• Volume 2 Number 6 - June 2007

    Features

    This Upstate river provides great opportunities for fishermen to catch smallmouth bass.

    It’s been more than 120 years since Dr. James Henshall penned the famous “Pound-for pound and inch-for-inch” quote about the fighting qualities of the “gamest fish that swims” — the smallmouth bass.

    Theories are rampant as to what caused a major decline in N.C.’s winter striped bass fishery. North Carolina Sportsman asks some experts in this story.

    “This was the worst striped bass fishing ever.”

    “The water was too warm.”

    “It's because of global warming.”

    “The menhaden boats took all the baitfish.”

    “The stocks are collapsing.”

    “Pfiesteria’s to blame.”


    Take a deep breath. Yes, this year was unusual for striped bass and North Carolina’s ocean rockfish anglers.

    Want to catch big flounders offshore at reefs or at inshore structures this month? Try the waters of the Crystal Coast.

    Like swallows to Capistrano, flounder return to the Cape Lookout area every year. Sometime in mid-May, a few fish begin showing up near reefs and wrecks a few miles off the beach.

    The Georgetown area holds excellent population of flounder during the summer.

    The first sign the fun is about to begin is when the fish show up around Pawley’s Island.

    Getting baits ‘airborne’ is often the key to good summer catches offshore.

    If a stranger walked up to J. Gary Early Jr. and suggested that he “go fly a kite,” he would probably take it as a compliment - not an insult.

    Big flatheads can be a handful for any fisherman, especially one with a thirst for adventure.

    Mark Powers was standing waist deep in the warming waters of Lake Thurmond, discussing big catfish.

    White Lake is a favorite venue for Carolina vacationers, but it’s also a major undiscovered raccoon perch hole.

    It’s no small wonder White Lake is one of the state’s most popular tourist and pleasure boating destinations.

    Named the “Nation’s Safest Beach,” the white sand and clear water offer swimmers boaters, scooter riders, sailors and water skiers an absolutely gorgeous site for summer entertainment.

    This out of the way reservoir on the Catawba River is an overlooked bass fishery.

    Nestled between Lake Wylie and Lake Wateree along the winding course of the Catawba River is a real sleeper bass fishing hot spot.

    Fishing Creek Lake may be small and isolated, but the fishing can simply be awesome. Not only is the lake productive for overall numbers of largemouths, but the pocket-sized, Duke Power reservoir is also a real dynamo for big bass.

    Red drum are South Carolina’s premier inshore saltwater game fish. But another drum occupies inshore waters, and it can reach gigantic proportions.

    The movement of the cork floating along the edge of the marsh was the normal wiggle caused by a dangling shrimp.

    With a myriad of fish species infiltrating inshore waters during the summer, I figured the shrimp was being harassed by an ornery pinfish or tiny shark.

    Only one lake in North Carolina offers fly casting for lunker bass and tons of panfish in crystal-clear summer water.

    If you don’t live in the northeastern part of North Carolina, Washington County’s Lake Phelps may seem to be a long ride just to go fishing.

    Fishing for speckled trout at the lower Neuse should be good this month, no thanks to some strange N.C. netting policies.

    Good and bad news exists for speckled trout — and anglers — in the creeks near Oriental and perhaps at other tributaries of the lower Neuse River.

    Lake Wylie has undergone changes to clear its water that have altered the eating habits of its largemouth bass.

    To say Lake Wylie has undergone a tremendous transformation during the past half-dozen years isn’t to take away from the transformation it underwent about 80 years ago.

    Lake Wylie has undergone changes to clear its water that have altered the eating habits of its largemouth bass.

    To say Lake Wylie has undergone a tremendous transformation during the past half-dozen years isn’t to take away from the transformation it underwent about 80 years ago.

    When spring arrives, Bogue Banks anglers don’t mind king mackerel invading their waters from the east and the south.

    It’s a terrible thing to be invaded on two fronts, especially if you’re a soldier.

    However, it’s a wonderful thing if you’re a fisherman.

    Are you missing out on a really good bass rod that’s been around since Noah was a pup -- just to be stylish?

    No one knows who first described B. Everett Jordan’s largemouth bass as “swimming footballs,” but the depiction is an accurate one given the short, stocky nature of the fish that meander throughout the lake’s underwater gridiron.

    You can get anything you want at Alice’s Restaurant, as well as Oak Island’s most popular nearshore reef.

    The dark shape, slowly circling the live pogy suspended beneath a balloon, suddenly whirled and streaked toward the surface.