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By the numbers, Falls of Neuse is NC’s top lake for largemouth bass

Bass fishing often is a numbers game. By one analysis, Falls of the Neuse Lake may be North Carolina’s best bass lake.

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March 15 at 8:00 am
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March for lunkers on North Carolina's Falls of Neuse Lake

Around the Raleigh-Durham area, some disagreements exist among anglers about which of three local lakes — Shearon Harris, Jordan or Falls of the Neuse — offers the fishing for largemouth bass.

For tournament bass fishermen, the answer has been clear the past several years. For numbers of fish and the probability of landing a lunker, Falls of the Neuse draws the highest approval rate.

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March 01 at 7:00 am
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Run with Neuse River shad

March is a magical month in North Carolina as it makes the first spawning runs of the season at many coastal rivers.

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February 23 at 3:05 pm
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New Bern stripers keep cold anglers’ hearts plenty warm

When February arrives, the line guides on fishing rods will fill with ice almost as quickly as an angler’s hands get cold.

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January 26 at 4:18 pm
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New electronics are major aids for crappie fishermen

Guide Freddie Sinclair has had the same fishing platform, an 18-foot bass boat, for years, but he recently purchased newer electronics because detecting crappies beneath the lake’s surface is a key to his success, especially during winter.

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January 15 at 7:00 am
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A guide’s best recipes for red drum

Guide Dale Collins likes to prepare fish for meals, especially redfish, and the one fish he can keep daily (between 18 and 27 inches) will do fine for his two favorite ways to cook them: blackened or grilled.

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January 15 at 7:00 am
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Cold-hot slabs - January means cold weather, hot crappie fishing on North Carolina’s Jordan Lake

Crappie fishermen who live in North Carolina are too far from Lake Grenada, Miss., or Reelfoot Lake in western Tennessee to regularly visit those hot spots.

But they do have Jordan Lake —and it doesn’t make much difference when you visit this 14,000-acre impoundment of the Haw River and New Hope Creek. It is, by most accounts North Carolina’s best fishery for black crappie in terms of size and numbers of fish.

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January 01 at 7:00 am
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Ride the surf for winter reds

Guide Dale Collins and anglers Rocky Carter of Swansboro, N.C., and John Moon of Graham, N.C., were casting 3-inch mullet chunks on Carolina rigs toward the churning surf. Within seconds, each angler was hooked up with an over-slot red drum that made rods bend and drags squeal. After battles that often took 10 minutes each, they released dozens of these broad-shouldered bronze fish.

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January 01 at 7:00 am
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