Catfish will hold along a dropoff in a creek, especially if baitfish are present. Drift or anchor? And where?
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Drifting and anchoring are the two main techniques that guide Chris Bullock uses when he’s targeting Kerr Lake’s blue catfish. Which he chooses depends on the weather and surface water temperature.

The blueback herring, once a vital species in the Roanoke River, has virtually vanished, but striped bass will still hit an artificial lure that resembles one. Flukes are a must for winter stripers
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It’s not a surprise that nearly every artificial lure guide Richard Andrews uses for winter stripers is a Fluke-style soft plastic.

Most winter stripers caught in the lower Roanoke River are holding along creek-channel ledges or other drop-offs in fairly deep water. Fish the edges of the ledges
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Although a lot of striper fishermen on the lower Roanoke River like to cast to cypress trees along the shoreline, those tactics may work well in mid-day after the sun has had a chance to warm the shallows. But for anglers on the water at dawn, the best idea may be to sit a long cast from the outermost cypress tree, cast toward the shoreline, then bump your lure off the bottom, paying particular attention as it falls over the edge of a creek channel.

Speckled trout start out eating crustaceans, but once they mature, their diet, like that of a redfish, tilts toward fish. Let ’em eat cake, or whatever they like
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The diet of speckled trout changes as fish grow, get bigger, stronger and faster, and develop superior digestive systems, a process called an ontogenetic change.

Speckled trout spawn in North Carolina waters beginning in April and going through October, with each female releasing 3 to 20 million eggs. A speckled trout’s life
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Spotted seatrout (Cynoscion nebulosus), also popularly called speckled trout, are members of the sciaenidae family, which includes drums, croakers and weakfish. They are prized throughout their range, which may extend from New York to Florida and northern Mexico. North Carolina is the northern end of the range where fishermen should expect to see them year-round.

Aerial imagery can help hunters see areas where deer may trade back and forth between water courses and food sources. Technology has its advantages
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When Native American hunters first scoured the landscape to feed their tribes, the water courses traversing the land were prime places to encounter game animals. Today, rivers, swamps and streams remain hot spots for locating deer and other animals, but hunters with instant access to aerial imagery have an upper hand on the early hunters. 

High and dry spots in the middle of swamps will often be the first places that deer go to hide late in the season when hunting pressure is too great elsewhere. Swamp islands hold big bucks
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In order for deer to survive the season, they must learn how to hide from the focus of North Carolina’s deer-hunting battalion. In areas where ponds, lakes, swamps and beaver ponds exist, the deer population increases with the level of hunting pressure. And associated with almost every water course are dry-land hills or islands that begin to collect pressured bucks towards the end of the season. 

Veteran bear hunters usually have a plan on when and which dogs to release during an active strike and chase, leading to the treeing or baying of a bruin. The dynamics of the pack
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Hunting with hounds is a time-honored tradition where hunters rely on man’s best friend to flush, chase and/or locate game. From rabbits and deer to quail and grouse, there are few species were there is no opportunity for dogs to participate in one shape or fashion. Hunters can improve their chances for success and safety by following a few very important guidelines. 

Big bear tracks with huge toes typically belong to large males, which are generally the favorite targets of bear hunters. Tracks tell a story
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For bear hunters with hounds, a bear’s paw prints found along field edges or roadsides are their calling cards. For the experienced hunter, the size and characteristics of the track can tell plenty about the size and sex of the bear. 

Bear seasons in the eastern third of North Carolina often change from county to county, so hunters need to have a firm grip on where they’re hunting and when the season opens and closes. Bear seasons dates can be confusing
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Dates for bear seasons across North Carolina, especially in the eastern third of the state, can be so different as to confuse hunters, often changing from one county to the next.

Many groups of bear hunters from the mountains migrate to eastern North Carolina for the December bear season. Let’s go bear hunting!
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Bear hunting in eastern North Carolina is one of the most-exhilarating experiences a hunter can have. Unlike most other types of hunting, bear hunting is a group effort that requires good hunters and good land, but people that want to start bear hunting cannot just go out and buy some hounds and begin hunting. It takes substantial training for the dogs and the hunters. 

Angie Jackson and her 5-year-old son, Tucker, take in several raccoons killed on the Lumber River Outdoors/True Vince Coon Club youth hunt, which Tucker won with a 7-pound, 7-ounce raccoon. Turning kids into coon hunters
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Rev. Wade Hall Jr., pastor of the Elizabethtown Church of God, hunts raccoons at least three nights a week to keep his dogs in top form for competition, and he often takes young people along.