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Knowing which topwater baits to use under which conditions is a key to success fishing surface baits. Try these tips for making topwater lures work best in saltwater
67 Views - Posted: 8 hours ago

Using topwater lures to catch fish is a favorite technique of many fishermen. The lure wobbles across the surface, imitating a thrashing, wounded baitfish, and the strike comes. And even subtle strikes aren't subtle. Knowing which baits to choose under different circumstances is a key to success.

The N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission is considering six options to reduce the annual harvest of southern flounder by 25 to 60 percent. Marine Fisheries Commission changes sheepshead regs, reviews flounder options
2345 Views - Posted: 21 hours ago

The N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission voted at its meeting last week to change daily creel limits and size limits for sheepshead and proposed six options to consider to reduce the commercial and recreational harvest of southern flounder.

Nice numbers and good-sized Spanish mackerel have arrived just off the beach between Fort Fisher and Topsail Island. The Spanish armada has arrived off east side of Cape Fear
407 Views - Posted: 22 hours ago

Spring may have been a little slow in arriving, but Rick Bennett of Rod-Man Guide Service in Wrightsville Beach said that Spanish mackerel have arrived off the beaches on the east side of Cape Fear and are in full attack mode. 

A women's only fly-fishing clinic is scheduled for June 13 in Fayetteville. Commission schedules women's fly-fishing clinic for June 13 in Fayetteville
358 Views - Posted: May 23 at 4:09 pm

Space remains for a one-day fly-fishing workshop for women only at the John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center in Fayetteville on June 13, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

The nearshore waters between Cape Lookout and Bogue Inlet have been full of chunky cobia over the past week. Atlantic Beach cobia bite has gone off the chain this week
1421 Views - Posted: May 21 at 10:08 pm

Matt Lamb at Chasin’ Tails Outdoors in Atlantic Beach said the spring cobia bite has ramped up to absolutely wide open in the past few days, with fish cruising bait pods, searching just outside the breakers and feeding on the bottom of channels everywhere from Cape Lookout to Bogue Inlet.

Blue crabs topped the commercial fishing harvest in 2014, as they have in past years. Commercial landings way up, recreational landings way down in 2014
926 Views - Posted: May 21 at 11:43 am

North Carolina’s commercial fishing harvest increased by 23 percent in 2014, boosted by higher landings of blue crabs, spiny dogfish and summer flounder, while recreational fishermen caught 25-percent fewer fish last year, according to the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries.

The N.C. Wildlife Federation hopes its “Sounds Solutions” recommendations will result in positive results for saltwater species. NCWF offers "Sound Solutions" to North Carolina's coastal fisheries issues
821 Views - Posted: May 19 at 12:29 pm

The N.C. Wildlife Federation has embarked on a program called “Sound Solutions” in an attempt to convince major players in state government that new steps are needed to reverse pressure on fish that live in the state’s sounds and backwaters.

Bryan Thrift of Shelby is $125,000 richer after winning an FLW Tour event on Lake Eufala, Ala., on Sunday. Shelby bass pro strikes it rich on Alabama's Lake Eufala
342 Views - Posted: May 18 at 10:57 pm

Bass pro Bryan Thrift of Shelby scored his fourth major national tournament win on Sunday, taking the FLW Tour event on Alabama’s Lake Eufala by more than three pounds.

The smallmouth bass spawn is cranking up on the New River in northwest North Carolina, promising good fishing as June approaches. Smallmouth spawn cranking up on New River, great fishing ahead
445 Views - Posted: May 18 at 12:30 pm

Smallmouth bass fishing on the New River in northwestern North Carolina is beginning to pick up as water temperatures are on the rise, setting the stage for spawning.

Joel Richardson can change out crankbaits quickly and easily because of the way he organizes his tackle and lures. Organized tackle makes for better days on the water, bass guide says
406 Views - Posted: May 11 at 9:26 pm

Successful anglers have several common characteristics, but one of the most important is organization. For bass fishermen, that means every piece of tackle has a place, and every place has a certain piece of tackle.

Big, gaffer-sized dolphin have invaded the waters out of Hatteras. Hatteras captain expects dolphin fishing to return to fantastic as soon as seas subside
595 Views - Posted: May 11 at 3:12 pm

Fishermen headed offshore from Hatteras received a few days of R&R over the weekend as tropical storm Ana stirred up the ocean, but Capt. Jeremy Hicks of Calypso Sportfishing expects the dolphin, tuna and wahoo to resume their relentless attack as soon as the seas subside.

With Wes Schwabe on the rod, Mark Chambers and Steven Meyers boated this 110-inch blue marlin while fishing in a 24-foot center console boat offshore out of Morehead City. Small-boat crew decks enormous blue marlin out of Morehead City
11203 Views - Posted: May 07 at 7:00 pm

What does a 550-pound blue marlin that measures almost 10-feet long look like inside a 24-foot center-console boat?