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Jeff Manning's 82-pound blue catfish, caught Jan. 24, is the unofficial lake record for the species from Lake Wylie. Gastonia angler lands unofficial lake record blue catfish from Lake Wylie  Video Included
3747 Views - Posted: January 27 at 6:37 am

What started out as a trip to the lake to test his outboard motor after some routine maintenance ended up being the fishing trip of a lifetime for Gastonia, N.C., angler Jeff Manning when he hauled an 82-pound blue catfish into his boat on Saturday, Jan. 24, that is believed to be the biggest ever taken at Lake Wylie on the North Carolina-South Carolina border.


Gracen Melhorn, 8, from Cramerton, caught this 60-pound, 9-ounce blue catfish on New Year's Day. He and his father were fishing South Carolina's Lake Wateree. Cramerton youngster decks huge blue catfish on New Year's Day trip
1149 Views - Posted: January 06 at 7:38 am

An “horrible day of fishing” is how Dieter Melhorn of Cramerton described a New Year’s Day catfishing trip to South Carolina’s Lake Wateree. During the outing, he and his 8-year-old son, Gracen, only got six bites. Fortunately for the Gracen Melhorn, one of those bites was from a blue catfish that tipped the scales at 60 pounds, 9 ounces.


Guide James McManus trolls for walleye and several other species during the fall. Trolling is key fall tactic on Fontana Lake for a variety of species  Video Included
1100 Views - Posted: October 03, 2014 at 10:04 am

In a few weeks, the mountains of western North Carolina will be crawling with leaf watchers who will look up at the beauty and most likely miss the action going on down below at Lake Fontana. Guide James McManus of 153 Charters Fishing spends most of the fall trolling the depths of Fontana and tempting a number of species.


A big circle hook and a length of heavy, monofilament leader are standard on shark rigs used by kayak fishermen. Rigging for sharks
505 Views - Posted: July 15, 2014 at 7:00 am

Brad Knight has a pretty standard setup for rigging for sharks when fishing from his kayak. It works, and it’s strong — strong enough that he boated a 140-pound class tarpon three years ago while fishing for sharks.


Kayak-bound fishermen can yak it up with sharks anytime and almost anywhere. Anglers fishing from kayaks can battle some awfully big sharks if they pay attention to detail
1344 Views - Posted: July 01, 2014 at 7:00 am

In the movie “Jaws,” Capt. Quint takes on a 25-foot great white shark in his 55-foot boat, the “Orca,” and he loses.


A pedal-powered paddlecraft is not necessarily out of place in a rocky smallmouth river. Angler’s choice
272 Views - Posted: June 15, 2014 at 7:00 am

In the perpetual argument of pedal vs. paddle, one stronghold of the paddler’s camp was river fishing. Many fishermen believe that a pedal drive that hangs well below a kayak won’t fare well in rock-laden waters, especially where current makes boat control even more difficult.


North Carolina’s western rivers are great spots to catch smallmouth bass. Bronzeback connection - Kayaks and canoes can put fishermen on top of a lot of North Carolina river bronzebacks
903 Views - Posted: June 01, 2014 at 7:00 am

Staring intently at the swirl along a grass line, Michael Garet of Fleetwood deftly swept his fly line up at a sharp angle and laid a hairy popping bug three feet to the right of a boulder protruding from the bank of the New River. Two twitches later, the bug was inhaled from below, not with the soft slurp of a trout, but with an aggression that could only be attributed to a smallmouth bass.


Crappie fishermen who tight-line need special equipment — rods and rod-holder systems that will hold them. Tools of the tight-line trade
706 Views - Posted: March 15, 2014 at 8:00 am

Getting started tight-lining for crappie requires advanced preparation. Admittedly, that also means a moderate investment. The combination of gear and tackle makes a boat uniquely crappie-oriented, although most of the accessories can have multiple species applications.


Seven tips to better long-line trolling Seven tips to better long-line trolling
1221 Views - Posted: March 15, 2014 at 8:00 am

Like spider-rigging, having success in long-line trolling takes dedication in order to get a system that works for your boat and your setup. Try these seven tips will help you become a better long liner.

• Don’t stop. Unlike tight-lining, in long-lining, the speed of the boat determines the depth of the baits/lures. Stopping over underwater cover too long will cause you to lose your religion when every line hangs up at once.


Ed Duke of Concord is sure he’s one of the few fishermen in North Carolina who knows exactly how good the crappie fishing can be at Blewett Falls Lake. Unknown Slab Heaven - Blewett Falls Lake is North Carolina’s best unknown crappie fishery
1543 Views - Posted: March 01, 2014 at 7:00 am

It’s hard to believe that a major public reservoir with a fantastic fishery exists with hardly anyone knowing about it. In today’s world of high technology — sonar units practically detect fish at the push of a button, internet sites broadcast the day’s fishing results in an instant and a fisherman can pick up a cell phone and tell another one, “Hey, I’m on ’em” — no place is safe.

Some fishermen have never heard of Blewett Falls Reservoir, while others swear by it. Ed Duke of Concord believes that, on certain days, Blewett Falls is the best lake in the state for crappie, especially when slabs begin staging to enter the prespawn in late winter and early spring.


Donna Shaver killed this 153-inch, 10-point buck with a muzzleloader last Monday in Stanly County. Stanly County produces 150-inch, 10-point buck for New London woman
13412 Views - Posted: November 18, 2013 at 7:27 am

A New London woman celebrated Veteran’s Day in an unusual but exciting way by killing her best deer in more than 25 years, a 150-inch 10-pointer. 


Steve Strong’s breakaway anchor system can save the expense of purchasing expensive anchors and replacing them when they hang up on the bottom. Anchor trick
1079 Views - Posted: September 15, 2013 at 7:00 am

Veteran catfish tournament angler Steve Strong has lost count of the number of anchors he has sacrificed to the bottom. With rocks, logs and debris, good catfish waters are tough on anchors.


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