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A syringe can help deflate the swim bladder from a fish thatís been brought quickly out of deep water and canít swim back down. Fizzing a fish
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When bass decides to move from deep to shallower water, they will do it gradually, in small increments, so their internal swim bladders can adjust to the change in water pressure. Water pressure is very high in deeper depths and much lower nearer the surface. Bass can slowly add or remove air from their bladders to help them sink or rise easily.


Winter trips to the lake require some good preparation as far as clothing is concerned. What to wear for winter bass
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When winter approaches and you schedule a day on the water, be prepared for temperatures that may start out around or just below freezing and top out between freezing and the mid-50s later in the day.†


Walking a few extra minutes can get you away from other fishermen on the Davidson River and its tributaries and may wind up getting you a few more trout. Get away from the crowd
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The Davidson is an incredibly popular river to fish. On pretty days, anglers can get a little close for comfort. †If you’re going to fish in the crowd, by all means be a good neighbor, but you will usually do better if you push away from the group. All it takes is one non-stealthy angler to turn off the bite for an entire section of the river. †Don’t let someone else’s habits ruin your day, and by all means, don’t be that angler!


Tips for perfect fly presentation Tips for perfect fly presentation
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• Wade upstream, not downstream. In heavily stocked rivers with little or no wild-trout population, hatchery fish can be taken by wading downstream. The smarter spawned and wild trout are not quite as susceptible. Wading kicks up silt and knocks stones together, no matter how stealthy you are. Use the water flow to your advantage. It’s harder to set the hook when wading and casting upstream, but the difference in fish that you can interest with your fly will more than make up for a few missed strikes.


Rennie and Shannon Clark have been successful fishing redfish tournament trails around the Carolinas. Want to fish a tournament? Choose your poison
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A handful of redfish tournament trails serve North Carolina fishermen.†


Rennie Clark custom paints and changes out the hooks and split rings on many of his topwater baits. Customizing lures for redfish
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Rennie Clark likes to customize fishing lures for his guide trips and tournaments. He often changes hooks and split rings and if he gets caught up or has a day-off, he’ll change colors, too. His favorite lures to customize are the Skitterwalk series of topwater baits from Rapala.


With a daily creel limit of one fish, catch-and-release is a staple for anglers targeting redfish in North Carolina. Red drum specifics
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Red drum, sciaenops ocellatus, are also called redfish, puppy drum, spot-tail bass, channel bass and spot-tail drum. They are long-lived fish that reach sexual maturity slowly and are one of the few fish that fishery managers allow to be harvested before reaching reproductive size, which is roughly 28 to 32 inches.†


An artificial bait worked in an appealing fashion will often draw more strikes than live bait. Can artificials outfish live bait?
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There are live-bait anglers, artificial purists and blended fisherman. Undoubtedly, there are numerous ways to collect a days’ catch, but artificial lures are not just for purists. There are many cases where adopting an artificial-lure strategy will put more fish in the boat than live-bait tactic. The lifelike presentations of artificial lures may just be what the doctored ordered in the fall.†


A soft-plastic imitation shrimp can be deadly on fall speckled trout. Donít overlook shrimp imposters
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During the fall, the Pamlico Sound and its western tributaries fill up with hungry speckled trout. As temperatures drop and food becomes more scarce, the majority of the menu will be baitfish, but specks and other predators maintain a weak spot for shrimp.


Predator hunter Ken Truesdale said that night-imaging technology has made night-hunting for hogs a snap. Thermal-imaging devices are key for night hog hunts
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Farmers just about everywhere will quickly denounce the wild pig. Every year, wild pigs, aka feral hogs, are responsible for excessive crop and habitat destruction that contribute to tens of thousands of dollars every year. And their increasing numbers and expanding range are tough to combat under normal hunting conditions.


November is the time to flood your waterfowl impoundment to put the groceries within range of greenheads and other ducks. Time to flood duck honey holes
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Even though the short duck season has come and gone by the first of November, the core duck seasons remain, and the flood of migrating waterfowl is on its way. Waterfowl impoundments should be fully flooded this month to capture these birds when they arrive.


Jonathan Reaserís 2006 Rockingham County trophy scored 206 5/8 inches and is the third-largest non-typical buck ever killed in North Carolina. Rockingham County: a firearms-frendly place
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Rockingham County lies in the northern Piedmont, along the Virginia-North Carolina border. The land that became Rockingham County was broken off from Guilford County in 1785 and named for Charles Watson-Wentworth, the second Marquesse of Rockingham, a two-term prime minister of Great Britain in the mid-1700s.


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