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Southern flounder remain overfished and overharvested, but an NCDMF report that outlines the problems has been rejected by a peer-review board, thus sidetracking mandated moves to improve the fishery. NCDMF's stock-assessment report for southern flounder is sidetracked
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Southern flounder, according to the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries, have been in trouble for more than 10 years, and a potential big step toward ending overfishing and overharvest of the species has turned into a big stumble.


Chunky, delicious white perch are an often-overlooked winter target on many of North Carolina's reservoirs where significant populations exist. One man's trash is another man's treasure; don't ignore winter white perch.
485 Views - Posted: 11 hours ago

White perch, the renegade cousin of striped and white bass are known for being overly prolific and have infiltrated most major reservoirs in North Carolina. Rather than singing the blues, anglers targeting cold-water crappie can make minor adjustments to load up on the massive schools of tasty perch.


Mark Stacy of Ocean Isle has been catching red drum and trout when he can find clean water. Find clean water and find reds, specks in lower Brunswick County waters
299 Views - Posted: Yesterday at 8:50 am

Capt. Mark Stacy of Ocean Isle Fishing Charters said there are some schools and scattered redfish and speckled trout biting in the marshes and creeks between the Shallotte River and the South Carolina state line, despite plenty of dirty, discolored water from runoff.


Jeff Manning's 82-pound blue catfish, caught Jan. 24, is the unofficial lake record for the species from Lake Wylie. Gastonia angler lands unofficial lake record blue catfish from Lake Wylie  Video Included
2790 Views - Posted: January 27 at 6:37 am

What started out as a trip to the lake to test his outboard motor after some routine maintenance ended up being the fishing trip of a lifetime for Gastonia, N.C., angler Jeff Manning when he hauled an 82-pound blue catfish into his boat on Saturday, Jan. 24, that is believed to be the biggest ever taken at Lake Wylie on the North Carolina-South Carolina border.


Guide Joel Richardson believes that great catches of striped bass this winter prove that the fishery at Buggs Island is recovering well. Great striper bite at Kerr/Buggs isn't slowing down
605 Views - Posted: January 26 at 12:31 pm

Call it Kerr Reservoir or call it Buggs Island Lake, it doesn’t make much of a difference to fishermen who are experiencing great striped bass action on the 49,500-acre impoundment along the North Carolina-Virginia border.


Thirteen commercial fishermen have been charged with multiple violations of federal fishing regulations for catching 90,000 pounds of striped bass in the ocean off North Carolina's coast. Thirteen commercial fishermen charged in illegal ocean striper fishing
2574 Views - Posted: January 22 at 10:18 am

Twelve commercial fishermen from North Carolina and one from Georgia have been charged in federal court in Raleigh for the illegal harvest and sale and false reporting of around 90,000 pounds of striped bass from federal waters off the coast of North Carolina during 2009 and 2010, the Justice Department announced on Wednesday. The average retail value of the illegally harvested striped bass is approximately $1.1 million.


Guide Stu Caulder (right) has had to move from the Cape Fear to the Northeast Cape Fear River to catch stripers because of a lot of cold, dirty water in the bigger river. Cold, muddy water has moved Cape Fear stripers to Northeast Cape Fear
706 Views - Posted: January 22 at 6:12 am

Stripers moving up the Cape Fear River into the Wilmington area have made a bit of a detour, thanks to cold, dirty runoff, and they’re being caught in the Northeast Cape Fear, according to Stuart Caulder of Gold Leader Fishing.


Two fly-tying clinics are scheduled for the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education next month. Commission schedules two fly-tying clinics for February
561 Views - Posted: January 21 at 10:13 am

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has scheduled two fly-tying clinics next month through the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education near Brevard. Both clinics are free and require pre-registration on a first-come, first-serve basis. They are open to anyone ages 12 to adult.


Mike Martin of Southport caught this nice speckled trout fishing with Capt. Butch Foster. Clean water with little current has been equation for good Southport trout, reds
888 Views - Posted: January 20 at 9:08 am

Finding clear and fairly still water has been the ticket for redfish, speckled trout and an occasional black drum the past two weeks, according to Capt. Butch Foster of Yeah Right Charters in Southport.


The crew of the Fish Bucket landed this 1,005-pound bluefin tuna last Tuesday about 3 1/2 miles out of Beaufort Inlet. Largest North Carolina bluefin ever, by 200 pounds, caught out of Beaufort Inlet
74967 Views - Posted: January 19 at 3:24 pm

Bluefin tuna fishing around Morehead City is shaping up to be one of the best in years, and last Tuesday, it may have hit its peak. After a grueling battle that lasted 3 hours over nearly 10 miles of ocean, two fishermen trolling near Beaufort inlet hauled in what is unofficially the largest bluefin tuna ever brought to North Carolina scales, weighing 1,005 pounds and measuring 115 inches long.


A 14-foot great white shark named Katharine has been tracked across the Pamlico Sound and much of North Carolina's coastline this month. GPS-tagged great white shark spends much of mid-January in North Carolina waters
16183 Views - Posted: January 18 at 8:47 pm

A tracking device indicated that a “famous” 14-foot great white shark, tagged in 2013 off the Massachusetts coast, apparently swam through Oregon Inlet, into and around Pamlico Sound during the second week of January.


A great year-class of stripers spawned in 2011 is making for excellent winter fishing in the lower Roanoke River. Stripers in lower Roanoke River are biting up a storm
1620 Views - Posted: January 14 at 8:50 pm

Although the weather outside may be frightful, lower Roanoke River winter striper fishing has hit its stride.


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