• Volume 13 Number 8 - August 2006


    Two-buck seasons and doe harvests have stabilized North Carolina’s deer herd.

    North Carolina deer hunters likely can expect another good season during 2006, and the quality of the state’s bucks should continue to improve — even after several years of record kills by hunters.

    Anglers beat the summer heat and tangle with some of the region’s biggest flathead and blue catfish at Kerr Lake.

    Sometimes when things go bump in the night it’s a good thing.

    Take for instance, a monster of a flathead or blue catfish thwacking a piece of shad or live bream in the pitch dark, or the distinct “tick-tick” sound of a clicker reel announcing the bite of a giant catfish pummeling a bait with its crusher plates.

    What will you have atop your rifle this deer season? Will it help you take that buck of your dreams, or will it hinder your abilities?

    If you don’t want to invest in good gear, don’t ever borrow it.

    Don’t even let your grubby little fingers ever touch it.

    I’ve learned this lesson too many times to count over the years, and it’s always the hard way.

    Mid-summer draws trout fishermen to headwater regions, where waters stay cool and trout remain active. In the high hills of Haywood County, a network of trout-filled branches rise to form the headwaters of the Pigeon River.

    The Pigeon River carries a dirty reputation.

    Infamous for its past polluted state, the river name still leaves a bad smell in the noses of many North Carolinians.

    Anglers can’t pull more thrilling battlers from fishing’s deck of cards than crevalles or amberjacks.

    The water above the Pocohontas was calm except for a gentle rolling swell and the noise created by big Tsunami Popper lures.

    Night time is the right time to slay slabs during summer at Jordan Lake.

    Gary Knight and his client for the evening had been on a pretty good run.

    They started catching stripers during the last two hours of daylight, hooked a few decent channel cats and caught two bass weighing more than 6 pounds.

    Although the Army Corps of Engineers dug Snow’s Cut at Carolina Beach to help shipping, they also created N.C.’s best big flounder hole.

    During the 1930s, the construction wizards of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers created a shortcut to carry shipped goods between the Cape Fear River and Myrtle Grove Sound, which separates Carolina Beach from the mainland south of Wilmington.

    One Atlantic Beach captain goes really deep to find groupers and snappers where the feds say they don’t swim.

    Don’t bother trying to convince Capt. Robert Freeman, owner of the Sunrise II, an offshore bottom-fishing boat based at Atlantic Beach, that groupers and snappers are in trouble.

    A Morehead City fishing guide uses three techniques to fish for shallow-water summer drum.

    The only man-made sounds were occasional sloshes as waves washed against the boat hull, created by the turbulence a trolling motor propeller.