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Bass pro Dustin Wilks said he tries to get a bedding bass agitated before he can really try to catch it. Spawning bass: Make her mad, then catch her
1112 Views - Posted: April 22 at 7:00 pm

Largemouth bass in lakes across North Carolina will begin spawning very shortly, if they already aren’t. And that marks a period that can be frustrating for fishermen because bass aren’t interested in eating. But former bass pro Dustin Wilks of Rocky Mount knows what it takes to get bedding bass to strike.

A bill in the N.C. House of Representatives would address ways to attract youths under 16 to outdoors activities, as well as allow Sunday hunting and change several hunting regulations. Bill in N.C. House would have wide-ranging effects on hunting in state
4671 Views - Posted: April 16 at 7:04 am

Rep. Jimmy Dixon (R-Duplin/Wayne) has introduced a bill that could change and add to responsibilities of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission.

Anglers try the spawning flat in Bush Creek for Jordan Lake crappies. Slabs in all three Raleigh-Durham area reservoirs are moving into and out of the shallows.
Crappie spawning in waves on Raleigh-Durham area's three big lakes
819 Views - Posted: April 15 at 4:53 pm

It began as a trickle four weeks ago, but now the crappie spawn is coming in waves each day at the Raleigh-Durham area’s top big reservoirs: Jordan, Falls of the Neuse and Shearon Harris.

Kayaks are great fishing platforms for anglers floating small- to medium-sized rivers like the Dan. Kayak fishing perfect fit for Dan River smallies
225 Views - Posted: April 15 at 7:00 am

Guide Kyle Hoover often takes fishermen on smallmouth bass float trips down the Dan River in a canoe, but he believes kayaks are the wave of the future for stream fishing.†

Knowing how to paddle properly is a necessity to traverse potential trouble spots when floating down a smallmouth river like the Dan. Different strokes for different folks
74 Views - Posted: April 15 at 7:00 am

One aspect of floating a stream such as the Dan River in a canoe or kayak is guiding the watercraft to avoid pitfalls.

King Mackerel Kings vs. Spanish: Whatís the difference? Why you should care?
90 Views - Posted: April 15 at 7:00 am

Every year, a few fishermen get into trouble because they can’t tell the difference between Spanish mackerel and small, spring kings.

Matt Nelson of Charlotte admires a 9-pound Spanish mackerel he caught on live bait last spring. Spanish mackerel can be delicious
119 Views - Posted: April 15 at 7:00 am

Some people don’t like the taste of mackerel, probably because they’ve only eaten king mackerel.

A bill in the state senate would allow gun hunting on Sundays, if it's passed through both houses of the legislature. Bill to allow gun hunting on Sundays is introduced in state senate
4323 Views - Posted: April 13 at 11:15 am

Sen. E.S. "Buck" Newton, a Republican who represents Johnston, Nash and Wilson Counties, has filed a bill in the state senate that would allow gun hunting on Sundays on private property and possibly on public lands.

A Trilene knot will work for stripers and big catfish, but only with certain line tests. Know your knots and tie them correctly before targeting big cats, stripers
880 Views - Posted: April 09 at 6:43 am

With spring here and summer approaching, more and more anglers will be targeting stripers and magnum-size catfish in North Carolina’s rivers and lakes, and an important part of landing big fish without fear of losing them is understanding the best knots and line strengths and how those two factors are related. Few things in fishing are more frustrating than battling a big-shouldered fish, only to lose it when a knot falls apart.

Crappie are being caught in 10 to 15 feet of water in Hyco Lake by fishermen tightlining live minnows. Hyco fishing is behind schedule, but crappie are starting to break out
559 Views - Posted: April 01 at 3:19 pm

It’s been a long winter and cold spring, putting fishing behind on most Piedmont lakes, but at Hyco Lake, crappie fishing is finally catching up.

When water temperatures reach moderate during April, smallmouth bass action will crank up on the Dan River. Donít diss the Dan
65 Views - Posted: April 01 at 7:00 am

Mention the Dan River, and most residents of North Carolina immediately think of Duke Energy’s coal-ash spill near Eden in February 2014. That accidental discharge into the river made and continues to make headlines, and because of the dangerous elements and compounds that wound up in the Dan, many people believe the entire river is contaminated.

April opens Spanish mackerel season along the southeastern North Carolina coast, an event thatís not to be missed. The Spanish Armada - North Carolinaís Spanish (mackerel) armada will show up off the beaches of Brunswick County this month
118 Views - Posted: April 01 at 7:00 am

Spring saltwater fishing along North Carolina’s southeastern coast begins in April when the water temperature warms enough to draw Spanish mackerel up from Florida where they spend the winter. It also helps that the baitfish that headline their menu also return.