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N. Wilkesboro angler catches 70-pound catfish at Blewett Falls

When guide Robbie Burr of Wadesboro prepares for a catfish charter, he gives his clients the choice of filling their coolers with eating-size fish or spending the day chasing trophies, and that decision tells him where they’re fishing. While angling for magnum cats usually means a trip to to the Pee Dee River, his party got the best of both worlds on February 8th when client Craig Bennett of North Wilkesboro caught and released an unexpected 70-pound blue catfish in Burr’s fish fry honey hole, Blewett Falls Lake.

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Yesterday at 11:28 pm
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Catch a variety of species on Fontana with these tips

The fishing is good on Lake Fontana, and one of the best reasons to fish there now is that everything in the lake is biting. Even if you’re going there targeting one specific species, you’re all but guaranteed to catch that species and more.

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February 10 at 9:51 am
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White shirt ruined while fishing? This stain remover will help

I never could wear white without collecting stains. Back in the ’80s when white pants were in style (for some unknown reason), I tried to look cool and ended up looking like a dalmatian from the waist down.

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February 08 at 3:52 pm
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3 universities from Carolinas qualify for 2017 FLW College Fishing National Championship

Three college fishing teams from the Carolinas have qualified for the 2017 College Fishing National Championship after finishing in the top 10 last month at the FLW College Fishing Southeastern Conference Opener on Crescent Lake in Florida.

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February 04 at 10:52 am
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Are you using the right fishing weights?

Using weights to keep your fishing bait on or near the bottom is a good tactic for getting in the strike zone, but sometimes it just aids in getting your rig hung up in debris. A number of solutions are out there, and although it’s impossible to avoid getting hung up 100% of the time, using the proper type of weight can certainly reduce it.

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February 01 at 10:40 pm
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Top tips for catching walleye from Fontana Lake

With bait-bucket stocking of alewives, white perch and spotted bass in many reservoirs in western North Carolina, fishing for walleye, long a local favorite, has taken a nosedive. Walleye eat alewives, which carry an enzyme that keeps walleye from being able to form eggs, and those fish that do drop a cluster of eggs get to watch the white perch eat them. And if the eggs ever hatch, the aggressive spots are there to eat the fingerlings.

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January 28 at 10:42 pm
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Neil Manning catches N.C. state-record, 138-pound white marlin

A mid-November fishing trip to Hatteras proved very fruitful for Neil Manning of Ashburn, Va., who returned from an overnight trip with Capt. Kenny Koci on the Fin Again with a box full of fish and a state-record white marlin on the deck.

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January 27 at 9:04 pm
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Improve your offshore fishing by finding convergence zones

“What’s the perfect water temperature to find tuna? How about wahoo? What about grouper?”

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January 26 at 11:43 pm
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$1.7 million granted for 15 projects to improve coastal fishing and access areas

Each year, a portion of money generated through the sales of North Carolina’s coastal recreational fishing licenses is set aside to fund projects to benefit anglers, fish species, and fishing access points. This year, more than $1.7 million will be split between 15 projects.

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January 26 at 4:48 pm
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Doing this now will improve your bass fishing in the spring

Catching bass during winter isn’t impossible. Some bass anglers actually prefer fishing this time of year. Others tolerate it, knowing that some of the best fishing of the year is right around the corner. And even though spring is typically a great time to land some lunkers, anglers can improve their springtime bass fishing by doing something right now.

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January 21 at 5:09 pm
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Crank up more crappie

Kenny Allen doesn’t begin to claim he’s one of the crappie pros who first hit on trolling crankbaits for big slabs, but he said he’s smart enough to know when a technique is worth using — and in January in many Southeastern reservoirs, dropping a half-dozen crankbaits behind your boat and pulling them along at various depths is a very productive way to put cold-water slabs in the boat.

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January 20 at 4:18 pm
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Catch more Atlantic Beach red drum and sea trout with these tips

Some pretty cold weather has set in around Atlantic Beach, but that hasn’t stopped anglers from catching plenty of red drum and sea trout. These two species are definitely the stars of the show this time of year. Casting topwater plugs on the high, falling tide is a good tactic for both species, said Matt Zook of Capt. Joe’s Bait and Tackle.

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January 20 at 4:05 pm
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Alabama rig is great during cold weather. Use the right one, the right way.

Love it or hate it, there’s little doubt that the Alabama rig has added a new dimension to bass fishing, and especially during cold weather when fish are really keying on schools of bait.

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January 19 at 9:52 am
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Fish sometimes bite popping corks; this one is ready for them

If you’ve spent much time fishing with a popping cork, it’s happened to you. You’re fishing along, popping your wrist to make that popping cork create just the right sound, pausing in between, letting the lure under your popping cork settle before popping it again. And then, your popping cork gets crushed by a gator trout. 

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January 19 at 12:58 am
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Shooting docks now easier for crappie anglers

The term “shooting docks” might sound like a duck hunting term, but it’s actually a well-known fishing technique among crappie anglers throughout the Carolinas. Despite the name, no firearms are involved.

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January 12 at 4:45 pm
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17-year-old angler catches 9.3-pound bass in Mt. Island Lake

Nick Roser was catching a few small bass on Jan. 10 at Mountain Island Lake, but the wind was blowing hard, so he decided to find a cove in hopes of getting out of the 15-mph gusts. The move led him to his biggest largemouth yet, a 9.3-pounder.

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January 12 at 12:01 pm
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