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Mussel up for better catfish trips

It’s safe to say that any species of fish won’t be far from what it’s eating. While many anglers will look for summer catfish around schools of gizzard shad or white perch, guide Wes Jordan of Creedmoor, N.C., concentrates on a staple of postspawn blues that’s prevalent in many Carolina lakes — freshwater mussels.

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August 15 at 7:00 am
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Murfressboro angler catches 102-pound catfish

On Aug 1, guide Zakk Royce of Murfreesboro headed to the upper section of Lake Gaston to continue an assault on a section of the main river channel that had been producing good blue catfish over the previous weeks. The result was Royce’s second largest blue ever, a 102 pounder that stretched 54 inches long and carried a girth of 41 inches.

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August 06 at 3:01 pm
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Youth surf angler catches huge tarpon on Portsmouth Island

An angler’s first saltwater fishing trip is always something special. But, 15-year-old Kyle Crissler of Jacksonville, Ark. took it to another level while surf fishing with his friend, Matthew Usrey, and his dad, Robert Usrey, on Portsmouth Island on June 27th. While hoping to catch a shark, Kyle intercepted a tarpon over 6 feet long instead.

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July 05 at 8:49 pm
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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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Target OBX bulls

When July gets hot, the fishing gets even hotter inside Hatteras and Ocracoke inlets. Bull redfish up to 50 inches are all around, and there’s no more exciting way to catch them then chunking jigs and spoons to schools of 300 to 400 fish.

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June 12 at 10:24 am
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