As the leaves fall at Morrow Mountain State Park, largemouth bass fishing at adjacent Lake Tillery hits a peak. Autumn has long been a favorite time to fish the 5,000-surface-acres reservoir near Albemarle.
Put together some people with some facts, other people with other facts, lots of people without facts but plenty of opinions, and people with the responsibility of getting them to agree on anything and one may sense the conundrum facing the managers of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore.
The watery ring the bait and float created when they lightly splashed into the protected water at the mouth of the small creek off the North River had spread just a few feet when the bobber unceremoniously disappeared.
When autumn arrives, North Carolinas coastal backwaters fill with baitfish.
Mullet are swimming everywhere, forming huge schools in grass beds and near creek mouths. As the shiny baitfish swim in massive abandon, gamefish crash this moveable feast, breaking the surface as they crush hapless baitfish leaping from the water while attempting to escape.
Duane Boston (left) and Michael Clifton (right) bagged the biggest bucks in the state last November.