Volume 15 Number 1 - January 2008


Coastal Combo Coastal Combo
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. ...
Mike Marsh

Down South, Down Under Down South, Down Under
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 ...

Jerry Dilsaver

For better duck hunting at swamps find places that are so isolated other hunters haven’t been there. High Pressure Quackups
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 ...

Bryan Stange

Honkers at Home Honkers at Home
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.” ...

Craig Holt

Squirrel dog hunters are quick at admit more bushytails can be taken while sitting at a den tree, but they enjoy using curs and feists. Hounding Bushytails
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. ...
Alex Webb

Mountain Gem Mountain Gem
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. ...
Craig Holt

South’s Best Muskie Lake South’s Best Muskie Lake
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. ...
Don Rouanzion

Most of the bluefin tuna caught out of Hatteras have been 3 to 10 miles offshore in high 50s or low 60s (water temperatures) in reasonably clear water. Most often these huge fish will be chasing schools of menhaden, but they’ll eat almost anything that swims. Will Bluefins Rebound?
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. ...

Bob Goldstein

If baitfish schools are plentiful, and that usually means menhaden, striped bass sometimes will come close enough to the shore that Outer Banks surf anglers can tangle with them. Winter Stripers
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. ...

Bob Goldstein

  Tracy Adams caught this hefty bass on W. Kerr Scott, one of several North Carolina lakes that offer fine January action.
Photo By Photo by Craig Holt


Getting a better start on 2008

Craig Holt

Fish Like a Pro
Warm spells mean good fishing

Dustin Wilks

Head for the Mountains
Brookies are mountain treasures

Robert Satterwhite

High Tides and Tall Tails
Have boat, but will trailer?

Jerry Dilsaver

Coble captures a Classic berth

Tony Garitta

Lunker Lines
Three ways to handle cold months

David Fritts

Marine Electronics
Track plotters don’t get respect

Allan Tarvid

The Shootist
Merkel KR-1 approaches the ultimate

Gordon Hutchinson


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