• Volume 14 Number 9 - September 2007

    Features

    Tar Heel sportsmen will have more public properties to hunt during 2007-08, and prospects have never looked better.

    The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission continues to serve sportsmen by adding new game lands to its 2-million acre total, with most of the new properties coming on line in 2007 and next year in the Central section, which is administered by supervising biologist Harlan Hall of Burlington.

    The Little River on the ‘Peaceful Side of the Smokies’ is a top-100 trout stream in America.

    Guide Gene Shuler approached the East Prong of the Little River’s first pool below the Chimneys campground on his hands and knees and from the side to avoid being seen by trout chasing cream midges to the surface.

    A bowhunter’s patience pays off with his first Tar Heel buck, which turns out to be a winner at the Dixie Deer Classic.

    A Floridian who literally found greener pastures in North Carolina as a football player and deer hunter bagged the state’s No. 1 non-typical archery-killed whitetailed last September.

    Puppy drum fishing at the marsh islands of the southern coast is about as good as it gets.

    The resurgence of puppy drum at the southern coastline of North Carolina has anglers literally seeing red.

    Fishers from all walks of life are getting in on the action. Some of them like fishing so much they shun real “jobs” to become fishing guides.

    Knock off the rust, and fill your bag this month with fast-flying, sweet-tasting doves.

    Floodwaters left by Tropical Storm Ernesto were still rising, but that didn’t prevent several dozen hunters from finding a refuge from their day-to-day cares on opening day of the 2006 dove season. Some roads were closed to vehicle traffic around Greenville and Kinston.

    Nevertheless, all the invited hunters made it for lunch.

    A veteran Swansboro angler follows a tightly-scripted water dance when he goes for big mackerel.

    Capt. Stan Jarusinski can claim the title of being one of the best small-boat king mackerel anglers in the southeastern United States.

    He and the crew of his 23-foot Regulator, Mister Stanman, won the two-day Southern Kingfish Association 2005 national championship for boats less than 23 feet in length by landing back-to-back king mackerel, each weighing more than 40 pounds, off the Florida coast during April 2006.

    If the summer doldrums are getting you down, try the inshore barracuda wrecks at the Southeast Coast.

    Fishermen come in contact with barracudas an awful lot at the North Carolina coast.

    Rarely is it a happy meeting — at least for the fisherman or his catch.

    For a veteran Atlantic Beach captain, nothing’s more fun than a double dip of bottomfishing and trolling.

    The previous night never really cooled off and, as Capt. Mike Webb eased the Pelagic Too into the calm waters of the Intracoastal Waterway underneath the Atlantic Beach Bridge, the haze obscured the lights at the Morehead City and Money Island Bay waterfronts.

    The high humidity added to the haze, and our shirts clung to us after normal activity.

    Charlotte bow-hunter Paul Cleveland pursues whitetails at small wood lots near high-population areas because big bucks live in the ‘burbs.

    Paul Cleveland, a Florida native native now living in Charlotte, may be the most hard-core outdoorsman in the state.