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Winston-Salem angler catches 60-pound wahoo out of Beaufort Inlet

About 15 miles outside of Beaufort Inlet, a curious wahoo found itself in hot water when it swam up to investigate the charter group of guide Stewart Merritt of Morehead City. After enticing the fish with bait chunks, Merritt rigged an available, yet under-matched spinning reel, and put Dwayne Gray of Winston-Salem on the ride of his life before landing the 60 pounder on August 27th.

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September 01 at 9:44 pm
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Use fall fishing patterns to catch more Jordan Lake crappie

At Jordan Lake, southwest of Raleigh, N.C., the first half of September is likely to play out in typical, summertime fashion. However, the second half is subject to the first hints of fall, triggering schools of shad to bunch up and begin a movement towards the creeks — with revitalized crappie in hot pursuit.

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August 29 at 3:12 pm
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Terminal tackle tips for big catfish

Zakk Royce’s terminal rigging includes more bells, whistles, and innovations than one might shake a Big Cat Fever rod at. Each component is vital to the whole, and when combined, the end result is a system that rarely hangs up or tangles.

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August 15 at 7:00 am
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Pick a perch for Gaston cats

Despite the alluring aroma of gizzard shad, blue catfish at Lake Gaston have another item on the menu to choose from in late summer.  While those gizzards are the building blocks of trophy catfish, blues will sometimes overlook them in lieu of the white perch, a more-fortifying meal when they’re worn down from summer heat.

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August 15 at 7:00 am
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Find a fish funnel, find OBX reds

While sight-casting is certainly the most-thrilling means of targeting big red drum, it’s not always the most practical. Low-light conditions, high winds and occasional stained water can make putting eyes on a school nearly impossible. 

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August 15 at 7:00 am
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Murfreesboro angler catches 90-pound catfish

In an attempt to locate cooler, more oxygenated water, Zakk Royce of Murfreesboro headed up lake from his hot spots on the lower end of Lake Gaston to the upper, riverine stretches. There, he found temperatures 5 degrees cooler in the old river channel and a solid bite that led to a 90-pound blue catfish on Aug. 10.

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August 14 at 11:24 pm
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Creedmoor female angler catches 88-pound Kerr Lake catfish

As the owner of NC Marine Fabrication, Austin Sartin of Burlington has placed ample thought into the kind of rod holding systems that help people catch fish – including his own. While enjoying some down time at Kerr Lake on August 7th, Sartin tested his outfit while putting Brett Meager of Creedmoor on her personal best blue catfish, a beast that stretched their scales to 88 pounds.

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August 10 at 10:42 am
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Summer cats, top to bottom - Catch Lake Gaston’s summer catfish

Zakk Royce became a household name in the fishing community this past December when he broke North Carolina’s state record for blue catfish, not once, but twice in a period of less than 24 hours at Lake Gaston — first with a 91-pound fish and then a 105-pounder he connected with soon after shuttling the first fish back to its original location to be released.  

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August 01 at 7:00 am
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