• Volume 17 Number 7 - July 2010

    Features

    Don’t snub your nose at carp; they’re a fly-fisherman’s dream in North Carolina lakes.

    The weather forecast hadn’t changed for nearly two weeks: mid-90s, high humidity with little chance of rain barring a scattered evening thunderstorm.

    Shortly after antler shedding is complete, whitetail bucks of all ages begin the process of developing new antlers. By the sultry days of July, velvet racks grow rapidly, creating distinct formations.

    As the days become longer, the process of “photoperiod” takes hold — stimulating more hormonal growth for bucks. More available sunlight allows changes to unfold with a buck’s pituitary gland, producing hormones that significantly contribute to bone and tissue growth. Other natural works play into antler development as well.

    There’s nothing sophisticated about catching triggerfish out of Oregon Inlet. It’s best to keep it simple.

    The order of the day was bottom-fishing when Capt. Devin Cage steered The Poacher out of the Oregon Inlet Fishing Center and into the ocean. The waters off the northern Outer Banks are prime fishing grounds, with each rock and crevice a potential honey hole for a number of bottom-dwelling species, one of the most sought-after being triggerfish.

    Lumber River offers great summertime bass fishing to anglers from both Carolinas.

    Meandering through century-old cypress and tupelo swamps, the tea-colored waters of the picturesque Lumber River swiftly glide from its headwaters in the sandhills of North Carolina to its confluence with the Little Pee Dee River across the South Carolina line.

    Anglers have to be quick on the draw to catch ‘convict’ fish.

    Fishing partners Lewis Emery and Larry Essick of Wilmington enjoy chasing a couple of species that are plentiful in their area, but they often take a break from red drum and sea trout to challenge sheepshead.

    The North Toe and Nolichucky rivers are filled with a mixed bag for fly-fishermen, including feisty bronzebacks.

    Scott Cunningham backed his trailer down a steep incline, the sort of grade where an angler hopes his parking brake holds when he off-loads his boat, lest he need a wrecker or winch to fish his pickup out of the water.

    The fringes of the Roanoke, Albemarle, Pamlico and Croatan sounds are full of flatfish for the taking — if you know how.

    The colonists making up the first permanent English settlement in the New World might not have perished had Sir Walter Raleigh included fishing tackle as part of their tools for survival. The failed settlement on Roanoke Island was surrounded by pristine, grass-covered marshes abundant with rich sea life. If Capt. Reese Stecher had been part of that initial colonial charter, the “Lost Colony” may have succeeded.