• Volume 16 Number 2 - February 2009


    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.

    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.”

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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 found their final resting places in a gum and cypress swamp that held little more than a trickle of tannin-stained water.