• Volume 16 Number 9 - September 2009

    Features

    Bays around Bald Head Island are great for late-summer puppy drum.

    North Carolina’s coastal red drum numbers are a monument to nearly a decade of effective management by the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries and, yes, even the N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission.

    The Little Tennessee is arguably North Carolina’s best stream for smallmouth bass, and fall is a top time for a float trip.

    More than 100 years ago, in his classic “Book of the Black Bass,” Doc Henshall annointed the smallmouth bass as “inch for inch and pound for pound, the gamest fish that swims.”

    Game lands in the state’s northeastern corner offer some of North Carolina’s best early-season hunting.

    Joseph “Pork Chop” Wiles of Mayock was deer hunting at an N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission game land in northeastern North Carolina last November.

    Fall brings a feeding frenzy for king and Spanish mackerel at N.C. Coast.

    Even after sleeping an extra hour and leaving the dock at 8 a.m. rather than 7, the morning air still had a cool nip, one of the first signs of fall’s arrival.

    Largemouth, spotted, and smallmouth bass all biting at W. Kerr Scott

    Good things often happen in threes at many sporting events.

    Ice hockey has hat tricks celebrating the player who scores three goals in one game; basketball has its 3-pointer for long-range shots, and baseball designates the Triple Crown for the ballplayer who ranks first in his league in batting average, runs batted in, and home runs — all in the same season.

    Good things also happen in threes in the sport of black bass fishing at W. Kerr Scott Reservoir.