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Big gray trout are biting around Cape Lookout and Shackleford Banks in very good numbers. Gray trout, red drum and bluefish have been a Cape Lookout angler's buffet
340 Views - Posted: November 20 at 4:48 pm

Capt. Noah Lynk of Noah’s Ark Charters in Harkers Island said the cold weather hasn’t slowed the great fishing around Cape Lookout, where gray trout, red drum and bluefish have been feeding. The hot spots have been the area between the point at the hook and the cape, plus down Shackleford Banks toward Beaufort Inlet.


Lake Wylie's night stalkers have been filling plenty of coolers with slab crappie lately. Night stalkers are scaring Lake Wylie crappie right into the boat
851 Views - Posted: November 18 at 6:48 pm

When the sun sinks into the western sky, night stalkers begin to prowl. They prepare for the evening onslaught and make careful preparations for their sneak attack on unwary victims. But we’re not talking Jack the Ripper; we’re talking about nocturnal crappie fishermen using lights to catch limits of slab crappie on Lake Wylie, and the fishing is wide open.


Plenty of nice crappie are there to be caught in Hyco Lake, especially as cold weather approaches. Cooling weather sets off hot crappie bite at Hyco
537 Views - Posted: November 13 at 9:02 pm

Sportsmen who aren’t chasing deer this month and are dialed into fishing might consider hunting crappie at Hyco Lake — and throughout the winter.


Did Bob Wagner of New Jersey catch and release a possible state-record black drum in the surf at Wrightsville Beach last week? Was black drum caught and released at Wrightsville Beach a state record?
4801 Views - Posted: November 13 at 7:09 am

Bob Wagner, a 66-year-old retiree from Pennsauken, N.J., beached a possible state-record black drum from the surf at the north end of Wrightsville Beach last Thursday, but mistaking it for a red drum, he released it.


Guide Richard Andrews of Bath said stripers are really biting in the Tar and Pamlico rivers. Stripers and specks in productive late-fall patterns in Pamlico, Tar rivers
805 Views - Posted: November 12 at 6:56 am

Richard Andrews of Tar-Pam Guide Service in Bath said fish in the Pamlico River have settled into late fall-early winter patterns, with speckled trout and stripers the primary catches, but some redfish and a few late flounder being caught also.    


Roger Brown of Cape Carteret caught this 82-pound black drum on a trout rig last Wednesday off the Bogue Inlet Pier. Cape Carteret man decks 82-pound black drum at Bogue Inlet Pier
5949 Views - Posted: November 10 at 8:41 pm

Roger Brown of Cape Carteret is a regular at Bogue Inlet Pier and catches a lot of big fish there. However, even he was surprised when he landed an 82-pound black drum on the morning of Nov. 6.


The Atlantic Beach area is on fire with the season's best speckled trout bite. Best trout bite of year hits Atlantic Beach area waters
1355 Views - Posted: November 07 at 7:09 am

Fishing for speckled trout in inshore waters and the surf around Atlantic Beach, Morehead City and Beaufort is about as it gets, according to Capt. Matt Lamb of Chasin’ Tails Outdoors.


Surf fishermen along the entire Outer Banks have been catching plenty of fish, including some big red drum and Big red drum highlight great week of surf, pier fishing on Outer Banks
1531 Views - Posted: November 06 at 10:03 am

Surf fishing on the Outer Banks has been great over the past week or so, especially for the big drum that draw so many anglers to beaches from Nags Head south to Ocracoke.


Thomas Craddock's 12-pound, 14-ounce flounder hit a 3-inch Gulp! shrimp fished off a dock along the ICW on Oak Island. ICW at Oak Island produces another humongous flounder
6556 Views - Posted: November 04 at 2:32 pm

Tommy Craddock of Oak Island looked at Oct. 30 like he does many other days. He had a little work to do and hoped to go fishing. The focus of his day changed, however, when he hooked into a 12-pound, 14-ounce flounder.


Admiral, an 18-month-old German shorthair, looks on as his owner, Tommy Jones, lands another nice speckled trout. Trout bite has been great in Swansboro area as waters cool
1055 Views - Posted: October 31 at 12:44 pm

If you’re a saltwater fisherman, no month compares to October. Waters get cooler each day and put baitfish on the move, and all kinds of gamefish arrive to follow and eat them. Even better, gamefish that were juveniles during the spring and half-grown in summer are now big-shouldered, pot-bellied adults. A favorite October target is spotted seatrout, aka specks. And the magical water temperature, 71 degrees, has ignited the best trout bite of the year in the waters around Swansboro.


Flounder fishing has been excellent around Carolina Beach as fish are taking advantage of a big run of mullet. Flounder keeping Carolina Beach fishermen on their toes
945 Views - Posted: October 29 at 9:45 pm

Wes Barbour of Carolina Beach fishing is pretty much wide open from the creeks to the Continental Shelf, and the timing is right to enjoy a great day of fishing, catch a bunch of fish for the freezer or both.


Big flounder like this 8.26-pound doormat caught by David Derrick, have been the norm in the Southport area recently. Flounder fishing still excellent in Southport area
1490 Views - Posted: October 24 at 10:17 pm

Capt. Jimmy Price of Wildlife Bait and Tackle in Southport said as odd as the weather has been, the fall flounder bite is going strong. Despite all kinds of runoff from recent rains that has left waters stirred up and discolored, flounder – and some great big ones – are being caught.


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