• North Carolina anglers have had a longer harvest period for cobia than South Carolina, but the season closes this week for those in the Tarheel State.

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    Leland angler lands monster flounder from Cape Fear River

    The Cape Fear River is known for producing some of North Carolina’s biggest flounder, and Dennis Watson of Leland caught one of them last Tuesday, an 8-pound, 9-ounce monster.

    Yesterday at 8:14am

    The Chattooga beckons

    One of the five largest and longest free-flowing rivers in the Southeast, the Chattooga begins its 52-mile journey below Whiteside Mountain in Jackson County near Cashiers, N.C., flowing south and entering the Nantahala National forest below Cashiers Lake. After leaving North Carolina, the river forms the border between South Carolina and Georgia, flanked by the Sumter National Forest in South Carolina and the Chattahoochee National Forest in Georgia, offering a variety of trout fishing experiences before entering Lake Tugalo in northeastern Georgia.

    Designated as a National Wild and Scenic River in 1974 and rated as one of the top 100 trout streams in the nation by Trout Unlimited, the Chattooga is regulated as wild trout waters, delayed-harvest waters and general waters, according to the section being fished.

    September 19 at 9:00am

    High Rock Lake producing nice stripers this month

    Guides Jerry Hill and Maynard Edwards agree that September is a tough month for stripers everywhere, with fish transitioning from summer to early fall patterns, but with a little persistence, some quality fish can be caught from High Rock Lake.

    August 29 at 4:15pm

    Blewett Falls Lake cats get rolling in lower main-lake area

    A strange thing happens this month in the Pee Dee River below Blewett Falls Lake and at the lake itself, according to guide Robbie Burr of Pee Dee Fishing Adventures.

    “September is by far the worst month for catfishing in the river, yet the fishing for flatheads is pretty good at the lake,” said Burr. “I can’t explain why.”

    August 30 at 9:07am

    Spartanburg hunter takes huge buck with crossbow

    One look at the massive rack and huge-bodied deer in the 2014 deer season prompted Spartanburg County bowhunter Mike Kossover to commit to hunting that specific buck. Kossover knew his patience would be an asset, but he didn’t realize it would be a three-year quest.

    September 22 at 9:40pm

    September is great time for New River trout

    If it’s September on the New River in Onslow County, N.C., the speckled trout bite often will be sizzling during the coolest part of the day.

    August 29 at 3:30pm

    Lake Wateree bream are biting, but not where you think

    Anglers can catch bream in South Carolina’s Lake Wateree pretty much year-round, but September can be special for those looking for something a little different from panfish. 

    August 29 at 4:03pm

    Huge Chatham County 10-pointer taken by sheriff’s deputy

    Chad Gaines of Goldston, N.C., patrols the roads of Chatham County as a sheriff’s deputy, and he patrols for deer on his family farm. Late on the afternoon of Sept. 15, he put permanent handcuffs on a 156 5/8-inch whitetail buck he’d been investigating since the end of the 2015 season.

    September 21 at 12:44pm

    Tips for catching more Hatteras trout

    Guide Ken Dempsey of Hatteras is expecting a great fall for speckled trout, in part because of good fishing last fall, a good summer and the promise that September holds.

    August 30 at 8:51am

    Paddles down, guns up

    So far in 2016, this column has discussed ways to target specific fish species from a paddle boat, including rigging, gear, equipment and places to fish.

    Put your fishing gear away and grab your shotgun, because as good a month as September can be for fishing, it’s also a great time to chase some early season migratory waterfowl.

    September 14 at 9:00am

    150-inch Orange County 10-point buck goes down to bowhunter

    Mike Venable picked up a lease late last hunting season on some land in Orange County, N. C., and he wasted no time putting up a couple of stands on an oak ridge. The deer wasted no time either, showing up as soon he and his wife hunted the first time. But a bad mixture between his hunting stand and his arrow caused him to miss the biggest deer of his life. Luckily, that same deer showed up again on the 15th of this month, and this time, Venable arrowed the deer.

    September 20 at 3:57pm

    Manning huntress slays big gator at Santee

    One day after helping her friend Mandy Broadway bag her first gator, Kelly Logan of Manning bagged her own with the help of Robert Nuzzo and Ernie Seruya, both of whom were also in on Broadway’s hunt. And while Broadway couldn’t make this trip, Bryan Miller joined the crew, helping Logan land her beast, which measured 10 feet, 7 inches in length on Sept. 12.

    September 20 at 9:38am

    More changes coming to cobia fishery in both Carolinas

    The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council has approved new, more restrictive regulations for cobia in 2017, hoping to prevent an early closure of the season as took place this year. 

    September 20 at 12:14pm

    Huge Caswell County velveteen buck goes down to bowhunter

    Jonathan Linens of Ringgold, Virginia lives within a stone’s throw of the North Carolina/Virginia State line. Before his Virginia season commences on October 3rd, he torments the North Carolina herd on every chance he gets as the archery season begins. And opening morning on his lease in Caswell County, the stars were aligned just right to bring a huge 140-class buck right into his kill zone. But, a bachelor group of juvenile bucks on his stand almost spoiled the party. 

    September 19 at 2:23pm

    Bryan Thrift wins FLW Invitational on Lake Norman

    North Carolina native Bryan Thrift won the Walmart FLW Invitational on Lake Norman this past weekend, narrowly beating fellow North Carolinian Scott Beattie by less than half a pound. In all, 9 anglers from the Carolinas placed in the top 20 of the event.

    September 19 at 12:18pm

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