Volume 18 Number 3 - March 2011


A stringer of late-winter crappie caught on jigging spoons won’t be made up of hundreds of fish, but the dozen or so you catch will be big slabs. Bass-Sized Baits, Slab-Sized Crappie
Late-winter crappie can be suckers for bigger baits when they’re fished in the right places.
Forget those jigs and minnows this month. You can catch crappie with the stuff in your bass tackle box in the last few weeks of winter almost as well as with traditional baits and lures. You may not catch 100 fish a day, but you’ll catch some ...
John E. Phillips

As the water warms with the approach of spring, more and more crappie will pull up on shallow flats as they wait for conditions to be just right before heading in to spawn. Falls’ Slab King
Durham’s Rod King is crappie-fishing royalty on Falls of Neuse Lake in the spring.
Rod King had six rods spread in a semi-circle at his boat’s bow as he drifted across a big flat in Falls of Neuse Lake’s Little Lick Creek last March. ...
Craig Holt

Capt. Jeremiah Hieronymous caught this healthy shad on its spring spawning run up the Cape Fear River. Harbingers of Spring
The shad run up the Cape Fear River is a sign that warm weather and good fishing are on the way. Here’s how to make the most of a trip to Lock & Dam No. 1.
Capt. Jot Owens’ mood changed as soon as he topped the bluff and the Cape Fear River became visible, spilling over a nearly 100-year-old dam. ...
Jerry Dilsaver

March is the key month to catch prespawn bass on Cleveland County’s 1,700-acre Moss Lake, according to guide and bass pro Andy Montgomery. Little Lakes, Big Bass
Moss Lake and Lookout Shoals, two small western piedmont lakes, can hold their own when prespawn bass are the target.
Standing on the casting deck of his boat, Andy Montgomery made a tight swing with his casting rod and deftly flicked a spinnerbait between the edge of the dock and the old boat moored to it. ...
Phillip Gentry

Flounder are a highly-desired fish in the Little River area, and plenty of places exist where you can catch a big flatfish. Saltwater Series: Little River / Sunset Beach
Boundary waters abound with fish of all species, in all seasons.
The inshore and nearshore waters around Little River, S.C., and Sunset Beach, N.C., are a complex saltwater ecosystem in a variety of ways. ...
Jerry Dilsaver

Jigs, square-billed crankbaits and spinnerbaits are great baits for Lake Wylie bass before they begin to spawn. Spring Cleaning
This Conover pro sweeps out Lake Wylie’s beds for the season’s best bass action.
Whenever Brian Travis of Conover wets a line at Lake Wylie, he can’t help but relive the dream that began in April 2008 when he won the Bass Federation National Championship there. ...
Tony Garitta

Big spring specks are suckers for a jig and soft-plastic bait, but only if they’re fished with a relatively slow retrieve. Spring Speck Specialists
Take tips from these two guides, and catch early-season trout on the Pamlico and Pungo rivers.
Brutally cold weather plagued North Carolina this past winter, doing a number on speckled trout throughout the state’s coastal waters. ...
Jeff Burleson

  Speckled trout, red drum and bass use warm March days to get their mojo back.  



Todd Masson

Greener Pastures
Chicory should be food-plot staple

Jeff Burleson

Head for the Mountains
Mountain lakes offer excellent walleye, bass

Robert Satterwhite

High Tides and Tall Tails
Get a grip on the bottom — or else

Jerry Dilsaver

Four NC anglers will fish Elites

Tony Garitta

Lunker Lines
Be ready to fish just about any bait

David Fritts

Marine Electronics
A battery’s power is anything but consistent

Allan Tarvid

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