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When fish get crabby, go with a crab

A blue crab can turn on gamefish when other baits are not producing strikes, but many anglers overlook using them. Many fishermen are aware that these crustaceans make excellent bait for red and black drum, they also attract speckled trout, flounder and other game fish.

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September 15 at 7:00 am
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Sharp hooks will improve performance of topwater baits

Guide Rennie Clark uses a topwater walk-the-dog lure as a search-bait. Floating above cover like oyster beds, an angler with one tied on can cover a lot of water in short order. 

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September 15 at 7:00 am
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Border water bounty - Don’t forget that state-line fishing bounty

Preparing for a pleasant day of fishing on a gorgeous fall day, Patrick Kelly warmed the engine of his boat at Cricket Cove Marina near Little River, S.C., just a short run from great fishing on either side of the North Carolina-South Carolina state line.

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September 01 at 7:00 am
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Swan blinds: minimal or maximum

Blinds for hunting tundra swans can be sturdy, well-built forts or temporary structures thrown together the night before a hunt is scheduled.

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December 15, 2016 at 7:00 am
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A sweet swan song - The tundra swan sings a sweet song for North Carolina waterfowl hunters

After pulling on their chest waders at 6 a.m., six hunters left a comfortable cabin and drove to a nearby wheat field to set a spread of over-sized shell and windsock decoys in the soft, black soil near Pantego, N.C. The “weep-weep” sound of a young swan soon turned their faces skyward.

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December 01, 2016 at 7:00 am
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New public shooting range opens in Rocky Point

A new shooting range opened at Holly Shelter Game Land in Pender County on Nov. 4, 2016. Located at 8717 Shaw Highway, Rocky Point, N.C., the new range is just north of the WRC's Holly Shelter Depot.

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November 11, 2016 at 7:55 pm
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Chum slingers

Croakers make great bait for red drum, and they also make good chum. The Longer Life Bait Slinger was a great tool for tossing chunks of fish far out into the water to attract big red drum.

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September 15, 2016 at 7:00 am
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Tag, You’re it!

Catch a tagged fish in North Carolina’s coastal waters and you may reel in a cash award. The NCDMF’s fish tagging program randomly selects tag numbers; anglers who have turned them in win $100. Of 1,020 fish tags anglers returned in 2015, the program drew three tag numbers for each of four species in the tagging program. 

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September 15, 2016 at 7:00 am
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