As the leaves fall at Morrow Mountain State Park, bass fishing at adjacent Lake Tillery hits its peak. Autumn has long been a favorite time for many anglers to fish the 5,000-acre reservoir near Albemarle.
King Albert I took the throne of Belgium in December 1909. King Albert II became Belgiums monarch during the summer of 1993. Thats nothing. Kings and alberts become fishing royalty in the Cape Lookout area every fall, and theres no need for a coronation.
Nestled deep in the hardwoods of Stanly County, a creek winds its way through the countryside, finally merging with the Yadkin River. Along its course, a smaller tributary stood bloated and still behind an impoundment not of human construction. Veteran duck hunter Mike Davis of Albemarle remained completely motionless and hidden along the banks as the pre-dawn November darkness gave way to the cries of the morning.
Belhaven is the perfect example of a sleepy little river town at the junction of the Pungo River, Pungo Creek and Pantego Creek. The Intracoastal Waterway follows the Pungo River past Belhaven as it works its way north to the canal that connects it to the Alligator River and points farther north.
The rut is close. By procreative instinct, a mature hefty 8-pointer traverses the land. Ascending a bluff ridge, the persistent male steadily climbs the steep vegetative terrain with ease. His path is precise; the buck has ventured the topography many times before. Although he periodically stops to investigate a few licking branch scrapes and flehmens doe urine, he directs his attention toward old trees with distinguished markings.