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Natural resources lose again in D.C.
45 Views - Posted: Yesterday at 9:00 am

When you mix politics with decision-making concerning the management of natural resources, it’s a lose-lose proposition. Both major political parties have awful track records.


The N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission has voted to close a loophole that allowed commercial netters to sell more than their daily allotment of State closes loophole that allowed netters to sell over their limit of drum
527 Views - Posted: August 29 at 12:57 pm

The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries took a major step Thursday toward curtailing the sale of over-limit red drum by commercial netters when Executive Director Louis Daniel issued a proclamation that takes effect Sept. 1 when the 2014-15 netting season opens. The proclamation said the daily amount of “by-catch” red drum that can be sold will drop from 10 to seven fish, and  netters must sell their reds at the same time and place as they sell targeted species such as bluefish, flounder, mullet and spotted seatrout.


Sometimes, a Light Texas rigs are the ticket for bass at Randleman
362 Views - Posted: August 26 at 8:19 am

When the weather turns sultry, it’s critical to know which terminal tackle will get the best results when bass fishing on big reservoirs. This year, according to guide Joel Richardson of Kernersville, go light. The relatively cool summer has put a new twist on the accepted heavy-weight approach to bass fishing in deep water.


Guide Jeffrey Thomas has had a productive August catching schooling bass on top at Shearon Harris Lake, and catching an occasional big fish on a jig in deep water. Consistent topwater bass bite has been good at Shearon Harris
415 Views - Posted: August 24 at 9:35 pm

The lake with the most-consistent largemouth bass bite in the Raleigh-Durham area should be no surprise – Shearon Harris Lake.


Jordan Lake is once again producing some bragging-sized crappie after a 2011 fish kill. Stick to New Hope Creek channel for Jordan Lake crappie
547 Views - Posted: August 22 at 12:42 pm

One angler who doesn’t need any convincing that Jordan Lake’s crappie fishery has returned to prominence is Freddie Sinclair, a guide from Clayton. He said slabs have recovered nicely from the 2011 fish kill and are biting along the main New Hope Creek channel in deeper water. 


Wildlife officer Michael Paxinos spends plenty of his off-duty time targeting flathead catfish in the Neuse River. This is his biggest, at 57 1/2-pounder. Try the Neuse River for huge flathead catfish
1344 Views - Posted: August 12 at 12:53 pm

Want to beat the heat this summer and have a chance to catch a potential record fish? First, load a skiff with plenty of lighting equipment for after-dark fishing, a couple of cinder-block anchors, eight or nine heavy baitcasting outfits spooled with 50-pound monofilmament, some Carolina and Santee rigs and about 30 eating-sized bluegills in the livewell, plus insect repellant. Then trailer it to the Neuse River in Wayne, Lenoir or Craven counties where the giant flathead catfish live.


Guide Joel Richardson uses sections of surgical tubing to bind together all of his hooks by size and style, so they're less likely to get jumbled in his tackle box. A slice of surgical tubing can keep hooks all in line
664 Views - Posted: August 09 at 6:16 pm

If you’re like many anglers, you have scads of hooks for different types of fishing because our finny targets have variable-size mouths. They’re usually stored in different compartments in tackle boxes, and it’s likely that a good bump going down the road or down the lake will shake things up, leaving hooks in a big tangle the next time you need one particular size and style. That’s where guide Joel Richardson and a length of surgical tubing come into play.


Fishermen at Roanoke Rapids Lake have been catching plenty of nice stripers like this one in the tailrace below Gaston Dam. Tailrace fishing great for stripers on Roanoke Rapids Lake
671 Views - Posted: August 06 at 12:34 pm

A problem for striper fishermen during the summer is that on large reservoirs, you often spend lots of time finding bait, then finding fish. But guide Tim Biesecker hasn’t had that problem on Roanoke Rapids Lake, where he has found the bait and fish concentrated.


The N.C. Wildlife Federation has received a $25,000 grant to help children learn to appreciate outdoors experiences. N.C. Wildlife Federation gets grant to help children explore nature
1063 Views - Posted: August 04 at 5:42 pm

The N.C. Wildlife Federation has learned that it’s been chosen to receive a $25,000 grant from The North Face Co. to help educate children about nature and the outdoors world.

 


Does love of money put wildlife at risk?
219 Views - Posted: August 01 at 9:00 am

On a long-ago hunt with my dad, I saw my first framed $1 bill in a Caswell County country store. Above the bill was written: “In God we trust. All others pay cash.”


Fishermen on the French Broad River have been catching plenty of smallmouth bass this summer, including a few like this trophy. French Broad smallmouth fishing producing good numbers
632 Views - Posted: August 01 at 7:34 am

Where can anglers find all-day action in a comfortable setting in North Carolina, pass through wonderful scenery and make frequent stops to enjoy a cooling dip? Try the French Broad River as it flows from Asheville toward the Tennessee border.


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
1251 Views - Posted: August 01 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.


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