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  1. NCangler
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      Post Trolling - Methods, Gear and Baits

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    Trolling - Methods, Gear and Baits
    by Michael Russell

    The fact that fish will strike at moving objects has been known to man since the dawn of time. Evidence of this has been found throughout the world. Polynesians troll pearl shell jigs with tortoise-shell hooks from paddle canoes. Other races trolled from a variety of sail and oar propelled vessels, long before the advent of the motor. Now anglers can troll at various speeds and to depths of up to 60 fathoms with long lines
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    Author:: Michael Russell
  2. NCangler
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      Post The Future of Billfishing

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    The Future of Billfishing
    by Richard Churdy

    If you love something, set it free. It’s not the exact or full quote and I’m pretty sure that the author wasn’t talking about a fish. Nevertheless, the sentiment seems to best express my feelings about billfish and their importance in the grand scheme of things. I ran across another quote that speaks volumes, and it goes like this - “A release today, is a fish tomorrow!” Yep, this guy is speaking my language. I wonder how many others f
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    Author:: Richard Churdy
  3. NCangler
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      Post The Majik Drum Rig

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    The Majik Drum Rig
    by Capt. Owen Lupton



    What is the purpose of the short leader drum rig with circle hook? That is a legitimate question some of you may have asked. In an effort to save our big red drum, so the spawning stock can increase, the Division of Marine Fisheries closed the season on taking any red drum over 27” in length a few years ago. Since there was an extensive fishery operating in Pamlico Sound on large fish over 27” it became apparent that status q
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    Author:: Capt. Owen Lupton
  4. NCangler
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      Lightbulb Want To Make An Inexpensive Fish Attracting Lure? Try the CD Flash!

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    Want to Make an Inexpensive Fish Attracting Lure? Try the CD Flash
    by Gary Ralston

    What is free and can also serve as an effective fishing lure? Simple; compact discs (CD’s). Whether from AOL, or any other source, a CD comes with at least one highly mirrored surface that easily attracts fish eyes. If you haven’t noticed already, a CD is flexible, plastic and can easily be cut with a pair of scissors. You can create a shape like a fish, long diamond, triangle,“V”, or any shap
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    Author:: Gary Ralston
  5. NCangler
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      Post Night Fishing for Specks - Go on Top When the Bite Slows

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    Night Fishing for Specks - Go On Top When the Bite Slows
    by Capt. Gary Ralston

    Night feeding speckled trout chasing live shrimp skipping across the surface are exciting to watch and are usually easy to catch. At times their numbers can be quite large and their rapid popping and slurping while feeding can make the water appear as if someone is repeatedly tossing in handfuls of gravel.

    Typically, plastic bait tails or double rigged jigs/worms are the number one choice of most n
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    Author:: Capt. Gary Ralston
  6. NCangler
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      Post The Benefits Of A Fishing Guide

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    The Benefits of a Fishing Guide
    by Aaron Ralston

    Here is my definition of a perfect fishing day: “Heading out into the open bays in search of 28” redfish and schools of hungry speckled trout, limiting out and loading up the boat with a stringer of fish that could win the next big fishing tournament, having the fish cleaned for you and not cleaning one rod, reel or boat, all before noon.” The fishing trip I just described sounds like the whopper of a tale you would hear while pla
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    Author:: Aaron Ralston
  7. NCangler
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      Post Albemarle Striped Bass

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    Albemarle Striped Bass
    by Capt. Gary Dubiel

    The Albemarle-Roanoke estuarine stripers live in a vast area of water during the course of the year. Their wintering grounds are directly to the west of the Northern Outer Banks of North Carolina. Such famous beach towns as Nags Head and Kitty Hawk are a stones through away from outstanding fishing. Although boat anglers have an advantage over wade fisherman, shore anglers do stand a reasonable chance to get into fine striper fishing
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    Author:: Capt. Gary Dubiel
  8. NCangler
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      Post Crossing the Line(s), North Carolina Estuarine Striped Bass.

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    Albemarle Striped Bass
    by Capt. Gary Dubiel

    North Carolina’s Department of Marine Fisheries (DMF) and Wildlife Resources Commission (WRC) have established a complex management system to maintain a massive number of resident striped bass in the Albemarle/Pamlico Sound and Roanoke River. Once reduced to numbers small enough to make recreation fishing hardly worth the effort, “line siders” have now become the shining star of the Tar Heel State’s spring recreational fishery. Achiev
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    Author:: Capt. Gary Dubiel
  9. NCangler
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      Post Colours of Night Life

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    Colors of Night Life
    by Scott Morris

    If you like sport fishing, you surely will like to fish for redfish. This feisty species is one of the best fighters in the inshore spectrum and, cooked correctly, a great addition to the barbeque menu. Even some restaurants have adopted the fish as a specialty. For example, at the famous Redfish Seafood Grill and Bar on Bourbon Street, New Orleans, they headline, “At Redfish, we serve up a parade of award-winning French Quarter specialties, i
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    Author:: Scott Morris
  10. NCangler
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      Post Surf Fishing the Outer Banks of North Carolina

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    Surf Fishing the Outer Banks of NC
    by Elizabeth Edwards

    My first experience surf fishing was with my father on Wrightsville Beach, NC in the 60's. He parked our shiny black Ford Fairlane in a gravel parking lot off the beach and we hiked over the dunes to the surf, carrying rods, buckets, tackle box and various other fishing paraphernalia. I remember him catching bluefish, croakers, puppy drum and flounder as I played in the tidal pools nearby. Later, my grandmother would fry the
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    Author:: Elizabeth Edwards
  11. NCangler
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      Post 3 Color Combinations That Drive Fish Wild and Can Help You to Catch Your Limit

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    3 Color Combinations That Drive Fish Wild and Can Help You to Catch Your Limit
    by Larry M. Lynch

    The most successful fishing lures seem to imitate natural forage either in size, color, action, sounds or a combination of these. Some color schemes may also promote visibility by providing contrast to existing visual conditions that the fish (not you) have. This may help explain why seemingly “strange” or “unorthodox” color combinations catch fish. We don’t see what the fish see.
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    Author:: Larry M. Lynch
  12. NCangler
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      Post How to Hand Craft Your First Salt Water Fishing Lure

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    How to Hand Craft Your First Salt Water Fishing Lure
    by Larry M. Lynch

    As the surface of the water explodes, adrenaline shoots through your body. Your muscles lock you into position for a fight against whatever has just smashed your top water plug. No doubt about it, you’re in for a scrap. You sweat, ache, curse and pray you’ll get the fish into the boat. Your heart pounds as you wonder, "Will my knots hold? Did I set the hooks deep enough? Will everything hold together long
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    Author:: Larry M. Lynch
  13. NCangler
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      Post The Red Drum...North Carolina's State Fish

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    The Red Drum - North Carolina's State Fish
    by Capt. George Beckwith

    When Capt. Owen Lupton and young Rick Cayton caught the first tarpon on a rod and reel in the deeper waters of Pamlico Sound in 1976, a new fishery was created for Pamlico County anglers. The heavy, 20-40 pound gear reserved for offshore excursions through Ocracoke Inlet proved ideal for the newfound tarpon fishing. In the subsequent years, a few local anglers spent thousands of hours battling mosquitoes, dodgi
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    Author:: Capt. George Beckwith
  14. NCangler
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      Post Pompano Profits

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    Pompano Profits
    by Bill Morris

    It’s a common joke that fishermen spend more dollars per-pound on their catch than any market could possibly charge. But if there is one species that might put your ledger into the black, it’s the pompano. These fish — which carry the highest market price in the country — are right now feeding in the surf zone from the Outer Banks south, and the best time to catch them is through the first two weeks of October.

    A close cousin to jacks, the Flor
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    Author:: Bill Morris
  15. NCangler
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      Post Spanish Mackerel On Live Bait

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    Spanish Mackerel On Live Bait
    by Bill Morris

    From late summer through the fall, the Spanish mackerel is one of the most reliable game fish along most of our coast. From the beach, Stingsilvers and small Hopkins spoons are the lures of choice. Pier fishermen swear by Gotcha plugs with gold hooks. Small private boats and large charter vessels alike spend countless hours trolling gold and silver spoons.

    Live bait is another way to target Spanish mackerel, especially the big on
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    Author:: Bill Morris
  16. NCangler
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      Post Sight Fishing for False Albacore in the Fall

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    Sight Fishing for False Albacore in the Fall
    by Bill Morris

    Saltwater fly fishing has its roots tangled up with the mangroves’ on the shallow marl-and-turtle grass flats of South Florida. So it may simply be tradition that drives saltwater fly anglers toward “sight fishing”—the technique of seeking out specific fish and attempting to cast right into their feeding window. Sight fishing is most often associated with Florida species--bonefish, permit, and tarpon--but the sport’s p
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    Author:: Bill Morris
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      North Carolina's Pamlico Slam

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    NC Pamlico Slam
    by Capt. Gary Dubiel

    The mechanical voice of NOAA came across the air ways, “Winds east northeast twenty to twenty five knots for tomorrow.” I dialed the phone to break the bad news to a couple of anglers who had been waiting for six months to tangle with a little tunny at Cape Lookout.

    “I know you all came to fish Harkers for albacore,” I said, “but its going to be blowing pretty hard tomorrow. We could give it a try, but if there’s more east than north in the
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    Author:: Capt. Gary Dubiel

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