Volume 17 Number 5 - May 2010

 FEATURES:

Spring and fall are the best times to catch a yellowfin tuna off the Outer Banks. 24-Carat
The Gulf Stream off Hatteras’ Diamond Shoals features outstanding action in late spring.
One of the great things about Hatteras is the proximity of the fishing grounds to the inlet. The relatively short run to the bluewater maximizes the fishing time and makes for more fishable days because you have some leeway when it comes to ...
Jerry Dilsaver

Dan Williams shows off one of the many striped bass that pack the Roanoke River in April and May on their spawning run. Cast and Blast
Gobblers and stripers highlight May along the Roanoke River.
The dew was heavy enough to wet your pantlegs, but there was an upside; it made a quiet sneak through the woods much easier — and quiet was required to get close to a roosted gobbler at daylight. ...
Jerry Dilsaver

A gorgeous brown trout is a reward for the work it takes to get off the beaten path and into the wilds of Hazel Creek. Hiking Hazel
One of North Carolina’s blue-ribbon trout streams beckons anglers to get away from it all.
Traveling up the Hazel Creek Trail into the Great Smoky Mountains National Park affords excellent trout fishing and so much more. ...
Jeff Dennis

Lake Hickory isn’t known for producing a lot of huge, slab crappie, and neither is it known for giving up huge numbers of fish, but it’s a good lake to catch some nice fish. Slab Shooters
Shooting docks leads to great post-spawn fishing on Lake Hickory.
The spawn is over and done, and the crowds of perch-jerkers have gone home, so it must be time to get back to crappie fishing at Lake Hickory. ...
Phillip Gentry

The buck fawn grows into a button buck, and is recognized by its shorter neck and square head. They have small little nubs on top of their heads that are covered with hair. In most states, they are considered to be an antlerless harvest unless a polished antler is present.
The Life of a Fawn
Having survived prowling predators, the whitetail fawn now matures.
Spring gives way to warm days as the summer season nears. Pesky insects start to dominate the woodlots and open fields. For the young whitetails that survived the pursuit of predators, now their lives of growing into mature deer begin to unfold. ...
Tommy Kirkland

Big-trout guru Mark Davis said topwater baits are a great way to target gator specks, especially fished over submerged structure or visible cover. The Wright Stuff
Visit the Kitty Hawk area this month, and see its “other” famous attraction — speckled trout.
Just after the turn of the 20th century, two brothers from Dayton, Ohio — Orville and Wilbur Wright — converged on the then-obscure coastal town of Kitty Hawk. The area was attractive to the Wrights, who were intent on inventing the world’s first ...
Phillip Gentry

The author caught this fine speckled trout on a topwater plug cast from his kayak. Yak It Up
The Cape Fear area offers anglers places to put their kayaks in the middle of great inshore fishing.
When he’s not working at the Great Outdoor Provision Company in Wilmington, Will Huffine can usually be found fishing —from land, pier and boat — but he is especially fond of fishing out of his kayak. He often has it strapped to the rack on his ...
Jerry Dilsaver

 
  Offshore action at the Diamond Shoals is as good as gold this month.
Photo By Will Drost
 

COLUMNS:

Fish Like a Pro
Covering water is key to finding fish

Tony Garitta

Greener Pastures
Plant warm-season food plots soon

Jeff Burleson

Head for the Mountains
Dam removal expected to enhance fishing on Tuckasegee River

Robert Satterwhite

High Tides and Tall Tails
Pogey wars: Who wins?

Jerry Dilsaver

Livewell
Cherry, Lineberger win in Ledbetter

Tony Garitta


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