Besides the enormity and variety of gamefish populations the Atlantic hosts, the ocean borders several countries, each, no matter how large or small, vying for its fair slice of the pie, plus a few other nations who wet a line in the pond that want to crash the dessert table.
Missing the tourists who flock to its beaches and waterways for six months out of the year, Carteret County can be kind of empty during the winter, especially the waters of the Beaufort and North River marshes.
I pressed the record button on my micro-cassette recorder so Charlie Johnson of Flat Bottom Guide Service could tell me about poor mans trolling when we were interrupted by the cry, Grab the rod behind you, followed by another outburst: Theres another one on the middle rod!
One day last year I laid an open box of 17 MirrOLures no two alike in front of Ken Lauer and asked him to select one for the trout fishing we were planning the next morning in the Edisto River basin.
Long before I moved to North Carolina, I had heard of Buggs Island lake.
Buggs Island, technically John H. Kerr Reservoir, had a reputation for massive largemouth bass and prime spring fishing. With the passage of time, I have not been disappointed in Kerr Lake/Buggs Island bass.
Many die-hard bass anglers who relish fishing the spawn have given up that activity for calling keen-eyed Eastern wild turkeys (Meleagris gallopavo silvestris) in the red bud-laden, dogwood-infested woods.
Western North Carolina lakes contain a veritable smorgasbord of gamefish, some common to lakes around the state, some found only in high-mountain lakes, and a few that are specific to only a couple of mountain lakes.
There's good news and bad news when it comes to the future of NC's favorite saltwater fish.