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    This nearly 7-pound spotted bass will be the new state record if the catch is certified by the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources.

    Pending state-record spotted bass landed on Lake Norman

    Shortly after Eric Weir of Belmont landed a 6-pound, 5-ounce spotted bass out of Lake Norman the day after Christmas in 2003, he made two predictions: first, that his record wouldn’t last long; and second, that it would be broken by another fish caught at Norman.

    Eight years may or may not qualify as “lasting long,” but Weir’s second prediction came true on Saturday, Feb. 11, when Terry Trivette of Rural Hall landed a 6.97-pound spotted bass while fishing during a local Troll-Eze bass club tournament with partner Derick Tolley on Lake Norman.
    February 20, 2012 at 2:35pm
    Keep up with the fight for protection for red drum, speckled trout and stripers on the special Gamefish Section on NorthCarolinaSportsman.com

    Follow fight for gamefish protection of coastal fisheries on special Web page

    The North Carolina legislature has charged the Saltwater Review Committee with making changes to the way the Tarheel State's saltwater fisheries are managed, and nearly every fisherman plying coastal rivers, sounds, bays and beaches could feel the effects of these decisions for years to come.
    January 13, 2012 at 3:36pm
    Public meeting dates for the Legislative Research Committee on Saltwater Issues have been tentatively set.

    Legislative saltwater review committee sets dates

    The Legislative Research Committee on Saltwater Issues has set four tentative dates for hearings about proposed changes in the way saltwater resources are managed in North Carolina.

    The first meeting likely will be Jan. 5, the second Feb. 2, the third March 1 and the fourth April 5.
    December 03, 2011 at 8:06am
    NorthCarolinasportsman.com users can now upload photos to the reports photo right from their iPhones by using a free app, CliqCliq QuickPic.

    iPhones, iPads now fully compatible with forums

    Photos can now be posted to the NorthCarolinaSportsman.com forum directly from iPhones and iPads by using the free third-party app CliqCliq QuickPic.

    “We’ve been working hard to find a way to make Apple mobile devices fully compatible with our forums, and our IT staff has finally worked out all the bugs,” the site’s Andy Crawford said. “Now our many iPhone users can upload photos right from their boats and hunting leases!”
    November 28, 2011 at 10:25am
    Jack Wood (far left) and the crew of the Thumpin at the 2010 Atlantic Beach King Mackerel Tournament with their big check for winning the tournament. Wood, who was a two-time SKA National Champion, and Travis Lawson were killed in a wreck on their way to the 2011 SKA National Championship Tournament.

    ‘Celebration of life’ scheduled for popular Tar Heel angler killed in wreck

    A “celebration of life” will be held tomorrow (Nov. 19) for a popular coastal angler killed in an accident Nov. 7 while driving to the Southern Kingfish Association Championship in Biloxi, Miss.

    Wake Forest’s Jack Wood, a two-time winner of the SKA championship, and another SKA competitor was killed when the truck in which he was driving slammed into a tanker truck stopped because of a previous wreck.
    November 18, 2011 at 10:34am
    Recreational anglers will be limited to four spotted seatrout of at least 14 inches per trip, starting Nov. 15, 2011.<br />

    NCMFC reduces spotted seatrout recreational limit to four, allows weekend commercial catches on most waters

    The North Carolina Marine Fisheries Commission voted 4-3 Friday (Nov. 4) to set in place more stringent recreational fishing regulations governing the harvest of spotted seatrout – effective Nov. 14.

    The agency said in a news release the regulation change, which drops the daily creel from six to four fish (at least 14 inches in length), was “a short-term measure" to address overfishing.
    November 08, 2011 at 3:17pm
    Portsmouth Island will likely be closed well into next spring because of damage caused by Hurricane Irene. The upper image shows the beach before the storm, while the lower photo was taken after the hurricane.

    Portsmouth Island remains off-limits for surf fishermen

    Besides ringing up a $10 billion price tag for cleanups from North Carolina to New York, Hurricane Irene has become the gift that keeps on giving.

    One of North Carolina anglers’ favorite fall surf-fishing destinations — Portsmouth Island, aka North Core Banks — has been rendered off-limits, probably until 2012, by the storm’s effects.
    October 05, 2011 at 1:56pm
    Doug Malikowski’s 17-point whitetail buck, arrowed Sept. 27, may be the state’s No. 2 all-time archery non-typical.

    State record-book buck downed in Orange County

    Doug Malinowski, owner of a landscaping business in Hillsborough, discovered on Sept. 27 that the fourth time was a charm.

    That’s when, hunting alone from a tree stand in Orange County, the 28-year-old deer hunter arrowed one of the great bucks in North Carolina archery annals.
    October 03, 2011 at 3:06pm
    NorthCarolinaSportsman.com users like JMAllen can now upload photos illustrating their outdoor experiences right from their Android phones.

    Android users can now upload photos to reports forum, classified section

    Sharing outdoor experiences with other sportsmen is now a breeze for Android users, who can upload photos to the NorthCarolinaSportsman.com reports forum right from their mobile devices.

    “Now you can snap a photo of that big deer, a buddy with a lunker bass or a table full of crappie and instantly upload it to the reports forum – just like you would from your computer,” NorthCarolinaSportsman.com’s Andy Crawford said. “Of course, you also can add photos to classifieds now.”
    September 15, 2011 at 2:54pm

    Bag-A-Buck contest back for 14th year

    North Carolina Sportsman’s Bag-A-Buck 14 contest kicks off this month, with thousands of dollars worth in prizes up for grabs.

    The grand-prize package includes a 2-day deer hunt with Fourth Generation Outfitters, a CVA blackpowder rifle, a Leupold rangefinder, a Nikon Pro Staff scope and a Line-X truck bed liner. The grand-prize winner will be selected from all entries, and the prize will be presented at the Dixie Deer Classic in Raleigh next March.
    September 11, 2011 at 10:58am
    This is what remains of the Sheraton Pier in Atlantic Beach. The pier had lost roughly half its length from a hurricane several years ago, and extended a little past where the lone piling stands when Hurricane Irene hit.

    Irene leaves her mark on coastal communities

    While Hurricane Irene had weakened to a Category 1 storm by the time it reached the North Carolina shore last Saturday (Aug. 27), it proven to be a very damaging storm.

    In fact, some are calling it the most-damaging Category 1 hurricane ever.

    Almost a week after the storm, many are left without electricity, many with homes too damaged to live in and part of the state is still without access.
    September 01, 2011 at 12:40pm
    Jordan Lake lost approximately 7,000 striped bass in a hot-water kill over the past month.

    Excessive heat causes largest freshwater striped bass kill in North Carolina history

    Excessive, prolonged heat during July and August caused the largest single striped-bass kill in freshwater history in North Carolina at Jordan Lake, the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission confirmed.

    Approximately 7,000 striped bass succumbed to the effects of extended 100-degree days, NCWRC District 5 fisheries biologist Corey Oakley said.
    August 31, 2011 at 10:28am
    Hurricane Irene is massive, and making a beeline for the North Carolina coast. That's prompting mass evacuations of residents and boats, particularly from Atlantic Beach northward where the Category 3 storm is expected to pound the hardest.

    Coastal Tar Heels prepare for Hurricane Irene

    Concern among Carolina's coastal residents heightened today (Aug. 25) when the NOAA National Hurricane Center shifted the forecast track of Hurricane Irene to the west during its 11 a.m. update, intensifying the need to be ready for the oversized storm barreling toward the eastern seaboard.

    At Southport, on the far southern end of the North Carolina coast, Capt. Butch Foster, said he and many of his fellow charter fishermen were intently watching the updates and expecting the center of the storm to pass 50 miles of so offshore in the ocean.
    August 25, 2011 at 4:08pm
    The Trail Cam Contest is back, and better than ever!

    Trail Cam Photo Contest kicks off

    It's time to show off all the photos from your trail cams in the 2011 Trail Cam Photo Contest.

    “Hunting season might not begin until mid September, but scouting begins much earlier than that – and trail cams have become a big part of the scouting scene,” the site’s Andy Crawford said. “So we wanted to provide a place for our users to post their photos and compete for monthly prizes."
    August 03, 2011 at 6:24pm
    Nick Anderson (left), Rick Anderson and Jeremmie Mullis with the Kerr Lake trophy

    Kinston H.S. football coach catches potential world-record blue catfish from Kerr Lake

    Nick Anderson of Greenville knew that John H. Kerr Reservoir has produced some very large blue catfish in recent months, including a Virginia state record fish that weighed 109 pounds and a 95-pounder his father caught several weeks ago.
    June 21, 2011 at 11:51am
    Anglers can keep a speckled trout again beginning June 16

    Proclamation delays the opening of speckled trout season by one day

    A mistake in paperwork by the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries will delay the opening of the recreational season for speckled trout by one day to Thursday, June 16.

    The season had been scheduled to open on Wednesday, June 15, but Dr. Louis Daniel, director of the NCDMF, issued a proclamation that took effect on June 8, delaying the opening until June 16.
    June 14, 2011 at 12:22pm