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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
918 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.


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
54 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.


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
79 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.


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
978 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
243 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
695 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
844 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
810 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.


Being bigger on the average than other species of sunfish, shellcrackers are extremely welcome guests at any fish fry. Recipes for redear sunfish
259 Views - Posted: May 15 at 8:00 am

Redear sunfish make heftier and tastier filets than other sunfish mostly because of their larger size. They can be fried and grilled in a number of ways. Here is one popular recipe from Capt. Ron’s Ocean Explorer:


Freshwater mussels of all sorts will attract shellcrackers, which can crack open the shells of the small clams with tooth-like grinders in their throats. The redear sunfish: natureís perfect nutcracker
237 Views - Posted: May 15 at 8:00 am

The redear sunfish, known scientifically as Lepomis microlophus and informally as bream, stumpknocker, cherry gill, rouge ear sunfish, Georgia bream and shellcracker, is a slab-sided fish with a red or orange edge along its ear flap, a characteristic that distinguishes it from other sunfish. The redear also lacks blue lines on its cheeks possessed by other sunfish.


Lake Tillery holds one of the best populations of shellcrackers of any large lake in North Carolina. Itís time to box up Lake Tilleryís ícrackers
432 Views - Posted: May 01 at 7:00 am

Rusty and Rosco Bowers of Albemarle got hooked on fishing during their high-school years, but not in the manner conceived by the tackle industry’s “Hooked on Fishing” program.


Fishermen aren't sure whether or not Tuckertown Lake's largemouth bass have spawned, but they know they're biting in the shallows. Tuckertown bass bite is still shallow, but spawning stage undetermined
752 Views - Posted: April 30 at 12:00 pm

Despite muddy water, the shallow-water bite on largemouth bass remains strong at Tuckertown Lake, with 20-pound stringers being the norm for winning wildcat weekly wildcat tournaments.


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