• Fishing

    1 tip that will help anglers land more flounder comes from Oak Island professional angler Capt. Jimmy Price.

    1 tip to help you hook more flounder

    “I can’t tell if I’ve got a fish or if I’m hung up in some debris,” said Monty Gardner while slowly reeling in his line in a creek near Holden Beach.

    Yesterday at 3:42pm
    Jason Edwards' state record pigfish is on his left-handed stringer, and would have been lost in the shuffle of similarly-sized fish if not for the quick thinking for the Fishing Center crew.

    State record pigfish caught out of Cape Lookout

    Pigfish aren't a species that immediately brings visions of deeply bent rods and screaming reels, but there are N.C. state and IGFA world records and Jason Edwards' May 23rd catch has been approved for one and is pending for the other. Edwards' pigfish weighed 2 pounds and 12 ounces which bested the former N.C. state record by a half pound.

    Yesterday at 11:14am
    Delta Lures’ Thunder Blade is taking off because of the vibrating jig’s quality components and fish-catching abilities.

    Thunder Jigs - Buddies started Delta Lures to recreate their favorite baits

    LaPlace is the home of Delta Lures and the Thunder Jig, among other artificial lures being made by two serious bass fishermen.

    Yesterday at 9:00am
    Capt. Joey  Crisp and Andy McInnis of the Wee Doggie Fishing Team caught this 82-pound wahoo out of Wrightsville Beach on July 17.

    82-pound wahoo caught out of Wrightsville Beach

    Although the crew of the Wee Doggie Fishing Team had mackerel on their minds while competing in the S.H.A.R.E King Mackerel Tournament out of Wrightsville Beach on July 17th, they made time for a world class wahoo when it slammed the longline of their trolling spread 15 miles outside of Little River Inlet. Fishing a patch of live bottom known as “the jungle”, Capt. Joey Crisp and Andy McInnis managed to stick an 82 pounder that measured 69 inches long with a girth of 28 inches.

    July 21 at 5:56pm
    MirrOlures might not be every trout angler's favorite lure, but you'll be hard pressed to find an experienced speck angler that doesn't have a handful in their tackle box.

    1 lure every speckled trout angler needs in his tackle box

    Survey a handful of trout fishermen about their favorite lures for specks, and you’re liable to see several answers repeated a number of times: topwaters, soft-plastic shrimp under a popping cork, soft-plastic grubs on jigheads.

    July 21 at 10:25am
    Dylan Fulk said hollow body frogs are his go-to lure all summer long.

    Top tips for bass fishing with hollow body frogs

    Bass fishermen have a lot of different lures to choose as their go-to baits at different times of year and under different fishing situations.

    It’s a good bet that there aren’t many like bass pro Dylan Fulk of Concord, N.C., who reach for a soft-plastic frog.

    July 21 at 10:08am
    Traditional J hooks have inherent flaws that Trapper Tackle believes they have solved with the Trapper Hook.

    Trapper Tackle introduces revolutionary hook

    Many anglers aren’t aware of a trade show called ICAST that takes place every year, but they definitely benefit from what happens there. ICAST stands for International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades, and this is the event where tackle manufacturers introduce their new products to the media and to buyers of tackle stores.

    July 20 at 1:49pm
    Build your own rod and make your own lures at these workshops being held in August at the John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center in Fayetteville.

    Build your own fishing rod, make your own fishing lures

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

    July 19 at 4:27pm
    Durham County's Sevin Carter landed this lunker at Durham's Little River Lake.

    4 tips to catching quality bass on urban fishing holes

    Urban fishing holes are some of the most overlooked waters, but they can give up plenty of quality bass. One of the best things about these locales is that they are often conveniently located near homes and businesses, which means anglers in the area can enjoy an hour or two of fishing before or after work.

    July 19 at 2:12pm
    This screen shot shows Furuno’s Target Analyzer engaged and indicating two red targets approaching. The Echo Trail feature shows the shadowy paths of the moving objects to help avoid the vessels.

    Furuno’s new small-boat radar

    Ask three fishermen what they like most about their radar units and you might well get three different answers.

    The most-experienced user might tell you it ties with sonar as his most valuable fishing tool.

    July 19 at 9:00am
    These steps will help catch-and-release anglers keep their catch alive and healthy.

    Simple steps to keep bass alive during summer heat

    Largemouth bass anglers who practice catch-and-release fishing this summer can follow a few simple steps to ensure the fish they catch today will survive to bite another lure tomorrow. 

    July 18 at 3:57pm
    Dennis Pridgen caught these two nice bass at night.

    How to catch more bass in the dark

    During the hottest part of the year, it is often best to stick with the air conditioning,  watch fishing shows and ready your gear for the fall, but when the urge hits you and you just gotta go, one great option is to fish at night.

    July 15 at 9:00am
    Current seams, where two different currents meet, are often marked by surface bubbles knows as “foam.”

    Smallmouths are at home under New River’s foam

    What’s the best way to approach raft, canoe or kayak fishing for smallmouth bass in a mountain river with moving current, as opposed to a reservoir.

    July 15 at 7:00am
    Once protected and publicized, the beautiful New River in northwestern North Carolina became a haven for anglers and paddlers alike.

    Long battle over New River set precedent to save streams

    The successful, 14-year battle to save the New River in North Carolina and southwestern Virginia in the 1960s and 1970s created a coalition that local residents, environmental groups, conservation organizations, anglers, businesses, state agencies and politicians have used to preserve natural resources elsewhere.

    July 15 at 7:00am
    When summer slabs get extremely deep, small jigging spoons are a better method for drawing strikes that fishing with jigheads and soft-plastic artificials.

    Head upriver for Kerr Lake crappie during drawdown conditions

    It’s no secret that Kerr Lake’s status as a flood-control reservoir makes it subject to excessive pooling during wet seasons,  but since Lake Gaston downstream began furnishing water to the Virginia Beach area in 1998, Kerr also has the potential to see major drawdowns in summer droughts.

    July 15 at 7:00am
    In low-light or stained-water conditions, a silver jigging spoon can becomea gold with an application of  Spike-It’s lure dye.

    For quick color fixes, pull out that container of dye

    Ask two anglers for their opinion on lure color, and you may get two different answers. But the general consensus is that silver or chrome spoons perform best on bright sunny  days with clear conditions and gold or painted spoons are best for cloudy days or stained water.

    July 15 at 7:00am