In the North Carolina county of Davidson, the welcoming signs rightfully could say Welcome to Crankbait Country.
Along with Tar Heel, Blue Devil, Wolfpack and Demon Deacon fans, central N.C. is crankbait territory, a watery landscape where kids cut their bass teeth on deep-divers and adults earn fishing PhDs with a steady retrieve.
Capt. Jeff Cronk is one of the most energetic fishermen along the coast of North Carolina.
A high school math teacher, he still finds a way to take clients fishing more than 120 days per year. He guides evenings, weekends and vacation breaks and knows his home waters of Swansboro better than most people know their backyards.
During August at the southeastern N.C. coast, the heats usually so intense people dont bother stopping at cafes for breakfast; they just scoop up fried eggs off the sidewalks. The humiditys also likely to be so high gnats and mosquitos surf down rollers of sweat on arms and legs of anyone foolish enough to walk outside past mid morning.