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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
64 Views - Posted: 5 hours ago

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
1104 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
526 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
514 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
844 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?
175 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
545 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
1048 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.


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
560 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
907 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
837 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
1119 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.”


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