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Guide Time – Neuse River Classroom

Guide Time – Neuse River Classroom

For most inshore anglers, the winter months mean one of two things—trout or striper—so once Capt. Gary Dubiel, of Spec Fever Guide Service, and I had confirmed a 7:00 am meeting at the Lawson’s Creek Boat Ramp for a half day of New Bern-area fishing, my next text to him was, “Trout or striper?” “Both […]

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Guide Time – Blackfins By Any Means

Guide Time – Blackfins By Any Means

The plan was to catch blackfins by just about any means necessary, and since we were with Capt. Rick Croson, of Living Waters Guide Service out of Wrightsville Beach, we had a lot of options. We left the dock in the dark at 5:30 am, heading out under the stars, and the calm seas meant […]

 Gary Hurley

Guide Time – Sea Vixen Finds Her Mark

Guide Time – Sea Vixen Finds Her Mark

We were headed to the Gulf Stream out of Wrightsville Beach, and Rick’s 33’ custom center console was loaded with 263 gallons of diesel, 500 pounds of ice, thousands of dollars in Talica reels and Hanta rods, but yet we didn’t have a single ballyhoo, or any type of bait, anywhere on board. Capt. Rick […]

 Gary Hurley

Guide Time: King of Topwater

Guide Time: King of Topwater

Topwater strikes can be addictive, but addictive in that good way. Many anglers that focus on topwaters will tell you that they’d rather catch one fish on a topwater than a dozen fish any other way. It’s that shared love of the topwater bite that brought me and Capt. D. Ashley King, of Keep Castin’ […]

 Gary Hurley

Guide Time – A Burst of White

Guide Time – A Burst of White

“Right..Now, hahahaha,” snarled Jonny Rotten’s voice from the speakers behind me as the opening chorus of “Anarchy in the UK” got underway. The white marlin separated from me by 75 yards of chartreuse monofilament was evidently a Sex Pistols fan as well, rebelling from the water with a splashy routine of leaps and greyhounds that […]

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