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Topwater fishing for reds has been excellent in the Cape Fear River between Carolina Beach and Bald Head Island Topwater redfish bite has been great in lower Cape Fear River
448 Views - Posted: August 27 at 6:17 am

Capt. Rennie Clark of Carolina Beach said that topwater action on redfish and speckled trout has been good in the Cape Fear River between Carolina Beach and Bald Head Island, surprisingly so considering what the river looks like – dirty with runoff after a wet summer.

Wahoo fishing off Morehead City usually picks up in the fall, but it's August and charterboats are starting to bring in catches of multiple 'hoos in day's trip. Good fall wahoo fishing has begun off Cape Lookout earlier than usual
380 Views - Posted: August 23 at 7:22 pm

The fall wahoo fishing off Atlantic Beach has gotten off to an early start, according to Capt. Mike Webb of Pelagic Sportfishing, who isn’t sure what has caused this good fortune be said the cooler-than-usual summer probably fits into the mix.

A soft-plastic imitation shrimp needs to be rigged with the eye of the hook protruding from the shrimp's tail to present a natural action when worked in front of a trout. Turn that hook around and fish that plastic shrimp more naturally
1144 Views - Posted: August 20 at 7:05 am

Guide Noak Lynk of Harkers Islands has noticed for a while that rigs that use soft-plastic, artificial shrimp, don’t exactly match what nature presents.

The Pamlico Sound is home to two of North Carolina’s three major flounder species: southern and summer. Two out of three is okay
218 Views - Posted: August 15 at 7:00 am

Fishermen catch three species of flounder in North Carolina waters, and the larger two are found in Pamlico Sound.

Capt. Mitchell Blake releases a flounder that didn’t quite make the state’s 15-inch size minimum back into the waters of Pamlico Sound. Pamlico Sound particulars
103 Views - Posted: August 15 at 7:00 am

Pamlico Sound is a unique body of water, the largest sound on the east coast. Its water varies from brackish on the western end to full salt on the eastern edge.

T.J. Farrington, 13, of High Point, decked this 42-pound, 10-ounce king mackerel on Oak Island Pier last week. High Point teen decks trophy king mackerel at Oak Island Pier
2726 Views - Posted: August 14 at 11:28 am

There’s little doubt that 13-year-old T.J. Farrington of High Point will remember the first king mackerel of his pier-fishing career – because it was a real smoker. Farrington decked a 42-pound, 10-ounce king on the Oak Island Pier last week, the biggest from the pier this year and the biggest in several years.

Big flounder have been regular visitors to fishermen's creels in the Wrightsville Beach area. Big flounder making plenty of waves in Wrightsville Beach area
1294 Views - Posted: August 11 at 4:43 pm

Tex Grissom of Tex’s Tackle in Wilmington said the fishing is pretty good around Wrightsville Beach from the backwaters to the Gulf Stream, but flounder fishing has been especially good, especially for big fish.

Gov. Pat McCrory signed the state budget bill on Thursday, ending wrangling over several key wildlife and fisheries issues, including the management of captive deer. Sportsman are winners in budget bill signed Thursday
1640 Views - Posted: August 08 at 7:23 pm

The budget bill passed by the state legislature and signed into law by Gov. Pat McCrory on Thursday included a few victories for sportsmen and fishermen in confrontations between the N.C. House and N.C. Senate, both controlled by Republicans.

Red drum are affected by high water temperatures during the summer; they will try to conserve energy whenever possible. Go slow, go small
157 Views - Posted: August 08 at 9:00 am

Sort of like the Christmas song, but in a totally different way, “The weather outside is frightful.” Yes, it is, but unlike the snow and freezing temperatures in the song’s lyrics, the current weather is hot and humid. Welcome to the dog days of summer, when we typically have the year’s hottest temperatures. To add to out discomfort, the air is so moist and thick you feel like you can cut it, and anything left outside is covered with dew. The humid part affects humans and any other animals that have to breathe the hot, heavy air, but the hot part affects everything, including the fish.

Two commercial fishing groups have filed suit against a handful of federal and state agencies, saying they're unfairly bearing the brunt of Endangered Species Act restrictions concerning sea turtles, and that hook-and-line recreational fishermen are not being restricted in any fashion. Commercial fishermen file suit, take aim at agencies over sea turtles
1357 Views - Posted: August 07 at 1:21 pm

The North Carolina Fisheries Association  and the Carteret County Fisherman’s Association filed suit in Raleigh on Aug. 5 against several state and federal agencies, citing violations of the Endangered Species Act in regards to protecting sea turtles. This action followed a March 5 letter notifying the agencies they were planning to initiate the suit.   

Bottom-fishing trips out of Southport are producing many different species. Bottom-fishing already good out of Southport; could weather make it better?
879 Views - Posted: August 06 at 9:30 pm

Capt. Butch Foster of Yeah Right Charters in Southport said if the weather would just cooperate for a while, the fishing around Southport would be excellent – and the bottom-fishing is pretty good as it is. 

Jim Knight (center) was accompanied by his grandson and daughter when he was honored in late July by having an artificial reef named for him. Newest artificial reef will carry name of Knight, reef promoter
850 Views - Posted: August 05 at 11:22 am

AR 430, the newest artificial reefs constructed by the Long Bay Artificial Reef Association in conjunction with the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries, was dedicated two weeks ago as the Jim Knight Reef.


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