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    Sections of North Carolina’s Tuckasegee River are great spring destination for fishermen interested in taking trout on fly rods.

    Spring trout are mountain blessings

    April, May offer just about the best trout fishing you can imagine, and you don’t have to be an expert
    Yesterday at 9:00am
    Guide Joe Dennis caught this big stringer of bluegill on crickets, his favorite baits for these aggressive fish.

    Bream bonanza is at hand

    April is time for all kinds of panfish at Santee
    April 16 at 9:00am
    Some tremendous territory is available this month to bass fishermen in kayaks, like Lake Moultrie’s Hatchery area, which regularly produces trophy largemouth bass.

    April bass fishing is tough to beat

    Paddling a kayak can get you into some awesome areas this month for largemouths
    April 14 at 9:00am
    Toby Grantham was using a long shock leader of monofilament when he hooked this scamp grouper off the coast of Morehead City, N.C.

    To braid, or not to braid

    Braided line has many advantages, but good, old mono holds its own
    April 12 at 9:00am
    Sliced and ready to eat, oven-roasted wild turkey, prepared with a few spices and barbecue sauce, will give you another reason to long for turkey season.

    Gobbler grub

    This simple recipe for oven-roasted wild turkey will leave you strutting
    April 08 at 9:00am
    Pre-emergent herbicides are keys to producing the best warm-season food plots possible.

    Don’t give weeds any head start

    Pre-emergent herbicides are a must for spring planting
    April 05 at 9:00am
    Soft baits catch plenty of shallow, spring largemouths, but they’re not the only way to go.

    Three go-to hard baits

    Even when they’re shallow, bass will readily hit these lures
    April 01 at 7:00am
    Jimmy Mason holds up a 6-pound bass caught on a Bomber Jointed Wake Minnow at Wilson Lake.

    Bomber’s Jointed Wake Minnow

    Bass, redfish smash new topwater
    March 29 at 9:00am
    With deer season in the rear-view mirror, take time to scout your woods for sign you might have missed last season.

    No time better than now to prepare

    Postseason is time to change gear and/or form, review success or failure, work on land
    March 22 at 9:00am
    Start your fishing trips this month later in the day, after the sun has had a chance to warm the waters of trout streams and allow fish like this nice brown become more active.

    Trout in the Ides of March

    Part winter, part spring, the third month offers anglers interesting opportunities in mountain streams
    March 19 at 9:00am
    Stripers begin moving this month into the upper reaches of Lake Marion as they begin their annual spawning run into tributary rivers.

    Big-fish time on Moultrie, Marion

    March means hungry bass, catfish, stripers, more
    March 16 at 9:00am
    A kayak is a great platform for “shooting” a tiny jig back up under a dock during prime crappie fishing times.

    Paddle, pedal to plenty of crappie

    Kayaks, canoes can put you in great spots for spring slabs
    March 14 at 9:00am
    The Kula 5 can double as a bucket or a high-tech cooler.

    it’s only a bucket, or is it?

    New, high-tech buckets may be expensive, but they perform plenty of tasks for anglers
    March 12 at 9:00am
    A tuna salad, cooked with jerk seasoning and garnished with fruit, makes for a great spring meal.

    Bluewater bounty

    Try this special tuna salad recipe after your spring bluewater trip goes great
    March 08 at 9:00am
    Disking up old food plots or fallow fields will provide turkeys with great opportunities to search for bugs and other food. To prevent the downside — possible nest destruction or habitat loss for newly born fawns — get your disking done by mid-March.

    March: lion or lamb for habitat

    Improving some habitat can have unwanted, negative effects if you’re not careful
    March 01 at 7:00am
    A Buckeye Mop Jig (pictured) and a No. 7 Rapala Shad Rap are two baits all bass fishermen need to have tied on in March, when bass are really starting to feed and move toward shallower water.

    Must-have baits for March bass

    Make sure you have these lures tied on when you hit the lake this month for your best chance at truly big bass
    March 01 at 7:00am