Volume 13 Number 1 - January 2006


The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries requires anglers with May-October ocean-caught stripers report catches. Anglers may keep two ocean stripers per day of at least 28 inches total length. Before being off-loaded, stripers need a landing tag available at Big Rock Candy
Although ocean-run stripers arrive off OBX beaches by November, the big ones cruise south during January.
Striper fishing is the most popular winter sport at the Outer Banks.  ...
Walter Taylor

Jerry Simmons hunts scaup at the New River from a fiberglass layout boat. Bluebill Skies
The New River near Sneads Ferry and Camp LeJeune is a haven for thousands of scaup and late-season hunters.
A raw, icy wind rippled the Cordura fabric of an Avery collapsible boat blind.  ...
Mike Marsh

Ace, Buckner’s 7-year-old dog, returns to his master to check out things and get ready for another sweep of the woods. For North Carolina winter-season turkeys, break up that flock
Getting turkeys separated, then calling them back, is a tradition
A trained hunting dog is a marvelous animal to observe.

Hunters and dog owners of specialty breeds — pointers, setters, beagles, Plotts, Redbones, blueticks, Walkers, Chesapeakes, Labradors, Boykins — uniformly talk about the ...

Craig Holt

Chris Nichols takes his catfish rigs to the major creeks south of the N.C. 150 bridge at Lake Norman during winter to find big blue catfish. Lake Norman blue catfish are great winter targets
When the mercury tumbles, a few Charlotte anglers don’t get moody -- they head out for trophy blues.
There are fishermen at Lake Norman who blame the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission for everything they perceive that’s lacking in the lake.

The stripers and the bass aren’t big enough; there isn’t enough bait; the WRC isn’t doing ...

Dan Kibler

Heather Hatley is a good enough shot that she impressed her friend, Cody Baker, who also is a competitive gunner. North Carolina Waterfowl Should Fear Sister in Arms
Waterfowl Hunting no longer is a pastime that’s the sole domain of grungy guys.
The scuffling of shoes, water running, men stumbling in the dark as they pulled on chest waders and Gore-Tex camouflage coats, and the smell of coffee permeated the old farmhouse at 4 a.m. ...
Craig Holt

A still, cold morning is a good time to find squirrels on the ground. Southeastern North Carolina: A Perfect Place for Bustin’ Bushytails
The end of deer season doesn’t have to mean putting away your stalking skills if you try squirrel hunting at three eastern N.C. game lands.
Many hunters in the southeastern parts of North Carolina act as if they’d lost their best friend once deer season ends.  ...
Mike Marsh

Anglers use legs and body weight with Braid’s harness to battle tuna.
Stand Up to North Carolina Bluefin Tuna
You don’t have to be a body-builder to take on bluefin tuna with Dennis Braid’s unique big-fish holster.
I once caught a bluefin tuna in the 200- to 300-pound range, so I’m familiar with near-death experiences.

Six of us brought 11 bluefins to the boat that day. Because I was sixth in rotation, I hoped the skipper would call it a day ...

Bob Goldstein

Not all Cape Fear stripers are giants, although this fish landed by Capt. Stuart Caulder, hit a chartreuse Rat-L-Trap, fished near structure during a falling tide. Wilmington is North Carolina striped bass mecca in the winter
You can forget all your troubles, forget all your cares and go downtown for Wilmington’s waterfront stripers.
Capt. Stuart Caulder’s phone call was direct and to the point.

“Hey, Jerry, the stripers are starting to show up along the waterfront in downtown Wilmington,” he said. “The tide will be right for the next few afternoons.”

Jerry Dilsaver