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Noisy lures attract more trout bites

Daybreak is the best time to catch speckled trout during summer. Helping fish locate the lure takes more than just the typical vibration of an injured or swimming baitfish or the subtle movements of a soft plastic. The best lures are the noisiest, so noisy, in fact, that it seems they would scare the daylights out of the trout rather than make them strike.

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July 15 at 7:00 am
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Weakfish are a big bonus for speckled trout fishermen

While most anglers who catch summer trout are targeting spotted seatrout exclusively, other species will torpedo lures intended for specks. One of the best of these bonus species is the gray trout, aka weakfish, so-called for its weak mouth. However, a mouthful of treble hooks that snags one usually holds it tightly all the way to the boat.

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July 15 at 7:00 am
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Dark temptations - To catch summer trout around Wrightsville Beach, N.C., it takes a loud lure and a dark sky

The sun hadn’t showed when Jamie Rushing launched his boat at Wrightsville Beach. While it is important to launch early from any boat ramp from Topsail Beach to Carolina Beach — just to be able to find a parking space for their tow vehicle and trailer— the main reason he was leaving early was for the summer speckled trout bite.

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July 01 at 7:00 am
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Warmouth: more mouth than anything

By late May, Northeast Cape Fear River anglers begin catching an abundance of warmouth sunfish. Some anglers call them “more-mouths” because they say they are more mouth than anything else. Another popular name is “goggle-eye.”

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June 15 at 7:00 am
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Bream busters flock to North Carolina’s Northest Cape Fear River

Webster’s dictionary defines “idyllic” as “charmingly simple or picturesque.” If any place in the world meets that definition, it is the Northeast Cape Fear River. With banks shaded by cypress, gum, oak, hickory and pine trees wearing wigs of Spanish moss that waft in the gentlest breeze, it is one of the one of the most-beautiful blackwater rivers in North Carolina. Some stretches run miles with few boat docks or other signs of human habitation, adding to its draw as a bream-fishing destination.

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June 01 at 7:00 am
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Catch fish, then cut bait when targeting redfin pickerel

The traditional baits for catching redfin pickerel are the pelvic fin and the top or bottom half of its forked tail. 

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May 15 at 7:00 am
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Catch redfin pickerel by the bucketful

The best way to keep and carry redfin pickerel is in a plastic pail with a tight-fitting lid. 

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May 15 at 7:00 am
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Don’t carp about redfin size

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s Angler Recognition Program awards outstanding catches with a suitable-for-framing certificate featuring the artwork of Duane River.

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May 15 at 7:00 am
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