• Volume 18 Number 3 - March 2011

    Features

    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 slab-sized fish that will make your day on the water a success.

    No matter how you pursue crappie, a small lake in Anderson and Abbeville counties has always stood apart.

    On Nov. 22, 1860, a meeting was held near the town of Abbeville — at a site since dubbed “Secession Hill” — to launch South Carolina’s secession from the Union, which took place a month later.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    The spring shad run in coastal rivers offers special angling opportunities on light tackle.

    A typical female shad, laden with eggs, puts a huge bend in a fishing rod when she turns her slab-sided body — 20 inches long, weighing four pounds — broadside to the current.

    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.

    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.

    The Savannah River swamp is unique among places where South Carolina hunters can chase a tom turkey. Here’s how and why.

    The Savannah River swamp is a formidable arena for wild game, including centuries-old cypress trees, oxbow swamps and endless pockets of primo habitat.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    Turkey season in the Lowcountry opens this month, and these tactics will help ensure that you get the season started off right.

    The key to turkey hunting success has been simply described as being in the right place at the right time.