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Lake Norman anglers can't do without a Sabiki rig when it comes to catching every species of gamefish imaginable. Sabiki rigs working over various Lake Norman species
749 Views - Posted: October 15 at 11:41 am

Lake Norman, like many other reservoirs in North Carolina, has seen major changes in its fish species. Once filled with largemouth bass, catfish, crappie and bream, striped bass were added in the 1960s, followed by blueback herring, alewives and spotted bass – it’s assumed that fishermen brought in these non-natives –and finally, white perch. Fortunately, there’s one rig that will catch nearly every fish that Norman has to offer: the Sabiki rig.


Brian Hudson, Ricky Moore and Ryan Hardee boated this 95-pound wahoo while fishing for king mackerel out of Beaufort Inlet on Oct. 3. Huge wahoo was big surprise for king mackerel fishermen
2441 Views - Posted: October 14 at 6:57 am

Three fishermen made the right call when they left the nearshore waters of Beaufort Inlet after trolling for king mackerel on Oct. 3 to head offshore to a piece of livebottom, a spot that produced the fish of a lifetime: a 6-foot wahoo that destroyed a trolled menhaden and strained the scales at 95 pounds.


Plenty of big redfish are being caught just off the beaches of lower Brunswick County around schools of menhaden. Big reds and inshore triple have lower Brunswick County fishermen in heaven
886 Views - Posted: October 13 at 7:35 am

There’s been more than enough rain along the Brunswick County coast this fall to put a damper on inshore fishing, but so far, it hasn’t. Guide Mark Dickson of Shallow-Minded Guide Service said last week’s cold snap appeared to make redfish, flounder and speckled trout even hungrier.


Andy Montgomery of Blacksburg, S.C., won the BASS Southern Open on Lake Norman. South Carolina pro wins BASS Southern Open on Lake Norman
493 Views - Posted: October 04 at 7:38 pm

South Carolina bass pro Andy Montgomery sacked his third solid limit of bass on Saturday and won the BASS Southern Open on Lake Norman with a three-day total of 37 pounds, 10 ounces.


Bass pro David Williams of Maiden has a half-pound lead entering the final round of the BASS Southern Open on Lake Norman. Pro from Maiden retains lead in BASS Southern Open
81 Views - Posted: October 03 at 10:58 pm

David Williams didn’t have quite as good a day on Friday as he did on Thursday in the BASS Southern Open on Lake Norman, but the angler from Maiden is still ahead of the pack.


Bass pro David Williams of Maiden has a half-pound lead entering the final round of the BASS Southern Open on Lake Norman. Pro from Maiden retains lead in BASS Southern Open
83 Views - Posted: October 03 at 10:58 pm

David Williams didn’t have quite as good a day on Friday as he did on Thursday in the BASS Southern Open on Lake Norman, but the angler from Maiden is still ahead of the pack.


Bass pro David Williams of Maiden has a half-pound lead entering the final round of the BASS Southern Open on Lake Norman. Pro from Maiden retains lead in BASS Southern Open
67 Views - Posted: October 03 at 10:58 pm

David Williams didn’t have quite as good a day on Friday as he did on Thursday in the BASS Southern Open on Lake Norman, but the angler from Maiden is still ahead of the pack.


Bass pro David Williams of Maiden has a half-pound lead entering the final round of the BASS Southern Open on Lake Norman. Pro from Maiden retains lead in BASS Southern Open
82 Views - Posted: October 03 at 10:58 pm

David Williams didn’t have quite as good a day on Friday as he did on Thursday in the BASS Southern Open on Lake Norman, but the angler from Maiden is still ahead of the pack.


Guide James McManus trolls for walleye and several other species during the fall. Trolling is key fall tactic on Fontana Lake for a variety of species  Video Included
585 Views - Posted: October 03 at 10:04 am

In a few weeks, the mountains of western North Carolina will be crawling with leaf watchers who will look up at the beauty and most likely miss the action going on down below at Lake Fontana. Guide James McManus of 153 Charters Fishing spends most of the fall trolling the depths of Fontana and tempting a number of species.


David Williams of Maiden has a 6-ounce lead after the first day of the BASS Southern Open on Lake Norman. Maiden pro takes lead in BASS Southern Open on Lake Norman
457 Views - Posted: October 02 at 9:44 pm

David Williams of Maiden leads the BASS Southern Open after the first day on Lake Norman with a five-fish limit that weighed 14 pounds, 1 ounce. 


Guide Maynard Edwards said that flatheads and other catfish have really been biting on High Rock Lake as the water level drops. As water level drops, High Rock catfish are going on a feeding spree
691 Views - Posted: October 02 at 8:27 am

It’s one of the interesting things about High Rock Lake that when the lake level falls, fishing success rises. Maynard Edwards of Yadkin Lakes Guide Service said his clients have been having some tremendous catfish trips as the lake is drawn down for an NCDOT construction project.


Hand-carved crankbaits are individually made and have individual characteristics that veteran fishermen will appreciate. Learn the basics before you invest heavily in hand-carved crankbaits
620 Views - Posted: October 01 at 6:55 pm

Fishermen should be as demanding as professional baseball players in choosing their lumber for their sport. Baseball bats must meet certain standards; wooden baits should reflect skilled labor, especially at anywhere from $15 to $25 per bait. Getting your money’s worth from hand-carved baits involves selecting the right wood and scrutinizing its components.


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