Volume 16 Number 8 - August 2009


Antlered bucks still make up better than half of the reported harvest of whitetail deer in North Carolina. The increase last year over the 2007-08 season was around two percent. 2009 Deer Forecast
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. ...
Craig Holt

Rodney Crisco (front) and Mike Lundy are two veteran striper fishermen who believe in deep-trolling during the hottest months of the summer, searching for fish in the narrow bands of water that match tolerable temperature levels with desired dissolved-oxygen levels. Heavy Metal’s Greatest Hits
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. ...
Phillip Gentry

Sailfish Central Sailfish Central
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. ...
Craig Holt

The King and His Court The King and His Court
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. ...
Mike Marsh

Warmed Up Warmed Up
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 ...
Jerry Dilsaver

Whacking Waccamaw Whites Whacking Waccamaw Whites
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. ...
Mike Marsh

  Saltwater fishing is still great, and hunting's right around the corner. What could be better?
Photo By John R. Ford


Where’s the change we were promised?

Craig Holt

Fish Like a Pro
In August, grass can mean bass

Dustin Wilks

Greener Pastures
Develop strategies for trophy deer

Jeff Burleson

Head for the Mountains
Presentation is a key for hot-weather trout

Robert Satterwhite

High Tides and Tall Tails
Carolina rigs + scented soft baits = a good fish dinner

Jerry Dilsaver

Lambeth scores big check at Kerr BFL

Tony Garitta

Lunker Lines
Pay attention to current, oxygen

David Fritts

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