|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
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.
|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
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.”
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.
|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.
|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.