Volume 19 Number 1 - January 2012


Ivan Morris, who has a home on Lake Gaston, learned how to fish the Alabama Rig from members of N.C. State’s  ‘BassPack’ fishing team. Alabama rig explores new bassin’ territory
Spinoff of ‘umbrella rig’ is a hit with fishermen targeting largemouth bass
Since bass pro Paul Elias won a national bass tournament in Alabama a few months ago with a revolutionary freshwater fishing lure, the “Alabama rig” has attracted extreme attention from bass fishermen across the nation. ...
Craig Holt

Bryan Goodwin admires an over-slot redfish caught in the waters around Harkers Island last January. Code Red Winter!
Anglers can defeat January’s fishing doldrums by taking on red drum around Harkers Island
It was evident from the start of the cold January morning at the public ramp next to the Harkers Island Bridge that Bryan Goodwin probably was an extraordinary saltwater fishing guide. ...
Craig Holt

North Carolina's state-record bluefin is this 805-pound fish. Feelin’ Blue?
Outlook for Atlantic bluefin tuna is mixed, but a huge group of fish is about to reach spawning age. You can almost hear North Carolina fishermen cheering.
Commercial fishermen pursue bluefin tuna in the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian oceans. Bringing as much as $100 per pound at wholesale auctions, they represent the gold bar, the dollar and the euro rolled into one.  ...
Bob Goldstein

Wildlife officials hope that opening more opportunities for hunters to take wild hogs will allow sportsmen to keep the population under control. Go Hog Wild!
Brunswick, Columbus County hunters have plenty of opportunities to bring home the bacon.
Jason James of Bolivia and his hunting partner, Sam Smith of Wilmington, climbed out of their vehicles and felt the sting of sleet against their cheeks. Deer season had recently ended, but they still had a strong desire to hunt, so despite the ...
Mike Marsh

Chris Nichols shows off the kind of blue catfish Lake Wylie is producing. Lake of the Month: Lake Wylie
The weather might be cold, but this Duke Power reservoir produces some red-hot fishing for bass, crappie and catfish.
Rarely do fishermen discuss Lake Wylie in the same revered terms used for other reservoirs in the Carolinas: Kerr (Buggs Island), Jordan, Santee Cooper, Clarks Hill. ...
Dan Kibler

Brush piles and tree laps are good places to check as rabbits like to sit in that type of cover near a food source. Rabbit habitat
‘The Quarter’ at Saxapahaw provides plenty of fun after deer season ends.
Alston Quarter is a wild section of land — a half-mile by a half-mile — in Alamance County known to locals as “Austin Quarter” that’s been called “The Quarter” since the 1700s. ...
Craig Holt

A hunter, well-camouflaged in a well-camouflaged kayak, slips into a backwater area off Town Creek in search of ducks. Yakking for Swamp Quackers
Low-lying swamps, backwaters around Brunswick County’s Town Creek are Ground Zero for paddling up some woodies.
Suddenly, the low, waking-up buzz of the swamp along Town Creek was pierced by the high-pitched squeal of a wood duck. It announced a trio strafing the decoys with all intentions of landing. ...
Jerry Dilsaver