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State record pigfish caught out of Cape Lookout

Pigfish aren't a species that immediately brings visions of deeply bent rods and screaming reels, but there are N.C. state and IGFA world records and Jason Edwards' May 23rd catch has been approved for one and is pending for the other. Edwards' pigfish weighed 2 pounds and 12 ounces which bested the former N.C. state record by a half pound.

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July 22 at 11:14 am
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Live bait and artificials can be equally effective when targeting Harkers Island flounder

Flounder can sometimes be very picky and will only exert themselves to eat a certain bait, while at other times they seem ready to pounce on just about anything they see. 

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July 15 at 7:00 am
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Learn to fish the right stage of the tide for flounder around Harkers Island

In many seminars at outdoor shows, the leader will often talk about “fishing the tide.” This is a reference to fishing what is considered the best part of the tide cycle as long as is possible.

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July 15 at 7:00 am
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Fillet and donate is great

Fishermen concerned with the quality of the data used by N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries biologists to monitor fish stocks have been given a way to put their money where their mouths are — and there’s really no money required.

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July 05 at 9:00 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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July 01 at 7:00 am
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Hit Cape Fear this month for a shot at sailfish

All billfish are special, but sailfish are the ones most likely to be encountered by fishermen other than those specifically seeking billfish. One of the best locations to catch sailfish north of Florida is in the waters around Cape Fear. Unlike blue and white marlin, sailfish readily abandon the Gulf Stream and move inshore following baitfish once the water warms above 70 degrees. 

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June 28 at 3:21 pm
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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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