Volume 13 Number 5 - May 2006
|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. ...
|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. ...
|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. ...
|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. ...
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. ...
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 ...
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. ...
|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. ...
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 ...
| Tar Heel anglers don't have to go far to find trophy-sized crappie this month.
Photo By Photo By John E. Phillips
An end run past public scrutiny?
|Getting in Gear
Listen, kids: Fatherís Day near
|Head for the Mountains
Brookies: healthier than imagined?
|High Tides and Tall Tails
Fishing help from heavens
Kirby takes BFL title at Norman
Learn lakes to beat Ďtransitioní