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Hen/jake decoy combo works on wary toms

Gil Cutchin of Occoneechee Hunting Lodge in Northhampton County, near Jackson N.C., has seen changes in turkey hunting tactics over the years, especially when it comes to using decoys.

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May 15 at 7:00 am
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Unhooking Spanish mackerel doesn’t have to come with a cut

Spanish mackerel are coated with a very slick slime and have razor-sharp teeth, which can be a dangerous combination. They are difficult to hold, and a single slip can put fingers in danger of a severe laceration. The slime may transmit germs or diseases to fishermen through open cuts, especially ones freshly made by a mackerel’s sharp teeth. The easier you can to handle and unhook Spanish the better and guide Rennie Clark, Jr., has a great trick.

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May 15 at 7:00 am
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Fishing for Spanish mackerel in North Carolina vs. South Carolina

Fishermen in North Carolina and South Carolina generally look for baitfish, structure and water flow when fishing for Spanish mackerel. The primary places to find concentrations of the small mackerel are around inlets, in close proximity to wrecks and artificial reefs, and harassing schools of bait around natural structure.

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May 15 at 7:00 am
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Leftover turkey has life with this recipe

Regular readers of this column know there is always one turkey recipe each spring to go with the turkey season. Only once before have I added a second turkey recipe, but I’m going to do it again. It’s a turkey pie, cooked in a cast-iron pan, that can be cooked in the oven or taken outside to the grill in the warming May weather. It makes a lot, too, so there will be plenty for lunches for a few days.

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May 08 at 9:00 am
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Start speaking Spanish, mackerel that is, in May off the Carolinas

One of the signs that spring has returned to the Carolinas is the arrival of Spanish mackerel in coastal waters. These little mackerel are targeted by fishermen from Hilton Head to Nags Head, and rightfully so. They are generally considered the tastier of the mackerel; they arrive in large schools; the limit is liberal; they are typically easy to find, and they are usually in a feeding mood. It doesn’t get much better.

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May 01 at 7:00 am
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Spring king mackerel run thrills N.C. fishermen

One of the high points of spring fishing is the annual run of king mackerel along North Carolina’s southern beaches. Kings migrate up the beach and take up residence for anywhere from a few days to a few weeks between the ends of fishing piers and nearshore artificial reefs. During exceptionally warm springs, it may begin in late April, but it has usually fired off by mid-May.

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April 26 at 10:58 am
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Rockingham County hunter bags 7-bearded gobbler

Stanley Farmer of Stoneville, N.C. was expecting to see a gobbler and probably get a shot when he headed to a series of connected food plots on a Rockingham County, N.C. farm shortly after lunch on April 17, but the long-time turkey hunter wasn't prepared for either the show he was treated to, or the trophy turkey with seven beards he bagged around 1:30 p.m.

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April 22 at 12:47 pm
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Match the hatch

Guides Lee Parsons and Mark Dickson emphasize choosing lures that are the same body shape, size and color of the dominant forage in an area. Several of the Catch 2000 lures, plus the 52M and MR, TT and MirrOmullet, have the general body shape as a mullet, and all topwater MirrOlures have mullet shapes. The different sizes allow matching the size of the mullet that trout, drum and other predators are eating.

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April 15 at 7:00 am
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