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5 tips for crankbait fishing

Crankbaits are great baits for largemouth bass, and the fall is a great time to use them. These lures don’t require any special techniques when reeling them in, they cover lots of water quickly, and crankbaits are available to cover any water depths. Sill, many anglers can help their chances with these lures by using a handful of tips. 

Tip number 1: Use fluorocarbon line. Unlike braided line or monofilament, fluorocarbon line sinks, which helps in many ways with crankbaits. It may not seem like it can make much difference, but especially when using deep-diving crankbaits, it can help get the lure down more quickly, and can help keep it down. It also helps keep the line from tangling on the lure like braids and mono can when pausing during the retrieve.

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Rainbow trout being stocked in Hanging Rock State Park

Hanging Rock State Park is getting a boost to its lake on Oct 12. The NCWRC and the NC State Parks Commission is stocking 1200 catchable-size rainbow trout. This is the second stocking of rainbow trout in the lake, and it offers anglers the unique opportunity of catching trout in an area other than traditional trout waters. 

The earlier rainbow trout stocking took place in April, and the NCWRC reported it as an instant highlight for anglers, said NCWRC Fisheries Biologist Kin Hodges.

Yesterday at 6:38 am

Bryson City hosing Smoky Mountain Fly Fishing Festival Oct 10

The Smoky Mountain Fly Fishing Festival will take place this Saturday, Oct 10 in Bryson City on the Tuckaseegee River. This is the first such festival in what is planned to be a yearly event. From 9 AM to 5 PM, vendors will line up on Frye Street right at the train depot.

It’s a great time of year for the festival, as fall colors will paint the scenery of the mountainous terrain along the Tuckaseegee’s new 2.2-mile stretch of Delayed Harvest waters, and with this section having been stocked on Oct 7, anglers can demo rods in a real-world situation rather than in the parking lot of a tackle store.

October 09 at 10:45 am

New public fishing area opened in South Fork New River

North Carolina anglers have a new place to wet a line thanks to the opening of a new public access area in Watauga County on the South Fork New River. The area, dubbed Pine Run Public Fishing Area, came about through an effort between the NCWRC and High Country Pathways, a non-profit group that finds ways to make these type of properties a reality.

The fishing locale is about 5 miles east of Boone, and its location makes it ideal for bank fishing or as a launch or takeout point for small boat anglers. With other access points nearby, it can help anglers make short floats or long floats possible.

October 08 at 11:45 am

Neuse River bass hitting topwater flies

Fall weather is invading the Raleigh area, but it hasn’t pushed anglers like EJ Stern completely out of the area’s rivers. Stern, of Raleigh Flyfishing Guide service, said it won’t last much longer, but that right now, wet-wading is the way to go, especially in the Neuse River.

Stern has been catching a variety of species, with largemouth bass and bream making up the bulk of his catches. While the recent rains will impact the fishing on the Neuse for several days, the water levels have been low, so this shouldn’t hurt the fishing. 

October 06 at 6:45 am

Mountain Island blue cats will move shallow this month

Kevin Custer of Statesville knows where he’d go if he had to choose a favorite catfish lake today. “If I was gonna go somewhere to catch (blue) catfish, I’d go to MountainIsland or LakeNorman,” said Custer, the vice-president of NC-CATS, a North Carolina catfish tournament trail.

Mountain Island, a Duke Energy impoundement of 3,281 acres with 61 miles of shoreline, lies northwest of Charlotte, downstream from Lake Norman’s 32,475 acres on the Catawba River, separated by Cowan’s Ford Dam.

October 03 at 6:45 am

Weather postpones US Open King Mackerel Tournament

The 2015 U.S. Open King Mackerel Tournament Board of Directors announced after much consideration and consultation about weather concerns due to Hurricane Joaquin, have postponed the tournament to October 30th & 31st.  The new tournament schedule will be as follows: registration on Thursday, October 29th from 10am-12midnight at the Southport Marina and fishing on Friday, October 30th from 7am-5pm and Saturday, October 31st from 7am-4pm.  

October 01 at 3:36 pm

Lake James smallmouth biting live shad and bright artificials

There’s a chill in the air this week at Lake James, not too many boats on the lake, and plenty of smallmouth bass that are biting. Those three factors add up to some great fishing, according to guide Colt Bass of Colt Bass Fishing.

“The fishing is going to be good until we get a hard, hard cold front and winter weather,” said Bass, who lives in Collettsville. “That’s when they’ll go a little deeper on the main body of the lake.”

September 23 at 10:28 pm