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Judge issues temporary restraining order in flounder closure lawsuit

A Carteret County judge on Wednesday imposed a temporary restraining order on the N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission’s decision to end flounder fishing on Oct. 16 for the remainder of 2016, in response to a lawsuit filed Sept. 23 by the N.C. Fisheries Association, Carteret County Fisherman’s association, and Carteret, Dare and Hyde counties.

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Seine Masonboro Inlet’s jetties for specks

The jetties at Masonboro Inlet are oddities along the North Carolina coast, where most inlets aren’t lined with the stone structures.

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September 15 at 7:00 am
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Speckled trout biology

Spotted seatrout, aka speckled trout, are members of the sciaenidae family, which includes drums, croakers and weakfish. They are prized as gamefish by recreational anglers throughout their range, from the Chesapeake Bay to Laguna Madre in south Texas, and have been occasionally caught as far north as New York and as far south as Mexico.

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September 15 at 7:00 am
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Dethrone a king - Fall is a great time to do battle with a powerful king mackerel

Fall king mackerel fishing along the North Carolina coast is on a par with anywhere. Between the Virginia and South Carolina state lines, there are plenty of fishermen chasing kings every day the weather allows, and there are king mackerel tournaments every weekend, sometimes several.

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September 08 at 2:21 pm
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Flounder Parmesan rules

I’ve said this several times, but it bears repeating — September is the toughest month of the year to decide on a recipe. That really shouldn’t be a surprise though; fall begins in September, and with it there are all kinds of hunting and fishing opportunities for sportsmen in the Carolinas.

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September 08 at 9:00 am
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Tide to fall specks - Run the tide for North Carolina speckled trout

As he slowly motored away from the dock, guide Jot Owens laid out his game plan. Speckled trout are affected greatly by the tide, he said, and he wanted to work with it at several locations, explaining that shrimp and baitfish move up small creeks into the marsh when the tide is high, then move back out to larger creeks as it falls.

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September 01 at 7:00 am
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Cape Fear is flatfish capital this month

It isn’t a secret that North Carolina’s lower Cape Fear River is a good place to catch flounder. The area produces great numbers of flounder and plenty of big fish; the 20-pound, 8-ounce state-record was caught there in 1980. 

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August 30 at 8:41 am
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For flounder baits, pick your own poison

What is the best flounder bait? At the risk of sounding obnoxious, it’s what the flounder want to eat that day. The popularity nod goes to live baits, but artificials often produce well, too.

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August 15 at 7:00 am
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