• Fishing

    North Carolina anglers have had a longer harvest period for cobia than South Carolina, but the season closes this week for those in the Tarheel State.

    Cobia season closes this week for North Carolina anglers

    The state division of marine fisheries is reminding anglers that the recreational cobia season closes in state waters this Friday, Sept. 30.

    Yesterday at 9:39pm
    Dennis Watson of Leland caught this 8-pound, 9-ounce summer flounder September 20 from a Cape Fear River feeder stream.

    Leland angler lands monster flounder from Cape Fear River

    The Cape Fear River is known for producing some of North Carolina’s biggest flounder, and Dennis Watson of Leland caught one of them last Tuesday, an 8-pound, 9-ounce monster.

    September 26 at 8:14am
    Capt. Justin Carter starts his fishing days with a longer fluorocarbon leader than most anglers do, and he said it saves him time throughout each trip.

    How long is your fluorocarbon leader?

    Braided line has many virtues, and it’s popular among both freshwater and saltwater anglers. It’s also popular for those same anglers to use fluorocarbon leaders due to its invisibility. No other material in the world looks more like water, thus virtually disappearing in water, than fluorocarbon. 

    September 23 at 9:01am
    Today's fishing shoes are more comfortable, more slip resistant, and offer more support than old sneakers, but they can also get plenty stinky.

    How stinky are your fishing shoes?

    Anglers who wade a lot, whether it’s wading in a stream all day, or just stepping into the water to launch or retrieve a boat, have more footwear options than ever. Gone are the days of having to wear a pair of everyday sneakers that don’t fare well as water shoes.

    September 23 at 8:41am
    More changes are on the horizon for the cobia fishery across both Carolinas.

    More changes coming to cobia fishery in both Carolinas

    The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council has approved new, more restrictive regulations for cobia in 2017, hoping to prevent an early closure of the season as took place this year. 

    September 20 at 12:14pm
    Bryan Thrift of Shelby, N.C. won the Lake Norman FLW Invitational this past weekend, and 8 other Carolina anglers finished in the top 20.

    Bryan Thrift wins FLW Invitational on Lake Norman

    North Carolina native Bryan Thrift won the Walmart FLW Invitational on Lake Norman this past weekend, narrowly beating fellow North Carolinian Scott Beattie by less than half a pound. In all, 9 anglers from the Carolinas placed in the top 20 of the event.

    September 19 at 12:18pm
    The SCDNR is looking for help from crabbers in designing a device that is made to reduce bycatches of turtles and other non-target species.

    SCDNR needs help from recreational and commercial crabbers

    South Carolina Department of Natural Resources biologists are looking for recreational and commercial crabbers to help them improve the design of a device that will help reduce bycatch while maintaining catch rates of large crabs.

    September 19 at 12:02pm
    This still-shot shows a barred owl snatching a bream from Cody Taylor near Savannah, Ga. last month. LDWF ornithologist Michael Seymour said the bird was likely young an inexperienced, or just very hungry and saw the opportunity for an easy meal.

    Video: Barred owl snatches bream from generous angler

    The old saying says if you give a man a fish, you feed him for a day — but if you teach a man to fish, you feed him for a lifetime.

    September 13 at 9:56am
    Casey Ashley needed a strong finish finish at La Crosse, and he got it with a 10th place showing.

    Casey Ashley finishes 10th at La Crosse

    Casey Ashley from Donalds, S.C. didn’t win the La Crosse Bassmaster Elite Series tournament this past weekend, but he probably wouldn’t be any happier if he did. He finished 10th, and gained plenty of valuable Angler of the Year points, and secured himself a spot in the 2017 Bassmaster Classic.

    September 11 at 8:03pm
    Casey Ashley leads the La Crosse Bassmaster Elite Series tournament after Day 1.

    Casey Ashley leads La Crosse Bassmaster Elite Tournament after Day 1

    Desperately needing a strong finish in the final tournament of the Bassmaster Elite Series Tour, Casey Ashley finished Day 1 in first place with a total of 17-10, leading 2nd place angler Ott DeFoe by 3 ounces. 

    September 08 at 7:02pm
    After running aground on a sandbar Monday evening, Casey Ashley is determined to finish strong in the last tournament of the Elite Series, which began today.

    Casey Ashley struggling to make 2017 Bassmaster Classic

    Casey Ashley’s got it made. The 32-year-old Carolina boy is truly living the dream. Way back in 4th grade, Ashley wrote a paper about his dream job – being a professional angler. He became a pro angler shortly after high school, won a ton of local bass fishing tournaments, his share of Bassmaster Opens and Elite Series tournaments and in 2015, he won the Bassmaster Classic.

    September 08 at 11:41am
    The 28th Annual Beach Sweep/River Sweep event takes place Sept. 17; it's the biggest cleanup event for the state's waterways.

    Biggest waterway event in South Carolina Sept. 17

    It’s always fun to be a part of something that’s the biggest thing of its kind. What angler doesn’t want to be a part of the biggest fishing tournament, the biggest fishing show, or the biggest catch of their lifetime? 

    September 08 at 9:32am
    Shrimp baiting season open in South Carolina waters tomorrow, Sept. 9., and biologists say it should be a very good year.

    S.C. shrimp baiting season opens tomorrow, Sept. 9

    “Let’s go shrimping this evening. Tides are going to be perfect,” said Ken Nutter to his long time fishing buddy last fall. Both men are experienced at shrimp baiting, and even though they fish together several times a year, they’d never been shrimping together.

    September 07 at 6:27pm
    Capt. Rod Thomas with Capt. Ponytail Guide Service shows off a bull red drum that he recently caught in Pamlico Sound.

    Catch your fish of a lifetime in the Pamlico Sound

    If you want to catch the fish of a lifetime, you just have to go where they are, when they are there. It’s as simple as that. And while a lot of anglers will continue to fish the water that is closest to their home, hoping that one day the big one will bite, other anglers broaden their range, and go where the big fish are, and when the big fish are there.

    September 07 at 12:09pm
    The NCWRC is hosting six family-friendly events on Sept. 24 to celebrate National Hunting and Fishing Day.

    NCWRC hosting 6 family outdoor events Sept. 24

    The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is hosting or supporting six family-friendly events on Sept. 24 to celebrate National Hunting and Fishing Day.

    The events, all of which are free except for one, focus on activities that highlight the state’s rich hunting, fishing and wildlife conservation heritage. Activities and exhibits vary for each event; however, all provide opportunities for participants to improve their outdoor skills and increase their knowledge of wildlife in North Carolina. Event locations and times are as follows:

    September 07 at 8:04am
    Elijah Crabtree, a 12-year-old angler from Bladenboro, poses with the new North Carolina state record spotted sunfish.

    12-year-old sets new spotted sunfish state record

    Elijah Crabtree, a 12-year-old from Bladenboro, is one of North Carolina's newest freshwater fish record-holders. Crabtree caught a 7.7-ounce spotted sunfish, a close relative of bluegills and redbreast sunfish, and it is the newly-established state record.

    September 04 at 1:02pm