Volume 15 Number 12 - December 2008

 FEATURES:

Hunters visiting Pamlico Sound can expect to see a variety of ducks, but the most-sought-after species is the northern pintail. Blizzard of Ducks
Belly up to the sand bars of Pamlico Sound for fast wing-shooting at redheads, brant and pintails this winter.
When the weather turns ugly, head to the Outer Banks for North Carolina’s premier duck hunting. ...
Phillip Gentry

One of the best places to cast for bluefish is near commercial fishing boats because they put ready-made chum in the water. Blue Lips for Bluefish
Morehead City anglers risk freezing weather to catch chopper blues.
By December many anglers have given up fishing inlets, bars and artificial reefs. They think cold weather means schooling fish have gone south or to the Gulf Stream to find warmer havens. ...
Mike Marsh

Gloves will help keep an angler’s hands warm during a wet, cold night of speckled trout fishing. Bump in the Night
Masonboro is a prime spot to find monster spotted seatrout during the dark days of winter.
It’s easy to tell when the speckled trout are biting at Masonboro Inlet. All you have to do is take a look at the boats lined up along the jetties, their anchor ropes pointing out the average direction of friction against the boat hull battled to a ...
Mike Marsh

During the post-rut period, older white-tail bucks are very much on the alert and sensitive to instrusions by humans because they’ve become educated after three months of hunting pressure. Late Buck Luck
A few simple steps may fool ol’ Mossy Horns in December.
Deer are a naturally suspicious lot by nature.  ...
Terry Madewell

Tyler Hickman, 11, of Clayton displays a tremendous non-typical he shot opening day of Eastern Zone gun season in Bladen County. Mystery Buck
The secondary rut was the key factor in this Guilford teen downing N.C.’s No. 3 non-typical.
During 2006’s deer season, the best non-typical buck taken by a North Carolina gun hunter was Tommy Ayers’ 172 3/8-inch monster from Stokes County — or so everyone thought at the 2007 Dixie Deer Classic. ...
Craig Holt

Several guides said their charter business may suffer because of the new rules. The Great Grouper Grope
Even though N.C. anglers have few problems catching bottomfish, the SAFMC says they’re overfished. And that means changes are coming.
Bait thieves had been pecking at a big chunk of bait that Capt. Mike Webb had positioned beside a rock ledge about 95 feet below the anchored Pelagic Too when they suddenly stopped, indicated by a motionless rod tip. ...
Jerry Dilsaver