Species spotlight: flier

One of the lesser-known, and the least occurring panfish in the Carolinas is one that many anglers never catch or even lay eyes on. Many have never even heard of it. And of those who have caught one, many of them shrug at the sight and chalk them up as a strange looking bream. The flier (Centrarchus macropterus) exists sparingly in both states, but can be found in big numbers in certain bodies of water. […]


NCWRC opens public comment period on proposed rules changes

During a telephonic meeting on May 15, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission voted to open the public comment period and hold one public hearing for three temporary amendments to existing rules. The public comment period opens May 25 and closes June 29. Comments can be submitted online or by email. The public hearing will be held on June 6 at 7 p.m. at the Commission’s headquarters in Raleigh. […]


Nine free fishing and boating workshops offered in June

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center is offering nine free fishing and boating workshops for people of all ages and skill levels throughout the month of June. Online registration is required for the workshops, which are open on a first-come, first-served basis. […]


6-year-old lands 71-pound catfish on Pee Dee River

Six-year-old Lindsey Edge of Laurel Hill, N.C. caught a 71-pound blue catfish on May 10 at the base of the Blewett Falls Dam in the Pee Dee River at Norwood, N.C. Few anglers ever catch or even see a fish this big in person. But, it happened for Edge, who spends many hours with her father, Ira Edge on the water every year.  […]


Unhooking Spanish mackerel doesn’t have to come with a cut

Spanish mackerel are coated with a very slick slime and have razor-sharp teeth, which can be a dangerous combination. They are difficult to hold, and a single slip can put fingers in danger of a severe laceration. The slime may transmit germs or diseases to fishermen through open cuts, especially ones freshly made by a mackerel’s sharp teeth. The easier you can to handle and unhook Spanish the better and guide Rennie Clark, Jr., has a great trick. […]