Only a few empty trailers were parked at the parking lot at the Wrightsville Beach Wildlife ramp last March.
The trailers created a question was the early run of bonito Capt. Matt Wirt (Reel Adventure Charters, 910-540-0570, www.reel-adventure.com) had found a few days earlier a freak occurrence or had the fish arrived and word hadnt spread?
A fine line exists between finding early-season bass once in a while at Kerr Lake and consistently landing quality limits.
It happens every spring as anglers hit Kerr Lake (aka Buggs Island) during early March. They may swing aggressive largemouth after largemouth into their boats and think theyve solved the lakes puzzles. However, the next weekend may be a complete water haul with a weigh-in bag that resembles a fat goose egg.
During the late 1980s, Jordan Lake, an impoundment divided by U.S. 64 east of Pittsboro, was the hottest largemouth reservoir in North Carolina.
Anglers regularly caught 50 to 100 largemouth bass a day, the majority 2- and 3-pound football-shaped lunkers with 8- and 10-pounders common. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers closed the dam in 1984, so Jordan had only recently been flooded, and largemouths flourished.
It was a typical day for a usually tepid fishing month not the dead of winter but not quite spring, as a northeast wind bore down on the North Carolina coast.
The thermometer reading was in the low 50s, but the wind-chill factor made it feel much colder to tiny patches of exposed anglers noses, cheeks and hands. Rainwear with sweatshirts worn underneath was the uniform of the day.
He wasnt looking forward to a six-hour drive through the mountains on slippery, snow-covered roads, but Bryan Shilbett is a dedicated trout fisherman who never fails to show up for opening day of Cherokees pay-to-fish trout season.
Spreading across more than 32,000 surface acres, Lake Norman is a pretty big place. But striper anglers trying to figure out where to find fish can eliminate a lot of water just by knowing the habits of their favorite quarry.