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Guides along North Carolina's coast have formed two groups to promote their interests and the health of the state's saltwater fishery. Saltwater guides form two groups to represent their interests, NC's fishery
344 Views - Posted: Yesterday at 9:34 am

After several months of sometimes contentious debate, fishing guides in coastal North Carolina have organized into two different groups to work for the fisheries and make sure members’ needs are being recognized.


Legendary bass and inshore angler Bernie Schultz helped design the Hildebrandt Drum Roller. Hildebrandt Drum Roller
58 Views - Posted: April 23 at 9:00 am

Want a unique and improved spinnerbait on your side when you go redfish fishing for pleasure or for money?


Bass pro Dustin Wilks said he tries to get a bedding bass agitated before he can really try to catch it. Spawning bass: Make her mad, then catch her
1011 Views - Posted: April 22 at 7:00 pm

Largemouth bass in lakes across North Carolina will begin spawning very shortly, if they already aren’t. And that marks a period that can be frustrating for fishermen because bass aren’t interested in eating. But former bass pro Dustin Wilks of Rocky Mount knows what it takes to get bedding bass to strike.


Badin Lake fishermen have been relying on Carolina rigs to catch big blue catfish. Carolina rigs aren't just for bass anymore
260 Views - Posted: April 22 at 7:00 am

The Caroling rig, a bottom-dragging rig for offshore structure-fishing originally intended for largemouth bass, has become popular when used in conjunction with live or cut bait for catching big blue catfish, especially on Badin Lake.


South Carolina's Lake Jocassee produced a 26-inch, 9 1/4-pound brown trout for a Gastonia angler last weekend. Gastonia angler lands 9 1/4-pound brown trout in South Carolina mountain lake
1045 Views - Posted: April 21 at 7:00 pm

Each spring, die-hard anglers look forward to brown and rainbow trout returning to the main-lake area of Lake Jocassee. The first few weeks of the return are a great time to catch trophy sized trout, and guide Sam Jones said he realized the return was in progress when one of his clients, Tony Hale, of Gastonia, N.C., reeled in a 9-pound, 4-ounce brown trout on Saturday, April 18.


Panoptix’s view can be altered to show depths in colors, making it easy to determine depth of cover, contours and fish at a glance. Almost live TV
324 Views - Posted: April 20 at 9:00 am

One of the most-difficult aspects of teaching fishermen and boaters to interpret conventional sonar screens has been getting them to understand how a screen picture is made.


Mike Parrott caught this hefty Lake Wylie crappie trolling a Rockport Rattler jig. Longline trolling in Lake Wylie's creeks producing great crappie catches
351 Views - Posted: April 20 at 7:00 am

The crappie fishing at Lake Wylie has been hot and cold this spring – just like the weather – but one crappie fishermen has the formula to produce plenty of action. Mike Parrott of Charlotte said that late April is a prime time for longline trolling to find crappie as they move through the creeks, and the fishing is excellent.


The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has a plan to replace the 168,500 rainbow trout killed in an act of vandalism at a fish hatchery two weeks ago. Commission has plan to meet stocking goals in wake of hatchery trout kill
256 Views - Posted: April 18 at 7:00 pm

Responding to the recent fish kill at the Armstrong State Fish Hatchery in McDowell County, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has implemented a plan to meet goals for stocking numbers and size of catchable trout as scheduled in 2015. 


Whiting, aka sea mullet, have invaded the Pigfish Grounds near the mouth of the Cape Fear River and are filling up many a happy angler's cooler. Great numbers of whiting have moved into lower Cape Fear River
710 Views - Posted: April 16 at 10:27 pm

Capt. Butch Foster of Yeah Right Charters in Southport said the whiting bite in the lower Cape Fear River is about as good as it gets, and pieces of shrimp are all it takes to get bit. Whiting aren't generally considered a gamefish, but few fishermen will admit to not liking them rolled in their favorite breader and introduced to some hot peanut oil. Fishermen are taking the tasty fish home in excellent numbers.


A crankbait is often overlooked during the spring when fish are hitting so many different baits, but it can be a key bass-fishing lure. Spring is crankbait time
127 Views - Posted: April 16 at 9:00 am

Alot of fishermen don’t think about fishing a crankbait in the spring, but except for the time when they’re on the bed, bass will hit a crankbait about as good as anything — if you know how to fish them. If you fish anywhere in the South, it’s one of the tools that you have to have in your tackle box.


Anglers try the spawning flat in Bush Creek for Jordan Lake crappies. Slabs in all three Raleigh-Durham area reservoirs are moving into and out of the shallows.
Crappie spawning in waves on Raleigh-Durham area's three big lakes
768 Views - Posted: April 15 at 4:53 pm

It began as a trickle four weeks ago, but now the crappie spawn is coming in waves each day at the Raleigh-Durham area’s top big reservoirs: Jordan, Falls of the Neuse and Shearon Harris.


Kayaks are great fishing platforms for anglers floating small- to medium-sized rivers like the Dan. Kayak fishing perfect fit for Dan River smallies
199 Views - Posted: April 15 at 7:00 am

Guide Kyle Hoover often takes fishermen on smallmouth bass float trips down the Dan River in a canoe, but he believes kayaks are the wave of the future for stream fishing. 


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