• Volume 17 Number 4 - April 2010

    Features

    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.

    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.

    The nearshore reefs out of Charleston are havens for lunker spadefish.

    When Mark Melnyk ventured from Canada to South Carolina last year to film a handful of episodes of his World Fishing Network television show, Reel Road Trip, he happened on Charleston and Capt. Tom Siwarski of Carolina Aero Marine Adventures.

    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,”

    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 Atlantic.

    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.

    Lake Monticello is developing into a blue-ribbon fishery for blue catfish.

    Catfish love ledges; the reason is not entirely clear. All sorts of fish relate to what offshore saltwater captains like to call “bottom relief” — really just a break in a continuous flat bottom.

    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.

    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.

    South Carolina’s bluewater season opens in earnest this month as colorful offshore battlers show up in good numbers.

    Reserve orders for Bionic Ballyhoo were finished in February, and tackle was tuned up in March, preparing the way for adventures in the ocean in April.

    During April, Lake Hartwell’s largemouth bass move shallow, and the fishing opportunities are out of sight.

    Sight-fishing, sight-fishing and sight-fishing. That pretty well sums up how Brian Latimer of Belton attacks Lake Hartwell in April.

    Want to up your chances of bagging a gobbler? Then fake some lessons from this hunter, who gets them close enough to drop with a bow and arrow.

    For most turkey hunters, simply bagging a bird with a shotgun is challenge enough.

    Not so for Chris Heintze.

    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 traffic.