|Saltwater guides form two groups to represent their interests, NC's fishery
366 Views - Posted: Yesterday at 9:34 am
After several months of sometimes contentious debate, fishing guides in coastal North Carolina have organized into two different groups to work for the fisheries and make sure members’ needs are being recognized.
|Spawning bass: Make her mad, then catch her
1019 Views - Posted: April 22 at 7:00 pm
Largemouth bass in lakes across North Carolina will begin spawning very shortly, if they already aren’t. And that marks a period that can be frustrating for fishermen because bass aren’t interested in eating. But former bass pro Dustin Wilks of Rocky Mount knows what it takes to get bedding bass to strike.
|Carolina rigs aren't just for bass anymore
265 Views - Posted: April 22 at 7:00 am
The Caroling rig, a bottom-dragging rig for offshore structure-fishing originally intended for largemouth bass, has become popular when used in conjunction with live or cut bait for catching big blue catfish, especially on Badin Lake.
|Gastonia angler lands 9 1/4-pound brown trout in South Carolina mountain lake
1122 Views - Posted: April 21 at 7:00 pm
Each spring, die-hard anglers look forward to brown and rainbow trout returning to the main-lake area of Lake Jocassee. The first few weeks of the return are a great time to catch trophy sized trout, and guide Sam Jones said he realized the return was in progress when one of his clients, Tony Hale, of Gastonia, N.C., reeled in a 9-pound, 4-ounce brown trout on Saturday, April 18.
|Longline trolling in Lake Wylie's creeks producing great crappie catches
387 Views - Posted: April 20 at 7:00 am
The crappie fishing at Lake Wylie has been hot and cold this spring – just like the weather – but one crappie fishermen has the formula to produce plenty of action. Mike Parrott of Charlotte said that late April is a prime time for longline trolling to find crappie as they move through the creeks, and the fishing is excellent.
|Commission has plan to meet stocking goals in wake of hatchery trout kill
260 Views - Posted: April 18 at 7:00 pm
Responding to the recent fish kill at the Armstrong State Fish Hatchery in McDowell County, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has implemented a plan to meet goals for stocking numbers and size of catchable trout as scheduled in 2015.
|Great numbers of whiting have moved into lower Cape Fear River
721 Views - Posted: April 16 at 10:27 pm
Capt. Butch Foster of Yeah Right Charters in Southport said the whiting bite in the lower Cape Fear River is about as good as it gets, and pieces of shrimp are all it takes to get bit. Whiting aren't generally considered a gamefish, but few fishermen will admit to not liking them rolled in their favorite breader and introduced to some hot peanut oil. Fishermen are taking the tasty fish home in excellent numbers.
|Crappie spawning in waves on Raleigh-Durham area's three big lakes
771 Views - Posted: April 15 at 4:53 pm
It began as a trickle four weeks ago, but now the crappie spawn is coming in waves each day at the Raleigh-Durham area’s top big reservoirs: Jordan, Falls of the Neuse and Shearon Harris.
|Take David Fritts' tips and catch more fish on a crankbait.
610 Views - Posted: April 14 at 6:55 pm
At a recent open house at Angler’s Choice in Lexington, pro fisherman David Fritts discussed how to retrieve crankbaits to get more strikes from bass. The winner of the 1993 Bassmaster Classic and 1994 BASS Angler of the Year, Fritts said there’s more to successful crankbait fishing than casting a lure and bringing it the back to the boat.
|Three Marion men arrested in vandalism of fish hatchery
1671 Views - Posted: April 14 at 12:23 pm
Three men from Marion were arrested on Monday and charged in the April 4 vandalism of the Armstrong Fish Hatchery in McDowell County that resulted in the killing of more than 150,000 rainbow trout.
|False albacore, Atlantic bonito make spring's first showing off Cape Lookout
547 Views - Posted: April 10 at 12:55 pm
The first false albacore and Atlantic bonito of the spring have arrived in the waters off Cape Lookout, and they're attacking small lures and jigs and making reel-screaming runs on light spinning tackle. Capt. Noah Lynk of Noah’s Ark Charters in Harkers Island said the action is intense once a school of the small members of the tuna family are located.
|Know your knots and tie them correctly before targeting big cats, stripers
851 Views - Posted: April 09 at 6:43 am
With spring here and summer approaching, more and more anglers will be targeting stripers and magnum-size catfish in North Carolina’s rivers and lakes, and an important part of landing big fish without fear of losing them is understanding the best knots and line strengths and how those two factors are related. Few things in fishing are more frustrating than battling a big-shouldered fish, only to lose it when a knot falls apart.