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David Owens discusses trailers
Reports from the National Marine Manufacturers Association show boat ownerships are increasing.  The statistics also show many of the new boats are being sold with trailers.  Trailers definitely give boat owners freedom on where to fish or boat, but that comes with some responsibility for selecting the correct trailer and maintaining it properly.  Good trailer selection and maintenance habits...
Jerry D - red grouper 2
Many fishermen along the south Atlantic Coast are looking forward to May 1 - especially fishermen from the Tar Heel State.  Two of the most popular fishing seasons will open then and both saw some changes over the winter.  There wasn't anything in the changes that will affect the regulations right away, but things may change before their scheduled...
Wow, February has started off mild enough many fishermen will want to be on the water taking advantage of it.  Even better, a lot of reports show the fish are biting.  North Carolina fishermen are seeing a variety of fin and scale action from the depths of the blue water to the peaks of the Blue Ridge.  Yes, it's...
Team Tide Line - 2018 US Open King Mackerel Tournament Winners
Their fish wasn't as large as it usually takes to win the prestigious US Open King Mackerel Tournament, held October 4-6 from Southport Marina in Southport, but that's OK with Capt. Dieter Cardwell, Mike Lundy, Kevin Alley, Alex Ferm and Ole Ferm of Team Tide Line.  It was large enough at 37.20 pounds to collect a prize payout that...
Some fish have teeth, really sharp teeth, and they can make short work of mono or fluoro leaders. You might land some occasionally, but, for the most part, catching these fish consistently requires wire leaders. There are a couple of exceptions, most notably trolling spoons for king and Spanish mackerel, but landing success for toothy critters rises significantly when a wire...
The Artificial Reef Program run by the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries is usually busy. While there are several local artificial reef association groups along the N.C. Coast, every N.C. artificial reef project must be coordinated through the DMF Artificial Reef Program. One of the current points of emphasis is estuarine reefs, especially oyster sanctuaries. These projects don't just add...
2017 Kayak Fish & Float - Jonathan Grady 2
This winter seems to be intent on making up for the two mild winters we had been blessed with and there are just some day it's better to be inside and warm.  On those winter days when the wind is howling and the seas cresting, there are a couple of things fishermen can do to help them prepare for...
The Big Rock Sports Dealer Shows are sort of mini ICAST events, plus they have shooting, hunting and other outdoor sports.  Big Rock Sports, which began as Henry's Tackle Company several decades ago in Morehead City, has grown to be one of the largest U.S. sporting gear distributors.  They are now headquartered in Graham and supply more than 15,000...

Popping Corks

The light ripple on the water's surface had the popping float bobbing ever so slightly as it drifted into the riffle created by the oyster rock blocking the path of the falling tide.  Just after the tide pushed it around the corner of the oysters and it's speed began to slow, the fisherman dipped his rod tip and jerked...
The July 19 sinking of the Capt. David Knight  on AR 430 was a long time coming for the Long Bay Artificial Reef Association (LBARA).  The Capt. David Knight is a decommissioned water barge that had been renamed to honor Capt. Knight, a popular and well liked Southport fisherman who lost his battle with cancer several years earlier in...

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