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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 at 7:03 am

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 forum.Read More...
April 23, 2013 at 10:13 am

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 6:30 am

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 11:00 am

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.Read More...
May 31, 2012 at 8:51 am

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

Fishing from Southport to Wilmington has ignited because of earlier-than-expected warm weather.Read More...
May 24, 2012 at 11:11 am

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).Read More...
May 17, 2012 at 4:31 pm

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.”Read More...
May 10, 2012 at 1:51 pm

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.Read More...
May 03, 2012 at 8:58 am

Anglers must have true grit for bonito

SNEADS FERRY – One of the most elusive but hardest-fighting/best-tasting saltwater gamefish is available right now off the N.C. coast.

But bonito (not bonita) are almost like ghosts because anglers can neither predict with much dependability the exact nor proximate locations where they'll appear in the ocean. And they are a totally ocean-going species. One thing is certain: when they appear, the ocean explodes boils and roils as they savagely attack glass minnows and baby menhaden and just about any lure an angler can cast to them.Read More...
April 27, 2012 at 11:55 am

Conan O'Brien tries out duck calling after Duck Commander lesson

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Late-night TV show host Conan O'Brien got duck-calling lessons from one of the best Tuesday night — Duck Commander's Phil Robertson.

And he did OK. Or maybe not.

Depends on who you ask.
April 13, 2012 at 1:02 pm

Yadkin lakes see start of striped-bass spawn

With late spring-like weather spreading over the state a month earlier than usual during March, higher-than-normal water temperatures apparently triggered striped bass false migration runs in many piedmont rivers.

The migration attempts are false because stripers have only two rivers (Dan and Roanoke) inside North Carolina long enough to successfully hatch fertilized eggs — yet rockfish are hard-wired to make whoopee anyway each spring no matter where they are.Read More...
April 12, 2012 at 1:08 pm

Hot striper bite ignites up and down Pamlico

Although many Tar Heel anglers believe the Roanoke River is the state’s top spring spot for catching striped bass, the best venue actually may be up and down the Pamlico River on either side of Little Washington — but particularly to the east toward Albemarle Sound.Read More...
April 05, 2012 at 11:17 am

Heavy rains curtail Roanoke fishing, next week looks good

Following heavy rainfall the week of March 18-24, fishing at the upper Roanoke River remains active but can be risky for unwitting boaters.Read More...
March 29, 2012 at 1:37 pm

Seven tips for turkey hunting success

Joey Murphy developed a passion for hunting turkeys when he was 14, and the passion has morphed into an obsession for hunting longbeards. The 41-year old furniture maker and a moderatoralso builds his own turkey call named the “Spursuader,” a sweet-sounding, wood-friction pot call.

And of course he hunts every opportunity he gets.
March 28, 2012 at 11:20 am

April 7 is 2012’s favorite date for mountain trout anglers

The spring date Tar Heel State (and other states) mountain anglers mark on their calendars each year is the first Saturday in April. That’s when hatchery-supported waters trout season opens.Read More...
March 22, 2012 at 12:48 pm