• Volume 18 Number 7 - July 2011


    Snow’s Cut is premier sheepshead spot for North Carolina inshore anglers

    Jeff Wolfe smiled as he slowly motored the quarter-mile from the boat ramp at Snow’s Cut below US 421 to the supports of the bridge spanning the waterway.

    Outer Banks amberjack can provide some muscle-straining action

    In the world of sportfishing, there are certain classes of fish. At the tippy top of the elite A-list are billfish, those fish that must be reeled in with the pinky of the reeling hand outstretched just so. Billfish are released to fight again, garnering a swell of pride and an immediate need for a mobile status update to Facebook.

    Artificials can be more effective than live bait for Bogue Inlet flounder.

    On a warm, sunny, calm day, Capt. Mike Taylor navigated his 24-foot bay boat through Bogue Inlet without a hitch until he hit the last set of breakers. As the boat crested the final wave and slammed down into the trough on the ocean side, he changed course eastward.

    Wondering what to throw this month in the salty marsh? Take a look in your freshwater box.

    A lot of fisherman in the Carolinas go both ways — that is, they target both freshwater and saltwater species of fish throughout the year.

    Saltwater Series: Atlantic Beach, Morehead City are a gateway to some of North Carolina’s best fishing

    Atlantic Beach and Morehead City have been favorite fishing destinations for many North Carolina fishermen for many years. Atlantic Beach is the eastern end of Bogue Banks and has an ocean beach, while Morehead City is located across the Intracoastal Waterway and Bogue Sound on the mainland. The bounty of fish caught in the waters here is legendary, and most years something is ready to stretch a curious angler’s string all year.

    Greenville’s River Park North is an eastern North Carolina treasure for fishermen.

    With each twitch of his wrist, Howard Vainright chugged the Bang-O-Lure across the calm surface of the woodland pond in River Park North. The lure dipped just under the surface each time it moved, and it left a series of expanding circles in its path, allowing Vainright to track its progress.

    You’re liable to catch a lot more Kerr Lake catfish if you learn to ‘use your noodle’

    Marion F. “Ramrod” Hall figures Tony Milam and Michael “Chubb” Reaves may owe him one.