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The N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission has voted to close a loophole that allowed commercial netters to sell more than their daily allotment of State closes loophole that allowed netters to sell over their limit of drum
528 Views - Posted: August 29 at 12:57 pm

The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries took a major step Thursday toward curtailing the sale of over-limit red drum by commercial netters when Executive Director Louis Daniel issued a proclamation that takes effect Sept. 1 when the 2014-15 netting season opens. The proclamation said the daily amount of “by-catch” red drum that can be sold will drop from 10 to seven fish, and  netters must sell their reds at the same time and place as they sell targeted species such as bluefish, flounder, mullet and spotted seatrout.


The lure of the Roanoke The lure of the Roanoke
354 Views - Posted: August 29 at 9:00 am

Seventeen rivers flow through North Carolina, and while each has its unique characteristics and attractions, for a paddler, the Roanoke has to be near the top of the list.


Guide Chris Bullock has been catching plenty of slab crappie out of Kerr Lake on jigging spoons and mini-jigs. Spoon-feeding crappie proving productive on Kerr Lake
344 Views - Posted: August 29 at 5:25 am

Kerr Lake is a big reservoir that boasts some big crappie, and guide Chris Bullock of Fountain reports that citation-sized slabs are being plucked from brush piles using two of his favorite techniques: casting jigs and jigging small spoons.


Topwater fishing for reds has been excellent in the Cape Fear River between Carolina Beach and Bald Head Island Topwater redfish bite has been great in lower Cape Fear River
448 Views - Posted: August 27 at 6:17 am

Capt. Rennie Clark of Carolina Beach said that topwater action on redfish and speckled trout has been good in the Cape Fear River between Carolina Beach and Bald Head Island, surprisingly so considering what the river looks like – dirty with runoff after a wet summer.


Bass may move closer to the surface in August on some lakes, but you’re more likely to have success fishing in deep water. Pay attention to details
173 Views - Posted: August 26 at 9:00 am

August has always been a tough month for bass fishermen, because the fish start getting spread out — there aren’t nearly as many grouped up — and because you might find them anywhere from around shallow docks to 25 feet deep.


Sometimes, a Light Texas rigs are the ticket for bass at Randleman
362 Views - Posted: August 26 at 8:19 am

When the weather turns sultry, it’s critical to know which terminal tackle will get the best results when bass fishing on big reservoirs. This year, according to guide Joel Richardson of Kernersville, go light. The relatively cool summer has put a new twist on the accepted heavy-weight approach to bass fishing in deep water.


Guide Jeffrey Thomas has had a productive August catching schooling bass on top at Shearon Harris Lake, and catching an occasional big fish on a jig in deep water. Consistent topwater bass bite has been good at Shearon Harris
415 Views - Posted: August 24 at 9:35 pm

The lake with the most-consistent largemouth bass bite in the Raleigh-Durham area should be no surprise – Shearon Harris Lake.


Wahoo fishing off Morehead City usually picks up in the fall, but it's August and charterboats are starting to bring in catches of multiple 'hoos in day's trip. Good fall wahoo fishing has begun off Cape Lookout earlier than usual
380 Views - Posted: August 23 at 7:22 pm

The fall wahoo fishing off Atlantic Beach has gotten off to an early start, according to Capt. Mike Webb of Pelagic Sportfishing, who isn’t sure what has caused this good fortune be said the cooler-than-usual summer probably fits into the mix.


Jordan Lake is once again producing some bragging-sized crappie after a 2011 fish kill. Stick to New Hope Creek channel for Jordan Lake crappie
547 Views - Posted: August 22 at 12:42 pm

One angler who doesn’t need any convincing that Jordan Lake’s crappie fishery has returned to prominence is Freddie Sinclair, a guide from Clayton. He said slabs have recovered nicely from the 2011 fish kill and are biting along the main New Hope Creek channel in deeper water. 


Gonzales pro Greg Hackney placed sixth at the Bassmaster Elite Series stop at Lake Chickamauga using a Rage Blade. The Rage Blade
61 Views - Posted: August 22 at 9:00 am

An Edisto Island, S.C., artificial lure designer knows first-hand just how good the ChatterBait was when it was born and how good it is now, as it has won more money this year than ever before for pro bass anglers on the FLW and Bassmaster Elite series circuits across the United States.


H. R. White took advantage of the return of a deep bite in High Rock's Flat Swamp Creek. Surprise! Cooler weather returns bass to deep water at High Rock
476 Views - Posted: August 21 at 7:04 am

Throughout a sizzling July, the offshore bite for bass at High Rock Lake was almost non-existent, much to the chagrin of crankbait and Carolina-rig fishermen, as fish snuggled tight to the piers in less than 5 feet of water, hitting jigs and plastics flipped their way. Then along came August and surprisingly cooler temperatures and the unexpected happened. The offshore bite reappeared, catching most fishermen by surprise.


A soft-plastic imitation shrimp needs to be rigged with the eye of the hook protruding from the shrimp's tail to present a natural action when worked in front of a trout. Turn that hook around and fish that plastic shrimp more naturally
1145 Views - Posted: August 20 at 7:05 am

Guide Noak Lynk of Harkers Islands has noticed for a while that rigs that use soft-plastic, artificial shrimp, don’t exactly match what nature presents.


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