• Volume 15 Number 1 - January 2008

    Features

    It’s a rare experience to hunt tundra swans and ducks during the same trip, but down east hunters can enjoy just such a thrill this month.

    While a graying dawn held the promise of warmth, an arthritic sun took its sweet time creeping over the horizon last January.

    Offshore bottomfishing can be enjoyed one of two ways, and each provides a cure for winter cabin fever.

    Fishing offshore during the winter is different.

    It’s a lot of fun, but it requires more preparation than other times of the year. Certainly all equipment needs to be in prime working order, but anglers also need to be in good condition.

    For a successful approach to late-season duck hunting try some bass angler tips.

    Hunting and fishing parallel one another on a number of levels.

    People who enjoy fishing often times enjoy the shooting sports as well and vice versa. The thrill of the pursuit, the unpredictable events that occur during a trip, and the beautiful environs in which these sports take place are what attract people to them.

    Hunters don’t have to travel far, lease an expensive blind, battle crowded game lands or own a private impoundment to hunt January Canada geese.

    The goose calls came from the east, directly behind five hunters hidden at a fence line that bordered a stand of hardwood trees in Orange County.


    “Honk, honk, honk, a-honka, honk.”

    Once deer season ends, it’s a good time to take mountain curs and feists to game lands and hunt squirrels.

    When leaves on the trees are as scarce as deer hunters in the woods, a new year must have turned, and that’s just fine with Dave Inman and Wally McAnulty because there’s no better time of the year for nearly limitless squirrel hunting opportunities.

    W. Kerr Scott Lake’s unique combination of sportfish offers year-round appeal.

    The sky was gray during a mild January day last year, as Tracy Adams launched his bass boat at W. Kerr Scott Lake near Wilkesboro.

    East Tennessee’s Melton Hill Lake awaits anglers who want to mine for some of the biggest water wolves in the region.

    Daylight was breaking, and a thin blanket of fog hovered above the waters of Melton Hill Lake as guide Steve West launched his 18-foot boat at the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency ramp upstream from the Pellissippi Parkway bridge.

    Some observers believe a new year class of tuna portends better angling for the future.

    Large bluefin tuna are being depleted, but they’re not being over-fished.

    Anglers should take with a grain of salt the wailing and whining of people who make their living wailing and whining.

    With changing weather patterns, finding ocean linesiders may take some work, but small-boat anglers who put in the time can have success.

    Gary Dubiel of Spec Fever Guide Service has been featured by PBS, ESPN and Discovery Europe television channels.

    That means when it comes to fishing for striped bass at the N.C. coast, he knows his business.