Volume 14 Number 4 - April 2007


Bud Haynes lives to catch big crappies at Kerr Lake each spring and he does that by knowing where “trash” piles are located. Crappies on the Trashy Side
April is prime time to find big crappies at Kerr Lake and one expert fills his boat with slabs by fishing sunken limbs and refuse.
Once upon a time, it was a pile of limbs and vines that a guy had cut around the bank of his lakeside lot in Bluestone Creek, one of the many major tributary creeks that feed John H. Kerr (aka Buggs Island) Reservoir. ...
Dan Kibler

A good idea to keep numbers of Spanish mackerel is to release small fish. Live releases are easier when anglers remove all treble hooks from plugs and replace the back treble with a single hook. Don’t Knock the Rock
Anglers can find trophy Spanish mackerels at Sheepshead Rock for a short time this month.
Fisher Culbreth found Sheepshead Rock the hard way one May morning two years ago.

He knew big chunk Spanish mackerel were nearing the end of their short spring run off the Pleasure Island coast and had encircled the Rock like Indians ...

Craig Holt

Sometimes it takes tricks of the trade to pull groupers out of their holes. Go Short for Groupers
Once anglers get hooked on bottom fishing, they may be tempted to leave king mackerel gear ashore.
The day dawned warm and calm, perfect conditions for an offshore fishing trip in springtime.

Captains Ray Massengill and Greg Voliva of Down East Guide Service were taking a day off from their regular guide fishing schedules for a ...

Mike Marsh

Wide fields of vision are what coyote hunters look for, but the wily animals will get downwind of calls and callers, so sometimes two hunters may be the best idea. Howl
Coyotes have spread across North Carolina and that means trouble for family perts, some wild game, and year-round varmint-hunting opportunities.
There’s an old saying you should be careful what you wish for because you might get it. ...
Craig Holt

While afield in the mixed habitat of the Piedmont, hunters will often need to set up near fields. Mixed-up Gobblers
The rolling hills of N.C.’s piedmont offer some tactical advantages to wild turkeys, but also to those who hunt them.
Forty-five minutes before sunrise last April, 54-year-old Fred Cox of Reidsville paused in the ebony darkness of a Tar Heel morning. ...
Bruce Ingram

Brooks Morris of Area Rule Engineering was the first angler to extol the virtues of fast trolling as a primary technique for multiple species, and Morehead City’s Dancin’ Outlaw puts his tactics to good use each spring. Need for Speed
Fast trolling is a technique that works well for many types of saltwater gamefish.
The howl of the clicker on a large Penn International reel is a sound that makes the hairs on the back of your neck stand up. ...
Jerry Dilsaver

Several branches of Santeetlah Creek hold fine trout, such as this brookie. Trout in the Clouds
The crystal clear waters of Santeetlah Creek produce colorful, scrappy brook trout.
The Friday before Easter last year was an incredible day for outdoor activities, especially trout fishing at the creeks draining the high mountains of extreme western North Carolina. ...
Don Rouanzion

Pockets of water that have 5- to 7-feet-deep pockets and stumps are some of the best places to find spawning bass. Tucked Away Bass
A Yadkin River lake that’s overshadowed by more well-known impoundments is a favorite April spot for two pro anglers.
When Todd Fulk started bass-fishing at Tuckertown Lake regularly a handful of years ago, he didn’t find what he expected. ...
Dan Kibler

April and May are the top months for anglers to encounter yellowfins, but dolphins, wahoos and some billfish may attack trolled baits. Yellow Fever
The No. 1 offshore sportfish for N.C. anglers are yellowfin tunas and they provide fun from Oregon Inlet to Frying Pan.
Yellowfin tunas (Thunnus albacares) are abundant year round in Gulf Stream waters off North Carolina’s Atlantic coast.

Despite ads and banners hyping billfishing, the main spring charterboat catches off North Carolina are yellowfin ...

Bob Goldstein