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Capt. Noah Lynk said Spanish mackerel, bluefish and false albacore have been biting very aggressively just off the beach at Cape Lookout. Nearshore trolling just off Cape Lookout has been excellent
345 Views - Posted: 16 hours ago

Capt. Noah Lynk of Harkers Island is pleasantly surprised with the excellent fishing around Cape Lookout; the bluefish and Spanish mackerel are supposed to be there this month, but the false albacore have arrived a little early. The puppy drum and speckled trout are in the surf, tarpon are still a little farther off the beach and king mackerel have moved in. Apparently, the fishing just outside the hook is off the hook.


Bobby Davidson's enormous Moore County buck has a 4x4 main-frame rack with twin split G-2s. Moore County produces huge buck for archery pro
5503 Views - Posted: Yesterday at 6:30 am

Bobby Davidson of Sanford has travelled all over the country to kill big bucks as a pro staffer for Mathews Archery – Iowa, Illinois, South Dakota, Missouri – so who would have thought that his biggest buck of his life would come from family farm in Moore County? But it did: a 169 1/8-inch buck taken on Sunday, Sept. 14.


Brad Duke of Butner killed this huge 9-point Granville County buck in full velvet on Sept. 13, almost 11 months after he suffered serious injuries in a tree-stand fall. Butner man arrows huge Granville County buck
10016 Views - Posted: September 16 at 8:54 pm

A Butner man who suffered serious injuries in a fall from a tree stand last year got a measure of revenge on the buck he was hunting that day. And what revenge it was! The 9-point buck, taken this past Saturday on opening day of North Carolina’s statewide archery season, has been rough-scored at 161 inches in full velvet.


Oops! We ran the wrong hunting regs! Oops! We ran the wrong hunting regs!
255 Views - Posted: September 16 at 8:21 pm

Oops! We messed up in the October issue of the magazine, inadvertently running the wrong hunting regulations.

Click here to see the correct hunting regulations.


A Johnson spoon fitted with a soft-plastic trailer is an overlooked lure that will catch bass in the fall when they're keying on threadfin shad. In the fall, follow the shad and spoon-feed the bass
352 Views - Posted: September 16 at 7:05 am

We’re approaching the fall fishing season, and many largemouth bass anglers await its coming with great anticipation. Why? Because bass do lots of the same things they do in the spring without the spawning activity. Their movements are largely triggered by the movements of threadfin shad, one of their favorite foods, and when shad head up in creeks and into shallow water, they follow.


As of Sept. 17, offshore bottom-fishermen will have to release several members of the porgy family like this knobbed porgy, as the recreational season closes. Feds will close recreational season on several porgy species on Sept. 17
494 Views - Posted: September 15 at 1:10 pm

Federal fisheries managers announced last Friday that the recreational season for a number of species in the popular porgy family will close on Sept. 17 and not reopen until Jan. 1, 2015.


The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries attempted to close a loophole that allowed commercial fishermen to sell more red drum than daily limits allowed. Whether the loophole has been completely sealed remains to be seen. Latest attempt to curtail commercial sale of red drum may have hit snag
712 Views - Posted: September 15 at 11:34 am

An attempt by the N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission to curtail the sale of over-limit red drum by commercial netters lost a lot of its punch last week when officials with the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries determined that new restrictions might very well violate state statutes.


Guide Wayne Crisco shows off an Inshore grand slam a real possibility for Topsail Island anglers
1103 Views - Posted: September 12 at 5:49 am

As fantastic fall fishing looms on the horizon, Capt. Wayne Crisco of Hampstead says there’s no need to wait for cooling water temperatures to put together the coveted “inshore slam” of speckled trout, flounder, and redfish in the backwaters of Topsail Island.


Capt. Mark Stacy releases a slot-sized red caught in the Ocean Isle area. Flounder, reds are biting up a storm around Brunswick County inlets
481 Views - Posted: September 11 at 12:16 pm

September weather can be cool one day and sweltering the next, but fortunately, that hasn’t been bothering the fishing, according to Capt. Mark Stacy of Ocean Isle Fishing Charters, who said redfish and flounder have really been biting.


Duke Energy said it hasn't been trying to kill aquatic grass at Shearon Harris Lake, despite the claims of a number of local bass fishermen. Duke Energy denies spraying aquatic grass at Shearon Harris
1123 Views - Posted: September 09 at 9:36 pm

Anecdotal evidence sometimes points toward the truth, and sometimes it is just, well, anecdotal. That may be the case in the tale of Duke Energy’s attempts to spray and kill the aquatic grass in Shearon Harris Lake. Despite what it might look like to some, they likely didn’t happen.


Carl Thomason caught this 20-inch New River smallmouth over Labor Day weekend on a float trip with guide Marty Shaffner. Smallmouth action on New River is back on track as water reaches 70-degree mark
445 Views - Posted: September 08 at 1:07 pm

Smallmouth bass fishing in the New River has been tough this year for a variety of reasons, but now it’s apparently back on track.


Matthew Kelly (right) caught this state-record skipjack tuna on Aug. 30, fishing out of Hatteras with his father, Patrick. Virginia teen breaks ancient North Carolina record with 32-pound skipjack tuna
918 Views - Posted: September 07 at 9:39 pm

Matthew Kelly, a 16-year-old from Chesapeake, Va. thinks every fishing trip with his father, Patrick, is special, but the one Labor Day Weekend was just a little more special. That’s when he reeled in a 32-pound skipjack tuna that is likely a North Carolina state record and potentially an All Tackle IFGA Youth World Record.


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