Volume 14 Number 12 - December 2007


Eric Fincher of Mt. Pleasant landed the 89-pound state record blue catfish from Badin Lake in 2006. Beat Winter Blues
Anglers don’t have to put up their rods and reels during winter if they like hunting monster catfish.
During recent years, Lake Norman, a member of the Catawba River chain of lakes and Badin Lake, a member of the Yadkin River chain of lakes, have emerged as the state’s premier reservoirs for trophy blue catfish. ...
Tony Garitta

Chill Out for Trout Chill Out for Trout
Mo’ better specks have become a prime target for N.C. anglers during the winter.
Once upon a time, anglers at the southeastern North Carolina coast put up their skinny water rods when it turned cold, winterized their boats and waited for spring to feed their fishing habit once again.

Some die-hards fished for ...

Mike Marsh

Hemby and Booth downed bucks the same day, a week after the sightless Hemby killed an eight-pointer. His Brother’s Keeper
Now blind, this Ayden hunter has overcome tragedy and rebuilt his life with help from a friend.
Thomas Hemby of Ayden was riding a four-wheeler through the woods and fields of a Pitt County farm June 6, 2005.

At the time, Hemby, 32, was a successful sub-contracter who owned a local house-framing business. Life was good and ...

Craig Holt

Island in the Storm Island in the Storm
Duck hunting at Cedar Island is a unique experience, but when the weather’s rough, the shooting can be fantastic.
The wind was howling and spitting rain, which was on the edge of turning to sleet.

While most folks with any sense snuggled their shoulders deeper into a nest of bedcovers, we jumped up at the alarm clock. ...

Mike Marsh

Outfoxing Fox Squirrels Outfoxing Fox Squirrels
These large and beautifully colored squirrels are found at longleaf pine forests in southeastern N.C., but they aren’t easy to bag.
A thawing frost had dampened the oak leaves, quieting the footfalls of a hunter clad in blaze orange who was nearly the same color of the turning trees. ...
Mike Marsh

Andrew Watson, 11, of Oxford shot last year’s top gun buck by a youth, but only after a neighbor calmed his nerves. Paintball Doves & Granville Deer
A young hunter had his nerves calmed by a helpful neighbor, and bagged N.C.’s top youth gun whitetail last year.
When the Wake County Wildlife Club gave out awards for North Carolina’s top white-tailed bucks of 2006 last March at the Dixie Deer Classic, one of the top eight-pointers belonged to 11-year-old Andrew Watson of Oxford. ...
Craig Holt

Rickey Glenn of Durham bagged his second trophy buck in two years while hunting in northern Durham County. Racking Up at Rougemont
This Durham hunter bagged his second-straight trophy, this time with a bow.
Northern Durham and southern Person counties have had a reputation for years as areas that produce some of North Carolina’s most-impressive trophy deer. ...
Craig Holt

Oyster-shell collection bins, such as this one at Wrightsville Beach in New Hanover County, are used where shells are collected in amounts too large for can-collection sites to handle. Rockin’ Oysters
The DMF’s shell exchange program increases oyster production, aids habitat and, most importantly, boosts fishing.
It would be a good program with just one of its results, but the North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries Oyster Shell Recycling Program is a triple winner.

It provides habitat and refuges for oysters and fish, plus the oysters ...

Jerry Dilsaver

Surf ‘n’ Turf Stripers Surf ‘n’ Turf Stripers
When the temperature plummets and the wind’s right, nothing beats a striper blitz at the Outer Banks.
From the top of the dunes, the sight resembled a scene from a war movie. Gannets and gulls screamed, swooped and dove into the water. The geysers that erupted indicated the kind of speed that carried the birds to the stunned baitfish.

Dick Jones