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Using plastic worms to work the outer edges of submerged trees near deep water is a good tactic for catching summer largemouth bass. Summer bass may be deep, but look for shallower cover where they'll feed
251 Views - Posted: Yesterday at 4:26 pm

During summer, largemouth bass on big impoundments usually hang out in deep, cool water where the oxygen level provides comfort. But another key to finding hot-weather bass is locating baitfish, usually threadfin shad, sunfish or small bluegills.


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
1351 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. 


Plenty of slot-sized reds have been hitting live and artificial baits in the waters around Southport. Bait influx has caused late-summer inshore surge around Southport
445 Views - Posted: August 28 at 9:44 am

The calendar says it’s August, with fall a month away, but Jimmy Price at Wildlife Bait and Tackle in Southport said fish are already acting like it’s fall.


D.J. Odom landed and released this 22-inch rainbow trout Aug. 24 from the Oconaluftee River. Wild-trout action in small mountain streams approaching top-drawer
954 Views - Posted: August 27 at 3:06 pm

Trout anglers can experience good-to-great fishing now through November in North Carolina’s high country, according to a Bryson City guide.


Live and cut shad fished behind a planer board has produced plenty of High Rock channel cats in recent weeks for guide Maynard Edwards. Add planer boards to your catfishing repetoire, High Rock guide advises
580 Views - Posted: August 26 at 3:11 pm

Lexington’s Maynard Edwards, a veteran High Rock Lake guide, is always tinkering with new ideas to catch fish. This month, he came up with a doozy. I know a lot of people have started using planer boards to catch striped bass, but I think hardly anyone’s used planer boards for catfish — until now,” he said.


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
2680 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.


The N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission had a vote taken out of its hands on southern flounder management by state legislators and the secretary of the N.C. Department of Environmental and Natural Resources last week. Legislators, DENR chief sidetrack Marine Fisheries Commission
3481 Views - Posted: August 25 at 4:30 pm

Donald R. van der Vaart, secretary of the N.C. Department of Environmental and Natural Resources, caved in to the demands of a coalition of 13 legislators and scuttled a scheduled vote on needed reform in North Carolina’s flounder fishery last week when he directed the N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission to postpone the vote.


Zakk Royce of Murfreesboro caught this 81-pound blue catfish last Friday at Lake Gaston. Lake Gaston spits out another huge blue catfish
15354 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.


Derrick Snow's 50.3-pound king mackerel was decked the day after he hooked it from the end of Johnnie Mercer's Pier. Two kings make great escapes, but just temporarily
1787 Views - Posted: August 24 at 8:17 am

Plenty of fish stories are about the big one that got away, but there aren’t too many about the big one that got away and was still caught. But a couple of fishermen at opposite ends of North Carolina’s coast got lucky on Aug. 14 when trophy sized king mackerel pulled escape acts and were still landed – even though it took a while.


Big Spanish mackerel and bluefish have been crashing bait around Cape Lookout Shoals. Spanish mackerel, bluefish have been crashing baits on Cape Lookout shoals
834 Views - Posted: August 20 at 8:04 am

Capt. Noah Lynk of Harkers Island said schools of hungry 3- to 5-pound bluefish and 2- to 4-pound Spanish mackerel are all over the Cape Lookout shoals, ready to pounce on any lure that swims past.


Black drum of all sizes are suckers for live shrimp or pieces of fresh-cut shrimp. Black drum bite remains great in waters around Ocean Isle
769 Views - Posted: August 14 at 10:31 am

Capt. Mark Stacy of Ocean Isle Fishing Charters said much of the fishing in the creeks and marshes of lower Brunswick County has been unpredictable this summer, but the black drum bite has been freakishly consistent. 


Guide Joel Richardson said the bass fishing at Randleman Reservoir has been as hot as the August weather. Even the heat can't stop Randleman bass from biting
854 Views - Posted: August 14 at 6:45 am

No matter how sweltering the heat is in August, one Piedmont lake features a bass bite that just won’t quit, come morning, afternoon or evening. “There’s really good bass fishing at Randleman now,” said guide Joel Richardson of Kernersville (336-803-2195). “Even with the hot weather, they’re really biting good.”


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