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N. Wilkesboro angler catches 70-pound catfish at Blewett Falls

When guide Robbie Burr of Wadesboro prepares for a catfish charter, he gives his clients the choice of filling their coolers with eating-size fish or spending the day chasing trophies, and that decision tells him where they’re fishing. While angling for magnum cats usually means a trip to to the Pee Dee River, his party got the best of both worlds on February 8th when client Craig Bennett of North Wilkesboro caught and released an unexpected 70-pound blue catfish in Burr’s fish fry honey hole, Blewett Falls Lake.

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Tight-line for tough Badin Lake crappie

“l’ll do whatever I need to do to catch crappie in winter,” said guide Maynard Edwards, and if January turns off bitter cold, that might just mean chasing them all the way to the bottom of Badin Lake. 

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January 15 at 7:00 am
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In January, think cold for long-lining Badin Lake crappie

Although long-line trolling is the goal when suspended crappie are the target, it is always possible that a mild December or a series of warm fronts could cause crappie to hang up in the deep brush they’ve been calling home rather than transitioning to open water. 

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January 15 at 7:00 am
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Thaw out Badin slabs - Cold weather doesn’t stop hot crappie fishing on North Carolina’s Badin Lake this month

To say that a January morning is brisk can be an understatement, but with any luck,  the frost will give way to sunshine and biting fish. At Badin Lake on the Yadkin River chain, hungry and healthy crappie will most likely be holding tight to baitfish schools, hovering over deep-water creeks and coves, where long-line trolling a dragnet of jigs is the most efficient way to fill your 20-fish limit.  

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January 01 at 7:00 am
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Angler sets new North Carolina blue catfish record with 105-pounder from Lake Gaston

Lightning doesn’t strike the same place twice? You can bet guide Zakk Royce of Murfreesboro won’t be making that wager any time soon. After catching a 91-pound blue catfish at Lake Gaston on Sunday, Dec. 20 — a fish that stood to break the state record by 2 pounds — he bested himself by shattering that record the next day with another blue that weighed 105 pounds and measured 55 ¾ inches.

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December 21, 2015 at 11:40 pm
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Rutherford County hunter kills trophy 151 1/4-inch, 18-pointer

We’ve all been there. You’re super excited about the next day’s hunt and for whatever reason, you oversleep. The story behind Jeffrey Burgess II’s Rutherford County buck that he took on Dec. 5 testifies that late is certainly better than never, because this 151 ¼- inch, 18-point was a late morning mover.

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December 18, 2015 at 11:08 am
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Indian Trail teen hunter bags trophy, 138 1/4-inch buck

When you’re 17 years old and have already bagged five bucks scoring better than 120 inches, it takes a lot to get excited. But the afternoon of Dec. 3, Noah Hill of Indian Trail felt that fever when he laid eyes on a Union County 10-point buck walking toward him on a trail. While the buck green-scored 138 ¼ inches, he almost made it a double. 

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December 16, 2015 at 8:55 am
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The importance of Astro tables when fishing

Astro or solunar tables are published in a lot of outdoor periodicals, but they are often skipped or skimmed as if they were akin to astrology. But animal activity in accordance with the positioning of the sun and moon is an applied science that has been aiding outdoorsmen since the first table was published in 1936.

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December 15, 2015 at 7:00 am
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