Volume 13 Number 2 - February 2006


Donnie Westmoreland of Liberty thinks late February is prime time to tackle bass at one of his favorite city water-supply lakes. Catch late-winter bass on North Carolina reservoirs
Although many anglers think February isn’t a good time for largemouth, a few warm days will turn on big fish.
A scenario replays itself each February across North Carolina.

Bass anglers who have worn calluses on their hands from sharpening hooks, and that have spent more time reorganizing their tackle boxes than they have raking their yard ...

Chris Ginn

Wire hooks are a good idea for live bait (minnows) as well as artificial lures so they can be bent and un-snagged from brushy areas that usually hold crappies. Cheat the Chill for Cape Fear River crappie
Find coastal creeks when the winds blow cold and catch your share of Cape Fear crappie.
When February rolls around, many anglers are antsy for action. A few warm days make them long for April when rising water temperatures bring out the best in panfishing at the state’s coastal rivers. ...
Mike Marsh

Gustafson releases a striper at Lake Norman where the fish can’t reproduce on their own. Learn to track Lake Norman's winter striped bass in North Carolina
Veteran guide Gus Gustafson knows favored underwater routes of Lake Norman stripers, which gives him an advantage in trying to locate these tough-to-catch fish.
In 1963 the formation of Cowans Ford Dam resulted in a Duke Power Company lake nearly as large as the other 10 lakes on the Catawba River combined.

At 32,500 acres, Lake Norman ranked as the largest body of fresh water in North ...

Tony Garitta

Matt Buchanan bagged a 17-point non-typical buck in Orange County that’s green-scored 169 points. North Carolina's Deer of the Year
2005 brought a big-buck blizzard.
North Carolina experienced a strange 2005 weather year, especially during deer season. ...
Craig Holt

One of the aspects of rabbit hunting is the sense of familiarity by veteran hunters in touching their pasts. Put your beagles on some North Carolina rabbits
Pine deserts have no lack of rabbits when veteran hunters turn loose a pack of dogs.
Real rabbit hunters are fit and rugged sportsmen. ...
Walter Taylor

Offshore anglers — and that’s from a few hundred yards to 3 miles out — look for “gannet showers” (flocks of birds) to lead them to big schools of striped bass. Secret of North Carolina's Coastal Stripers
It took a while to accept, but scientists now know spring river flows and harvest limits created our booming rockfish revival.
All one needs to know about striped bass is most of them swim between Cape Cod and Cape Hatteras nine months of the year, and the remaining three months aggregate within 5 miles east of N.C. 12 on the Outer Banks from Rudee Inlet to Hatteras inlet.  ...
Bob Goldstein

Jerry Lowder said Badin’s clear water is the main reason bass put on an early spring feed bag. Visit Badin Lake for late-winter North Carolina largemouth bass
The early worm gets the bass at this Yadkin-Pee Dee system lake, even during February.
It’s deep and clear, tucked in some of the world’s most ancient, worn-round mountains. It has no warm-water discharge, no hot hole, and it’s not a particularly big reservoir.  ...
Dan Kibler

Inshore red drum normally will be “puppy” sizes (less than 30 inches in length) during winter as larger drum usually migrate offshore. Winter tips for Morehead City specks, reds
A few hours of sunshine in winter can make redfish and specks bite at Beaufort.
Capt. Dave Dietzler was almost nonchalant as his MirrOlure landed beside the small oyster rock protruding from the point of marsh. ...
Jerry Dilsaver