Volume 13 Number 7 - July 2006


Lake Gaston blue cats can reach impressive sizes. Amidon hascaught fish as large as 42 pounds. Catfish Corner
Tar Heel catfish anglers who know S.C. tactics can drift fish for big numbers and trophy size fish at Lake Gaston.
If Scott Van Horn is public enemy No. 1 to Lake Gaston’s catfish, you’ll have to forgive him. If he hadn’t talked, thousands more of them would be alive. ...
Dan Kibler

The “Hole” (also called the Tree Hole) offers some of Carolina Beach’s heftiest flatfish. Hole Lotta Flounder
Anglers who love to fish for doormat-size flatfish need persistence to score big at crowded Carolina Beach.
Carolina Beach has earned a reputation for producing some of the nicest catches of big flounder in the state of North Carolina and perhaps the world.  ...
Mike Marsh

Capt. Mike Wells first tries nearshore live-bottom areas during July when he’s hunting king mackerels. Live Rock Cafe
Live-bottom areas can provide good offshore fishing during July, but if the bite is slow, anglers need a Plan B.
When July’s heat and humidity drop across the Carolinas like a wool blanket, anglers don’t have to go far off “the hill” to find good big-game fishing. ...
Craig Holt

Alvin Tatum caught a nice stringer of largemouth bass at Rhodes Pond by using floating plastic worms. Tatum said largemouths in the lake prefer pink and yellow floating worms. More than a Pond
Rhodes Pond, a new state acquisition managed by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, offers classic eastern-style fishing in a beautiful, serene setting.
Dawn’s first rays filtered through a stand of cypress trees, sparkling on the silky water like a necklace of yellow diamonds draped against a black velvet dress. ...
Mike Marsh

Learning the ropes to operate a bass boat and where to fish were two of Michelle Armstrong’s early challenges as a pro angler. Nailing Bass
Denver wife and mother Michelle Armstrong, who’d rather fish than shop, becomes part of WBT history.
Fishing has played such a significant role in the lives of Troy and Michelle Armstrong that the Denver couple named their children in reference to the sport. ...
Tony Garitta

North Carolina’s sailfish average 20 to 40 pounds, but sometimes a fish approaching 100 pounds will be landed. Light tackle is recommended. Sails Ahoy
When the weather turns hot during the summer, sailfish provide action in shallow and deep water.
Sailfish are members of the marlin family (Istiophoridae), which includes blue, black, striped, and white marlins, spearfishes (two or three of types), and of course Atlantic and Pacific sailfishes ...
Bob Goldstein

At several spots, Capt. Noah Lynk waded to the edge of a marsh to fish for red drum. Stalking tailing reds and trying to present lures without spooking a fish are thrilling challenges to anglers. Speck-ulative Reds
A fishing trip for speckled trout at Harkers Island becomes a day filled with slot-size drum.
The small egg sinker and frisky mud minnow I had just cast lightly splashed into the running water of the creek where it compressed into an eddy around the submerged oyster bar. ...
Jerry Dilsaver

Charlie Hill shows proof positive that Oak Hollow Lake's largemouths are chunks. Triad Treasure
Oak Hollow Lake at High Point offers one-stop shopping for anglers seeking variety, especially during summer.
There’s nothing hollow about Triad’s Oak Hollow Lake, tucked away in High Point. ...
Marc N. McGlade