Volume 17 Number 7 - July 2010


Fishermen who can accurately put a fly in front of a carp that is feeding along a shoreline in shallow can hook up with the likes of this big-lipped specimen.
Bonefish in your Backyard
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. ...
Paul Rose

Despite being past his prime, this buck still has an impressive set of antlers, and one can see how his genes worked to create a rack nearly identical to the previous years when he was in his prime. Deer Dynamics: Antler Growth
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 ...
Tommy Kirkland

Kiss-ing Triggers Kiss-ing Triggers
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 ...
Phillip Gentry

The Lumber River produces some nice bass, in part because of the fertile nature of backwater swamp areas. Lay the Lumber to ’Em!
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 ...
Jeff Burleson

Sheepshead on the Rocks Sheepshead on the Rocks
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. ...
Craig Holt

Smallmouth ‘Toe’-Hold Smallmouth ‘Toe’-Hold
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. ...
Mike Marsh

Flounder are under a tremendous amount of fishing pressure in North Carolina waters — especially from the commercial sector. Sound Advice
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 ...
Jeff Burleson

  Fishing in the sounds around Roanoke Island is top-drawer for flounder, especially during the summer.
Photo By Brian Carroll


Written permission worth considering

Craig Holt

Fish Like a Pro
Summer patterns that really work

Dustin Wilks

Greener Pastures
Wildlife management never rests

Jeff Burleson

Head for the Mountains
Summer is prime time for camping/fishing trips

Robert Satterwhite

High Tides and Tall Tails
Keep your cool when the heat is on

Jerry Dilsaver

Rothrock’s big bag wins BFL

Tony Garitta

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