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Fishing improves in March beginning with the likely return of Northern puffers. These small to medium-sized fish puff up with air when they’re caught and reeled in. Prized for their meat by some anglers, they are often called blowfish or blow toads. The Northern puffer is not deadly poisonou…

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Ken Partlow of Currituck shows off a nice puppy drum he caught at Jennette’s Pier in February. A former fishing instructor, he has enjoyed a great run of keeper drum over the winter. Fortunately, this year the puppy drum stuck around Outer Banks waters throughout the change of seasons, and t…

  • By Brian Horsley Contributing writer
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Coastal North Carolina hosts a good number of non-breeding and sub-adult whales each winter. Humpbacks and the occasional fin whale stop and feed along our shores during their migration south. These huge mammals are feeding on the abundant schools of bay anchovies and menhaden. These whales …

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Anglers use natural bait for much of the surf fishing and pier fishing in the fall. The kind and condition of the bait can make a big difference. Always use fresh bait when you can get it.

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The 7-foot, medium-action spinning rod is a really inexpensive and versatile outfit. A spinning reel that will hold about 200 yards of 8 to 12 pound line, either braid or monofilament, will match up perfectly with this size rod. You can use this rod on the end of the pier fishing jerk jigger…

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Don’t know what type of charter is best for you and your family? What follows is a basic definition of the types of Outer Banks fishing charters.

  • By Brian Horsley Contributing writer
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Anglers fishing outside Oregon Inlet have been catching a nontraditional gamefish called ribbonfish. These fish are voracious eaters and will take most cut bait fished just under the surface. There is no question how they got their name.  They are long and flat, the body tapers down to a poi…

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A great way to spend some time fishing is on a fishing pier.  It can be as easy or a complicated as you want it to be. Let’s look at the basics and the gear needed to have a fun outing on the pier.

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The kind of bait and the condition of the bait can make a big difference in your summer catch. Always use fresh bait when you can get it.

  • By Brian Horsley Contributing writer
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The red drum, also known as drum, channel bass, redfish or simply reds, is a game fish that is found in the Atlantic Ocean from Massachusetts to Florida and in the Gulf of Mexico from Florida to Northern Mexico.

  • By Brian Horsley Contributing writer
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The red drum, also known as drum, channel bass, redfish or simply reds, is a game fish that is found in the Atlantic Ocean from Massachusetts to Florida and in the Gulf of Mexico from Florida to northern Mexico.

  • By Brian Horsley Contributing writer
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Whether you bought a expensive fishing outfit or a economical combo it is nice to get more than a few sessions out of each. Saltwater is the enemy: It loves to eat away metal and leaves you with a powdery deposit where some of your reel and rod parts were. If you are a surf fisherman, sand a…

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In October the waters cool down and the air temps can be a little chilly, but this means that speckled trout and drum will be in the surf. Most anglers who wade in the surf and sound don waders when the water temperatures drop. Waders are simply rubber boots with waterproof bibs attached, an…

  • By Brian Horsley Contributing writer
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Whether you bought an expensive fishing outfit or an economical combo, it is nice to get more than a few sessions out of your tackle. Saltwater is the enemy: It loves to eat away at metal and leave a powdery deposit on your reel and rod parts. Surf anglers can add sand to the salt – a tough …

  • By Brian Horsley Contributing writer
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The red drum, also known as drum, channel bass, redfish or simply “reds,” is a game fish that is found in the Atlantic Ocean from Massachusetts to Florida and in the Gulf of Mexico from Florida to Northern Mexico.

  • By Brian Horsley Contributing writer
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During the warm months on the end of any Outer Banks pier, you can find anglers fishing live bait. You have to have a lot of patience to be a successful pin-rig fisherman.

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Many visitors to the Outer Banks like to stop by one of the local marinas in the afternoon to watch the sportfishing boats as they return the docks. After the boats back into their slips and tie up, they offload their clients’ catches, which could be yellowfin tuna, dolphin, wahoo, blackfin …

  • By Brian Horsley Contributing writer
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Here are some basic definitions of the types of fishing charters you can book on the Outer Banks.

  • By Brian Horsley Contributing writer
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You have put time, energy, effort and money into your fishing trip, so it would be foolish not to get the most out of your fish. Follow these easy tips on handling and storing your fish so they will stay fresh longer, thus preserving the taste and texture.

  • By Brian Horsley Contributing writer
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Late May and June are prime times for cobia fishing. These fish can be big and hard-fighting and have the ability to put the locals into a dither.