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 states premier reservoirs for trophy blue catfish.
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 stripers and sea bass, but few of them went out for trout.
When the Wake County Wildlife Club gave out awards for North Carolinas 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.
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 filter and cleanse water for a healthier environment. Making the program work is simple, too just gather shells after the oysters have been removed and eaten, let them cure a while to remove contamination, then return the shells to coastal waters.
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.
But almost no humans were at the beach to witness this feeding frenzy. One wondered how often such a wondrous sight occurs with no human witnesses.
Rickey Glenn of Durham bagged his second trophy buck in two years while hunting in northern Durham County.