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    Grouper are just one species of fish that anglers can expect when bottom fishing this time of year.

    Bottom fishing heats up out of Southport

    The Yeah Right swung into position on the anchor rope, and the screen on the fish finder lit up with a mound of fish just above the small ledge. Smiling, Capt. Butch Foster of Southport gave the command to start fishing. His son and mate, Chris Foster, had already passed out bottom-fishing outfits and put chunks of squid and fish on the hooks, and it was only a moment before baits headed for the bottom 100 feet below.

    The Yeah Right was over a natural rock outcropping about 10 miles southwest of Frying Pan Tower, and the fish were hungry.  The 16-ounce sinkers had barely thumped the bottom when the rat-a-tat-tat bites of the first bait thieves began. 

    September 19, 2015 at 7:03am
    Diane Meadows, aka Diane00 on the NorthCarolinaSportsman.com forum, took here first turkey — a double-bearded trophy on a hunt with fellow site moderator Gobblintom and user Donion.

    Forum leads to ‘gobbler of a lifetime’ for moderator

    Editor’s note: The hunt detailed below happened because moderators Diane00 and Gobblintom (aka Joey Murphy) have developed a friendship with user Donion (aka Don Wilson) through the NorthCarolinaSportsman.com forum.
    April 23, 2013 at 10:13am
    Two of Capt. Charlie Beadon’s clients show off the kind of redfish biting on mud flats around Hilton Head Island.

    Slot-sized reds schooled up and biting around Hilton Head Island

    Bull redfish have been a willing target of many anglers for the past few months along the South Carolina coast, but if it's slot-sized redfish you're after, the backwaters of Hilton Head Island are the place to be.

    Capt. Charlie Beadon of Hilton Head Fishing Adventures and his clients have been regularly boating keeper redfish on the mud flats over the past few weeks.
    December 20, 2012 at 5:00pm
    : Dalton Reames shows off the kind of healthy speckled trout that Bulls Bay anglers are catching regularly.<br />
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    Speckled trout bite great in Bulls Bay

    Last year's mild winter was a nice reprieve for South Carolina's speckled trout after cold-water kills in back-to-back brutal winters wiped out a lot of specks. This spells good news for Palmetto State anglers, and one place the trout are healthy and biting is Bulls Bay near Awendaw.

    Gary McElwain of Awendaw has been having a lot of success lately catching Bulls Bay specks, and the majority of his fish have been keeper sized.
    December 19, 2012 at 6:30am
    South Carolina hunters can take three woodcock per day beginning Dec. 18 through Jan. 31, 2013.

    Woodcock season opens in South Carolina today

    South Carolina has extended its season on woodcock by 14 days again this season, so hunters can take to the field for timberdoodles beginning today, Dec. 18.
    The S.C. Department of Natural Resources agreed last year to move up the traditional Jan. 1 season opening by two weeks, and it was such a success with hunters, the season is opening early again this year.
    December 18, 2012 at 6:30am
    Lake Norman anglers are catching striped bass mixed with spotted bass and suspended in deep water.

    Spots, stripers warm up Lake Norman December fishing

    Spotted bass and stripers are the main targets at Lake Norman this month for guide Craig Price of Denver.

    “I’m primarily fishing for spotted bass and finding most of them at the mouth of creeks such as Mountain and Davidson creeks,” said Price, who said the junction of the creek and river channels are particular productive areas.
    December 18, 2012 at 6:30am
    Catch the action in the attached video as Capt. John Koonce fishes the Stono River behind John’s Island for some late fall speckled trout.

    Speckled trout bite hanging on in Charleston’s Stono River

    For late fall anglers, speckled trout represent a highly prized target. but they can be especially fickle as the weather starts to turn colder. Capt. John Koonce of Shoal Bandit Charters on Johns Island claims the weather may be hard to predict, but the hot trout bite this fall in Charleston-area waters, especially the Stono River, is still hanging on.

    “One day we’ll be out here in jeans and t-shirts, and the next day we’ll be wearing heavy jackets and toboggans,” he said. “But the water temperatures are still pretty decent, and the trout bite has stayed with us.”
    December 17, 2012 at 11:18am
    Fishermen targeting speckled trout inshore from Wilmington to Topsail have had plenty of success.

    Inshore fishing continued to be excellent around Wilmington

    The varied action that has made this fall such a great time to fish along the Cape Fear coast continues even as cooler weather moves in. Speckled trout, red drum and flounder are biting in most inshore waters, and they are joined by stripers in the rivers around downtown Wilmington.

    “This really has been an exceptional fall,” said Tex Grissom of Tex’s Tackle in Wilmington. “After the mild winter last year, we were expecting a good trout bite, but I don’t think anyone thought it would be as good as it has been. Redfish are still biting, too, and they add a little bit of fight to the finesse. When you throw in some late flounder, stripers and black drum, it creates a lot of opportunities. Only people who aren’t fishing aren’t catching this fall.”
    December 17, 2012 at 11:00am
    Mike Robertson shows off a big blue catfish he caught fishing with Capt. Rodger Taylor.

    Catfish action picking up on Lake Wylie, might get better

    The winter catfish bite on Lake Wylie has turned on, and a lot of chunky fish are being caught. According to guide Rodger Taylor of Rock Hill’s Catfish On Guide Service, the excellent action should continue and perhaps improve over the next few weeks.
    December 12, 2012 at 3:41pm
    Bass fishing in the upper end of Lake Murray has been great over the past week.

    Upper end of Lake Murray features a good bass bite

    Largemouth bass fishing typically slows this time of year on many lakes, but the upper end of Lake Murray is producing good action.

    Guide Chris Heinning of Capt. Chris Fishing is catching bass from the Dreher Island area up into the rivers using a variety of techniques.
    December 11, 2012 at 12:48pm
    Big speckled trout are offering lots of action for anglers in the lower Neuse River.

    Neuse River from New Bern to Pamlico hot today, sizzlin’ soon

    The Neuse River from New Bern to the mouth of Pamlico Sound has got to be the most diversified fishing region in the United States, maybe the world.

    Where else in a single river can anglers during the summer land spotted sea trout, flounder, puppy drum, “old” red drum, Spanish mackerel, bluefish, gray trout and, yes, tarpon.
    May 31, 2012 at 8:51am
    Jeff Wolfe of Wilmington is on top of a slot red drum bite at the bays north of Bald Head Island.

    Red drum, flounder, seatrout key targets at lower Cape Fear

    Fishing from Southport to Wilmington has ignited because of earlier-than-expected warm weather.
    May 24, 2012 at 11:11am
    Weldon dubs itself “The Rockfish Capitol of the World” and there’s little dispute about that claim.

    Striper fishing still active at Weldon

    It may be late in the season for striped bass spawning runs at the Roanoke River near Weldon, but anglers continue to have tremendous catch-and-release days.

    Some erstwhile saltwater guides remain in the area to offer uninitiated “rockfish” chasers a boat and the knowledge to avoid the river’s large stone impediments and make a trip productive, safe and less expensive (lower units add up after a while).
    May 17, 2012 at 4:31pm
    Charleston charter Capt. John Koonce uses cracked blue crabs when he's fishing for big red drum around docks.

    Fish boat docks for big reds

    With the summer season rapidly approaching, redfish along the Charleston coast are making the transition from spring patterns to warm water patterns. In this video, Shoal Bandit Charter Capt. John Koonce demonstrates a one of the most-successful tactics for locating warm-water redfish around boat docks.
    May 17, 2012 at 9:18am
    Jeff Thomas displays 9- and 11-pound largemouths he caught this spring.

    Harris Lake bass jumping on lures

    If bass anglers want a good chance to catch a lunker largemouth, the best place to go right now is Shearon Harris Lake in southern Wake and northern Chatham counties.

    “There’s a good bite at Harris,” said Jeff Thomas of Broadway, a guide and tournament angler. “They’re biting just about everywhere — shallow and deep.”
    May 10, 2012 at 1:51pm
    A happy angler displays a Hatteras bluefish he caught April 30 at Bogue Inlet Pier.

    Chopper blues appear at central N.C. coast

    Three years ago Hatteras (chopper) bluefish once again began appearing at North Carolina central coast venues.

    Thirty years ago these large toothy creatures made dependable October and November appearances at the Cape Hatteras National Seashore, most prominently at Ocracoke Island. Anglers would catch them by the truckloads, wastefully stacking them like cordwood on the Ocracoke beaches (they’re not very tasty but fight like a shark). And they’d hit any kind of lure from Hopkins to, famously, a strip of flannel shirt impaled on a J-hook.
    May 03, 2012 at 8:58am