• Volume 16 Number 3 - March 2009


    Stocks remain unchanged, but that’s mixed news for anglers and coastal fisheries.

    The news for North Carolina saltwater fishermen and resource watchers this year continues a familiar pattern — it’s a mixed bag with few changes from 2008.

    March on Badin Lake can mean great action on striped bass.

    In 1944, a newly married Marine Corps pilot was ferrying a Navy B-25 Bomber from a munitions supply station in Ohio to Cherry Point Marine Corps Air Station.

    This Jacksonville guide is dialed into gator trout.

    The best saltwater fishing usually occurs behind the dunes along North Carolina’s coast during the early summer or fall months.

    The Nantahala offers anglers choices of wild, stocked, hatchery-supported, delayed-harvest, freestone and tailrace trout.

    As the river’s swift water roars through the rugged topography of western North Carolina, it cuts an impressive gorge through the Earth’s crust.

    Early spring fishing just off deserted beaches will make anglers dance.

    Gloves, ski masks and heavy coats were the order of the day as Capt. Stuart Caulder zipped out of Masonboro Inlet and headed up the beach to look for schools of redfish feeding in the late winter surf.

    High Rock Lake has rebounded to become the Piedmont’s top crappie spot, especially for dock ‘shooters.’

    After the exceptional drought of 2002 that dropped High Rock Lake more than 21 feet below full pool, many anglers pondered the fate of the lake’s once wonderful fishery.