• Volume 16 Number 8 - August 2009


    Whitetail harvest numbers keep rising, and North Carolina continues to offer quantity and quality.

    Deer hunters in North Carolina set another harvest record during the 2008-09 season, and the upward trend probably will continue this fall and winter.

    Trolling tactics will increase your summer striper success.

    The hum of the big 4-stroke was a far cry from the outboards of yesterday — the days when trolling open water meant yelling at your buddy if he happened to be standing on the opposite side of the outboard.

    The waters off Wrightsville Beach are among North Carolina’s best to catch the billfish that are jewels in a saltwater angler’s crown.

    When fishermen think about sailfish, names such as Acapulco, Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan, Puerto Vallerta, Costa Rica or Guatemala come to mind.

    Mackerel experts are pier-fishing’s blue bloods at Kure Beach.

    An elite crowd gathers at the end of every oceanfront fishing pier. From spring to fall, these dedicated anglers stand in the shadows of long rods that sway to the rhythm of the waves tugging at their lines.

    Summer specks provide Southport fishermen with plenty of hot action.

    “Look at your shrimp up and jumping around,” Capt. Brandon Dean said with a burst of urgency and excitement in his voice. “There’s something looking at him, and he’s afraid he’s about to get eaten. You better get ready — you’re about to have a strike.”

    When it’s 100 degrees in the shade, fishing for perch on this Columbus County lake can be even hotter.

    Ned Connelly squinted through the smoke-gray dawn, surveying the water intently for the tiniest of splashes. Motoring along the shoreline of Lake Waccamaw, he wiped his forehead with a towel.