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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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Swannanoa native kills 500-pound bear in Beaufort County

Zeb Nichols, a 59-year-old Swannanoa native learned how to hunt bear and train hounds in North Carolina’s mountains But he and his friend’s soon discovered the state’s biggest bears live along the N.C. coast.

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December 28, 2016 at 4:31 pm
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Dance team member puts the cha-cha on trophy non-typical

Casey Haizlip, a 16-year-old sophomore at Western Alamance High School, is a member of the school’s dance team, but she had a different reason to dance the afternoon of Nov. 21 after she bagged a 16-point buck that had been hunted hard by most of her male relatives and other men in the community.

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December 27, 2016 at 9:02 pm
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Rock jetty is the ticket

North Carolina winters often are unpredictable, but one spot doesn’t seem to be affected much by roller-coaster mercury readings: the Cape Lookout rock jetty.

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December 21, 2016 at 2:53 pm
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Effective deer bait varies by location

Corn is the most-widely used bait for deer in North Carolina but in some areas of the state, the golden kernals may not be No. 1.

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December 15, 2016 at 7:00 am
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