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The nearshore waters between Cape Lookout and Bogue Inlet have been full of chunky cobia over the past week. Atlantic Beach cobia bite has gone off the chain this week
1359 Views - Posted: May 21 at 10:08 pm

Matt Lamb at Chasin’ Tails Outdoors in Atlantic Beach said the spring cobia bite has ramped up to absolutely wide open in the past few days, with fish cruising bait pods, searching just outside the breakers and feeding on the bottom of channels everywhere from Cape Lookout to Bogue Inlet.


Donít be afraid of using big artificial baits; this cobia regurgitated 11 small stingrays after it was boated. Fish roll-ups
85 Views - Posted: May 15 at 7:00 am

Anglers should not shy away from using big lures such as heavy jigheads with foot-long artificial eels for cobia because they have huge appetites and cavernous mouths.†


The spring cobia run off Cape Lookout will often put fishermen in range of some of the big black drum that are moving into the area. Other targets of opportunity
90 Views - Posted: May 15 at 7:00 am

Anglers often get shots at other species while targeting cobia on a sight-fishing trip.†


Guide Mike Taylor boated this 72-pound cobia several years ago in the waters off Cape Lookout in early June. Seeing is believing when it comes to sight-fishing for Cape Lookout cobia
201 Views - Posted: May 01 at 7:00 am

A clear sky and a calm wind beckoned as Mike Taylor loaded his boat at a private dock in Morehead City for a day on the water. He was especially happy because there had been no pre-dawn alarm, and even the sun appeared to be smiling. Because of the fish he had chosen to target, being on the water before daylight wasn’t essential.


Some good, some average, some poor -- thatís what fisheries experts expect for North Carolinaís coast this year. 2015 Saltwater Fishing Preview
219 Views - Posted: May 01 at 7:00 am

It’s a mixed bag of good news and bad news for fishermen who target various species in North Carolina’s coastal waters.

This season could harbor some better results for anglers who target speckled trout and black sea bass, good seasons for Spanish mackerel and red drum, and maybe not as good fishing for flounder, striped bass and gray trout.’


Kayak-fishing organizations offer tournaments targeting a variety of species, including crappie. Who will beat Bill?
160 Views - Posted: April 29 at 9:00 am

The NCAA men’s basketball tournament is the epitome of passion in competition. Without even suiting up to play, we all find a way to participate in the excitement.


Matt Arey of Shelby won the FLW Tour event on Arkansas' Beaver Lake on Sunday, taking home $125,000. Shelby pro strikes it rich on Arkansas' Beaver Lake
511 Views - Posted: April 27 at 10:15 pm

The banks are closed on Sundays, but bass pro Matt Arey of Shelby got a big payday last Sunday when he won the FLW Tour event on Beaver Lake out of Flippin, Ark., taking home $125,000.


Topwater baits like this She Pup are producing a lot of nice speckled trout in the Sneads Ferry area of late. Topwater trout bite has taken hold in Sneads Ferry area
1288 Views - Posted: April 27 at 9:24 am

Capt. Allen Jernigan of Breadman Ventures said speckled trout are aggressively attacking topwater lures in the bays and creeks off the Intracoastal Waterway and New River around Sneads Ferry, with the action typically best in the early mornings and late afternoons and on rainy and overcast days.


Legendary bass and inshore angler Bernie Schultz helped design the Hildebrandt Drum Roller. Hildebrandt Drum Roller
195 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?


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
1042 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.


The Neuse River and its tributaries downstream from New Bern provide excellent habitat for both speckled trout and the saltwater buffet they eat: crabs, shrimp and baitfish. The Neuse and its creeks have spec-tacular habitat
200 Views - Posted: April 15 at 7:00 am

The Neuse River flows from Falls of the Neuse Dam near Raleigh to the Pamlico Sound. From around New Bern downstream, it becomes speck -tacular. Some trout are occasionally caught upriver of New Bern in the Neuse and Trent rivers, but there is magic in the downriver areas. Speckled trout somehow know there is just the right combination of freshwater, saltwater and food and are drawn to it. Fishing is good most of the year, but the fishing can be excellent in spring when specks get active. ††


Areas along the Neuse and Trent rivers where water classifications change are marked with signs on bridges and other  structures. Coastal, joint and inland waters
226 Views - Posted: April 15 at 7:00 am

North Carolina has three designations of fishing waters: Coastal Waters that are generally saltwater, Joint Waters that are generally brackish, and Inland Waters are generally considered freshwater. But in extended periods of excessive rainfall or drought, these waters change, and fish don’t pay attention to the signs posted at the boundaries.


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