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The upper end of Lake Gaston holds the highest concentration of striped bass because of water temperatures. Head up the lake for Gaston's striped bass
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Because of what he calls “a weird year” this spring and early summer, Don Enderle of Tri-Lakes Guide Service said he’s quit trolling baits and is casting artificial lures at striped bass in the upper reaches of Lake Gaston, where the species’ false spawning toward the tailrace below Kerr Dam is six weeks late.

A Texas-rigged plastic worm is a very productive bait fisheda round Randleman Reservoirís numerous tree laps. Randlemanís tree bass
52 Views - Posted: July 01 at 7:00 am

July is a tough months to catch bass in shallow water on most lakes in North Carolina, unless you’re there at the crack of dawn to take advantage of the last few minutes of the night bite.

Dave Rosemanís 44-pound, 10-ounces king mackerel caught last May is the largest king caught at Ocean Crest Pier since 2002. Kings of the pier
20 Views - Posted: July 01 at 7:00 am

If experience is the best teacher, then aspiring king mackerel anglers might consider visiting the end of Ocean Crest Pier on Oak Island.

Big money calling deer-farm bill shots
210 Views - Posted: July 01 at 7:00 am

When the topic is the management of cervid (deer) farms, big money calls the shots in the state legislature.

Sabiki rigs are great tools to catch all kinds of fish, like this Lake Norman hybrid bass. Sabiki rigs can be versatile tools to catch all kinds of fish
783 Views - Posted: June 25 at 8:33 am

With white perch populations expanding in many of North Carolina’s large impoundments, it was only a matter of time before someone figured a way to catch perch and other species at the same time – on a Sabiki rig.

The marshes behind Bald Head Island are producing plenty of nice flounder now that hot weather has arrived. Check Bald Head Island's sprawling marshes for great flounder fishing
900 Views - Posted: June 23 at 8:23 am

Flounder are among North Carolina’s most popular saltwater fish for anglers, and if the past two weeks are any indication, the marshes and creeks north of Bald Head Island ought to be marked on every fisherman’s GPS.

Lures that catch bass as the summer heat starts to beat down on North Carolina lakes can range from deep-diving crankbaits to worms, to jigs, to topwaters. Be ready for summer bass with a variety of lures, guides suggest
673 Views - Posted: June 19 at 8:37 am

For the better part of two weeks, June’s weather has got plenty of naysayers thinking that there may be something to global warming, and don’t think largemouth bass aren’t affected by all those back-to-back-to-back 90-degree days. And fishermen need to understand that the summer heat should change their approach and lure selection some.

Conner Grimes of Hobbton landed a citation speckled trout on June 11 in the New River while fishing with guide Ricky Kellum. New River specks have appetite for shrimp dinner
857 Views - Posted: June 16 at 3:19 pm

With the arrival of summer, gator-size speckled trout and many nice black drum are moving actively in the New River – and they're hungry.

Capt. Thomas Wood named his charterboat after a popular hillbilly dancer back in his native West Virginia. Boatís name came from a hillbilly dancing legend
166 Views - Posted: June 15 at 7:00 am

Thomas Wood’s 56-foot boat may not be the newest at the Morehead City waterfront, but it certainly has the most unique name.

Polarized sunglasses are a must for offshore fishing trips because they help an angler see below the waterís surface and cut down on glare. Prepare before leaving the dock
113 Views - Posted: June 15 at 7:00 am

Anglers planning a charter fishing trip offshore, especially their first, should prepare in order to have an enjoyable experience.

Here are a few tips for being on the ocean for hours:

Jordan Lake's postspawn bass are biting in 8 to 10 feet of water. Despite postspawn, Jordan Lake's bass are still biting
761 Views - Posted: June 10 at 3:52 pm

Bass fishing on the Raleigh-Durham area’s three big lakes — Jordan, Falls of the Neuse and Shearon Harris — is just about to settle into a normal summer pattern, which means deep water.

Artificial frogs can be a very effective lure for big bass during the summer on lakes with a lot of surface vegetation.
Let a frog lead you to big summer bass
631 Views - Posted: June 05 at 9:41 am

During hot weather, largemouths at many large lakes head to deep water for comfort and baitfish, and anglers who chase them have sporadic success. But shoreline vegetation sprouts this time of year and affords opportunities for faster action, especially for anglers who cast soft-plastic frog lures at weed-covered shallow water and are patient enough to set hooks after a bass’s heart-throbbing surface attack.