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Jeff Manning's 82-pound blue catfish, caught Jan. 24, is the unofficial lake record for the species from Lake Wylie. Gastonia angler lands unofficial lake record blue catfish from Lake Wylie  Video Included
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What started out as a trip to the lake to test his outboard motor after some routine maintenance ended up being the fishing trip of a lifetime for Gastonia, N.C., angler Jeff Manning when he hauled an 82-pound blue catfish into his boat on Saturday, Jan. 24, that is believed to be the biggest ever taken at Lake Wylie on the North Carolina-South Carolina border.


Guide Joel Richardson believes that great catches of striped bass this winter prove that the fishery at Buggs Island is recovering well. Great striper bite at Kerr/Buggs isn't slowing down
309 Views - Posted: Yesterday at 12:31 pm

Call it Kerr Reservoir or call it Buggs Island Lake, it doesn’t make much of a difference to fishermen who are experiencing great striped bass action on the 49,500-acre impoundment along the North Carolina-Virginia border.


Thirteen commercial fishermen have been charged with multiple violations of federal fishing regulations for catching 90,000 pounds of striped bass in the ocean off North Carolina's coast. Thirteen commercial fishermen charged in illegal ocean striper fishing
2338 Views - Posted: January 22 at 10:18 am

Twelve commercial fishermen from North Carolina and one from Georgia have been charged in federal court in Raleigh for the illegal harvest and sale and false reporting of around 90,000 pounds of striped bass from federal waters off the coast of North Carolina during 2009 and 2010, the Justice Department announced on Wednesday. The average retail value of the illegally harvested striped bass is approximately $1.1 million.


Guide Stu Caulder (right) has had to move from the Cape Fear to the Northeast Cape Fear River to catch stripers because of a lot of cold, dirty water in the bigger river. Cold, muddy water has moved Cape Fear stripers to Northeast Cape Fear
568 Views - Posted: January 22 at 6:12 am

Stripers moving up the Cape Fear River into the Wilmington area have made a bit of a detour, thanks to cold, dirty runoff, and they’re being caught in the Northeast Cape Fear, according to Stuart Caulder of Gold Leader Fishing.


Two fly-tying clinics are scheduled for the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education next month. Commission schedules two fly-tying clinics for February
461 Views - Posted: January 21 at 10:13 am

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has scheduled two fly-tying clinics next month through the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education near Brevard. Both clinics are free and require pre-registration on a first-come, first-serve basis. They are open to anyone ages 12 to adult.


Mike Martin of Southport caught this nice speckled trout fishing with Capt. Butch Foster. Clean water with little current has been equation for good Southport trout, reds
778 Views - Posted: January 20 at 9:08 am

Finding clear and fairly still water has been the ticket for redfish, speckled trout and an occasional black drum the past two weeks, according to Capt. Butch Foster of Yeah Right Charters in Southport.


The crew of the Fish Bucket landed this 1,005-pound bluefin tuna last Tuesday about 3 1/2 miles out of Beaufort Inlet. Largest North Carolina bluefin ever, by 200 pounds, caught out of Beaufort Inlet
73900 Views - Posted: January 19 at 3:24 pm

Bluefin tuna fishing around Morehead City is shaping up to be one of the best in years, and last Tuesday, it may have hit its peak. After a grueling battle that lasted 3 hours over nearly 10 miles of ocean, two fishermen trolling near Beaufort inlet hauled in what is unofficially the largest bluefin tuna ever brought to North Carolina scales, weighing 1,005 pounds and measuring 115 inches long.


A 14-foot great white shark named Katharine has been tracked across the Pamlico Sound and much of North Carolina's coastline this month. GPS-tagged great white shark spends much of mid-January in North Carolina waters
15925 Views - Posted: January 18 at 8:47 pm

A tracking device indicated that a “famous” 14-foot great white shark, tagged in 2013 off the Massachusetts coast, apparently swam through Oregon Inlet, into and around Pamlico Sound during the second week of January.


A great year-class of stripers spawned in 2011 is making for excellent winter fishing in the lower Roanoke River. Stripers in lower Roanoke River are biting up a storm
1544 Views - Posted: January 14 at 8:50 pm

Although the weather outside may be frightful, lower Roanoke River winter striper fishing has hit its stride.


Anglers are landing good-size striped bass in deep water at Lake Hickory by using rainbow trout as live baits. Cold weather hasn't slowed down striper bite at Lake Hickory
756 Views - Posted: January 13 at 6:31 pm

When cold winter weather blankets North Carolina, freshwater fishing prospects usually falter, but fishermen who are braving the conditions at Lake Hickory are being rewarded with striped bass.


Fishermen have been catching plenty of slot-sized red drum around the Cape Lookout rock jetties, along with bluefish, black drum and sea mullet. Forget the bluefins! The drum are biting around the Cape Lookout rock jetty
909 Views - Posted: January 08 at 9:27 pm

Noah Lynk of Noah’s Ark Charters in Harkers Island said it’s hard to ignore the lure of chasing huge bluefin tuna within a few miles of the beach at Cape Lookout, but for fishermen who don’t have the heavy duty equipment or the desire to get pulled around by a 700-pound fish, the inshore fishing around the Cape has been good.


More and bigger hybrid bass are showing up in the creels of Lake Norman fishermen; the bite over the past several weeks has been excellent. Lake Norman anglers welcome great cold-weather hybrid bite
825 Views - Posted: January 08 at 7:36 am

Lake Norman’s fishery has changed for the better, according to one guide, and the winter bite is showing exactly how, with a lot of hybrid bass being caught from the 32,510-acre reservoir on the Catawba River.


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