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Guide Rod Thomas said stripers are on the way up the Roanoke River but haven't reached Weldon yet. Roanoke River stripers still downriver, but headed for Weldon
262 Views - Posted: April 17 at 6:01 am

The cold snap that ripped through North Carolina late Tuesday may have killed some plants and fruit-tree buds, but it fired up striped bass in the Roanoke River. "The push of water is bringing fish to Weldon,” said Rod “Capt. Ponytail” Thomas, a former cameraman for ESPN and The Outdoor Channel who guides out of Weldon during the spring striper run.


Bridges provide the kind of vertical structure that stripers around the Albemarle Sound area love. Albemarle Sound fish get special attention
38 Views - Posted: April 15 at 7:00 am

Striped bass are one of the few fish managed by specific bodies of water in North Carolina The Albemarle Sound Management Area begins at the Virginia border in Currituck Sound and runs along the western side of the Outer Banks to Eagles Nest Bay, just south of Oregon Inlet. From there, the area’s border crosses the upper tip of Pamlico Sound to Roanoke Marshes Point, a few miles south of Manns Harbor. Moving inland, it includes all of Albemarle, Croatan, Currituck and Roanoke sounds, plus the Alligator, North, Pasquotank, Little, Perquimans, Yeopim, Scuppernong and Chowan rivers and all the creeks that flow into the sounds and rivers. The western boundary is the mouth of the Roanoke River near Plymouth.


Guide Allen Cain has been catching plenty of big American shad in the Cape Fear River below Lock and Dam No. 1 near Rieglewood. Shad run in Cape Fear River is in full gear
518 Views - Posted: April 11 at 5:54 am

The shad run is in high gear on the Cape Fear River, and Capt. Allen Cain of Sightfish NC is boating big numbers of American shad on fly and ultralight tackle at Lock and Dam No.1 near Rieglewood.


The muddy waters at High Rock Lake cleared up enough for Robert Moss, Tyler Moss and Morgan Holcomb of Trinity to weigh in three fish at more than 38 pounds to win the Tarheel Striper Club tournament. Water clears enough at High Rock for stripers to start biting again
448 Views - Posted: April 08 at 12:01 pm

Robert and Tyler Moss and Morgan Holcomb, all from Trinity, got sassy with High Rock stripers†this past Saturday near the mouth of Abbotts Creek during the Tarheel Striper Club tournament.†They used white and chartreuse Sassy Shad in conjunction with downriggers to boat five quality stripers that were feeding on shad in 15 to 20 feet of water around the mouth of the creek.


Striped bass fishing is picking up on Lake Gaston if you can find slightly warmer water. Find warmer water in creeks for best Lake Gaston striper action
399 Views - Posted: April 02 at 6:01 am

The pace of striped bass fishing on Lake Gaston is picking up, and Don Enderle of Tri-Lakes Guide Service is trolling to find feeding fish in creeks with slightly warmer water.


The spring striper run up the Roanoke River is famous, but the fishing is just as good in the Albemarle Sound before the spawning run begins. Albemarle Sound stripers are there for the taking before the spawning run begins
67 Views - Posted: April 01 at 7:00 am

Stripers are one of the winter staples for fishermen in Albemarle Sound, and Capt. Karl Helmkamp of Fistful Charters knows all about them, especially how to catch them.


Flat Swamp Creek has some of the only fishable water in an otherwise muddy High Rock Lake, and crappie are biting. High Rock crappie biting in Flat Swamp Creek
842 Views - Posted: March 19 at 10:31 am

Maynard Edwards and Jason Heitman of Yadkin Lakes Guide Service caught quality crappie in High Rock Lake’s Flat Swamp Creek last week by trolling deep water. The two Lexington anglers didn’t deplete the crappie population, but they certainly had a more productive day than those crappie fishermen probing brush along the banks for fish.


Black crappie in Jordan Lake have rebounded after a 2011 die-off and should offer fishermen a great spring this year. Net survey shows Jordanís crappie on the rebound
161 Views - Posted: March 15 at 8:00 am

Biologists Jessica Baumann and Corey Oakley of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission conducted crappie surveys using trap and gill nets in October and November 2012 after a 2011 shad die-off and resulting crappie mortality.

The loss of threadfin shad in the lake stressed crappie — many of them starved — during a period of extreme heat and rising water temperatures.

The two biologists collected 2,247 crappie, with trap nets taking fish along the shoreline and gill nets collecting black crappie offshore.


Tight-lining, or fishing with lures dropped straight down, is a favorite of spring crappie anglers. Any color is good ó as long as itís blue
132 Views - Posted: March 15 at 8:00 am

Successful crappie fishing at Jordan Lake in March can hinge on having a jig in the color fish prefer that day.

Freddie Sinclair tries to match lure colors by water stain.

“The color of the jigs I use depends on the water color,” he said. “If it’s tea color, a little muddy, I like orange or darker colors like brown/chartreuse, black/chartreuse or blue/black, but every one of them needs some blue in it, even chartreuse.”


Blue catfish, native to the Mississippi River drainage, have been stocked and moved to river systems and reservoirs across the Southeast, where they have become a popular target for anglers. Blue catfish in North Carolina
170 Views - Posted: March 15 at 8:00 am

The blue catfish, Ictalurus furcatus, is the largest species of North American catfish and has potential to reach 150 pounds. Their native range is primarily the Mississippi River drainage, but these large catfish have been introduced into many other reservoirs and river systems nationwide, including several in North Carolina.

Blue catfish are opportunistic predators and have been known to eat any species of fish they can catch, plus crayfish, mussels, frogs and more. Blue catfish are truly opportunistic and will readily eat wounded or dead prey.


Guide Chris Hammill concentrates on big blue catfish on several reservoirs on the Yadkin system, including Badin Lake. Badin Lake and the Yadkin River system
171 Views - Posted: March 15 at 8:00 am

Badin Lake is part of the Yadkin River system that was formed by impounding sections of the river to support an aluminum-smelting plant in the town of Badin operated by Alcoa. Badin is downstream of High Rock and Tuckertown lakes and upstream of tiny Falls Lake and Lake Tillery, where the Uwharrie River joins the Yadkin to form the Pee Dee River before it flows through Blewett Falls Lake and into South Carolina on its way to the Atlantic Ocean. Badin Dam was completed and the lake impounded in 1917.


Eric Fincherís 89-pound blue catfish, caught Nov. 25, 2006 from Badin Lake, is the reigning state record for the species. Badin produced state-record blue catfish
163 Views - Posted: March 15 at 8:00 am

North Carolina’s state-record blue catfish weighed 89 pounds and was caught in Badin Lake on Nov. 25, 2006, by Eric Fincher. It replaced an 85-pound fish that had been caught in Lake Norman in 2004.

Fincher, who was striper fishing, caught the big catfish on a live shiner fished 18 feet deep in a section of the lake that was 43 feet deep. He was fishing an Eagle Claw medium-action rod, with an Abu Garcia 6500 reel and 15-pound line.


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