|Trout bite has been great in Swansboro area as waters cool
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If you’re a saltwater fisherman, no month compares to October. Waters get cooler each day and put baitfish on the move, and all kinds of gamefish arrive to follow and eat them. Even better, gamefish that were juveniles during the spring and half-grown in summer are now big-shouldered, pot-bellied adults. A favorite October target is spotted seatrout, aka specks. And the magical water temperature, 71 degrees, has ignited the best trout bite of the year in the waters around Swansboro.
|Commission votes to continue restrictions on farm raised elk, whitetails
376 Views - Posted: 23 hours ago
The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission slowed a concerted push to create more deer pens in North Carolina at its regular monthly meeting on Thursday in Raleigh, voting to allow new farms to be built for axis, fallow and red deer – but not for whitetail deer and elk.
|Flounder keeping Carolina Beach fishermen on their toes
411 Views - Posted: Yesterday at 9:45 pm
Wes Barbour of Carolina Beach fishing is pretty much wide open from the creeks to the Continental Shelf, and the timing is right to enjoy a great day of fishing, catch a bunch of fish for the freezer or both.
|Commission faced with big decision Thursday on state's deer farms
1690 Views - Posted: October 28 at 8:28 pm
The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will meet today and on Thursday morning in Raleigh to discuss a number of issues involving fish and wildlife in the state, but none is likely to be bigger than a proposal that would increase the number of deer farms.
|Flounder fishing still excellent in Southport area
1031 Views - Posted: October 24 at 10:17 pm
Capt. Jimmy Price of Wildlife Bait and Tackle in Southport said as odd as the weather has been, the fall flounder bite is going strong. Despite all kinds of runoff from recent rains that has left waters stirred up and discolored, flounder – and some great big ones – are being caught.
|Court throws out suit seeking more strict requirements for ethanol pumping
784 Views - Posted: October 23 at 10:21 pm
The U.S. Court of Appeals of the District of Columbia circuit has thrown out of court the most-recent case involving ethanol labeling, reasoning that the groups bringing the complaint – including the recreational boating industry – don’t have standing because they “cannot show members have suffered or are suffering with an injury that is traceable to the misfueling regulations.”
|Link up to technology and make your deer scouting a remote venture
698 Views - Posted: October 22 at 9:24 am
Hunting has definitely entered the 21st century, with range-finding rifle scopes, night-vision binoculars for predator and hog hunting, and apps for our smartphones that tell us exactly when the sun rises and sets. With new technology comes new ways to scout off-site, preventing you from putting down any scent that might disturb the deer you’re targeting.
|Has High Rock drawdown created a perfect bass-fishing storm?
1281 Views - Posted: October 21 at 7:39 am
Two fishermen who blistered High Rock Lake’s bass earlier this month credit the drawdown for what has been a great bite over the past several weeks.
|Bass fishing looks great on Jordan, Harris as water cools
891 Views - Posted: October 20 at 6:38 am
Guide Jeff Thomas of Broadway said that fall bass fishing is about to break loose on Jordan and Harris lakes south of the Raleigh-Durham area.
|Fort Bragg spits out great archery buck for 82nd Airborne soldier
4640 Views - Posted: October 16 at 7:36 am
It’s not often a hunter’s first deer is a trophy animal. It’s even rarer to take a Pope and Young Club buck as a first bow kill. But Sgt. Cody Harris did his homework – and the needed work – and reaped a nice reward Sept. 14 at Fort Bragg.
|Sabiki rigs working over various Lake Norman species
1545 Views - Posted: October 15 at 11:41 am
Lake Norman, like many other reservoirs in North Carolina, has seen major changes in its fish species. Once filled with largemouth bass, catfish, crappie and bream, striped bass were added in the 1960s, followed by blueback herring, alewives and spotted bass – it’s assumed that fishermen brought in these non-natives –and finally, white perch. Fortunately, there’s one rig that will catch nearly every fish that Norman has to offer: the Sabiki rig.
|Huge wahoo was big surprise for king mackerel fishermen
2864 Views - Posted: October 14 at 6:57 am
Three fishermen made the right call when they left the nearshore waters of Beaufort Inlet after trolling for king mackerel on Oct. 3 to head offshore to a piece of livebottom, a spot that produced the fish of a lifetime: a 6-foot wahoo that destroyed a trolled menhaden and strained the scales at 95 pounds.