• Volume 13 Number 4 - April 2006

    Features

    April and May are the best times to catch trophy browns and rainbows at the Watauga River with a father-son guide team.

    Rod Champion once worked in the insurance business — that is until his love of trout fishing eventually forced him to submit.

    It might not be a rabbit out of a hat, but high numbers of bass out of Falls Lake is totally possible during the postspawn period.

    There are certain times in bass fishing when all the world seems right. The spring spawn is one such time; the fall feeding frenzy is another.

    An Atlantic Beach captain has tweaked a method to use kids’ kites in an unusual way that triggers spectacular - and more - tuna strikes.

    If the sight of a yellowfin tuna jumping into the air in hot pursuit of a fleeing flying fish doesn’t get a person’s adrenaline pumping, a complete physical exam is a good idea.

    Pressured wild turkeys often are difficult to call within gun range. But remedies exist to get to the meat of the matter.

    Hunkered down near of a Caswell County ridge one April morning last year and hidden by a pine lap that had fallen during an ice storm, the hunter’s senses were at high alert.

    Crappie fishing is good througout the late winter and early spring months at this Yadkin chain favorite.

    Fair-weather anglers mostly fish with remote controls when it’s cold, as is sometimes the case during early spring.

    From pier, surf or boat, even novice anglers have a chance at trophy-size drum at the OBX this spring.

    Spring hot spots for big 40-inch, 30-year-old red drum (channel bass) will be Portsmouth Island, Ocracoke Island, and southern Hatteras Island.

    A spring window of opportunity during late April and May offers Pleasure Island anglers terrific topwater action for big Spanish mackerel.

    The day dawned with a slight chill, not unusual for southeastern North Carolina springtime.

    Western NC anglers can get a fix on prespawn, smallmouths this month at the Northernmost impoundment of the Catawba river chain.

    Springtime.

    Daffodils on the hills and fresh leaves on the trees aren’t the only signs of spring. Giant smallmouth bass at Lake James are also harbingers.

    From OBX ports, it’s a short hop to the Atlantic’s great oceanic river and delightful, delicious yellowfins and other deepwater denizens.

    It’s not exactly a scene that would be considered heroic by the stretch of any angler’s imagination, but it’s one that will be forever burned in his or her mind.