• Volume 17 Number 5 - May 2010

    Features

    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 borderline conditions.

    Fishing Creek and Stumpy Pond give Great Falls-area anglers plenty of opportunities in late spring.

    When talking about crappie fishing at Great Falls, most anglers are referring to two hotspots, not just one.

    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.

    North Inlet’s backwaters hold a treasure trove of flatfish. Use these techniques to put them in the boat.

    Located at the southern tip of the Grand Strand, North Inlet is a sportsman’s paradise, loaded with crabs, small fish, shrimp, and the inshore angler’s trifecta — flounder, redfish, and trout.

    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.

    ‘Buoyed’ by markers, Edisto anglers can take the easy path to mackerel heaven.

    For some anglers, fishing for Spanish mackerel is a poor man’s deep-sea trip. For others, Spanish are the ultimate for close-in, light-tackle fishing in the ocean.

    It’s time for big shellcrackers to move onto their beds to spawn, so why not visit the waters that produced the biggest ‘cracker on record?

    “Polly want a cracker?”

    I don’t know who Polly was, but it almost seems like she must have spent some time on the Santee Cooper lakes during the spring. After all, what could possibly do a finer job of keeping ’crackers on one’s mind all the time?

    Charleston anglers herald the return of menhaden as the kickoff of speckled trout action.

    Lots of people keep calendars on their desks or somewhere on a wall — maybe held to the side of the refrigerator by a magnet.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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 successful airplane, because of its lofty sand dunes, regular ocean breezes and soft, sandy landing surfaces.

    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 pickup truck so he can head to one of several local fishing holes directly from work.