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Valdese angler catches new skipjack tuna state record

Tim Street of Valdese took his first offshore fishing trip on May 24, hoping to catch some dolphin and tuna — which he did. He didn’t think he’d return to the docks with a 32.5-pound skipjack tuna that has been certified as the new state record for that species.

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June 21 at 4:53 pm
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Benson teen topples blue cat record

Last Saturday began like many others for 15-year-old Landon Evans of Benson, but it became special that evening when he caught a 117.5-pound blue catfish that is the biggest ever taken from Lake Gaston, the biggest ever caught in North Carolina waters, and possibly a line-class world record and junior angler world record.

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June 16 at 11:58 am
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Hidden gem flounder - Run the tide for Harkers Island flounder in July

Noah Lynk was headed to the Cape Lookout rock jetty one morning when a higher-than-expected tide caused him to change his plans and stay inshore.

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June 16 at 9:00 am
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Southport minister catches huge Cape Fear flounder

Before he received his calling to the pulpit, pastor David Mammay of Southport was one of the premiere inshore-nearshore guides around Southport, and it appears that he hasn't lost his touch, as evidenced by a 13.02-pound flounder he caught on June 14 in the Cape Fear River.

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June 15 at 9:50 pm
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Cape Fear, Snow’s Cut are great flounder habitat

The waters of the lower Cape Fear River and Snow’s Cut have long been known as great places to catch flounder — and large flounder, too. The 20-pound, state-record flounder was caught there in 1980, and though flounder fishing in this area isn’t as good as it once was, it is still the primary location for fishermen trying to catch a flounder 10 pounds or heavier.

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June 15 at 7:00 am
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Slow down and fish small

Have you had one of those days when you could see fish feeding but couldn’t get them to bite anything? If you answered “No,” please call me to go fishing; I want to know what you’re using. For the rest of us, I’m going to offer a few ideas that have worked in the past.

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June 05 at 9:00 am
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River-run flatfish - Flounder fishing takes off in June in the lower Cape Fear River

When Amanda King arrived in Wilmington a while back to attend college, she knew the Cape Fear coast was a special place and that she would probably be staying. She wound up working at the N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher running their surf-fishing seminars and similar projects, and doubling as a fishing guide who specializes in leading ladies and kids on trips exploring the Cape Fear River downstream from Wilmington to Southport from her Carolina Beach home.

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June 01 at 7:00 am
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Last-minute agenda change allows public comments on tonight's DMF meeting

The Joint Law Enforcement Agreement Advisory Group has been scheduled to meet June 1 at 5:00 P.M. at the Craven County Agricultural Center in New Bern for several weeks. In a press release e-mailed to media outlets and those on the Division of Marine Fisheries/Marine Fisheries Commission contact list on the afternoon of May 31, the Division of Marine Fisheries announced the agenda had been changed to allow public comment at the meeting. This was a surprise and hopefully those wanting to speak will be able to change their schedules at the late notice.

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May 31 at 10:57 pm
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