• Volume 13 Number 6 - June 2006


    The two Carolinas share a venerable Catawba-Wateree lake that holds up week after week to enormous fishing pressure.

    Lake Wylie, originally impounded a century ago, is the oldest reservoir of the Catawba-Wateree chain of lakes.

    Horseshoe Lake at Suggs Mill Pond Game Land offers a variety of Down East fish species, especially toothy chain pickerel.

    Anglers at Horseshoe Lake can hook chain pickerel that may make catch-and-release fishing a blood sport.

    Three of this popular lake’s alltime anglers - David Fritts, Maynard Edwards and David Wright - offer advice about fishing “The Rock” during June.

    To some folks, bass-fishing heaven may be the month of April at Buggs Island Lake when the water floods the shoreline bushes and gum trees, and everyone with a rod ties on a spinnerbait.

    Pamlico Sound red drum are abundant, but guides believe something (or someone) is depleting keeper-size fish.

    Pamlico Sound’s red drum fishery stood for years among the best of any state, providing extraordinary bait-and- lure fishing for puppy drum and “old” drum, as anglers refer to small and large specimens, respectively.

    Anglers don’t have to go all the way to Florida to enjoy thrilling battles with huge tarpon.

    Gnats gnawed any exposed skin and their bites burned like red-hot needles as they siphoned blood from arms, face, neck and backs of hands.

    Cherokee float trips produce smallmouths, rock bass and walleye.

    A light mist rose from the surface of the Oconaluftee River early last June when our two-car group pulled up to the only decent spot to put boats in the river below the Luftee Dam.

    Two Swansboro captains discover a nearshore area with big kings and Spanish mackerels.

    It was a warm summer morning with no wind and high humidity, typical of the weather along the North Carolina coast in June. The day was perfect except for one thing.

    Bigeye and blackfin tuna are present in N.C. waters most of the year, but anglers usually target them only from June to September.

    Bigeye tunas are among the largest, while blackfin tunas are among the smallest of their species swimming in North Carolina’s offshore waters.

    June is when the king mackerel bite cranks up off Southport, and anglers don’t have to travel far to find these fish.

    It was early June, but there was just enough nip in the pre-dawn air to require pulling on a pair of sweat pants for a ride through the Cape Fear River inlet at Southport.