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Fly fishing with terrestrials and topwater poppers are producing a lot of smallmouth bass for New River anglers. Cool New River is producing some hot smallmouth bass action
224 Views - Posted: Yesterday at 6:24 am

Anglers who want wishing to escape North Carolina’s summer heat and catch fish might consider a float-fishing trip at the state’s northwestern corner, at least that’s the idea presented by guide Marty Shaffner of Elkin, who said his clients have been catching plenty of smallmouth bass on the New River.


Rainbow trout in the Watauga River near the Watauga County town of Foscoe have been discovered to have whirling disease, a potentially devastating disease for trout populations. Commission discovers whirling disease in Watauga River trout
436 Views - Posted: July 30 at 8:45 am

Whirling disease, a disorder affecting trout, has been confirmed in rainbow trout collected from Watauga River near Foscoe in Watauga County — the first occurrence of the disease in North Carolina – and the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has suspended stocking fish raised at its three cold-water hatcheries until it can confirm that those populations are free of the disease.


Earl Trent of Harmony killed his huge grey hog on a South Carolina hunt last weekend. One shot with a .243 between the eyes, and the Grey Ghost is no more
5621 Views - Posted: July 29 at 5:20 pm

Earl Trent of Harmony had hunted unsuccessfully for hogs for years – until July 20, when he harvested a beast of a wild boar. Known locally as the “Grey Ghost” the hog, which weighed close to 500 pounds, made the fatal mistake of looking directly at Trent, who placed a 100-grain .243 slug directly between its eyes, ending the legend that roamed a Dillon County, S.C., tract that is part of Cherokee Run Hunting Lodge.


Aaron Kludzenski (right) won a long battle this past Saturday with this 95-pound wahoo on an offshore trip out of Oregon Inlet on the Fintastic New York angler boats 95-pound wahoo out of Oregon Inlet
1237 Views - Posted: July 29 at 9:09 am

Aaron Kludzenski of Geneva, N.Y., was treated to some real southern hospitality this past Saturday when his charter with Capt. Dick Harris of Fintastic Sportfishing out of Oregon Inlet Fishing Center took a turn for the best. While he and his party took home a heaping helping of yellowfin tuna, Kludzenski landed a citation wahoo that weighed 95 pounds and was 72 inches long.


Target topwater bass in the early morning hours for great mid-summer fishing opportunities. Don't fry while fishing deep water. Get out early and fish topwaters for bass
363 Views - Posted: July 28 at 11:22 am

Many bass fishermen consider July and August times when they're forced to spend all day in a bass boat on an open lake with no shade in the blazing sun, slathered by sunscreen, cranking deep-diving crankbaits and hoping to reach 20-foot depths where they believe big fish may be hiding. Fortunately, there's a better way that's much cooler and more fun.


Ron Ripz (left) and guide Wayne Crisco ran into this 10.07-pound flounder on a trip in Sneads Ferry on Thursday. Run to Sneads Ferry results in 10-pound flounder for Surf City angler
2511 Views - Posted: July 24 at 7:46 am

Plagued by extremely high water temperatures in his normal fishery near Topsail Island, Wayne Crisco of Last Resort Charters made a faithful decision on Thursday to head north to Sneads Ferry in search of cooler water and big flounder. The end result was a 10.07-pound flounder that his long-time client, Ron Ripz of Surf City, not only caught, but also released.


Redfish and speckled trout have been patrolling shallow shelves along the banks of the New River, often busting topwater lures. Reds, specks hitting a variety of baits in Sneads Ferry area
654 Views - Posted: July 23 at 12:20 pm

Capt. Allen Jernigan of Breadman Ventures said the fishing in the New River and Intracoastal Waterway around Sneads Ferry isn't as hot as the steamy weather, but it's pretty good and at times really good, with speckled trout and redfish feeding and often hitting topwater baits.


C.J. Rice of Manteo caught this 65-pound king mackerel off Jeanette's Pier in Nags Head last Saturday. Jeanette's Pier gives up 65-pound king mackerel to Manteo angler
1315 Views - Posted: July 22 at 6:55 am

A Manteo angler who hadn’t fished for several weeks made a big splash on his return last Saturday, landing a 65-pound king mackerel from the end of Jeanette’s Pier in Nags Head on what was supposed to be a trip for cobia.


Kim Guglielmo's Northampton County gobbler sported four beards and is the No. 2 all-time turkey taken in North Carolina by a female hunter. Nurse's Northampton County gobbler is No. 2 all-time in North Carolina
2615 Views - Posted: July 21 at 12:30 pm

A Maryland native who grew up fishing and crabbing and had never fired a shotgun at a wild turkey bagged North Carolina’s No. 2 all-time gobbler taken by a female this past spring.


Fishermen can catch awfully big sharks from kayaks with the right approach and right equipment. Fish for big sharks from a kayak? Why not? This video shows how  Video Included
691 Views - Posted: July 21 at 7:00 am

All summer, the internet has lit up with tales of shark attacks along the Carolina coast, as well as hapless kayak anglers being overturned by big sharks. In reality, sharks are a common gamefish along the coasts of both Carolinas and make for exciting sport, especially when landed from a kayak.


Deep brush piles are producing plenty of nice crappie for Kerr Lake fishermen, along with white perch. Deep brush piles producing crappie, white perch for Kerr Lake anglers
708 Views - Posted: July 20 at 6:00 pm

With the heat on across North Carolina, many fishermen have taken to after-dark trips, but Chris Bullock, a veteran guide on John H. Kerr Reservoir has been knocking out plenty of black crappie and white perch on daytime trips.


John Litton Clark of Clinton has been elected chairman of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission. Commission elects Clinton man as new chairman
631 Views - Posted: July 20 at 8:20 am

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission unanimously elected a new chairman and vice-chairman during its business meeting last week to preside over the governing board of the state regulatory agency.


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