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Guide Craig Price has taken advantage of Lake Norman’s burgeoning population of spotted bass. Norman newbies - Lake Norman’s hybrids and spots like it hot
74 Views - Posted: July 01 at 7:00 am

Ask any angler what he or she wants more of and the answer will be simple and emphatic, “to catch more fish!”  Spanning 32,500 acres just north of Charlotte, the inland sea known as Lake Norman gives fisherman the opportunity to do just that. 


Jonathan Phillips of Pittsboroo targets main-lake points for much of his summer bass action. Fish points for tops in summer bass action in North Carolina
1034 Views - Posted: June 23 at 8:55 am

Points are among the most-recognizable features of any body of water. They are also great starting blocks for targeting bass as they ease offshore into their summer patterns. However, with a lake full of choices, learning to distinguish those with the most fish-holding potential and work them effectively will make you a better summertime bass fisherman. Try these tips for more success.


Eelgrass helps extend productive tidal phases Eelgrass helps extend productive tidal phases
120 Views - Posted: June 15 at 7:00 am

More often than not, the average angler fishes when time is available, not necessarily when the tide is at the best level. 


Live shrimp are a great bait for trout, redfish and flounder, and baiting makes catching them in a cast net easier. Securing a supply of shrimp
222 Views - Posted: June 15 at 7:00 am

Live shrimp are the candy of inshore gamefish. Trout, redfish and flounder will rarely turn one down. However, procuring a consistent stock can be challenging. To up your odds, it’s best to couple an area likely to hold shrimp with a little something extra.


Guide Wayne Crisco shows off a inshore grand slam from the waters of Topsail Island: speckled trout, flounder and redfish. Topsail’s fishy triumvirate - Learn to run the tides for Topsail’s three big inshore targets
350 Views - Posted: June 01 at 7:00 am

Topsail Island first achieved notoriety in the golden age of piracy, as a favored stomping ground for such nefarious scoundrels as Blackbeard and Stede Bonnett. In fact, treasure hunters have combed the island for years searching for the ill-gotten gains rumored to rest beneath a stone yet to be turned.   However, with little more to show than calluses, it’s sufficient to say that putting down shovels and picking up spinning rods to sample the Topsail triple would have time better spent.  


Brian White struggles to lift the 96.4-pound cobia he caught last Sunday fishing with Capt. Rom Whitaker IV out of Hatteras. Virginia Beach angler lands huge cobia on trip out of Hatteras
4962 Views - Posted: May 30 at 8:43 am

The only thing better than catching a big fish, is catching an even bigger fish. That’s what happened last Sunday for Capt. Rom Whitaker IV of Hatteras. With a 77.8-pound cobia in the fish box caught near Diamond Shoals, Whitaker and Brian White of Virginia Beach, a member of his charter fishing party, crossed paths with a real magnum cobia, a 96.4-pound fish that was 65 inches long.


Rigging a soft-plastic bait weedless on a tiny jighead will allow anglers to fish flooded shoreline cover around Kerr Lake. A weedless jig for flooded shorelines
176 Views - Posted: May 15 at 7:00 am

While the impoundment of Kerr Lake may have solved many problems in the flood-prone area downstream, fishing the high water resulting from early spring rains requires another solution.  


BYOB — Bring your own brush BYOB — Bring your own brush
160 Views - Posted: May 15 at 7:00 am

Thanks to enhanced sonar capabilities like side-imaging and down-imaging, finding brush piles on Kerr Lake is easier than ever. However, there’s one sure fire way to have the coordinates of a crappie hot spot before anybody else — put it there yourself. 


Even if they’ve already spawned, there’s plenty of reason to refer to Kerr Lake crappie like this one as slabs. Find undercover crappie this month on Kerr Lake
381 Views - Posted: May 01 at 7:00 am

May is largely a transition month for crappie across North Carolina, and Kerr Lake, aka Buggs Island, is no different.  Nearly all crappie have completed the spawn on the 49,500-acre reservoir that straddles the North Carolina-Virginia border are in some stage of moving from their shallow spawning grounds back to deeper water. 


Topwater baits and stripers just seem to go together for a lot of fishermen, and for good reason Don't put your topwater baits away when stripers are around
1093 Views - Posted: May 01 at 7:00 am

Striped bass are a hot target in the waters of Neuse River, and there’s no better way to experience the thrill than with an explosive topwater strike. Guide D. Ashley King of New Bern chases stripers on top as often as possible, and while it may sound simple to chunk a surface lure and start ripping lips, following these tips will make you a better topwater angler.


Brent Phillips (right) and his father, Merle, celebrate tagging a nice gobbler taken during the 2013 season. Five tips for early season turkey hunting success
2640 Views - Posted: April 05 at 8:47 pm

Hunters across North Carolina await the April 11 opening of turkey season on with eagerness that rivals children on Christmas Eve.  While the peak gobbling period is more likely to produce a tom within earshot, filling your tags is met with challenges. To make sure your season starts off with a bang, utilize these tips from a Bear Creek hunter with more than 30 years of experience and 49 birds under his belt.


Jon Royce (left) caught this 86-pound blue catfish on a trip to Lake Gaston this past Monday with his son, Zakk. Big Lake Gaston blue catfish narrowly misses state record
3942 Views - Posted: March 12 at 9:58 am

What started out as a slow day turned into a fishing trip that the father and son duo of Jon and Zakk Royce of Murfreesboro will never forget. Lake Gaston has spit out its share of big blue catfish, but this past Monday, it almost produced a state record, falling short by 3 pounds when Jon Royce landed an 86-pound behemoth.


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