Volume 16 Number 2 - February 2009


Recreational anglers and crappie fishing tournament associations have discovered the plentiful and large fish that Blewett Falls Lake holds. Bonanza of Blewett Slabs
February is prime time to catch some of the Carolinas’ biggest crappie.
It is the lake that nobody has ever heard of.

Well, not exactly. ...

Dan Kibler

Todd Auten works his March magic with a handful of different baits, his preference being determined by weather conditions that will send bass into a spring pattern or keep them in a winter frame of mind. Borderline Bassin’
Lake Wylie’s reputation as a great early spring reservoir is deserved, according to bass pros from both Carolinas.
If you’ve been around largemouth bass for any length of time, you’ve come to learn and dread a term that’s often used to describe fishing during the spring and fall: “transition.” ...
Phillip Gentry

Briar-resistant outer clothing is a must for hunters who chase beagles and cottontails through their favorite haunts. Brush Bustin’ Bunnies
Habitat is the key to finding rabbits, and that means hunting cutovers.
A few years ago when I worked for a central North Carolina morning-edition newspaper, I’d drive home early each morning after the 1:15 a.m. final edition was put to bed. ...
Craig Holt

Black drum are one of the species anglers also are likely to catch during winter at southeastern N.C. inshore areas. Chill Out for Winter Specks
Lower Cape Fear and Elizabeth rivers provide spotted seatrout action.
Other than catching them, one of the best aspects of chasing speckled trout in winter is the best bite often occurs from noon through mid afternoon.  ...
Jerry Dilsaver

The Davidson River always has a good population of fish because it’s a catch-and-release stream from its headwaters to Avery Creek. Risk and Reward
The Davidson River is N.C.’s top trout stream, but catching lunkers takes time, skill and effort.
“Where should I start?” said Dale Brentrup as donned our waders at Pisgah Forest Fish Hatchery parking lot.  ...
Tim Mead

Toothy Neuse fish such as bowfins can tear up soft plastic lures, but Mike Taylor repairs his favorite lures. Smokin’ Winter Smorgasbord
The Neuse River holds a plethora of game fish at its feeder creeks.
Capt. Mike Taylor launched his boat at a nondescript boat ramp at a tiny creek that is one of many Neuse River tributaries. His gleaming new Ranger 2400 Bay boat passed a silent review of sunken pleasure craft and abandoned workboats, which had ...
Mike Marsh