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Robert Mixon and Matt Stanley weighed in a limit that was almost 30 pounds at High Rock, where a drawdown has concentrated fish in the backs of creeks. Has High Rock drawdown created a perfect bass-fishing storm?
1654 Views - Posted: October 21 at 7:39 am

Two fishermen who blistered High Rock Lake’s bass earlier this month credit the drawdown for what has been a great bite over the past several weeks.


Hand-carved crankbaits are individually made and have individual characteristics that veteran fishermen will appreciate. Learn the basics before you invest heavily in hand-carved crankbaits
901 Views - Posted: October 01 at 6:55 pm

Fishermen should be as demanding as professional baseball players in choosing their lumber for their sport. Baseball bats must meet certain standards; wooden baits should reflect skilled labor, especially at anywhere from $15 to $25 per bait. Getting your money’s worth from hand-carved baits involves selecting the right wood and scrutinizing its components.


Black mat algae, lynbya, aka Black mat algae has taken over Tuckertown Lake. Is Shearon Harris next?
1498 Views - Posted: September 05 at 1:37 pm

A threatening black menace continues to encroach upon the fisheries at Tuckertown and Shearon Harris lakes. The moss-like growth cloaks shoreline cover, leaves floating deposits of itself, and stinks up the place.


H. R. White took advantage of the return of a deep bite in High Rock's Flat Swamp Creek. Surprise! Cooler weather returns bass to deep water at High Rock
1035 Views - Posted: August 21 at 7:04 am

Throughout a sizzling July, the offshore bite for bass at High Rock Lake was almost non-existent, much to the chagrin of crankbait and Carolina-rig fishermen, as fish snuggled tight to the piers in less than 5 feet of water, hitting jigs and plastics flipped their way. Then along came August and surprisingly cooler temperatures and the unexpected happened. The offshore bite reappeared, catching most fishermen by surprise.


A replica of a dead vulture hangs upside down from a gazebo at the Flat Creek boat-access on Tuckertown Lake, hopefully to convince its live brethren to keep away from tow vehicles parked there Commission goes with unusual solution to vulture problem at boat ramp
2224 Views - Posted: July 24 at 7:43 am

Fishermen using the Flat Creek boat-access area at Tuckertown Lake might just do a double-take upon their arrival. At the entrance there’s a newly constructed gazebo with a replica of a vulture hanging upside down from one of its wooden appendages. At the ramp, a single pole holds another artificial effigy of a vulture dangling upside down.


Guide Joel Munday shows off the kind of quality largemouth bass that Falls of Neuse Lake is capable of producing. Falls Lake supports excellent bass fishery
273 Views - Posted: July 15 at 7:00 am

Electroshocking samples of Falls of the Neuse conducted in 2009, 2011 and 2013 indicate the lake has a balanced bass fishery with an appropriate mix of age classes, including an ample number of trophy bass.


Fishermen make more than a half-million trips to Falls of Neuse Lake in any given year ó many of them for largemouth bass. Economic clout of Falls of the Neuse
227 Views - Posted: July 15 at 7:00 am

When Falls of the Neuse was completed in 1981, the 28-mile long reservoir not only provided drinking water for surrounding communities, aided with flood control and created wildlife habitat, it also offered outdoor recreational opportunities, including fishing, that had a significant economic impact upon the area.


It's not always what's around a pier that makes it a fish magnet, but where it's located. Magic piers? The key is location, location, location
1420 Views - Posted: July 03 at 10:40 am

Each year, Mr. Y sweetens his pier like a professional gardener. He strategically sinks around it brush treated with fish attractants, thins the brush out to limit snags, and leaves pockets within the vegetation to dunk his minnows and jigs. He’s rewarded with a scant number of puny crappie. Less than 50 yards away, his neighbor, Mr. Z waddles down to his pier, plunks his posterior in an easy chair and catches crappie after crappie. Mr. Y shakes his head and wonders why.


Donít worry about going out on a ledge; thatís where you catch summer bass at Falls of Neuse Lake. Out on a ledge - Head offshore for great summer bass fishing at Falls of Neuse Lake
616 Views - Posted: July 01 at 7:00 am

When the largemouth bass spawn is complete and the shallow bite fades at †Falls of the Neuse Lake, guide Joel Munday goes out on a ledge.


Todd Harris of Clemmons won the BFL tournament on High Rock this past Sunday by fishing his best docks later in the day. Clemmons angler rings dinner bell for High Rock bass
1025 Views - Posted: June 24 at 6:57 am

Todd Harris of Clemmons took advantage of the “dinner bell bite” to win the June 21 Bass Fishing League Piedmont Division tournament at High Rock Lake.


Guide Jerry Hill of Lexington caught an 8-fish limit of striped bass on High Rock Lake this past Saturday that averaged better than 10 pounds per fish, anchored by this 11.3-pound fish. Lexington guide exults in tremendous High Rock striper catch
1079 Views - Posted: May 29 at 11:02 am

Guide Jerry Hill of Lexington had an unforgettable Memorial Day weekend at High Rock Lake. On Saturday, Hill caught eight stripers totaling 81.4 pounds, with individual weights of 11.3, 11.2, 10.6, 10.6, 10.4, 9.4, 9.3 and 8.6 pounds.


Knocking on wood has been the ticket to good bass fishing at High Rock
1095 Views - Posted: May 19 at 12:01 pm

For the past two weeks, bass fishermen have had success at High Rock Lake by knocking on wood. Tree laps, tree roots, log jams, stumps and bushes have been yielding quality largemouths to anglers who prefer not to sight-fish for bedding bass as the spawn wraps up.


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