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Pick a pink lure

“An Atlantic bonito doesn’t care about the color of a lure as long as it’s pink,” said Capt. Bruce Trujillo. 

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April 15 at 7:00 am
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Beat the bonito blast

Bruce Trujillo looked at a dozen boats bobbing for position in the water around him. Choosing a path, he flipped a couple of Yo-Zuri Crystal Minnow deep divers in the boat’s wake and began trolling for Atlantic bonito.

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April 01 at 7:00 am
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Play the weather, but stay warm

While high winds and bitter cold in the weather forecast may make some faint-of-heart anglers stay at home, anglers who pay acute attention to weather reports and prepare for them can use these fast-moving cold fronts to their advantage.

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February 15 at 7:00 am
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Full frontal assault - Winter speckled trout fishing is a full-frontal assault in North Carolina waters

Allen Jernigan launched his 18-foot tunnel-hull skiff and pointed the bow into the channel of a coastal river. The wind was calm, the water slick. Within minutes, he turned out of the main channel and headed into a shallow bay.

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February 01 at 7:00 am
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Long-line decoy rigs save time, effort

Using a “long-line” rig for setting up a decoy spread speeds up the process compared to setting out single decoys with their own lines and anchor. While some hunters rig their long-lines with swivel clips and add a decoy to each clip as they feed line out over the side of the boat, guide Jennings Rose pre-rigs his decoys to the long-lines by using a monofilament loop crimped in place to the decoy keel’s tying eyehole and through a wire commercial fishing harness loop. He ties the wire loop to a black crab-pot line using a double surgeon’s loop. This setup prevents the decoys from twisting and tangling while they are in the bag.

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December 15, 2017 at 7:00 am
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Go with a grub

Butch Foster of Yeah Right Charters said his go-to lure in the Cape Fear River and the creeks off the ICW near Southport is a Haw River curlytail grub in smoke/silver metal flake on a jighead.

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December 15, 2017 at 7:00 am
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The allure of a lipped lure

The Yo-zuri Crystal Minnow is among the best lures for catching speckled trout. While many anglers use lipless crankbaits, this one has a lip. 

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December 15, 2017 at 7:00 am
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Tried and true

Since its introduction about 10 years ago, MirrOlure’s 17MR suspending twitch bait has been a hit with anglers. 

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December 15, 2017 at 7:00 am
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