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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...
ICAST 2017 Orlando FL
Just the mention of attending ICAST (International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades) is enough to quicken the pulse of most fishermen.  This is the international tackle show of all the new rods, reels, lures and associated products, plus it includes all the products in manufacturer's current lines.  It truly is a "kid in a candy store" experience for most...
While fishing with her parent on July 19, 10 year old Katelyn Turner of Charlotte landed a huge king mackerel that was more than twice her age and outweighed her too.  Even though the odds were stacked against her, young Katelyn listened to the coaching of her parents, Mark and Michelle Turner, and eventually wore out the big king...
Choosing The Right Cast Net I really enjoy working the fishing shows and expos each year as folks ask a lot of questions and it lets me see if there is a trend in thinking and gives me ideas for stories.  One of the trends this year has been questions on cast nets.  The questions may be about mesh size,...
North Carolina Shad Fishing
North Carolina Shad Fishing Shad are one of God's gifts to fishermen each spring. They come in a couple of sizes and are found in most rivers in North Carolina and they visit rivers in other southeast Atlantic states as well. The best news about shad are just how much fun they can be to catch and how strong...
Cobia Season Closed in Federal Waters On January 24, the 2017 recreational fishing cobia season closed in federal waters from the Florida/Georgia state line northwards.  The season is not scheduled to reopen in 2017.  The 2018 Cobia season will open on January 1, 2018. This closure is for federal waters, which begin 3 miles offshore and continue to 200 miles offshore. ...
The Wonderful Winter World of Boat and Fishing Shows Don't let the winter weather get you down.  It may be too cold, wet, windy or something else to be on the water fishing, but there are a surprising number of events across the Carolinas that are fun, and offer opportunities to check out shiny new fiberglass and aluminum boats, see...
Ego Krtptek Nets
Big Rock East Best in Show Awards The Penn Slammer III Spinning Reel Series racked up another Best in Show Award in early January at the Big Rock Sports East Show held at the Raleigh Convention Center in Raleigh, N.C., January 6-8. The Slammer III Series, which is a reintroduction of a popular reel that had been discontinued, is making lots...

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Miami International Boat Show Kicks Off Tomorrow

  The Progressive Miami International Boat Show opens tomorrow! This year's event features more than 1,400 boats—including 700 boats in the water and 1,100 exhibitors. The show...