• Volume 14 Number 7 - July 2007


    It takes perserverance and good weather for anglers to catch some of the best-tasting fish of the Continental Shelf.

    Anthony Ng is one of the top grouper fishermen in North Carolina, targeting many species of colorful tasty bottomfish at all depths of the water column.

    Bottomfish anglers can have a new variety of deepwater fish to challenge their skills and endurance.

    A few years ago, Dink Shull, skipper of the Storm Petrel out of Wanchese, went deep-drop fishing for blueline tilefish at the edge of the Continental Shelf.

    The late bass postspawn is a favorite time for David Fritts and Joel Richardson at N.C.’s biggest reservoir.

    If anyone knows more about catching bass at John H. Kerr Reservoir (Buggs Island) Lake than David Fritts of Lexington or Joel Richardson of Kernersville, they’re doing a good job of keeping it a secret.

    Noland Creek in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a special destination for trout anglers.

    Noland Creek in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Swain County is typical of hundreds of prime trout streams that crisscross the park — remote, scenic and full of trout.

    A summer evening, moonlight swim, the water full of willing party-goers? It’s not the opening scene from “Jaws”, but a Harkers Island fishing orgy.

    Even with the bright illumination of a nearly full moon, Capt. Noah Lynk had to rely upon sound to direct his sons, Tanner and Ethan, and their friend, Cameron Cottle, where to cast their shrimp.

    Want to fish a foothills lake where the water’s cool during July and bass hit topwater lures? Try Lake Hickory.

    Jimmy Campbell moved slowly away from Wittenberg Landing near the mid-point of Lake Hickory. Weather reports predicted a hot summer day, one in a string of such days.

    When the weather’s too rough to take a small boat outside, anglers can find plenty of red drum inside Wrightsville Beach’s city limits.

    Capt. Jot Owens surveyed the water and sky as clouds moving from the northwest skidded overhead.

    Doormats are caught each summer from inshore waters, but the really big boys hide out at reefs and wrecks.

    Like hard-core party-goers who make a night of it by jumping from bar to bar, North Carolina saltwater anglers have options when it comes to getting their fill of big flounders each summer.