 24, hoping to catch some dolphin and tuna — which he did. He didn’t think he’d return to the docks with a 32.5-pound skipjack tuna that has been certified as the new state record for that species.

    June 21 at 4:53pm
    The Ashley Lauren won the 58th annual Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament, and is the only team to win the lady angler award and the Big Rock overall victory.

    Ashley Lauren wins 58th Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament

    The Ashley Lauren fishing team completed an improbable double victory Saturday, winning the 58th annual Big Rock Blue Marlin tournament just eight days after capturing the 19th annual Keli Wagner Lady Angler (KWLA) tournament, a single-day event that kicked off the larger six-day competition.

    June 19 at 11:47pm
    This is a daylight shot of a work barge moored about 200 yards from the Binox unit.

    Digital binoculars for night or day

    Binoculars have always had a place in my outdoor life. I keep a pair handy in a storage compartment in my boat, in my truck’s console and in my hunting pack.

    June 19 at 9:00am
    Viking 72 brought this blue marlin to the scales on day 5 of the Big Rock Tournament.

    Viking 72 catches 564.1-pound blue marlin in day 5 of Big Rock

    Day 5 of the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament was a big one. It concluded with a total of 36 total billfish released, and two blue marlins brought to the scales. A spearfish was also released.

    June 18 at 12:02am
    Chris Robinson posted an interesting catfish video to our Facebook page.

    Interesting catfish video from Lake Gaston

    One of the great things about fishing is having the opportunity to see things up close and personal that you'll never see by sitting on the couch, even if you're watching the National Geographic Channel.

    June 16 at 9:48pm
    Team Yellowfin released the 58th fish in the 58th Annual Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament today, the 4th day of the event.

    10 billfish released during day 4 of Big Rock Tournament

    The 2016 Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament is heading into the home stretch after day 4, which did not see any blue marlin come to the scales.

    June 16 at 9:20pm
    15-year-old Landon Evans of Benson set the new North Carolina record for blue catfish Saturday with this 117.5 pounder.

    Benson teen topples blue cat record

    Last Saturday began like many others for 15-year-old Landon Evans of Benson, but it became special that evening when he caught a 117.5-pound blue catfish that is the biggest ever taken from Lake Gaston, the biggest ever caught in North Carolina waters, and possibly a line-class world record and junior angler world record.

    June 16 at 11:58am
    Gryphon brought in the lone blue marlin on day 3 of the 2016 Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament.

    Gryphon boats 413-pound blue marlin on day 3 of Big Rock Tournament

    Day 3 of the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament concluded yesterday with a smaller number of fish caught, and just one blue marlin brought to the scales, but it was an exciting day nonetheless, and the tournament continues today with several boats already reporting releases of billfish.

    June 16 at 7:23am
    Southport's David Mammay caught this huge flounder from the Cape Fear River on June 14, 2016.

    Southport minister catches huge Cape Fear flounder

    Before he received his calling to the pulpit, pastor David Mammay of Southport was one of the premiere inshore-nearshore guides around Southport, and it appears that he hasn't lost his touch, as evidenced by a 13.02-pound flounder he caught on June 14 in the Cape Fear River.

    June 15 at 9:50pm
    The Ashley Lauren brought a 621.4-pound blue marlin to the scales on Tuesday, day 2 of the 2016 Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament.

    Ashley Lauren boats 621.4-pound blue marlin on day 2 of Big Rock

    Tuesday was day two of the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament out of Morehead City, and it was just as big a day as Monday. Twenty-eight total billfish were released on the day, and like day one, three blue marlin were brought to the scales.

    June 15 at 10:36am
    Crankbaits are a great tool when bass move out on offshore structure, especially when they’re ganged up like they often are in June.

    June is worth the wait - Hungry bass can make your day all-month long

    Since I became a bass fishermen so many years ago, there’s one thing I came to believe, and I’ve never taken it back. There is no better month to fish on our North Carolina lakes and rivers than June. I think it is absolutely the best month to fish, because bass are everywhere, hitting just about anything you want to throw at them.

    June 15 at 9:00am