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Carolina Outdoor Journal – Season 5

     
The Carolina Outdoor Journal offers another action-packed season of fishing adventures across the beautiful waters of North Carolina. From crappie fishing on Shearon Harris Lake to targeting Striped Bass in downtown Wilmington, each episode offers a unique angling experience. Explore the thrill of fly fishing for Spanish Mackerel off Atlantic Beach and master the art of drift boat fishing for trout on the Nantahala River. Whether it's battling feisty bass or searching for Redfish in the shallow backwaters of the Pamlico Sounds, our expert guides from across the state provide tips and techniques to elevate your fishing game. Plus, enjoy delicious recipes from Donna, like her seafood lasagne, Mexican Catfish tacos, and creamy shrimp pasta salad. Dive into this season for a blend of thrilling fishing expeditions and mouthwatering culinary delights.
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Stu Caulder takes Kandice Kelley fishing for Striped Bass in downtown Wilmington, Carolina, beneath a bridge during the colder months. Chasing the tide in the lower reaches of the river, they use deep-diving hard baits to reach the fish feeding in the heavy current. The episode features an in-depth look at the effective colour combinations of the lures used. Meanwhile, Donna prepares a delicious shrimp and pasta bake in the kitchen.
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Join Captains Ricky Kellum and Wayne Crisco for an exciting mid-August fishing trip off the Carolina coast, targeting flounder. Using live mullet freshly caught off the beach with traditional cast net methods, Ricky quickly realizes these flounder are nothing like the small ones he's used to back home. In gear time, they examine the strong tackle needed to handle these deceptively powerful fish. Meanwhile, Donna takes to the kitchen to teach the art of properly deep-frying fish.
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The Journal presents an exciting December episode of Crappie fishing in Carolina using various methods. Cliff Edwards employs a typical jig bait and spinning rod setup, while Paul Shuey experiments with a fly rod. As they transition from the warmth of fall into the cold winter months, they discover that these usually small fish can grow surprisingly large, providing excellent sport. In gear time, they discuss the spinning gear and jigs used for their setups. Meanwhile, Donna takes to the kitchen to demonstrate her delicious recipe for trout cakes.
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Captain Gary Dubiel and his wife Michelle as they fish for Speckled Trout in the creeks off North Carolina’s Neuse River. These small, grass-coated creeks provide excellent hunting grounds for fish but require a special kind of weedless bait, which Gary and Michelle discuss in gear time. As they navigate these challenging waters, will Michelle show her veteran husband a thing or two about fishing? Meanwhile, Donna prepares a delicious shrimp recipe in the kitchen.
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Tara Lynch McCreedy teams up with Ollie Smith on the Roanoke River in hopes of catching her first Shad on a fly rod. Targeting both Hickory Shad and White Shad in March, they face fast, cold waters that make for powerful fish, akin to tarpon fishing in freshwater. While typically caught using spinning gear, catching these challenging fish on fly rods is a true accomplishment. In gear time, they delve into the delicate tackle required for success. Meanwhile, Donna prepares an elegant clam recipe in the kitchen.
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Join Stu Caulder and Walker Goulder as they fish for "Spanish Gold" – Spanish Mackerel off the Carolina coast. Late in the mackerel season, in late summer, they head to South Carolina where a huge population of these fish has congregated to hunt bait fish. Despite their small size, Spanish Mackerel are among the most athletic fish in the ocean. In gear time, they explore the rod and reel combos needed to handle the speed and agility of these sporty fish. Meanwhile, Donna demonstrates her new recipe for grouper in the kitchen.
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Watch as Captain Greg Griffin gives Christy Bullock a lesson in Crappie fishing on Carolina’s Shearon Harris Lake. Artificial jigging in deep water is the go-to method for targeting the biggest Crappie, but as a first-timer, Christy has a lot to learn. Greg walks her through the essential techniques and equipment needed to get the job done. In a special segment, Donna prepares her signature delicious duck recipe. Don’t miss this informative and mouthwatering episode, perfect for fishing enthusiasts and food lovers alike!
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Ron Bennett and Ted Moseley explore a unique method for catching Redfish in the shallow backwaters of Carolina. Targeting one of Carolina’s most revered sport fish, they face the challenge of Redfish being notoriously spooky, especially in the shallow waters of Nags Head inlet. In gear time, they discuss their unique and effective jig and fish bait combination for working the bottom. Meanwhile, Donna prepares a fascinating seafood lasagne recipe that promises to dazzle the hosts.
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Join husband and wife team Ollie and Robin Smith as they school the locals in Boone County Trout fishing in the mountains of North Carolina. Guided by Ollie, they tackle cold water fishing using a special method he calls tight-line nymphing, similar to the European style. In gear time, the couple discusses the long rods and unusual leader setup needed for this technique. Meanwhile, Donna shares a simple yet delicious recipe for seafood dip.
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Joe Dorman joins Robbie Burr for an exciting adventure, catching massive Blue Catfish on Carolina’s Pee Dee River. Drifting their boat down the slow-moving river, they drop fish baits to the murky depths where the fat cats hunt. The action heats up when they discover a hole full of catfish, and one angler hooks a monster nearly 50 pounds in weight. After an informative gear time segment, Donna delights viewers by cooking up a delicious flounder recipe.
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Join Kurt Hinchman and Scott Buck for an early morning adventure fishing for Speckled Trout in Rose Bay, located in the Pamlico Sounds. Using live bait, an exciting and effective method, they take advantage of Carolina's exceptional trout fishing season. With a rare chance to reach their daily bag limit, the duo demonstrates their successful techniques. In gear time, they showcase the simple tackle used to catch all these fish. Meanwhile, Donna experiments with a Mediterranean grouper recipe in the kitchen.
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Join Captain Mitchell Blake and Jeff Koen as they fish for catfish on the Cashie River. Drift fishing for blue catfish is a popular method in Carolina, but high March winds make the technique challenging. By finding calmer areas on the lower Roanoke system to slow down the boat, they manage to succeed. The episode highlights the smartly adapted Carolina rig the pair used to catch the most fish. Meanwhile, Donna cooks her special shrimp recipe in the kitchen.
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LA Dodgers pitcher Paul Shuey joins Cliff Edwards in the off-season as they fish for feisty Bass with lures from a float tube. Set in Cliff's own private beautiful Carolina pond, which is teeming with Largemouth Bass, the duo casts a variety of baits in mid-July, catching fish right between their feet. In gear time, they review the best lures from a day of experimentation. Meanwhile, Donna prepares a unique turkey recipe with sausage in the kitchen.
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Pro anglers Neal Stockton and Joel Richardson face a tough day fishing for Largemouth Bass on North Carolina’s Belews Lake. Despite its depth, which should have provided good winter fishing in March, cold temperatures create problems, forcing the pair to move closer to shore. Surprisingly, they find great fish holding close to the boulders. In gear time, they explore the complex spinner baits and fishing philosophies that made the day a success. Meanwhile, Donna shares her fancy recipe for mussels in the kitchen.
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Mike Perry and Captain David Haddock fish for late-season Striped Bass on Carolina’s famous Roanoke River. A late spring has delayed the fish's run upriver, leaving plenty of bass to be caught while most anglers have gone home. On his home waters, Captain Haddock guides Mike in using live bait to target the bigger specimens. In gear time, they demonstrate the live bait rigs needed for the fast-moving water. Meanwhile, Donna shares her latest culinary invention: a special Mexican Catfish taco. This episode combines expert fishing techniques with creative cooking.
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Join Brad Whittaker as he is guided by Captain Richard Andrews to fish for White Bass on North Carolina's Eno River. In early April, and the bass are making their spring migration upriver to spawn. The duo casts close to the structures where the fish seek shelter, using ultra-light tackle to increase the fun. In gear time, they discuss the tiny lures and techniques that proved successful. Meanwhile, Donna shares a simple yet delicious Asian-style fish and rice recipe in the kitchen. This episode combines thrilling fishing action with delectable culinary inspiration.
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Three anglers set sail for a summertime fishing adventure in the Pamlico Sound, targeting a mixed bag of Carolina beauties. On this beautiful July day, Captain Richard Andrews, Charlie Adams, and Shelley Tubaugh aren't after any specific species but are simply enjoying the potential catch of Flounder, Speckled Trout, Red Drum, and more. In gear time, they discuss the versatile tackle and baits used to tempt the diverse array of fish in these Carolina waters. Meanwhile, Donna wraps up the show in the kitchen with a creamy shrimp recipe. This episode is a delightful mix of casual fishing fun and delicious cooking.
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Enjoy this episode dedicated to the trials and tribulations of fly fishing in Carolina. Captains Joe Shute and Warren Marshall start by stripping lures for Spanish Mackerel off the coast of Atlantic Beach, discussing the specialised tackle and techniques needed to handle this explosive and powerful species. Next, venture to the Nantahala River in the mountains of North Carolina with Roger, Frank, and Steve, where they provide a masterclass in using the drift boat technique to cast a fly for trout. Donna closes the show in the kitchen with a unique pasta salad featuring a rare and surprising species of fish.
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Join Kurt Hinchman and Captain Gary Dubiel for a tough morning of crappie fishing on Carolina’s Neuse River. Despite perfect springtime conditions, the fish aren't biting, pushing experienced anglers Kurt and Gary to work close to snags with tiny jig baits. After they finally fins the key to success, we explore the ultra-light tackle and pro techniques they use to turn the tide. Later, Donna wraps up the show in the kitchen with a delicious recipe for a special smoked fish dip.
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Join Captain Bryan DeHart and show regular Kurt Hinchman as they fish for big Carolina Redfish in the Pamlico Sound marshes. Starting on a breezy August morning, they cast spinner baits and enjoy some fun catching puppy drum in the grassy edges. Moving to deeper water, they hunt for something huge, sharing insights on their most effective tackle. Later, Donna demonstrates how to make smoked trout, a perfect recipe for a wilderness camping trip. Don't miss the action and delicious tips!
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In one of the most exciting episodes yet, old friends Chuck Laughridge and Tommy Bennett experiment with fly fishing for hard-fighting Albacore Tuna off Cape Lookout, Carolina. It's November, and the fish are feeding aggressively on the surface. The boys chase bait balls, waiting for the perfect cast, but these fish are no pushovers. Discover the heavy-duty tackle needed to catch these powerhouse sport fish, then join Donna in the kitchen for a mouthwatering crab fritter recipe.
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Joe Dorman joins Captain Greg Griffin for an exciting day of live bait fishing, aiming to catch the biggest Largemouth Bass. On a still October day in North Carolina, perfect conditions set the stage for a potential trophy catch. Using a depth finder, they identify interesting hotspots and search the waters for the ideal depth. After an insightful discussion on the necessary float system during gear time, Donna wraps up the episode in the kitchen, sharing a rare and delectable quail recipe.
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The Journal rejoins Tara Lynch and Seth Vernon on their Carolina adventure, fly fishing for big Redfish in skinny water with Alex Smith. Using an old-fashioned punt boat for stealth, the team creeps along the edges, casting lure flies for hunting Reds. Everyone enjoys great sport until the mood shifts when Tara hooks a giant. After exploring their unique methods, join Donna in the kitchen as she cooks up a delicious crusted Flounder.
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In a session for the ages, Kurt Hinchman joins Captain Richard Andrews on the legendary Roanoke River, casting topwater lures for aggressive Carolina Striped Bass in winter. Amid the sunken forest, they use floating lures to imitate injured baitfish, provoking fierce strikes from ever-larger fish. During gear time, they showcase the most effective lures for this exciting fishing style. Meanwhile, Donna delights viewers in the kitchen with a Mediterranean fish meal.
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Join Charles Brown and Joe Dorman as they fish for big Bluefish on surface lures in South Carolina. In part one, they brave strong winds off Cape Lookout in May, casting accurately to trigger the explosive topwater strikes they're after. In part two, the adventure continues deeper into the marshes in March, where trophy fish lurk beneath the structures. During gear time, the boys reveal the unique topwater baits they use. Meanwhile, Donna prepares a delicious lemon and herb flounder in the kitchen.
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Ted Moseley and Ron Bennet head out for a springtime Crappie fishing trip on a Carolina lake. Initially using spinners, they find the fishing fun but face a challenge when a cold front pushes in, stopping the bite. Switching to secret live minnows, a proven technique, they manage to tempt even the fussiest fish and land some of their biggest Crappie ever. In gear time, they discuss the rig needed to control the live baits. Meanwhile, Donna prepares an intriguing recipe for oysters and hushpuppies.

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