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The cash-strapped NC Division of Marine Fishers, and in particular, the marine patrol, would receive a major financial shot in the arm if the state enters into a Joint Enforcement Agreement with the National Marine Fisheries Service. NCDMF treading water on JEA, waiting for approval from top government officials
313 Views - Posted: 11 hours ago

The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries has yet to act on an item in the 2014 state budget, apparently because it hasn’t gotten the green light from higher-ups in the government, all of whom have received a letter from 10 Republican legislators asking them to delay action.


The speckled trout season has really kicked off, despite dirty, freshwater runoff in the Atlantic Beach area. Despite dirty, fresh water, speck bite has taken off at Atlantic Beach
445 Views - Posted: 18 hours ago

Capt. Matt Lamb of Chasin’ Tails Outdoors in Atlantic Beach said that offshore fishing has been great, and despite some dirty water caused by runoff, flounder and sheepshead are biting. But the big surprise is how well speckled trout are dealing with all the runoff.


Disabled sportsmen who can't attend a special hunt for which they're drawn can now be replaced by an alternate, thanks to a change in N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission regulations. Regulation change is a good one for disabled-sportsman hunts
555 Views - Posted: September 25 at 10:08 pm

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has implemented a much-needed change to its popular Tier III permit hunts, allowing for “backup” hunters to take the place of hunters who are drawn for the special hunts but are unable to attend.


Paul Rose of Moyock, chairman of the N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission, died on Wednesday of an apparent heart attack. N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission chairman dies of apparent heart attack
517 Views - Posted: September 25 at 4:33 pm

The chairman of the N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission, Paul Rose of Moyock, passed away on Wednesday of an apparent heart attack at age 52.


Flounder fishing has been excellent in the Sneads Ferry area, with most keepers between 2 and 4 pounds. Inshore action cranking up around Sneads Ferry, with flounder taking the lead
747 Views - Posted: September 25 at 7:48 am

It’s a great time to be fishing in the Sneads Ferry area, according to Capt Allen Jernigan of Breadman Ventures, because flounder, red drum and speckled trout are all in a fall, feeding mode thanks to some recent cool weather.


Steven Davis' huge Davidson County buck, taken Sept. 18 with a crossbow, is likely the biggest ever killed with archery equipment in North Carolina. Davidson County man kills enormous non-typical buck with crossbow
45707 Views - Posted: September 24 at 5:21 pm

The biggest buck ever killed in North Carolina with archery equipment didn’t come from one of the counties normally associated with trophy bucks, but one that’s come to be known more for barbecue, Richard Childress and Bob Timberlake. Last Thursday morning, Steven Davis of the Davidson County town of Welcome killed an enormous buck sprouting sticker points everywhere that will likely wind up measuring somewhere mighty close to 190 inches.


David Derrick caught this 12-pound flounder on Sept. 21 in the Lockwood Folly River. Oak Island fishermen decks 12-pound flounder in Lockwood Folly River
15748 Views - Posted: September 24 at 8:12 am

David Derrick of Oak Island targets big flounder in the Lockwood Folly River, and in the fall, he only fishes a few spots – but he fishes them thoroughly. And on Sept. 21, that strategy paid off with a huge flatfish that tugged the scales down to 12 pounds and was 29 inches long and 25 inches in girth.


North Carolina's first-ever fatality involving archery equipment took place last Thursday in Transylvania County. Crossbow involved in North Carolina's first-ever archery related fatality
7757 Views - Posted: September 23 at 7:50 pm

North Carolina’s first archery-related hunting fatality in history occurred the evening of Sept. 18 in Transylvania County when George Harley Case Jr., 58, of Pisgah Forest died when he was struck by a crossbow bolt fired by a friend who mistook him for a deer.


Bass pro Mike Lanier understands the importance of running the tide when he's fishing coastal rivers; inshore fishermen can also profit from understanding how the tide operates. Learn how to run the tide for better fishing success
466 Views - Posted: September 23 at 8:07 am

Fishermen often use the term “fish the tide,” but there is a little confusion to what it actually means. For some fishermen, it’s a call to fish all of a moving tide, probably in same location. But more often, it’s finding the stage of the tide you want to fish and fish the same stage throughout an area.


Guide Mitchell Blake has found that big, lipless crankbaits are killer lures for Pamlico Sound's Lipless crankbaits are latest hot lure for Pamlico Sound's old drum
939 Views - Posted: September 22 at 9:49 am

While searching for artificial alternatives, Capt. Mitchell Blake of Chocowinity found the versatility of jumbo-sized, lipless crankbaits to be the ticket for enticing full-speed strikes from the jumbo-sized red drum that inhabit the Pamlico Sound and its tributaries during their spawning season.


Capt. Noah Lynk said Spanish mackerel, bluefish and false albacore have been biting very aggressively just off the beach at Cape Lookout. Nearshore trolling just off Cape Lookout has been excellent
815 Views - Posted: September 19 at 6:06 am

Capt. Noah Lynk of Harkers Island is pleasantly surprised with the excellent fishing around Cape Lookout; the bluefish and Spanish mackerel are supposed to be there this month, but the false albacore have arrived a little early. The puppy drum and speckled trout are in the surf, tarpon are still a little farther off the beach and king mackerel have moved in. Apparently, the fishing just outside the hook is off the hook.


Bobby Davidson's enormous Moore County buck has a 4x4 main-frame rack with twin split G-2s. Moore County produces huge buck for archery pro
9751 Views - Posted: September 18 at 6:30 am

Bobby Davidson of Sanford has travelled all over the country to kill big bucks as a pro staffer for Mathews Archery – Iowa, Illinois, South Dakota, Missouri – so who would have thought that his biggest buck of his life would come from family farm in Moore County? But it did: a 169 1/8-inch buck taken on Sunday, Sept. 14.


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