If you happened to stop by Stokes McClellans home in February, chances are, you wont 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.
A rod on the port side of Robbie Burrs boat dipped toward the water, and line began to peel slowly off the reel. It stopped, then started out again. Natalie, Burrs 14-year-old daughter, moved toward the rod, lifted it from the rod-holder and began to reel. Battle on!
It was a typical, pre-dawn February morning in North Carolinas Piedmont completely dark and extremely cold. Rolling along, hoarfrost painted feathery patterns on the windshield of Sandy Bradys 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.
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 theyre going to Swansboro, while others might say theyre going to Emerald Isle regardless of exactly where theyre actually staying.
Tony Norman's wide Richmond County buck was among NC's best for 2010.