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    Redfish in the Cape Romain region will feed heavily after dead-low tide, when cooler, clearer water pours in from the ocean.

    The tide turns for Romain reds

    While many inshore fisheries slow down when August’s heat peaks, Cape Romain’s redfish are far from taking a break in the action. With tons of baitfish inside the estuaries, redfish never have to look very far to satisfy their hunger, especially near the inlets on rising water. 

    Yesterday at 4:40pm
    Steve Bilka killed these two velvet 8-pointers on Aug. 18 in Green Pond, SC.

    Lowcountry hunter kills two 8-pointers in full velvet

    South Carolina, with one of the longest and earliest-starting deer hunting seasons in the nation, offers hunters the unique extended opportunity of killing a buck in full velvet. It means fighting the heat, and all the bugs that come with it, but for many hunters, killing a buck in velvet is a worth all of that, but most hunters never achieve that goal.

    Yesterday at 9:12am
    The edges of weed lines are great places to find nice summer bass that aren’t in deep water.

    Brush are holding crappie at Santee

    August delivers “crappie consistency” to the Santee Cooper lakes. With water temperatures near or at the zenith for the year, slabs are ganged up around identifiable underwater targets in both Lake Marion and Lake Moultrie.

    August 22 at 9:19pm
    A coyote seminar is one of the many events being offered by the NCWRC at the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education throughout the month of September.

    NCWRC offering several free wildlife education programs in Sept.

    The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education is offering seven workshops in September. 

    The workshops, which are free, are open on first-come, first-serve basis and registration is required by registering online.

    August 21 at 7:04pm
    Short-nosed deer? Stray calf? Skinny bear? Weird-looking dog? What do you think this is a photo of?

    Trail cameras take some strange photos

    Trail cameras have been a big game-changer ever since they first came on the hunting scene. Nothing before that allowed hunters to monitor what was taking place on their hunting property, without a person actually being present. 

    August 19 at 1:10pm
    Zach Brubaker and Darren Bivens pose with the 111-pound stingray they killed near Ocean Isle Beach last week.

    Concord hunters arrow 111-pound stingray near Ocean Isle Beach

    North Carolina’s deer hunting season is right around the corner, and while many archery hunters will take a little time to work out the kinks of not hunting for months, others like Kevin Rowland keep in shape by drawing a bow throughout the summer on other live targets like wild hogs and even stingrays.

    August 19 at 12:05pm
    Shane Flannigan takes the guesswork out of which lures to use for inshore fishing.

    Top plastic lures for inshore fishing

    Soft plastic lures come in many different sizes, colors, and styles. With all of the different soft plastics on the market today it can be overwhelming or confusing for some anglers. I want to cover a few of my favorite go-to soft-plastic/jighead combos I use when targeting reds, trout, and flounder.

    August 15 at 2:45pm
    Trout like this one are easy pickings for anglers who don't mind getting their feet wet in mountain streams.

    This 1 tip will help you catch more mountain trout

    I lived in western North Carolina for two years some time ago. While living in the little town of Bakersville, which sits on the other side of the Roan Mountain from Unicoi, Tennessee, I mastered the art of fishing the small blue ribbon trout streams that ran through the area. The problem was, I only mastered it a few days before moving away from there.

    August 15 at 8:38am
    Zakk Royce landed this 90-pound blue catfish on Aug. 10.

    Murfreesboro angler catches 90-pound catfish

    In an attempt to locate cooler, more oxygenated water, Zakk Royce of Murfreesboro headed up lake from his hot spots on the lower end of Lake Gaston to the upper, riverine stretches. There, he found temperatures 5 degrees cooler in the old river channel and a solid bite that led to a 90-pound blue catfish on Aug. 10.

    August 14 at 11:24pm
    Mike McSwain shows off the type of bass that is typical along the Devils Elbow stretch of the Lumber River.

    Catch more Lumber River bass with these tips

    Just below Fair Bluff, N.C., and above Nichols, S.C., a place known as Devils Elbow sits on the Lumber River. This series of sharp turns on the river has the Lumber running parallel to itself, and the flow of the water here offers fish an abundance of what they’re looking for in a place to make their home. And when fish congregate, anglers will find success if they’re willing to put in the time.

    August 14 at 9:50pm
    Most species of ducks remain well above their long-term average, according to the 2016 Trends in Duck Breeding Populations report from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

    Duck numbers hold steady, USFWS says

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) recently released its report on 2016 Trends in Duck Breeding Populations, based on surveys conducted in May and early June by FWS and the Canadian Wildlife Service. 

    August 14 at 9:54am
    Brett Meager poses with her personal best, 88-pound catfish, that she recently caught on Kerr Lake.

    Creedmoor female angler catches 88-pound Kerr Lake catfish

    As the owner of NC Marine Fabrication, Austin Sartin of Burlington has placed ample thought into the kind of rod holding systems that help people catch fish – including his own. While enjoying some down time at Kerr Lake on August 7th, Sartin tested his outfit while putting Brett Meager of Creedmoor on her personal best blue catfish, a beast that stretched their scales to 88 pounds.

    August 10 at 10:42am
    Many anglers overlook the virtues of using corks when flounder fishing, but that's a mistake, said Capt. Addison Rupert of Lowcountry Outdoor Adventures.

    Don't overlook corks when flounder fishing

    Flounder are a unique species of fish, having both eyes on the same side of the body and lying on the ocean floor on its other side. With its mouth shaped in a way that doesn’t seem conducive to the way it lives, it’s an odd fish, but no less tasty, and no less of a desirable target for many reasons.

    August 10 at 10:20am
    These two outdoorsmen had a big night of gigging with Capt. Allen Jernigan of Breadman Ventures, gigging a 7-pound flounder, and one with a genetic anomaly.

    7-pound flounder gigged near Sneads Ferry

    Plenty of fish are biting along the inshore waters from Swansboro to Wrightsville, and the only downer for anglers is the heat. But that’s easy to beat if you take an inshore adventure that’s a little different than the typical fishing trip. Flounder gigging at night will keep you out of the sun, and it’s an adventurous change of pace from catching fish on rod and reel.

    August 10 at 9:37am
    Forbush High School and Gray Stone Day School finished 2nd and 3rd, respectively, in the National YHEC competition, which included rifle, shotgun, archery, orienteering, and other skills.

    North Carolina schools place 2nd, 3rd in national shooting competition

    Two youth teams affiliated with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission captured second and third place in the senior division at the 31st annual National Youth Hunter Education Challenge (YHEC). The shooting and outdoors skills competition was held July 24–29 at the Mill Cove Environmental Center at Mansfield University in Mansfield, Penn.

    August 09 at 9:59am
    Flounder will bite a number of lures that bass anglers use in freshwater.

    Top 3 bass lures for flounder fishing success

    Flounder will bite many different baits and lures, and that’s a good thing for anglers like Jordan Kennerly of Swansea who spends a lot of time bass fishing in the midlands, but still likes to wet a hook when he’s on the coast. Luckily for him, he can catch his share of flounder with the gear he already has.

    August 08 at 3:31pm