Volume 13 Number 6 - June 2006


Wylie bass will hit crankbaits fished near staging area structure, such as stumps, during June. Double-Duty Wylie
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. ...
Tim Mead

The teeth of a chain pickerel, or “jack,” are sharp, and anglers should take care in removing lures or risk a nasty bite. Jacks Be Nimble
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. ...
Walter Taylor

David Wright of Lexington is rated one of High Rock’s expert anglers because he’s always been so productive with crankbaits, although this largemouth lunker smacked a jig-and-pig. Low Down at High Rock
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. ...
Dan Kibler

Oriental guide George Beckwith takes special care of drum, making sure to release them quickly. Red Storm
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. ...
Joel Arrington

Guide George Beckwith tries to handle tarpon with great care. Silver Summer
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. ...
Mike Marsh

Fishing the Oconaluftee is like a box of chocolates — you never know what you’re going to catch, including a walleye. Smoky Smorgasboard
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. ...
Don Rouanzion

Taylor uses his cast net to discover what fish are eating. That knowledge resulted in this huge Spanish mackerel. Taylor-Made Spanish
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. ...
Mike Marsh

Anglers can head out of Oregon Inlet for bigeye tunas starting during June each year. The Unknown Tunas
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.  ...
Bob Goldstein

Good spring spots for kings include 15-Mile Rock, 18-Mile Rock and the Shark Hole. Warm Up to Kings
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.  ...
Jerry Dilsaver