• Volume 13 Number 5 - May 2006


    Many coastal saltwater species are holding their own or increasing in numbers, but problems still plague some species, including flounder, gray trout and reef fishes.

    Numbers of North Carolina saltwater gamefish important to most anglers continued to improve or hold their own last year, according to the stock status reports of the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries.

    Although other Pee Dee/Yadkin lakes have better reputations, one veteran catfish angler likes Blewett Falls for big blues.

    Sunset promised cooling conditions as Randy Willard pulled his truck off a dirt road into what served as a parking lot at the Wildlife Commission ramp downstream from Blewett Falls Dam.

    During the last phases of spring gobbler season, turkey hunters find more success if they alter calling strategies.

    The standard way for spring turkey hunters to go about luring in gobblers is to issue a variety of hen sounds with any number of calling devices.

    A Crystal Coast captain has adopted an offshore technique that may revolutionize inshore cobia fishing.

    The day began as a Spanish mackerel fishing trip.

    Donald Lane, captain of the Impulse, a 58-foot Carolina Custom sportfisherman, set out from the Morehead City municipal docks with rods rigged and ready with spoons and planers.

    When conditions are rough or the weather doesn’t cooperate, sheepshead can save the day.

    Sheepshead weren’t our primary target that morning, but when the conditions changed, they were a welcome substitute for the red drum we had initially planned to pursue.

    A veteran Crystal Coast captain’s family has tracked dolphin and tuna during May for three decades.

    Something inside Tar Heels draws us to the sea.

    For most of us, this fascination began during a long-ago summer when mom and dad filled the family chariot with suitcases, inner-tubes for riding the waves, cardboard boxes containing sunscreen, Nehi soft drinks, “Nabs” and moon pies, crammed the kids in the backseat and hit the blacktop for the beach.

    Piedmont anglers mostly have forgotten a wide stretch of the Cape Fear called Buckhorn, but a local bass pro says it’s a lunker largemouth haven.

    When Jeffrey Thomas was growing up in the Lee County town of Broadway, there was only one place to go fishing — at the outskirts of town, below the junction of the Deep and Haw Rivers, an old, abandoned dam impounded a section of the Cape Fear River.

    Although Jordan Lake has held the big-crappie crown among Triangle lakes for years, Fall of the Neuse has caught its neighbor.

    Falls of the Neuse Lake and Jordan Lake have grown up together — an hour’s drive apart on either side of the Raleigh-Durham area — since they were impounded more than 20 years ago.

    Anglers who want to try smallmouth bass fishing at a lake that’s almost totally unpressured should consider a western trek to Nantahala.

    Would you like to catch smallmouth bass in about as pristine a spot as Tar Heel anglers can find?

    Last spring with Scott Swanson, I fished Nantahala Reservoir, nestled among the mountains of the Nantahala National Forest, a dozen miles east of Andrews.