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Angler catches 66-pound king mackerel on her first offshore trip

An angler’s first offshore fishing trip is often something they’ll never forget – especially if they land a 66-pound king mackerel. That’s exactly what happened to Kathryn McClure while being guided by Cory Swink aboard the Hawg Hunter. They trolled a stretch of live bottom about 20 miles off of Holden Beach on July 23 to produce the incredible catch, which measured 63 inches long with a girth of 28.5 inches.

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Yesterday at 9:11 pm
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82-pound wahoo caught out of Wrightsville Beach

Although the crew of the Wee Doggie Fishing Team had mackerel on their minds while competing in the S.H.A.R.E King Mackerel Tournament out of Wrightsville Beach on July 17th, they made time for a world class wahoo when it slammed the longline of their trolling spread 15 miles outside of Little River Inlet. Fishing a patch of live bottom known as “the jungle”, Capt. Joey Crisp and Andy McInnis managed to stick an 82 pounder that measured 69 inches long with a girth of 28 inches.

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July 21 at 5:56 pm
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Head upriver for Kerr Lake crappie during drawdown conditions

It’s no secret that Kerr Lake’s status as a flood-control reservoir makes it subject to excessive pooling during wet seasons,  but since Lake Gaston downstream began furnishing water to the Virginia Beach area in 1998, Kerr also has the potential to see major drawdowns in summer droughts.

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July 15 at 7:00 am
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For quick color fixes, pull out that container of dye

Ask two anglers for their opinion on lure color, and you may get two different answers. But the general consensus is that silver or chrome spoons perform best on bright sunny  days with clear conditions and gold or painted spoons are best for cloudy days or stained water.

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July 15 at 7:00 am
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Angler lands monster tiger shark from surf at North Topsail Beach

With only 2 years of experience in land based shark fishing, David Schmidt of Holly Ridge considers himself relatively new to the sport. But he didn't waste any time getting up to speed. With a 10-pound false albacore as bait, he beached a behemoth tiger shark on June 29th from North Topsail Beach that measured 11 feet and 7 inches long, with an estimated weight of nearly 700 pounds.  

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July 03 at 12:07 pm
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Brush up on Kerr slabs

Not everyone awakens on a balmy, summer morning excited about crappie fishing, but if you do, chances are you are privy to a selection of deep brush piles that are sure to be laced with prime panfish when they evacuate shallow water in search of cover. 

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July 01 at 7:00 am
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Sweat Jordan Lake bass

Largemouth bass can stump even the best anglers this month, but those sweating it out can still catch heavy sacks at Jordan Lake. 

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June 28 at 4:00 pm
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Freshwater grass shrimp are a killer bait for shellcrackers at North Carolina’s Shearon Harris Lake

It may be common knowledge to some, but it’s probably safe to say that most anglers are unaware that the grass beds in Shearon Harris Lake are literally teeming with freshwater grass shrimp, which make an excellent shellcracker bait, according to guide Greg Griffin.

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June 15 at 7:00 am
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