It didnt take long for Terry Nance and his brother Cody to hit paydirt. Minutes after they opened the doors of the kennel in the back of a pickup truck and released several dogs into the woods in rural Bladen County, the were rewarded with excited barking.
The bone-chilling conditions of February offer some of the best light-tackle angling of the year in the surf of Onslow Bay. Between the shores of Topsail Beach and Bogue Inlet to the north, huge schools of red drum pack into the surf in just a few feet of water to escape the wrath of porpoises. Fishermen tossing scented soft plastics will quickly be rewarded by strikes from these famished beasts in the gin-clear winter waters.
February delivers bone-chilling conditions across much of North Carolina and, surprising to some, sizzling striped bass angling on the lower section of the Roanoke River, near its confluence with the Albemarle Sound.
The spring striper run up the Roanoke gets the notoriety, but fishing can be just as good this month on the lower Roanoke.