Slipping out of Pirates Cove Marina and heading toward Oregon Inlet, Capt. Harold Smith was steering The Spray, his 61-foot sportfisher, through the pre-dawn darkness toward the bluewater, when the radio crackled.
In days gone by, crappie fishing was a springtime, single-rod venture aimed at filling a stringer with slabs and a frying pan with tender white fillets. While casting and jigging with a single rod can be extremely effective when fish are holding around shallow, visible cover, finding them in open water where you can barely make out the shoreline, much less fish it, is another challenge.
If you're planning to venture onto public land this season, you've GOT to read our annual Game Lands Forecast.