Volume 14 Number 5 - May 2007


Anglers can drift with cut bait but a trolling motor attached to a remote control device is really handy to avoid rocks and blowdowns — and chase the largest hooked fish. At the Rock Hop
Danny and the Juniors never had as many teens dancin’ to their music as anglers have striped bass cavorting at the Roanoke River this month.
If you’re fishing for striped bass at the Roanoke River, April 30 is the last day you can keep any fish for the frying pan or freezer.

Somehow, that doesn’t faze guides George Beckwith and Rod Thomas. ...

Dan Kibler

Cobias usually are solitary fish but during May anglers can find more than one fish gathered at prime spots. Cobia Train
Anglers line up to punch their tickets to get aboard the lemonfish migration from Morehead to Oregon Inlet each May and June.
Memorial Day weekend is the peak period for cobias in North Carolina. ...
Bob Goldstein

If the water is clear, red drum schools can be visible in the surf at the Outer Banks in spring. Drum Line
Anglers mostly chase central and northern coast red drum during fall, but big schools are ready to be caught now.
Fall drum are predictable, readily located, widespread, and scattered, but that’s when most fishermen pursue them at the Outer Banks during the peak of the fishing season. ...
Bob Goldstein

One of the prettiest bottomfishes found at the WR2 wreck are big spotted scamp. Go Long for Groupers
Nobody catches big bottomfish at the N.C. coast like Anthony Ng, a 14-year veteran angler who uses self-invented electric reels.
It was a nearly windless morning and the sun was just turning a black night into the grayness of predawn at Atlantic Beach.

Twin 250 Yamaha four-stroke engines mumbled quietly as they warmed up, and the turbulence of the engines’ ...

Mike Marsh

Use of decoy turkeys often will pull a jealous gobbler several hundred yards to within gun range. Gobbler Dreams
Patience certainly can be a virtue when pursuing late spring-season wild turkeys. Using decoys also can fire up reluctant longbeards.
One of the tenets of successful trophy deer hunting also holds true for chasing spring wild turkeys — go where the gobblers are. ...
Craig Holt

Angler Marshall Hardin decided to use a boat to cruise a little deeper water, but he worked the edges to land this just-under-slot red drum. Red Drum Walking
Lower Brunswick creeks and marshes offer great places to stalk and cast to puppy drum during the spring
Capt. Mark Dickson reared back to set the hook and his rod bowed deeply.

The whirring sound of a spinning reel grudgingly giving up braided line broke the silence just before he spoke. ...

Jerry Dilsaver

Bill Dillsaver, who landed the king mackerel he’s tussling with here, used a light-action rod with a drag setting of 2 pounds. Setting lines right kind of a drag

Several years ago a column about drag settings received positive comments.

However, the use of braided lines has grown exponentially, and anglers are discovering the original rules of drag don’t fit as well as they once did. ...

Jerry Dilsaver

Anglers fear catches of bass may decline at Tuckertown Lake because of black-mat algae. Snot Grass
Black mat algae is a growing problem for anglers at Tuckertown Lake.
I tossed a medium-running crankbait across one of my favorite points at Tuckertown Lake while my fishing buddy, Emery Hollar of Lexington, followed suit. My bait bounced along the gravel bottom, slowly loaded up, and ceased to wobble. ...
Tony Garitta

The Tuckasegee River certainly can produce some impressive bronzebacks, as evidenced by this whopping fly-rod caught specimen. Stream Dreams
North Carolina has plenty of great smallmouth streams between the New River at the state’s northwest corner and the high country’s fabled Tuck.
Although I cut my fishing teeth casting for trout at small Appalachian high-country creeks, there’s something about bronzebacks that lurk in moving water which always has been enchanting. ...
Jim Casada

Topwater lures that mimic river herring work well throughout summer at Kerr Lake. The Breadth of Bait
Kerr Lake’s largemouths no longer hang out only at shallow-water areas but have moved offshore to follow different baitfish, two bass pros say.
Understanding forage behavior will help anglers catch more bass at Kerr Lake this summer. ...
Marc N. McGlade