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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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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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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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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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Put the hoist on holiday specks

Nearly every winter, it seems that when the holiday season approaches, the weather takes a turn for the warm. And when Butch and Chris Foster of Yeah Right Charters hear there is a zero chance of a white Christmas at their Southport, N.C., home, they head out to catch speckled trout.

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December 01, 2017 at 7:00 am
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Lay out for sea duck success

Jennings Rose launched his 18-foot boat from a private ramp near Hobucken, N.C., with a smaller boat ­— a one-man layout boat — strapped securely to its bouncing bow. Nosing into the wind, he left the protective waters of a small creek, heading into Pamlico Sound for a day of duck hunting.

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December 01, 2017 at 7:00 am
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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, 2017 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, 2017 at 7:00 am
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