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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
3451 Views - Posted: February 20, 2012 at 2:35 pm
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.

Keep up with the fight for protection for red drum, speckled trout and stripers on the special Gamefish Section on Follow fight for gamefish protection of coastal fisheries on special Web page
2053 Views - Posted: January 13, 2012 at 3:36 pm
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.

Public meeting dates for the Legislative Research Committee on Saltwater Issues have been tentatively set. Legislative saltwater review committee sets dates
1794 Views - Posted: December 03, 2011 at 8:06 am
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. 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
1820 Views - Posted: November 28, 2011 at 10:25 am
Photos can now be posted to the 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!”

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
3141 Views - Posted: November 18, 2011 at 10:34 am
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.

Recreational anglers will be limited to four spotted seatrout of at least 14 inches per trip, starting Nov. 15, 2011.
NCMFC reduces spotted seatrout recreational limit to four, allows weekend commercial catches on most waters
5081 Views - Posted: November 08, 2011 at 3:17 pm
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.

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
5478 Views - Posted: October 05, 2011 at 1:56 pm
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.

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
19263 Views - Posted: October 03, 2011 at 3:06 pm
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. 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
2076 Views - Posted: September 15, 2011 at 2:54 pm
Sharing outdoor experiences with other sportsmen is now a breeze for Android users, who can upload photos to the 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,”’s Andy Crawford said. “Of course, you also can add photos to classifieds now.”

Bag-A-Buck contest back for 14th year Bag-A-Buck contest back for 14th year
3387 Views - Posted: September 11, 2011 at 10:58 am
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.

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
3384 Views - Posted: September 01, 2011 at 12:40 pm
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.

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
4473 Views - Posted: August 31, 2011 at 10:28 am
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.