• Volume 18 Number 10 - October 2011

    Features

    Pisgah National Forest is North Carolina’s headquarters for squirrel hunting

    Bob Glenn eased slowly along a rock-strewn path that once served as the bed for a narrow-gauge railroad. Timber was the primary resource in the highest elevations of North Carolina’s Appalachian mountains during the early 20th century, and the railroad grades and logging roads crisscrossing the rugged terrain that were used for transporting felled trees are a legacy of that period in time.

    October brings great inshore action for flounder and redfish to Brunswick County waters.

    The nice thing about fishing North Carolina’s coastline this month is that anglers can catch just about any inshore species. Trips are often short, and fishermen can set up shop on the shoreline and often match the results of those in boats.

    A Piedmont deer hunter leaves no stone unturned when it comes to managing for trophy whitetails — and killing them with a bow.

    Whether or not you’re a country music fan, the message of Kenny Chesney’s song applies to many activities, particularly deer hunting.

    A southern deer-hunting tradition warms up on storied club lands as cooler autumn air invades the coastal plane.

    As autumn settles across the Tarheel State, practitioners of a century-old tradition begin to stir. In an age when technological advances have changed the dynamics of deer hunting across the nation, the “Dixie” deer hunt — driving deer with dogs is the name of the game — has changed very little from its historical roots in the rural eastern third of North Carolina.

    Off the beaten path, the Outer Banks’ best known fishing village has an allure unlike any other.

    Hatteras is one of those places you have to be headed for to get to. You can’t somehow wind up there by accident — at least not by wheeled vehicle. It might be possible to somehow arrive in Hatteras without planning by boat, but you would have to come by the ocean. Few people would be lucky enough to cross the Pamlico Sound successfully by accident. Many fishermen have enough difficulty doing it with the latest in marine electronics.

    The Cape Fear River has a burgeoning population of spotted bass for adventurous anglers.

    The Cape Fear is one of the longest and most diverse rivers in North Carolina. Beginning at the tailrace below B. Everett Jordan Dam, it flows 202 miles before reaching the ocean near the town of Southport.

    Along its rout, it has been known as a great fishery for catfish, striped bass and redfish. More recently, it’s become known for another species — the spotted bass.

    Most anglers associate the term spotted bass with other regions — and they aren’t wrong. The Alabama spotted bass is prevalent across the south; however, it is that fish’s cousin, the “northern spotted bass,” that has taken hold in the Cape Fear. Also known as the Kentucky spotted bass or simply a “spot” Micropterus punctulatus is the spotted bass species prevalent in the river, as well as in Lake Norman and other parts of the Catawba River system.

    You’re sure to get ‘jacked around’ when you target chain pickerel on North Carolina’s Mayo Reservoir.

    Jacks, jackfish, snakes…. Whatever you call them, chain pickerel are among the most over-looked angling opportunities in North Carolina.