• Volume 14 Number 2 - February 2007

    Features

    Rabbit hunters migrate east to enjoy the best hunting grounds in the state.

    In the early part of this century, har-scrabble farming made the mid-state section of North Carolina a mecca for upland game hunters.

    Former UNC assistant Andre Powell never loses the itch to fish, and it puts him on the water for lunkers when others are huddled by a fire.

    Thermometers in central North Carolina showed 17 degrees at 9 a.m. at the Ebenezer Road Recreation Area last February when Andre Powell backed his boat trailer toward Jordan Lake’s dark waters.

    Crystal Coast anglers know wintertime is prime time to find huge schools of red drum and have a blast.

    Red drum are versatile fish.

    Now that they’ve returned in large numbers at the Carolina coast, anglers have begun targeting them all year long.

    A small Ashe County stream that’s stocked regularly by the WRC is one of the jewels of the state’s delalyed harvest system.

    Helton Creek, nestled in the hills of Ashe County, cheek-by-jowl with Virginia, is a jewel of the North Carolina Wildlife Resources delayed-harvest trout program.

    Kayaks take anglers into places they normally can’t reach, and provide excellent red drum action in February.

    We’ll be taking a right at the next junction in the creek and work our way over to where a school of red drum has been holding for the past several weeks,” said Mark Bedell as he eased his kayak closer in the small creek.

    If North Carolina is lucky enough in 2007 to avoid another big chill, specks will offer anglers even more thrills.

    Veteran fishermen knew early in the summer that 2006 was going to be a special year.

    A Pennsylvania angler moved here to enjoy N.C.’s offshore fishing. Now nobody does it better for winter yellowfins.

    Many Tar Heel anglers recognize Capt. Stan “Stanman” Jarusinski as one of the top king mackerel tournament fishermen in the region, winning and placing in numerous tournaments as well as winning the 2005 SKA championship for boats 23-feet-and-under.

    Slow, deep trolling is a good way to load your boat with winter crappies.

    The rod tip of the 16-foot crappie pole began quivering in the cold February air. With a sweep of the rod, Tom Sprouse of Advance quickly brought another chunky crappie aboard his boat.