Volume 15 Number 6 - June 2008


The upper Catawba River tailrace below Lake James has 26 shoals with gravel and rock bottoms that are favored by trout — and trout anglers. Enterprising Waters
Development of the Gatawba River tailrace below Lake James adds a new N.C. trout fishery.
Angler Dave Canaan, talking about recent fishing trips, asked about a particularly good spot. ...
Tim Mead

Aaron Hill is all smiles as he uses two hands to hold this big blue catfish. The average blue catfish caught at this stretch of the Pee Dee River weighs 30 pounds.
Gatekeeper to Paradise
A Pee Dee River guide holds the key to a seldom-fished stretch of water that’s N.C.’s version of catfish heaven
Tar Heel basketball fans may envision paradise in shades of blue, but catfishermen have their own blue heaven on earth near Wadesboro. ...
Tony Garitta

Southeastern N.C. is known for having some large flatfish, probably because prime areas such as the Cape Fear River, Snow’s Cut, and Carolina Beach Inlet have too many snags for gill netters. Pounding Flounder
Brunswick County anglers get their good chance at doormats during late spring.
When the water temperature breaks the mid-60s mark at the N.C. coast, inshore anglers start to get an itch that makes them spend all weekend on a skiff with nothing but a sandwich, a bucket of minnows, a few cold beers, and an outboard engine ...
Bryan Stange

A high barometer is the best weather for red drum, but these fish don’t like rapidly changing conditions. Rough and Tumble
From the docks to Masonboro Inlet’s jetties, Wrightsville’s red drum offer excitement to anglers this summer.
When summer arrives, plenty of Tar Heel anglers head for saltwater areas, and one of their favorite fish to catch is red drum.  ...
Mike Marsh

To Catch A Cobia To Catch A Cobia
June often offers nearly perfect days on the water at the N.C. coast, and ballon fishing for lemonfish can add excitement.
Perched on the gunwale and holding his boat’s T-top, Craig Odom scanned the water from just beyond the transom of his lightly rocking center-console craft to several hundred yards behind the small red balloon that marked his most-distant baitfish’s ...
Jerry Dilsaver

Rob Macelroy used a Super Spook Junior topwater lure to land a nice brace of speckled trout. Topwater Tango
A Wilmington guide likes Speckled Trout Fishing on the surface because that’s when he lands his biggest fish
Lewis Emery of Wilmington prefers one approach to fishing for speckled trout. In fact, he’s almost as hard-core as a mountain fly-fishing purist, although his targets are measured in pounds, not inches. ...
Craig Holt

Anglers will need a lip tool of some sort to help them land a muskie and not grab the fish by its lips or gill plates because of a chance of severe injury.
War Between The States
Marauding muskies attack anglers’ lures at the New River like Confederate raiders ambusing Union Troops.
What was that?” said the other angler in the canoe. ...
Bruce Ingram

  Throw a topwater plug near Wrightsville Beach this month, and you'll be quite delighted with the results.
Photo By Photo by Todd Mason


WRC continues to have turmoil

Craig Holt

Fish Like a Pro
It’s no stretch; lines are different

Dustin Wilks

Head for the Mountains
Sometimes you must spin to win

Robert Satterwhite

High Tides and Tall Tails
Trailering forum draws crowd

Jerry Dilsaver

Travis wins Wylie BASS tourney

Tony Garitta

Lunker Lines
June begins crankbait season

David Fritts

Marine Electronics
Dying batteries give warning signs

Allan Tarvid

The Shootist
This gear make shooting life easier

Gordon Hutchinson


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