Volume 14 Number 3 - March 2007

 FEATURES:

Veteran Atlantic Beach guide Joe Shute says sight fishing hits its peak during March. A Sight to Behold
Anglers who ignore the Crystal Coast during early spring are missing some of the year’s best fishing for red drum, including sight angling and fly casting.
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. ...
Dan Kibler

Tammy Taylor is happy with a gag grouper; the fish is probably pleased as well. Cabin-Fever Beater
Head offshore from any southeastern port to find great bottom fishing during late winter and early spring.
When cabin fever gets to you, and you reach the point you have to get out and clear your sinuses in the salt air, an offshore bottom-fishing trip is as close as it gets to finding a sure-fire cure. ...
Jerry Dilsaver

Ned Connelly nets an American or white shad at Lock and Dam. No. 1. Now he has catfish bait that’ll work well. Cape Fear’s No. 1 Spot
King’s Bluff lock and dam is top destination for blue cats at the state’s biggest river.
Jackie Blanchard made a half-circle into the parking lot at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers boating-and-picnic area at Lock and Dam No. 1 at King’s Bluff in Bladen County. ...
Mike Marsh

Although late March is a good time, white perch can be caught year round and with a variety of baits, including small spoons, jigs, spinners, lures and strips of cut fish. Poor Man’s Perch
A trolling technique that catches white perch at Lake Wylie also will nail anything else that swims in the lake.
I pressed the record button on my micro-cassette recorder so Charlie Johnson of Flat Bottom Guide Service could tell me about poor man’s trolling when we were interrupted by the cry, “Grab the rod behind you,” followed by another outburst: “There’s ...
Tony Garitta

Flounder regulations in North Carolina have undergone a dizzying array of changes in a few short year. Pounded Flounder
The DMF says recreational anglers are hitting flounder too hard when commercial netters land more fish by a 10-to-1 ratio.
Flounder are the most popular sportfish in saltwater.

But their increasing popularity, as the target of a recreational outing and as a tasty food fish, has been keeping the flounder populations depressed in North Carolina. ...

Mike Marsh

These are just some of the sheds that Jim Cassell’s black Lab, Hannah, has retrieved over the years. Shed Heads
More and more hunters are getting into the sport of finding shed antlers after the deer season. If you’ve never done it, you don’t know what you’re missing.
Hunting shed antlers has become a popular activity in the South over the last few years. ...
Cliff Covington

Red drum are also plentiful in the New River’s creeks and, best of all, will hit some of the same lures and baits trout anglers use. Sonlite Specks
Jacksonville’s Charles Howard spreads the good news of great inshore trout fishing at the New River, among other topics.
Jacksonville residents once knew Charles Howard as “the flower man.” ...
Craig Holt

Santeetlah, Fontana, Glenville, Bear and Nantahala are among western N.C.’s top walleye lakes. Sweet Fish of Spring
Some N.C. mountain lakes have good numbers of walleyes; catching them proves the worth of an angler.
The late Luther Turpin was widely and rightly hailed as the guru of Fontana Lake smallmouth.  ...
Jim Casada

One aspect about Kerr Lake spring largemouths is their beautiful coloration. Some anglers believe the green-and-white comes from living in the sweet-gum trees during high-water and spawning periods. Three Easy Pieces
Bass anglers who want to test their skills at a major impoundment should divide Kerr Lake into sections and learn to play one part at a time.
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 ...

Tim Mead

Clarksville hunting guide, Chris Coleman, proudly displays a fine spring gobbler he called with range with the help of two wild turkey decoys. Trash-Talkin’ Toms
Try these tactics to improve your chances of bagging a longbeard at public hunting lands surrounding Kerr Lake.
April and May are special times for hunters.

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, ...

Marc N. McGlade

Burke County resident Tony Robinson caught this “record” kokanee salmon in Nantahala Lake. WNC lakes have some odd fish

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. ...
Robert Satterwhite

 
  There's good news and bad news when it comes to the future of NC's favorite saltwater fish.
Photo By Photo by John E. Phillips
 

COLUMNS:

Backlashes
PETA/HSUS: two sides of same coin

Craig Holt

Getting in Gear
Henrietta’s a real shady lady

Dan Kibler

High Tides and Tall Tails
Loran needs our help — again

Jerry Dilsaver

Livewell
Catawba angler makes Classic

Tony Garitta

Lunker Lines
March is end of fishing tunnel

David Fritts

The Shootist
Two pistols form the perfect pair

Gordon Hutchinson


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