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Interview with National Bass Founder and President Scott Turner
Jordan Lake Flood Photos - April 2003
SpringTime means Floating Worm Time:  For big fish and great visual fishing, nothing beats a floating worm.  Read more...
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Boy Dies After Contracting Disease While Swimming At Falls Lake State Health Officials Issue Swimming Alert
Ron Bowling, safety officer for the state parks system, said. "It is related to an organism that rarely affects humans, but we want to make sure folks realize it is a possibility, especially when diving or jumping into the water during the hot summer months. Special Report.........
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RANGER VIRTUAL PLANT TOUR: Come along as we go on a virtual plant tour of the manufacturing plant for Ranger Boats.  Each year, Ranger always amazes me on improvements and innovation.    
New State Record Pumpkinseed Sunfish Shatters Recent Record  For the third time this year, a North Carolina State Freshwater Fishing Record has been shattered, just 12 days after it was broken by another angler. Read more........
Sundown Patrols Fly Above Lakes To Help Keep Swimmers Safe The Sundown Patrol gives air crews a bird's eye view over area lakes. The low-altitude flights take off just before sunset on the weekends and holidays. Their mission is to spot boaters and swimmers in danger.  When the sun goes down, the watchful eyes over Raleigh's area lakes open up. Read more........
Man Pleads Guilty to Stealing Water from NC Lake

Three boaters injured when their boat apparently become airborne and landed in traffic on I-77. 
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Tired of long lines at the ramps or too many pleasure boaters running amok at favorite bass-fishing reservoirs? Sanctuary may be closer than you think: Several smaller bodies of water in the Triangle offer good bass fishing.  By Mike Zlotnicki   Read more...
MAKES HUGE WAVES, NO NOISE, RAW-BONED POWER.  Mercury Marine unveils Project X outboard engine, its revolutionary four-stroke engine, all still closely guarded secrets.  Read more.........
Football, Fast Lane & Fishing Times 3:
Bass fishing, football and Nascar, they all go together.  Each is "Life in the Fast Lane Times 3".  Climb in the boat as I spend a day fishing with former NFL football player Tim Goad, who now spends his time jumping pitwalls instead of quarterbacks. Read more......
Woman breaks Perry’s 71-year-old largemouth record...Or does she?
UPDATE:  RECORD FISH OR A HOAX?  DECISION TO BE MADE SOON.
NEW PHOTO OF RECORD FISH SURFACES, AS DOES MORE DOUBT.  click here to see the photo....
Vance County native lands new state record
What started as just another day on Kerr Lake for Henry W. Proctor Sr. and Henry W. Proctor Jr. became a once-in-a-lifetime experience for the elder Proctor when he reeled in a record-breaking, 13.22-pound freshwater drum.  Read story......
International Game Fish Association rejects fish story as poorly documented, new world record bass denied.

Jordan Lake Housing Project Approved.  Development of 578-acre subdivision on the shores of Jordan Lake is now one step closer.  Chatham Co. overrules planning boards recommentdation, grants permit dispite some protest over Jordan water quality issue.  Read more......
New Laws for Creel & Size Limits Set for Jordan Lake
North Carolina Wildlife Commission has announced passing new laws and changes for Jordan Lake and area waters that will effect the creel and size limits on some popular species of game fish such as stripers, crappie and hybrids.   Read more.................  
Harris Lake - North Carolina's Winter Wonderland:  When you get to the last page of your calendar, it's not time to put your fishing tackle in hibernation for the winter - at least not if you're a bass fisherman in North Carolina.  Read more......
Gaston Lake residents take drastic measures to rid the "Lake Monster" called hydrilla.  Fisherman love it, lake homeowners hate it, but should it be removed at all cost?  Read story on how and why the grass is taking center stage on Gaston Lake. Read more...........
Falls Lake to be Renamed Jesse Helms Lake?: 
A North Carolina Congressman has introduced a bill to rename Falls Lake in honor of N.C. native and former U.S. Sen. Jesse Helms. Read more........
Water Quality Concerns for Jordan Lake SurfaceJordan Lake, already on the states list of impaired waterways because of high algae levels.  Study shows the upper third of Jordan violates the state's limit on chlorophyll A.  The algae releases toxins in the water, killing game fish and making the tap water foul tasting.  The question is "what can be done"?  Read more...
"Ripping a Blade".  Try this proven spinnerbait method when the water chills down and the wind blows during the fall of year.  Fall back, spring forward.  That's a popular reminder for everyone to change clocks during day light savings time.  I like to "Fall Back" to a spinnerbait in the Fall of year.  Traditionally, spring time is known more for spinnerbait fishing, but the fall of year can be just as productive. Read more....
Special Feature Interview: With Brent Gentry, co-founder of Lunker Lure in Carterville, IL.  I recently had a chance to talk to Brent about his family run tackle company.   Today, the Gentry family is once again in complete control of their business, as they recently re-acquired all rights to "Lunker Lure."  Brent has also acquired all product rights to "Hawg Caller" and will continue with this line of hard baits.  Read more........
Potential new record striped bass caught at Gaston Lake:
Recently, a father-son duo from the Gaston Lake area have been making some impressive striper catches on Lake Gaston.  One of which may go down in the record books.  Read more and see photos of this record bass
SummerTime Cranking Part two:  In this installment, location and boat position are discussed.  Key areas for success during the summer are old roadbeds, creek bends and flats.    Read more..........
Off Season Preparation: The bass tournament season has ended and cabin fever has or will eventually set in.  You are tired of seeing all those fishing shows of someone catching fish is some far off sunny, warm climate.  The time is right to start getting ready for next season now.  Read more.....
The "X" and "Oh" of Football & Bass Fishing:  Whats Big Time College football and bass fishing got in common?  More than you would think.  Join in on a fun day of fishing with UNC's assistant football coach Andre Powell and I.  Its not always about being Blue or Red, but just the simple plays of Green.   Read more......
N.C. State University Forms Bass Fishing Team: Special Interview with "BassPack" Faculty Adviser Jonathan Phillips.  Designed after the Big Ten Conference, where several teams now hold meets, NC State hopes its team will evidently compete with other ACC teams.   Read more.............. 
Small Town Tackle Shop and Big Time "Rapper"
Ask any local bass angler to name the best rapper in North Carolina and the answer most likely will be Bill Poe of Staley, not Snoop Dog.  In the parlance of fishing, building custom rods is known as "wrapping," and 66-year-old Poe is one of the best around. You just wouldn't know it talking to him.  By Mike Zlotnicki Read more..........
Making World Class Propellers:  Ever wonder how your prop is made?  Come along as we go on a virtual tour of Mercury's stainless steel propeller plant, located in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin.
Special Feature Interview: With Kelly Barefoot, founder of Custom Lures Unlimited in Raleigh, NC.  I recently had a chance to talk to Kelly about his new custom tackle venture.   Their goal is to provide anglers with lure repair, restoration, and custom lure design and painting.  Read more........
Two Perfect Lakes For Summer Bassin':  Fishermen, especially bass anglers, in North Carolina love to compare lakes and "how they fish."  Deep-shallow, stained-clear, fertile-infertile, steep-sloping, rocks-stumps, lay downs-docks, huge-small, standing timber-laydowns, creek flow-river flow - all these factors determine whether a lake is "like" or "different from" another lake.  Read more.....
SummerTime Cranking Part one:  HOT weather means Hot water, which means off shore tactics.  Nothing beats deep cranking for success.  In part one, equipment is discussed, from depth finder to line and crankbaits.  Read more..........
Special Feature "Fishing With the Stanley Cup":
  Not many people get to see the Stanley Cup, must less take it bass  fishing.  Come along as Steve Jones, from NC, gets to help Carolina Hurricanes Chris Huffine fullfill his dream day with the Stanley Cup on Falls Lake. Read more........
Take Care of Your Fishing Line:  Whether you fish for fun or for a paycheck, your fishing line is the only connection between you and the fish. Many fishermen don't take take good care of their line.  Read Ken Cooks tips on line.  Special Feature by Ken Cook. Read more......
Virtual Tour with Ken Cook:  You ever wonder what it would be like to actually travel behind the scenes of a Touring Bass Pro? Go into his home?   Well, now you can.  Come along with Ken Cook at home, in his office and in his personal shop.  Its "In the House" with Ken Cook Read more......
Special Feature Interview: With Tate Bennett, founder of Skeets Custom Rods in Raleigh, NC.  Unlike rods you buy in a store, Tate designs & builds quality custom fishing rods.   I recently had a chance to talk & design some rods with Tate.   Read about his "New Guide Concept System" and a new series of rods to be introduced soon at Carolina Outdoors.  Read more........
Magic Bait or the Co-Anglers Dream:  I get ask all the time, "Whats hot on the tournament trail and in our local lakes"?  Well, theres only one answer to that question, and you might find it just a little  bit wacky !   Know what it is?  Read more......