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If it makes scents, use it - Scent-enhanced baits that attract different fish

Much like fine perfumes, scented body wash and “Gee Your Hair Smells Terrific” shampoo, not all odors are bad ones. That’s a very basic and simple way to approach scents, but the truth is that beauty is indeed in the nose of the beholder. Something that smells rotten to one fish may be the perfect dinner invite to another. 

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Free fishing events for kids held across N.C. in late May, early June

Kids can fish for free and register to win prizes, including two lifetime licenses, at one of more than 35 kids’ fishing events being conducted across the state in late May and early June.

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Yesterday at 8:11 pm
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Oak Island, Ocean Crest pier anglers land first king mackerel of season

Most years the first kings caught from N.C. fishing piers are decked at one of the Oak Island piers and that has happened again this year. 

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May 03 at 10:05 pm
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Paul Brown Soft-Dog

Paul Brown Lures recently introduced their first top water surface walker, the 3 ¾-inch Soft-Dog. The ideal search bait, the Soft-Dog can walk-the-dog with ease and makes for effortless long distance casting. Its soft plastic design also creates a realistic baitfish feel that trophy gamefish find irresistible, making it the perfect mullet imitation for fishing the shallows. 

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May 01 at 7:00 am
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Dolphin make a big push into North Carolina’s offshore waters in May, with big fish showing up off Cape Fear.

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May 01 at 7:00 am
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Beat the bushes for Kerr Lake bass

After a battle with largemouth bass virus that infected about 40 percent of its population before running its course, John H. Kerr Reservoir’s largemouth bass have recovered, as fishermen discovered the past couple of years. And while the spawn ends for most North Carolina chub chasers on most lakes by the end of April, there’s still plenty of reason to visit John H. Kerr Reservoir, aka Buggs Island, in May.

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May 01 at 7:00 am
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Catch catfish in the creek - Contentnea Creek is a hidden catfish gem in eastern North Carolina

Hidden in North Carolina’s coastal plain, Contentnea Creek is unknown to most fishermen, but locals know it well and consider it a treasure. After all, the name Contentnea is derived from a Native American phrase meaning “fish passing by.”

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May 01 at 7:00 am
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Pick up on pikin’ in North Carolina’s Lumber River

The Lumber River forms the boundary between Robeson and Columbus counties and cuts across the North Carolina-South Carolina border. While geographically important, the true value of the river is that it is the lifeblood of local anglers because its floodplain creates habitats that support many fish species.

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May 01 at 7:00 am
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Wake up the sleeping giants - Cobia invade the waters off Wrightsville Beach in May

Wrightsville Beach may be known as a world-class surfing destination or as the most socially accepted stretch of white sand along the entire east coast. But for anglers ready to tame a world-class fish, the crystal blue waters along these stunning shorelines are just what the doctor ordered, and there’s no better time than this month, when the annual cobia run begins. Massive, breeder cobia snuggle along the coastline, famished and ready to fill up the tank on anything they can find. 

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May 01 at 7:00 am
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Great for gaffers - May is a great month to catch gaffer dolphin

It’s a warm, early morning in the middle of spring, with a slight breeze out of the southwest. Stephen Hunter keeps his Cape Horn center console in Holden Beach, but he often chooses to use the Cape Fear River channel when leaving before dawn, for no other reason than the reliability of its water. Picking his way behind Oak Island and Southport, he makes a starboard turn into the channel, slips into the ocean, then pushes the throttle down and heads offshore.

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May 01 at 7:00 am
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Take a flier in a kayak - Fly fishing, paddlecraft are a great match

The outdoors community supports many subgroups. In the hunting world, we have bowhunters, those that primarily use black powder and primitive firearms, dog hunters and even those that only hunt certain types of animals such as waterfowl, big game or upland game.

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April 29 at 9:00 am
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8th annual Reelin' for Research tournament is this weekend

The 8th annual Reelin’ for Research offshore fishing tournament benefiting the UNC Children’s Hospital and Childhood Cancer Research is set to cast off this Saturday, April 30th, out of Morehead City, NC.  

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April 28 at 9:02 pm
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Two barrel swivels are sometimes better than a three-way swivel

Three-way swivels are great for setting up a number of different fishing rigs. One of the most popular is tying the main line to one eye, a short leader with a lure to another and a longer leader with a second lure to a third eye. This puts two lures in the same vicinity, increasing your chance at hooking a fish, but when fishing in the middle of schooling fish, this can cause a problem.

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April 26 at 9:31 pm
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Monster Reel'N'Shad a huge fish-catcher

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Make no mistake about it, the Monster Reel’N’Shad is a monstrous swim bait — one Mann’s Bait Co. proudly introduced to the market in January.

The latest in the artificial lure manufacturer’s Reel’N’Shad series provides just more than 9 inches of pulsating, swimming action from a durable soft plastic that doesn’t have a paddletail or extra hardware to make it swim realistically.

Its patent-pending design is unique and triggers bites from bass, redfish, stripers, lemonfish and even tarpon.

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April 22 at 9:00 am
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Kayak bass angler allegedly caught cheating In multiple tournaments

The world of kayak bass fishing tournaments was rocked this week when tournament directors and organizers for two major tournament trails – Kayak Bass Fishing and Kayak Bass Series — revealed one of its competitors had been identified as submitting falsified photograph entries during a Kayak Bass Series tournament.

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April 20 at 11:58 pm
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N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries names new director

Dr. Braxton Davis, director of the N.C. Division of Coastal Management, was named on Tuesday to lead the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries.

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April 19 at 2:42 pm
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