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Raleigh angler catches 97.7-pound wahoo

Although anglers entered in the 2017 Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament are all about putting a big billfish in the boat, the blue water turns out other notable catches as well. Such was the case on June 13, when the Doc Fees crew found themselves tight with full grown wahoo — a 97.7 pounder caught by Chad McIntyre of Raleigh that turned out to be this year’s largest wahoo and one of the largest weighed in the tournament's history.

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June 20 at 7:00 pm
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Magnums spoons at Lake Monticello

Although Lake Monticello is often regarded as a trophy catfish destination northwest of Columbia, S.C., its largemouth bass population is also thriving, and it is guide and tournament angler Brett Mitchell’s pick for a magnum-spoon hot spot.

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June 15 at 7:00 am
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Spoon-feeding Harris hawgs

Guides Joel Munday loves 4,100-acre Shearon Harris Reservoir just southwest of Raleigh, N.C., to spoon-feed bass with magnum-sized spoons. Largemouth bass are very bait-oriented, following prolific schools of threadfin and gizzard shad — as well as white perch — from point to point.

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June 15 at 7:00 am
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Make a few modifications to magnum spoons to make them fish better

Most anglers agree that the Ben Parker Magnum Flutter Spoon is fishable right out of the pack, but there are several ways anglers can enhance their spoons to hook more fish and get more of them to the boat.

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June 15 at 7:00 am
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Swallow a big spoon - Feed a big spoonful for a big summer bass

Bigger isn’t always better, but in this case, it is. The magnum spoon craze that exploded in 2014 has made its way around the block, moving into its third summer of taking schooling bass by storm. But, if you don’t like to follow fads before they’re proven, don’t worry; the verdict is in, and it’s time to tie one.

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June 01 at 7:00 am
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NC angler boats 96-pound cobia off Cape Lookout

Entered in the Cobia Challenge put on by Chasin’ Tails Outdoors in Atlantic Beach, N.C., Greg Marquart of Macclesfield had high hopes of hooking a fish that would put him in the money when he set out for Barden Inlet near Cape Lookout on May 15. 

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May 30 at 11:25 am
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Litte River angler catches 115-pound wahoo

On a bottom fishing trip 43 miles southeast of Little River on April 29, Capt. Danny Juel and the crew aboard the Fish Screamer 3 were busy loading the fish box with triggerfish and vermillion snapper while fishing a ledge in 90 feet of water. But, when a surprise visitor engulfed the dead sardine pinned to their “light line”, they had to make room for a 115-pound wahoo that measured 73 inches long with a 34-inch girth.

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May 22 at 5:08 pm
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Falls of Neuse bass turn on in deeper water this month

June marks a period many bass anglers have anticipated since the spawn. Fish stir from their post-spawn funk, slip into their summer pattern and tie on the feed bag. And it’s when Chris Phinney of Raleigh, N.C., hammers the thermocline at Falls of the Neuse Lake with bottom-bouncing baits. 

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May 15 at 11:20 am
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