Volume 18 Number 8 - August 2011


The deer harvest last season in the northwestern corner of the state was down more than seven percent — the only drop in a season when hunters killed the second-largest number of whitetails in history. Deer Forecast
North Carolina’s 2011 Deer-Hunting Preview -- Eastern counties are still best for numbers, and they’re catching up for quality bucks.
The northeastern corner of North Carolina, particularly Northampton County, is the place to find whitetail deer in big numbers and big sizes, according to last year’s harvest figures. ...
Craig Holt

‘Offshore’ fishing in deeper water with smaller lures is often the ticket to catching Lake Norman’s dog days bass. Dog Days = Bass Days?
Dog Days can be great days for bass fishermen on Lake Norman.
The dog days of summer. Hot, lazy, sultry days. Many believe the term “dog days” developed because it’s so hot that all dogs do is laze around the yard and pant. Yet the origin of the phrase goes back to ancient times; Romans believe the hottest ...
Tim Mead

White marlin usually weigh between 40 and 60 pounds, perfect for stand-up tackle. Raise the White Flag
Marlin are an oft-ignored species out of Oregon Inlet, but they’re more than a match for many fishermen.
Maybe it’s the result of tight federal catch
limits, the change-over to circle hooks or the catch-and-release of almost everything, but the past few years have produced square miles of striped bass to the 60-pound class, thousands of ...

Bob Goldstein

A well-aerated livewell is a key to having fresh, lively bait for king mackerel. Reef Kings
Artificial reefs are king mackerel magnets for fishermen off Wrightsville Beach.
August is hot enough to encourage second thoughts for any angler heading for the ocean on a calm day, so beginning a trip before sunrise is a great idea when the target is a big king mackerel. ...
Mike Marsh

A flat and a deep hole around the mouth of Wilson Creek provide plenty of opportunities for anglers. Saltwater Series: The Neuse River
The waters from New Bern to Oriental are full of fish-producing spots. Here are a few.
Almost all North Carolina residents know where New Bern is, but few think of it as a saltwater fishing destination. The former state capital, New Bern sits at the junction of the Trent River and Neuse River. The railroad trestle crossing the Trent ...
Jerry Dilsaver

The Pamlico Sound tarpon fishery is a catch-and-release fishery, with plenty of 100-pound silver kings available for fishermen who do their homework. Silver Sound
Tarpon are kings of North Carolina’s Pamlico Sound when summer rolls around.
As waters simmer across the South, groups of bewitched anglers charmed by silver-sided beasts, prepare their gear, hoping to connect again with one of the most memorable opponents ever found in inland waters. ...
Jeff Burleson

Monica Altman, a successful pro bass fisherman, cut her teeth on Falls of Neuse Lake north of Raleigh and Durham. ‘Graduate’ Student
It takes a ‘woman’s touch’ to get the most out of summertime bass fishing on North Carolina’s Falls of Neuse Lake.
Max Altman, a retired high-school phys ed teacher from Angier, knows that the greatest reward an educator can
experience occurs when the student surpasses the teacher. ...

Tony Garitta