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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will allow hunters in North Carolina an extra three weeks to target light geese next season. Waterfowl hunters will get an extra three weeks to take light geese in 2015-16
756 Views - Posted: June 17 at 6:55 am

In response to requests from hunters, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will extend the season for snow, blue and Ross’ geese in the 2015-16 season. According to Commission biologist Doug Howell, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Conservation Order allows additional opportunities for hunters to target “light’ geese but requires a re-ordering of hunting dates.

Capt. Bruce Trujillo finishes a battle with a nice amberjack, admiring it safely in his landing net. Don’t discard amberjacks; they can be eaten
153 Views - Posted: June 15 at 7:00 am

When Russ Luhm nets an amberjack for his friend, Capt. Bruce Trujillo, he is already thinking about eating it. If the fish is mortally injured — and sometimes when it is not — he cooks and eats it, although he said many people release the fish rather than deal with the parasites.

A cannonball jellyfish, aka jellyball, dropped around structure will attract spadefish within range of an angler with a spinning rod and a basic rig. Shoot off a cannonball for better spadefish action
190 Views - Posted: June 15 at 7:00 am

Cannonball jellyfish are common near Masonboro Inlet in hot weather. Any angler heading out for a day of amberjack fishing should look for them on the tide lines and catch a few in a landing net.

Bruce Trujillo’s homemade poppers are perfect for attracting attention from big amberjacks. Make sure when you pop off at an AJ
111 Views - Posted: June 15 at 7:00 am

If you think catching an amberjack is not much fun, try luring one into attacking a topwater popper. 

Big amberjack like this one can put a real strain on even the heaviest of tackle,  in part because the fish are almost always caught around line-breaking structure. Just jackin’ around - Want to get your string stretched by a beast? Try an amberjack on for size.
129 Views - Posted: June 01 at 7:00 am

On a hot and sticky morning, Capt. Jamie Rushing of Seagate Charters launched his 21-toot center console at the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s public boat ramp at Wrightsville Beach and headed south toward Masonboro Inlet, getting out early to beat the crowd.

“You need to get there early or you may not have a parking space,” said Rushing.

The spring cobia run off Cape Lookout will often put fishermen in range of some of the big black drum that are moving into the area. Other targets of opportunity
163 Views - Posted: May 15 at 7:00 am

Anglers often get shots at other species while targeting cobia on a sight-fishing trip. 

Don’t be afraid of using big artificial baits; this cobia regurgitated 11 small stingrays after it was boated. Fish roll-ups
165 Views - Posted: May 15 at 7:00 am

Anglers should not shy away from using big lures such as heavy jigheads with foot-long artificial eels for cobia because they have huge appetites and cavernous mouths. 

Guide Mike Taylor boated this 72-pound cobia several years ago in the waters off Cape Lookout in early June. Seeing is believing when it comes to sight-fishing for Cape Lookout cobia
338 Views - Posted: May 01 at 7:00 am

A clear sky and a calm wind beckoned as Mike Taylor loaded his boat at a private dock in Morehead City for a day on the water. He was especially happy because there had been no pre-dawn alarm, and even the sun appeared to be smiling. Because of the fish he had chosen to target, being on the water before daylight wasn’t essential.

Fishing the Catawba Bugger Fishing the Catawba Bugger
181 Views - Posted: March 15 at 8:00 am

“Let it sink, twitch the line twice, followed by a long trip to take in the slack,” guide Scott Cunningham said. “You don’t want to have enough line out to make a lot of false casts. You want to make short, quick casts for slow, methodical fishing.”

This 18-inch brown trout is eligible for a citation from the N.C. Angler Recognition Program and is common sight on the upper Catawba River. Trophies galore
209 Views - Posted: March 15 at 8:00 am

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission defines a trophy brown trout as any fish weighing 2 1/2 pounds or more or measuring 18 inches or longer — according to the N.C. Angler Recognition Program.

Guide Scott Cunningham lifts a net full of brown trout from the special-regulations section of the  upper Catawba River. Brown is beautiful - Upper Catawba River below Lake James is a trophy brown trout stream
747 Views - Posted: March 01 at 7:00 am

A pickup towing a trailer carrying two inflatable boats pulled into the parking lot of the Bridgewater Public Fishing Access Area downstream from one of the two dams that impounds Lake James. A cold, rainy morning is not most what most fly-fishermen call ideal, but Scott Cunningham of Marion was excited about being on the water.

A semi-automatic shotgun like Remington’s Versa Max is a good fit for rabbit hunters, who often need to get off several shots in quick succession. Rabbit hunting requires a quick shotgun
452 Views - Posted: February 15 at 7:00 am

A semi-automatic shotgun like Remington’s Versa Max Sportsman is the best type of shotgun for hunting rabbits. It offers fast follow-up shots and handles quickly in the dense thickets where rabbits live. The synthetic stock and metal finish are practically indestructible, which is handy when a hunter is bushwhacking his way through the brier thickets.