Volume 13 Number 5 - May 2006

 FEATURES:

Spanish mackerel are a healthy species in N.C. waters, along with king mackerels, the highly-sought fish of summer and fall tournaments. 2006 Saltwater Forecast
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. ...
Craig Holt

Catfish anglers wonít find bigger specimens of fine-tasting channel cats than the ones available at Blewett Falls. Big Blue Bite
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.  ...
Mike Marsh

If a gobbler hangs up, throw him a changeup such as a jake yelp or kee-kee call, either of which may result in him charging your position. Sometimes a decoy will further fire up a challenged tom. Changeups for Toms
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.  ...
Bruce Ingram

An angler has whipped this cobia and will walk it around to the stern so a mate can gaff the fish. I Spy Cobia
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.  ...

Mike Marsh

Dickson displays a nice-size sheepshead that hit a bait at the Little River Inlet jetties. Lite Bite
When conditions are rough or the weather doesnít cooperate, sheepshead can save the day.
Sheepshead werenít 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. ...
Jerry Dilsaver

When a dolphin hits a lure, and the angler brings it to the stern, Capt. Allen Downey of the C Escape keeps trolling, hoping for more hits for other anglers. Sea Escape
A veteran Crystal Coast captainís 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 ...

Craig Holt

During May, bass at the Buckhorn pool on the Cape Fear River will hit topwater baits, especially early in the morning. Secret Water
Piedmont anglers mostly have forgotten a wide stretch of the Cape Fear called Buckhorn, but a local bass pro says itís 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 ó 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. ...
Dan Kibler

When anglers troll quickly, they seem to get more strikes from Falls Lake crappies if they use straight soft-plastic lures, such as small tubes, instead of curly-tail jigs. Slower trolling is best for curlytails. Sibling Slab Rivalry
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 ó an hourís drive apart on either side of the Raleigh-Durham area ó since they were impounded more than 20 years ago. ...
Dan Kibler

A typical Nantahala smallmouth bass will measure between 10 and 17 inches in length, but enough 5- and 6-pounders are caught each spring to keep anglers on the edge of their seats. Wilderness Smallies
Anglers who want to try smallmouth bass fishing at a lake thatís 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 ...

Tim Mead