Volume 16 Number 5 - May 2009

 FEATURES:

Hunters targeting longbearded gobblers in the mountains need to use different tactics than those who try to use their tags in the foothills or flat lands. Boss Border Birds
Counties along the Tennessee and Virginia state lines are turkey hotspots for North Carolina hunters.
From hunting in Alleghany County a number of times, I had a fairly good idea where the gobbler might be in the pasture that lay level with the ridge above me. Nearing the mountaintop, I pulled out a crow call and sent forth several coarse caws. ...
Bruce Ingram

Ned Connelly with a big bluefish that struck a Rat-L-Trap at Carolina Beach Inlet. Cruising for a Bruiser
Big bluefish make a startling appearance this month off the beaches east of Wilmington.
A large charterboat headed out through Carolina Beach Inlet, its wake rocking a 21-foot center console anchored in a slough running alongside the inlet’s northerN sandbar. ...
Mike Marsh

The river section of Lake Hickory, from the Rt. 321 drive to Rhodhiss Dam, produces a lot of big stripers in the spring. Fish or cut bait?
Want to learn how to cash in on Lake Hickory striped bass? Join the Clubb.
It doesn’t take much prompting to get David Clubb excited. Just call this month and ask how the striped bass are biting on Lake Hickory. ...
Phillip Gentry

This crappie didn’t need to be measured, but slabs at Jordan Lake have to be at least 10 inches long to be creeled, and there’s a 20-fish daily limit. Just the Right Time
May on Jordan Lake can be as heavenly for crappie fishermen as early spring.
Rhonda Reid glanced over her shoulder at her boyfriend, Jay Garrard, and giggled. ...
Craig Holt

Blue marlin caught out of Hatteras usually show up along the continental shelf, where ledges, rocks and canyons provide good hunting grounds. No Baby Blues
May is blue marlin season for North Carolina’s bluewater big-game fishermen.
David Dodsworth wanted a blue marlin, so he went to the best place at the right time, fished for a week and got his marlin. ...
Bob Goldstein

An early-season Spanish mackerel can bring a smile to the faces of anglers. Spanish, Southern Style
Cape Fear-area fishermen get the first big shot at the annual mackerel run.
The annual Spanish invasion usually begins along North Carolina’s southern coast in late April with a few platoons of scouts, but by May, the armada has arrived from more southern climes, and the occupation is in full swing.  ...
Jerry Dilsaver