Volume 14 Number 2 - February 2007


Scott Humphrey (left) holds a swamp rabbit or “bluetail” while Eddie Beck has a cottontail rabbit taken during a Hyde County hunt. Bunches o’ Bunnies
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. ...
Mike Marsh

One of the best lures for bass at rip rap during sunny days is a spinnerbait. The sun warms rocks and brings bass from the depths, looking for a meal of gizzard or threadfin shad. Coach Dog
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. ...
Craig Holt

The incoming tide is the best time to try to fish the Cape Lookout rock jetty. Cronked for Reds
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. ...

Mike Marsh

Trout species stocked at Helton Creek include 40 percent rainbows, 40 percent brook trout and 20 percent brown trout. Hidden Helton
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. ...
Tim Mead

Mark Bedell and Matt Wirt show Wirt’s kayak-skiff “mothership” used to transport paddle crafts closer to their ultimate fishing destination. Some good fishing territories are so distant that paddling a kayak would tire an angler before he made his first cast. Power to the Paddle
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. ...
Jerry Dilsaver

John Wendel was one of the Tar Heel anglers who enjoyed the bounties of three good mild winters by catching this nice speckled trout. Speck-ulation Jubilation
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. ...
Dan Kibler

Any trolling skirt color, as long as it’s blue-and-white, will catch yellowfins, or at least that’s the mantra of most N.C. charter captains. Stan the Yellowfin Man
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.  ...
Mike Marsh

One of the two leaders for a double-hook rig is tied to a No. 2 red hook. Sprouse said he believes he gets more bites when he uses a “bleeding” hook. Tight Line on Slabs
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. ...
Tony Garitta