North Carolinas saltwater species are trying to hold their own, but theres some trouble in River City especially the portions of rivers that run through inshore waters before emptying into the Atlantic Ocean.
If you compared North Carolinas spring wild-turkey harvest from, say, 20 years ago, with last springs county-by-county numbers, one thing would stand out other than the sheer number of places where gobblers were killed in 2010.
Any map of eastern North Carolina will show a moderate-sized hole in the middle of a vast area of virtual nothingness: the 160,000 acres of Croatan National Forest. Southeast of Catfish Lake waterfowl impoundment, where duck hunters head each hunting season, the lake shares the name, taunting the adventurous angler to give fishing for catfish a try.
Loosely translated from the Cherokee, Nantahala means land of the noon-day sun. The descriptive place name is apt, because over much of its flow, and especially in the gorge marking its lower reaches, sunshine reaches the Nantahala River for only a few hours each day.
The foremost state experts give their predictions on the 2011 seasons for turkeys and saltwater species.