Volume 16 Number 9 - September 2009


Redfish, like this one caught by Lewis Emery, are partial to noisy topwater baits and will blast them in extremely shallow water, creating quite a commotion. Bald Spots
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. ...
Craig Holt

Smallmouth bass are a perfect species for stream fishing with fly-fishing equipment. Bronzebacks Fit to a ‘T’
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.” ...
Tim Mead

Blackpowder season is one of the most popular for game lands hunters in the northeastern corner of North Carolina, because hunting pressure is lower than during gun season. Deer for the Taking
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. ...
Mike Marsh

Spanish mackerel will hit No. 0 and No. 1 trolled Clark Spoons and provide plenty of fun for anglers. Mad Macks
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. ...
Jerry Dilsaver

W. Kerr Scott Reservoir harbors largemouth bass, such as this one, plus spotted and smallmouth bass. Triple threat: catch these 3 species of bass on W. Kerr Scott Reservoir
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 ...
Tony Garitta

  Jason Kaufman has some ideas on how to kill bucks with a stick and string. Do they work? The evidence is on his wall.  


Media marginalize hunters, fishermen

Craig Holt

Fish Like a Pro
A clean boat means bass

Dustin Wilks

Greener Pastures
Preparation is fall food-plot key

Jeff Burleson

Head for the Mountains
Passing on the thrill: the rewards are endless

Robert Satterwhite

High Tides and Tall Tails
Getting another visit from ‘Aunt Ethylnol’

Jerry Dilsaver

Five bites enough for Brunson in BFL

Tony Garitta

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