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 bucks pituitary gland, producing hormones that significantly contribute to bone and tissue growth. Other natural works play into antler development as well.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Fishing in the sounds around Roanoke Island is top-drawer for flounder, especially during the summer.