Volume 16 Number 7 - July 2009


A fly-rod was was the perfect match for this Spanish mackerel, caught by Capt. Jamie Rushing. Dive Right In!
Diver's Rock is a dependable spot for summer Spanish mackerel and bonito.
While many fishermen targeting Spanish mackerel head for the easier-to-access fishing near better-known inlets, at least one pair of Wilmington-area guides heads farther north for top-drawer action. ...
Mike Marsh

A striped bass in the 6- or 7-pound class is a fairly good fish at Kerr Reservoir these days. Donít Sweat the Small Stuff
Biologists say decent-size stripers still live in Kerr Reservoir, but anglers must first wade through juvenile fish.
It was typically hot and steamy on July 19, 2008, at John H. Kerr Reservoir, a 50,000-acre Army Corps of Engineers lake along the North Carolina-Virginia border. ...
Craig Holt

Campers at Tamarac Marina & Campground might find bass-tournament weigh-ins a treat. Tamarac Marina is the host to dozens of tournaments a year, and weigh-ins are often held within sight of the campground. Fish from a Tent
For anglers who donít own boats or lakeside property, the answer to extended summer adventures is camping.
Outdoorsmen who enjoy fishing often dream about owning a cottage or second home on a fish-filled lake where the front walkway serves as the yellow-brick road to a pier or boathouse where adventure begins. ...
Tony Garitta

Kings frequently visit the Horseshoe during the summer; this one made a fatal mistake: hitting a cigar minnow. Hit the Jackpot
The ĎHorseshoeí is a lucky spot for summertime mixed-bag fishing off Southport.
The day dawned, one of those mid-summer beauties you hope for when heading out into the ocean. While he didnít voice his concerns to the happy charter in the cockpit, the captain was concerned it might be just a little too nice and the fish ...
Jerry Dilsaver

Protected areas are great places to find baitfish such as finger mullet. The Doormats of War
Old wars and sunken ships create No Vacancies at coastal flounder motels.
During the War Between the States, actively fought off the North Carolina coast from 1861 through 1865, the Union attempted to prevent goods from reaching Southern ports by creating shipping blockades with its navy. ...
Craig Holt

Guide Ken Driscoll catches plenty of hugereally big crappie by trolling with deep-diving crankbaits after fish finish spawning and move back into deeper, open water. Trolling Slabs
Turn everything you know about crappie fishing upside down, then catch some of the biggest slabs of the year with this tactic.
Itís July and itís hot. Itís jet ski/pleasure boat rush hour on the water. Theyíre everywhere. ...
Phillip Gentry

  Dolphin are a regular visitor to the Horseshoe, a popular spot for fishermen about 18 miles off the Cape Fear River inlet.  


Government officials ignore fish and game

Craig Holt

Greener Pastures
Itís time to prepare those shooting lanes

Jeff Burleson

Head for the Mountains
Addition of section of Wilson Creek is big bonus for delayed-harvest waters

Robert Satterwhite

High Tides and Tall Tails
Remember Loran? You may see a new, improved version on the horizon

Jerry Dilsaver

Home-cooking is fine with Young

Tony Garitta

Lunker Lines
For July bass, find current, cover

David Fritts

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