• Volume 6 Number 2 - February 2011

    Features

    The late goose season offers challenges for waterfowlers who can’t give it up at the end of January.

    Closing the cattle gate behind him, Donnie Pearson stepped briskly across a frozen pasture in the early morning darkness. Carrying a bag of full-bodied decoys under one arm and a satchel full of silhouettes on his back, he began dodging cow pies on his way to a cattle pond. He stopped beside a tree and crept down to the pond.

    Nearshore reefs, livebottom and ledges off Little River Inlet offer anglers from both Carolinas some winter wonders.

    In February, weather conditions hit rock bottom in the Carolinas prized waters.

    Nearshore reefs, livebottom and ledges off Little River Inlet offer anglers from both Carolinas some winter wonders.

    In February, weather conditions hit rock bottom in the Carolinas prized waters.

    Ancient cypress in call-maker’s boxes aged at 45,990 years.

    When you hold a box call made of ancient cypress and run a few turkey calls on it, there is no escaping the thought: Did turkeys actually exist when the tree this wood came from was growing in South Carolina’s Pee Dee region?

    Search the ICW and adjacent flats for some of the best redfish action of the year.

    The Charleston area's system of bays, creeks and rivers present ideal conditions for sciaenops ocellatus, more commonly known as spot-tail, channel bass and redfish.

    2010 was another top season for North Carolina trophy bucks.

    From the season’s beginning in September through November’s rut, it quickly became apparent that North Carolina deer hunters experiencing a special year in 2010.

    The weather is frigid. The crappie are beautiful. The fishing is great. Let’s go!

    If you happened to stop by Stokes McClellan’s home in February, chances are, you won’t find him at home. While most fishermen who target crappie are getting ready for spring — re-lining reels, inspecting their stores of crappie jigs and cleaning out their minnow buckets — McClellan is fishing.

    The Pee Dee River flows through both Carolinas and offers anglers the chance to do battle with trophy catfish of all species.

    A rod on the port side of Robbie Burr’s boat dipped toward the water, and line began to peel slowly off the reel. It stopped, then started out again. Natalie, Burr’s 14-year-old daughter, moved toward the rod, lifted it from the rod-holder and began to reel. Battle on!

    The Pee Dee River flows through both Carolinas and offers anglers the chance to do battle with trophy catfish of all species.

    A rod on the port side of Robbie Burr’s boat dipped toward the water, and line began to peel slowly off the reel. It stopped, then started out again. Natalie, Burr’s 14-year-old daughter, moved toward the rod, lifted it from the rod-holder and began to reel. Battle on!

    Reidsville’s Sandy Brady loves hunting crows, and farmers are glad to have him shoot these crop destroyers.

    It was a typical, pre-dawn February morning in North Carolina’s Piedmont — completely dark and extremely cold. Rolling along, hoarfrost painted feathery patterns on the windshield of Sandy Brady’s SUV, and minutes later, the ground crunched under his feat as he walked the edge of a cornfield, loaded down with bags of decoys and shotguns.

    Vacationers who love Edisto Island are on the lookout for excuses to visit the island. Here’s one: great fishing.

    Of all the barrier islands along the South Carolina coast, most are either largely uninhabited or have sold out to commercial pursuits like beachfront condos or putt-putt wonderlands.

    The White Oak River and Bogue Inlet provide plenty of great year-round spots.

    Located on different sides of the border between Onslow and Carteret counties, the towns of Swansboro and Emerald Isle are tied together as a destination for many fishermen. When headed that way, many fishermen might say they’re going to Swansboro, while others might say they’re going to Emerald Isle — regardless of exactly where they’re actually staying.