• Fishing

    Veteran guide Tom Siwarski said to find speckled trout, you need to first find current.

    It’s current, current, current for specks

    Current, current, current. If there’s one factor that stands out to guarantee success catching spring speckled trout, it’s current. No current. No fish. Plenty of current, plenty of fish.

    Yesterday at 1:01pm
    Don't bypass an area just because other anglers have already fished it; the bass will still bite a properly-presented lure, said Marty Stone.

    Fishing pressure is overrated, veteran bass pro says

    Marty Stone learned plenty during his 20-year career as a professional bass fishermen, what with four Bassmaster Classic berths and four shots at the FLW Tour Championship under his belt. 

    Yesterday at 11:36am
    Choose your campsite where you’re in no danger of flooding from an unexpected storm.

    Plan out kayak fishing trips

    The weather was set up for a perfect weekend float down the creek, the days not too hot and the nights not too cold. The time had come.

    May 29 at 9:00am
    The NCWRC has reopened the much-improved Masons Landing boating access area in Beaufort County, which offers easy access to Tranters Creek and the Pamlico-Tar River.

    NCWRC reopens Masons Landing boating access area

    N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has completed renovations and reopened the Masons Landing boating access area located at 625 Clarks Neck Road in Washington in Beaufort County.

    May 29 at 1:14am
    Mercury Marine's Skyhook system eliminates the need for anchors, linking the outboard system to satellites that keep the boat in place.

    Don’t anchor out again

    Anchoring technology has come a long way since the early days of boating. Power-Poles and Minn Kota Talons are remote-controlled anchoring systems that are great for inshore anglers, and Minn Kota’s iPilot and Motorguide’s xi5 trolling motors lock on to a satellite through GPS and keep a boat’s position steady, leaving anglers free to fish without having to worry about the boat slipping off the fishing hole.

    May 27 at 12:05pm
    NOAA Fisheries rules that red snapper fishing in the Atlantic Ocean will remain closed for 2016.

    No red snapper season for 2016, say federal fisheries managers

    Fishermen won’t be allowed to keep any red snapper in the Atlantic Ocean this year, after a May 20 announcement from NOAA Fisheries explaining that the total number of fish removed from the population in 2015 exceeded the allowable catch and discard level — somewhat surprising since there was no open season last year.

    May 25 at 10:22am
    Big fish like this bull redfish caught on a trip with Capt. Ponytail Charters are easier to handle at the boat if you turn them upside down, says veteran guide Rod Thomas.

    Try upside-down trick to land big fish

    When you bring a really big fish close to the boat, chances are it’s not excited about coming onboard. This is often when they put up their biggest fight, and is also a common time when many anglers lose their biggest fish. One simple tip will help you land more big fish at the boat.

    May 25 at 9:53am
    A bill on a net ban is facing an uphill climb, but Rep. Billy Richardson, who introduced the bill, remains optimistic about the bill's chances.

    Net-ban bill languishing after being introduced by Fayetteville legislator

    Rep. Billy Richardson, (D-Cumberland) said all winter that he planned to introduce a bill to place a net ban referendum on the 2016 fall ballot, and last week, he remained true to his word.

    May 22 at 8:56pm
    The Matrix Mini allows anglers to scratch the angling itch when crappie are lethargic.

    The Matrix Mini

    Chas Champagne wishes it would have been as simple as pointing a futuristic-looking device at one of the most-popular speckled trout soft plastics on the market and reducing the size significantly, like in the 1989 movie “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids.”

    May 22 at 9:00am
    Capt. Lewis Emery of Tails Up Charters in Carolina Beach holds a typical speckled trout for this time of year.

    Catch Carolina Beach speckled trout with these lures and tips

    By the time day broke over Buzzard’s Bay on Tuesday morning, Lewis Emery of Tails Up Charters in Carolina Beach and his buddy, Larry Essick, already had a handful of speckled trout in the boat — and neither was surprised.

    May 20 at 8:34am
    Cobia fishing will remain open longer than the federally mandated June 20 closure, thanks to the NCMFC, which voted to keep cobia fishing open in state waters through September 30.

    N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission votes to keep cobia fishing open, go out of compliance with feds

    The N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission voted Thursday at a meeting in Morehead City to keep its cobia fishery open in state waters beyond the federally mandated June 20 closure, going out of compliance with the South Atlantic Fisheries Management Council.

    May 20 at 1:14am
    Introductory fly fishing classes, as well as many other programs, are offered throughout June at the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education. These NCWRC programs are free, and open on a first-come, first-served basis.

    NCWRC offering 14 outdoors programs throughout June

    The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is offering 14 outdoors public programs in June at the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education in Transylvania County.

    May 19 at 9:14am
    CHIRP technology lets a unit show baitfish clouds in an unmistakable manner and easily separate fish from submerged trees.

    Marine-grade software updates on your electronics

    There was a time when updating your electronics meant buying new units.

    We gadget-minded fishermen understood that keeping up with technological evolution meant replacing our fishfinders and navigation units every eight to 10 months.

    May 19 at 9:00am
    34 trout streams and two lakes, all of which are delayed-harvest trout waters, will open under hatchery-supported regulations on June 4.

    Delayed-harvest trout waters open under hatchery-supported regulations June 4

    On June 4 the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will open 34 trout streams and two lakes classified as delayed-harvest trout waters under hatchery-supported regulations.

    May 17 at 3:27pm
    Kellen Thompkins shows the result of a recent panfishing trip using Hoopee Hookers lures.

    Hoopee Hookers know how to hook a bream

    The Johnson Beetlespin, Mepps Aglia, and Betts Spin are some of the lures many of us used when we were kids, and many of us still use those same lures today. They are inexpensive and simply get the job done.

    May 16 at 6:51pm
    The NCWRC is hosting some free fishing workshops in June at the John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center in Fayetteville.

    NCWRC offering free fishing workshops in June

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

    May 16 at 9:14am