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900-pound tuna, 600-pound tuna caught off of Oregon Inlet

After being towed nearly 15 miles by a bluefin tuna that pushed 600 pounds, Daniel LeGrande of Virginia Beach, Va., and his crew chose to return to their hot spot outside of Oregon Inlet rather than head in with their catch. They were rewarded shortly thereafter with a giant in the 900- to 1,000-pound range that bit a false albacore trolled behind his 27-foot center console.

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March 06 at 9:16 pm
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No going back for Falls slabs

For veteran crappie fisherman Rod King of Durham, N.C., March means big crappie in the northern creeks of Falls of the Neuse Lake as increasing daylight warms the shallows.

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February 23 at 2:42 pm
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Bass angler boats huge blue catfish at Lake Moultrie

Most trophy catfish are caught by anglers targeting them in relatively deep water while soaking or drifting cut bait — but not this time. Matt Murphy of Moncks Corner, S.C., was practicing for a bass tournament on Feb. 17, prospecting a shallow stump field on Lake Moultrie, when he crossed paths with an 83-pound, 10-ounce blue that opportunistically swallowed his 10-inch Zoom Ol’ Monster plastic worm.

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February 22 at 7:14 am
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Bet on Lake Tillery bream in cold water

In late fall, when crappie leave brush piles in search of deeper water, most anglers go with them and neglect brush until crappie return the next summer. While those anglers may be following their passion, they’re missing out on some of the best bream fishing of the year.  

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February 15 at 7:00 am
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Frigid crappie frenzy - Lake Tillery crappie fishing can be a frigid frenzy in Febuary

Under normal circumstances, February is likely to remain a relatively cold, winter month, with only premonitions of spring peeking through its icy exterior. But those subtle differences will be the only prompting necessary to nudge crappie into feeding position for the prespawn stages, especially at Lake Tillery, which is northeast of Charlotte, N.C. on the Yadkin-Pee Dee River system.

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February 01 at 7:00 am
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North Carolina youth angler catches huge Santee catfish

Few things are more special for a father than watching his children enjoy fishing as much as he does. It’s even better to watch them catch a real trophy, and that’s exactly what happened when 11-year-old Ethan Edwards of Maiden, N.C. was handed the rod while drifting for catfish on Lake Marion in South Carolina.  With the help of his dad, Frank Edwards, and guide Scott Cole, the young angler landed a 92.8-pound blue.

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January 29 at 2:17 pm
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Lake Gaston catfish don’t mind cold

February can be a dicey month for anglers in North Carolina. It will feature some of the coldest temperatures of the winter, but it will usually greet the first warmth of the oncoming spring. On Lake Gaston, guide Zakk Royce of Murfreesboro holds fast to tried-and-true winter catfishing patterns, while keeping an eye on a shift to the shallows.

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January 26 at 2:24 pm
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1045-pound bluefin tuna caught by Morehead City anglers

Who has caught the biggest bluefin tuna in North Carolina waters this year? That honor is being passed back and forth between fishermen from Morehead City and Southport, but since Jan. 20, it has belonged to three Morehead City anglers who landed a 1,045-pound fish that day.

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January 25 at 4:19 pm
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