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Guide Zakk Royce said big blue catfish will often be suspended just above the thermocline when a lake stratifies during the summer. Gimme those baitfish crunchin' thermocline blues
1329 Views - Posted: August 30 at 9:34 pm

Contrary to popular belief, blue catfish are not just bottom-feeders. †Once the lowest layer of water is depleted of oxygen in late summer, big blues have to change their game plan. Guide Zakk Royce of Murfreesboro consistently puts them in the boat by suspending cut bait with slip bobbers. Follow his tips to dial in on the thermocline bite.†


Guide Mitchell Blake has a routine he practices when he targets big drum in the Pamlico Sound or coastal North Carolina rivers. Four steps to catch more big late-summer, spawning reds
2669 Views - Posted: August 26 at 8:10 am

Few fisheries get an angler’s blood pumping like spawning red drum in the Pamlico Sound and its tributaries. While many of these big fish are already being hoisted for glory shots, Capt. Mitchell Blake of Chocowinity’s Fish IBX Charters, said the best is yet to come. Find out what to look for and how to close the deal by following his tips.


Zakk Royce of Murfreesboro caught this 81-pound blue catfish last Friday at Lake Gaston. Lake Gaston spits out another huge blue catfish
15327 Views - Posted: August 25 at 11:21 am

Refusing to be ignored as one of North Carolina's premier trophy catfish destinations, Lake Gaston unveiled another monster last Friday. †Shortly after breaking off one huge fish, Zakk Royce of Murfreesboro rallied his efforts to overpower a massive 81-pound blue cat that he released.


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
2013 Views - Posted: July 29 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
3068 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
126 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
139 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
3180 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
254 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
1451 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
358 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
176 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.†


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