• Volume 16 Number 6 - June 2009


    As summer approaches, mackerel flock to the Frying Pan Tower area.

    The boat passed the Cape Fear knuckle buoy as the sun started to rise, and dawn’s early light confirmed what the crew on Capt. Tommy Rickman’s center-console Parker had suspected all along: the weatherman had been correct!

    Striper action after dark can be exciting for the 'enlightened.’

    Standing barefoot in the cockpit of his center-console Ranger at quarter past midnight, with only a small, 12-volt light illuminating his boat, guide and pro striper fisherman Mike Lundy made a surprising statement.

    Stable summer water makes Lake Gaston a great shallow-water bass fishery.

    Summer around North Carolina usually means rising air temperatures and falling lake levels, with one major exception: Lake Gaston.

    The June trout bite on the Neuse River produces the best trophies of the year.

    Most fishermen know that the waters of the lower Neuse River produce huge tarpon and red drum during the hottest months of the year, July and August.

    June is the time to catch bass on top at Kerr Lake.

    If it’s not the best time of year to catch bass at major North Carolina lakes, June is when fishermen can have the most fun — especially at John H. Kerr (Buggs Island) Reservoir.

    Cobia that visit the Cape Lookout and Ocracoke areas can make a fisherman’s day.

    The key to catching cobia, according to Capt. Charles Brown of Davis, is patience.