Volume 16 Number 4 - April 2009


Bass on Buggs Island (Kerr) Lake will move shallow in April as part of the spawning process. Savvy anglers will use this to their advantage. A Bit of Flooded Heaven
When the water rises and fish move into the bushes, Buggs Island can make bass anglersí dreams come true.
If there is a bass-fishing nirvana, itís got to be Buggs Island Lake in April. ...
Dan Kibler

No two gobblers are likely to act alike, even if these two seem to be thinking the same thing. Custom Turkey Tips
A Trinity call-maker shares fool-proof ways to put your tag on a gobbler this spring.
In his shop in Trinity, Greg Longuillo of L&L Custom Calls makes some of the premier custom turkey calls in the country. ...
Bruce Ingram

As inshore waters warm along the North Carolina coast in April, speckled trout shed their winter doldrums and start to feed more aggressively. Great Ex-Speck-tations
April is the big kickoff month for Cape Fear trout.
Lewis Emery, a fishing guide from Wilmington, was scheduled to have taken the marital plunge on March 12. ...
Craig Holt

Trudy Duke and her husband, Ed, fish crappie tournaments on lakes across the southeast, regularly catching slabs like this one. Long-Lining Spawning Slabs
Itís crappie season. Find out why this expert isnít going anywhere near the bank to get his limit of slabs.
The month of April ushers in the spring spawn for crappie. The dogwoods are blooming, and all you have to do is grab a bucket of minnows and suspend them under a cork around just about any decent looking piece of woody cover along the bank. Itís a ...
Phillip Gentry

Anthony Ng with two Tar River shad caught on a jig-and-spoon rig. River of Many Returns
The American and hickory shad runs each spring provide non-stop Tar River action.
The Tar River originates in North Carolinaís piedmont near Roxboro and flows southeast for 140 miles. ...
Mike Marsh

The N.C. Department of Marine Fisheries and N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission are running a tagging program to help identify growth rates,movement patterns and population numbers for striped bass like this one from the Roanoke River. Wel-Done!
Roanoke River stripers wake up this sleepy town in April.
Shortly after sliding his boat in behind a big boil and setting up for a drift down the river, Mike Shearin gave the command to bait up and go fishing. ...
Jerry Dilsaver