Volume 17 Number 4 - April 2010

 FEATURES:

Brent Caton took this fine Vance County gobbler only 30 minutes after the 2009 season opened. 2010 Turkey Season Forecast
Will Tarheel State hunters break another record?
Brent Caton of Henderson experienced an opening day of the 2009 spring turkey season that was atypical for many Tarheel State hunters. ...
Craig Holt

Striped bass in Lake Rhodhiss are among the biggest caught anywhere in North Carolina, in part because they feed on huge gizzard shad. A Royal ‘Flush’
The biggest stripers anywhere on the Catawba River chain are making a big splash at Lake Rhodhiss.
David Clubb and Joe Jobin love to hear a couple of distinct noises. ...
Dan Kibler

Brown trout are among the most sought-after fish in Graham County streams. Best Spot on the Trout Map
Graham County has everything a North Carolina fisherman could ever want.
Marty Maxwell of Robbinsville, a masterful fly fisherman by any standard of measurement, also happens to be a student of Horace Kephart, the man known as the “Dean of American Campers,” ...
Jim Casada

Bonito won’t nearly approach the size of other members of the tuna family, but they may be the best-tasting. Big Bonito Bash
Wrightsville Beach is an early-season hotspot for fishermen to tangle with the inshore members of the tuna family.
Capt. Rick Bennett had the outboard on his boat warmed up and purring quietly as his fishermen ambled down the dock just before dawn. As soon as their gear was stowed, he cast off and headed toward Masonboro Inlet and an impending sunrise over the ...
Jerry Dilsaver

Late March and throughout April, Kevin Chandler said fishermen are liable to come in contact with some real lunkers at Badin Lake, which is known to produce lots of quality fish — or bigger. Blue Ribbon Blades
April is prime spinnerbait month for bass fishermen on this deep, normally clear reservoir.
Badin Lake, clear and deep in the old, round-topped Uwharrie Mountains, might seem on the surface to be the last place a bass fisherman would count on a spinnerbait. ...
Dan Kibler

The survival rate of a deer fawn depends not only on nutrition but the mother’s maternal guidance. Her vocal commands play a major role in teaching the fawn when and where to bed. Deer Dynamics: Carnivore Predation
Are whitetails becoming elusive and more difficult to hunt? Are deer sightings down? If so, maybe you are facing an obstacle that will frustrate your hunting opportunities – the American coyote.
With stealth, a lone coyote moves through the woodlot, its nose to the ground. Periodically, the canine stops and visually scans the timber. ...
Tommy Kirkland

Cape Lookout fishermen can expect redfish to be in transition between winter and spring patterns. Transition Tricks
April can be tough on Cape Lookout anglers targeting puppy drum — unless you take these experts’ advice.
The calendar said it was springtime, but with the wind whipping out of the north and whitecaps in Beaufort Inlet said otherwise. Back in the Newport River marshes, however, with the surface of the water barely rippled, Dave Dietzler was directing ...
Dan Kibler

 
  Is it finally spring? Yes, it is , and that means bass and puppy drum - among others are biting.
Photo By Dan Kibler
 

COLUMNS:

Backlashes
Will our fisheries ever be managed for fish?

Todd Masson

Greener Pastures
Expand your food-plot acreage

Jeff Burleson

Head for the Mountains
Trout: Please, release me, then let me go

Robert Satterwhite

High Tides and Tall Tails
Oh goody! New goodies

Jerry Dilsaver

Livewell
Warriors on Water back for 4th year

Tony Garitta

Lunker Lines
April bass: you can ‘bank’ on them

David Fritts

Marine Electronics
Is your inattention killing your battery?

Allan Tarvid


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