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Aaron Kludzenski (right) won a long battle this past Saturday with this 95-pound wahoo on an offshore trip out of Oregon Inlet on the Fintastic New York angler boats 95-pound wahoo out of Oregon Inlet
740 Views - Posted: Yesterday at 9:09 am

Aaron Kludzenski of Geneva, N.Y., was treated to some real southern hospitality this past Saturday when his charter with Capt. Dick Harris of Fintastic Sportfishing out of Oregon Inlet Fishing Center took a turn for the best. While he and his party took home a heaping helping of yellowfin tuna, Kludzenski landed a citation wahoo that weighed 95 pounds and was 72 inches long.

Ron Ripz (left) and guide Wayne Crisco ran into this 10.07-pound flounder on a trip in Sneads Ferry on Thursday. Run to Sneads Ferry results in 10-pound flounder for Surf City angler
2394 Views - Posted: July 24 at 7:46 am

Plagued by extremely high water temperatures in his normal fishery near Topsail Island, Wayne Crisco of Last Resort Charters made a faithful decision on Thursday to head north to Sneads Ferry in search of cooler water and big flounder. The end result was a 10.07-pound flounder that his long-time client, Ron Ripz of Surf City, not only caught, but also released.

Above: A small topwater plug like this Spook Junior is a perfect tool for drawing strikes for hybrid and spotted bass feeding at the surface on small baitfish. Opportunities on top
75 Views - Posted: July 15 at 7:00 am

Conventional fishing wisdom says that topwater baits should be retired shortly after sunrise, not to be picked up again until shortly before sunset. †While this is a good rule of thumb, guide Craig Price always has a topwater plug at the ready when he’s fishing Lake Norman.

Power-jigging with an Alabama Rig drew a strike from this Lake Norman hybrid bass for guide Craig Price. Strike out for a reaction
90 Views - Posted: July 15 at 7:00 am

Whether you call it power-jigging, speed-jigging, or speed-reeling, the technique has been proven effective at catching numerous offshore saltwater species, striped bass and now, hybrid bass. Guide Craig Price, who adapted the idea from striped bass fisherman on large southeastern reservoirs, knew it would be a hit with hybrids.

When inshore water temperatures spike during the summer, big flounder often head out to the cooler waters around nearshore reefs. Three tips for taking flounder around nearshore reefs
2922 Views - Posted: July 09 at 7:19 am

When high inshore water temperatures have you asking where the big flounder have gone, Capt. Wayne Crisco of Hampstead has the answer. According to Crisco, doormat flounder often leave their inshore hangouts when temperatures spike, opting for more comfortable ocean water and setting up near artificial reefs and ledges. Here are some of his tips for scoring a heavy limit.

Guide Craig Price has taken advantage of Lake Normanís burgeoning population of spotted bass. Norman newbies - Lake Normanís hybrids and spots like it hot
169 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
1319 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.

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
297 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.

Eelgrass helps extend productive tidal phases Eelgrass helps extend productive tidal phases
148 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.†

Guide Wayne Crisco shows off a inshore grand slam from the waters of Topsail Island: speckled trout, flounder and redfish. Topsailís fishy triumvirate - Learn to run the tides for Topsailís three big inshore targets
447 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
5051 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.

BYOB ó Bring your own brush BYOB ó Bring your own brush
193 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.†