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North Carolina’s deer herd is increasing slightly, and hunters are taking advantage of opportunities like never before. 2014-15 North Carolina Deer Season Preview
50 Views - Posted: August 1 at 7:00 am

After last season’s record harvest, hunters might expect to tag fewer North Carolina deer this fall. But the take of 188,130 deer in 2013 isn’t necessarily going to cause a decline this year because of the dynamics of deer reproduction, weather, mast production, Sunday archery hunting and expansive either-sex seasons.


Federal duck stamps will be available on-line this year through the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission. Federal duck stamp will be available on-line starting Aug. 1
310 Views - Posted: July 25 at 8:10 am

Starting Aug. 1, North Carolina waterfowl hunters will be able to order the federal duck stamp on-line by visiting the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission's website (www.ncwildlife.org), going to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service website (www.fws.org), calling the Commission at 888-248-6834 or visiting a wildlife service agent. 


Thread a toothpick through a soft-plastic jig trailer, break the ends off, then thread the jig hook through the trailer below the toothpick and you won't have the trailer pulled down as much as often happens. Stick with a 'pick for rigging soft plastics for bass
526 Views - Posted: July 24 at 12:58 pm

One of the best tools a bass fisherman can have, especially during the summer  when fish live largely in deep, cool, oxygenated water, are toothpicks – and not to clean peanut butter from an angler’s teeth.


Joel Richardson has been having a fine time at Lake Gaston finding bass near mayfly hatches. Match the hatch? Big Lake Gaston bass gorging on mayflies
599 Views - Posted: July 18 at 9:36 am

Think only fly-rodders who fish skinny-water mountain streams for trout like insect hatches? Don’t tell it to Joel Richardson, a long-time bass guide from Kernersville. Last week, he had two of the best days he’s ever had at Lake Gaston, taking advantage of the mayfly hatch.


Kevin Sneed uses a Flip a "bird" to Spanish mackerel for bigger fish, better success
812 Views - Posted: July 16 at 7:44 am

Since May, many fishermen have been targeting Spanish mackerel, particularly off the beaches from Oak Island to the South Carolina line, and the good fishing will last into September. If you’re a novice and want to get in on the action – and have a better chance of success – try “teasing” fish with a “bird.”


Popping corks are a great rig to fish when targeting trout and redfish. Put some “pop” in your fishing
179 Views - Posted: July 15 at 7:00 am

Popping corks have been in use for a long time, longer than you would think.


Wes Barbour catches plenty of speckled trout along spoil islands, created by a dredging the Cape Fear River shipping channel. Spoil island specks
85 Views - Posted: July 15 at 7:00 am

It seems odd to find spotted seatrout 10 miles north of the mouth of the Cape River and approximately 3 miles inland from the Atlantic Ocean, but that’s possible near Carolina Beach.


The tailrace below Tuckertown Dam is a great summer spot to catch largemouth bass, striped baass and white bass. A ‘dam good’ shallow summer bass spot
126 Views - Posted: July 15 at 7:00 am

Almost all summer fishing for bass is done in deep water, but one of guide Maynard Edwards’ favorite areas at Badin Lake is only 6 feet deep — if that.


A white buzzbait fished in the first hour of daylight can “call up” bass from Badin Lake’s deep water. The Badin bomber: an urban legend?
105 Views - Posted: July 15 at 7:00 am

Apparently some North Carolina lakes of considerable depth generate as many legendary tales as they do fish tales.


Chess moves to end large-mesh gill nets
180 Views - Posted: July 01 at 7:00 am

My 90-year-old father and 88-year-old mother require around-the-clock assisted care. Even with their retirement funds and Social Security, the family has been stunned at the pace their nest egg is dissolving. Now imagine such funds as North Carolina saltwater fisheries and commercial netting as the agent eating away those public-trust resources. So here we go.


Herbie Holmes of Snow Camp has a fight on his hands as he battles a big flounder at an artificial reef off Carolina Beach under the watchful eye of guide Wes Barsbour. Carolina Beach anglers should prepare for a summer slam
827 Views - Posted: July 01 at 7:00 am

The image, burned into the memory of a 9-year-old boy, hasn’t faded. How do you erase the sight of a man walking along the shoreline, a cane pole in one hand and across his shoulder a stringer of flounder, each as wide as his back?


When guide Maynard Edwards wants to target big bass during the summer, Badin Lake is his first choice. Badin’s burning bass bite - Cooler, clearer, deeper water makes Badin Lake a top summer bass-fishing destination
396 Views - Posted: July 01 at 7:00 am

Every bass fisherman knows that in a large lake, impounded by a dam, the most-active bite usually occurs when water moves through a dam.


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