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Speckled trout have really been biting in the waters around Wrightsville Beach, with a lot of citation-sized fish being caught. Speckled trout fishing going great guns in Wrightsville Beach area
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Tex Grissom at Tex’s Tackle and Bait in Wilmington said fishing for speckled trout has really been good around Wrightsville Beach and might even be getting a little better, with fishermen catching a lot of specks pushing 5 pounds or better.  


Guide Noah Lynk of Harkers Island celebrated his birthday last Sunday by catching this 9-pound, Cape Lookout speckled trout. Harkers Island guide celebrates birthday with 9-pound, Cape Lookout speck
1042 Views - Posted: November 25 at 11:11 am

Capt. Noah Lynk of Harkers Island spent a special birthday on the water this past Sunday, Nov. 23, taking off to go fun-fishing for a few hours and winding up with the best present of all, a speckled trout that weighed 9 pounds.


Dates for the recreational season for black sea bass will change on Dec. 8 to be closer to the vermilion snapper season. Regulations changed on AJs, black sea bass in South Atlantic
411 Views - Posted: November 24 at 7:58 pm

Anglers who target several popular species of bottomfish will see a few changes that become effective on Dec. 8 after a federal fisheries management board changed when the annual season begins and several other harvest details. The changes were published in the Federal Register on Nov. 7. 


Big gray trout are biting around Cape Lookout and Shackleford Banks in very good numbers. Gray trout, red drum and bluefish have been a Cape Lookout angler's buffet
479 Views - Posted: November 20 at 4:48 pm

Capt. Noah Lynk of Noah’s Ark Charters in Harkers Island said the cold weather hasn’t slowed the great fishing around Cape Lookout, where gray trout, red drum and bluefish have been feeding. The hot spots have been the area between the point at the hook and the cape, plus down Shackleford Banks toward Beaufort Inlet.


Rennie and Shannon Clark have been successful fishing redfish tournament trails around the Carolinas. Want to fish a tournament? Choose your poison
105 Views - Posted: November 15 at 6:00 am

A handful of redfish tournament trails serve North Carolina fishermen. 


Rennie Clark custom paints and changes out the hooks and split rings on many of his topwater baits. Customizing lures for redfish
141 Views - Posted: November 15 at 6:00 am

Rennie Clark likes to customize fishing lures for his guide trips and tournaments. He often changes hooks and split rings and if he gets caught up or has a day-off, he’ll change colors, too. His favorite lures to customize are the Skitterwalk series of topwater baits from Rapala.


With a daily creel limit of one fish, catch-and-release is a staple for anglers targeting redfish in North Carolina. Red drum specifics
108 Views - Posted: November 15 at 6:00 am

Red drum, sciaenops ocellatus, are also called redfish, puppy drum, spot-tail bass, channel bass and spot-tail drum. They are long-lived fish that reach sexual maturity slowly and are one of the few fish that fishery managers allow to be harvested before reaching reproductive size, which is roughly 28 to 32 inches. 


Guide Richard Andrews of Bath said stripers are really biting in the Tar and Pamlico rivers. Stripers and specks in productive late-fall patterns in Pamlico, Tar rivers
908 Views - Posted: November 12 at 6:56 am

Richard Andrews of Tar-Pam Guide Service in Bath said fish in the Pamlico River have settled into late fall-early winter patterns, with speckled trout and stripers the primary catches, but some redfish and a few late flounder being caught also.    


Roger Brown of Cape Carteret caught this 82-pound black drum on a trout rig last Wednesday off the Bogue Inlet Pier. Cape Carteret man decks 82-pound black drum at Bogue Inlet Pier
6098 Views - Posted: November 10 at 8:41 pm

Roger Brown of Cape Carteret is a regular at Bogue Inlet Pier and catches a lot of big fish there. However, even he was surprised when he landed an 82-pound black drum on the morning of Nov. 6.


Gamefish such as black drum are often found along windy banks because the wind creates current that pushes bait into those areas. Learn to ride the wind
192 Views - Posted: November 09 at 9:00 am

North Carolina’s coast is windy; unless you have been living in a vacuum, you should know that. Some days it is merely a light breeze, and some days it is much more. Along the coast, the sun heats the land and creates sea breezes most afternoons from late spring to late fall. This has always happened and always will.


The Atlantic Beach area is on fire with the season's best speckled trout bite. Best trout bite of year hits Atlantic Beach area waters
1440 Views - Posted: November 07 at 7:09 am

Fishing for speckled trout in inshore waters and the surf around Atlantic Beach, Morehead City and Beaufort is about as it gets, according to Capt. Matt Lamb of Chasin’ Tails Outdoors.


Thomas Craddock's 12-pound, 14-ounce flounder hit a 3-inch Gulp! shrimp fished off a dock along the ICW on Oak Island. ICW at Oak Island produces another humongous flounder
6646 Views - Posted: November 04 at 2:32 pm

Tommy Craddock of Oak Island looked at Oct. 30 like he does many other days. He had a little work to do and hoped to go fishing. The focus of his day changed, however, when he hooked into a 12-pound, 14-ounce flounder.


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