Volume 19 Number 3 - March 2012


All 100 counties in North Carolina have spring gobbler seasons that will open next month. 2012 Turkey Season Forecast
North Carolina hunters are hoping for another record-breaking spring gobbler season. Here’s where to look for a longbeard.
Although there’s no way to know what type of turkey season North Carolina hunters will have this spring, anyone who considers recent history probably will come to the conclusion could be looking at another record year. After all, the state’s ...
Craig Holt

Jeff Cronk with the colors of spring: a black drum and a red drum. Checkmate for Bogue Sound
Abundant docks, oysters and creeks offer great habitat for winter-loving fish and fishermen.
March is a notoriously fickle when it comes to weather. Windy days and chilly weather can pose problems for many anglers who try to fish the larger, open waters, but for those who watch the wind, heading across Bogue Sound to reach the protected ...
Mike Marsh

Small crankbaits are responsible for a lot of nice Lake Wylie bass in the springtime. Docking Stations
For prespawn Lake Wylie bass, take advice from the ‘coach’ and concentrate on piers and boat docks.
André Powell, who has coached running backs for the University of North Carolina, Clemson University and now the University of Maryland, spends most of his free time away from the gridiron on the deck of his bass boat.

The sun was ...

Tim Mead

Most of the crappie in Kerr Reservoir in March will be found on deep structure. Lake of the Month: Kerr Reservoir
When it comes to numbers and size, this expansive lake might just boast North Carolina’s best crappie fishery.
John H. Kerr Reservoir once had the reputation as a top-drawer lake to catch largemouth bass, striped bass and catfish.

That’s changed the past several years as Largemouth Bass Virus and gill maggots have taken their toll on bass and ...

Craig Holt

Jerry Neeley said this kind of stringer of crappie has become “common” at Lake Norman in the past two or three years. Stormin’ Norman
March is prime time to sample a rebounding crappie fishery on this Catawba River impoundment.
With the exception of perhaps striped bass, there appears to be a great awakening at Lake Norman, formerly referred to by scores of anglers as North Carolina’s “Great Dead Sea.”

An excellent fishery for blue catfish has developed ...

Dan Kibler

Kenny Allen trolled up these two slab crappie at Jordan Lake. Unlimited Slab Success
Creel and size limits have made Jordan Lake, one of North Carolina’s best crappie fisheries, even better — at least according to one crappie pro.
A lot of anglers might think that Kenny Allen of Brown Summit missed out on the heyday of crappie fishing at B. Everett Jordan Lake in the 1990s, a decade after the reservoir opened and was quickly labeled one of the Southeast’s best fisheries for ...
Dan Kibler

Catch the spring wahoo run from Crystal Coast ports. Wahoo! Wahoo!
Crystal Coast fishermen can take advantage of the spring run of this sought-after bluewater fish.
The Run Off isn’t the fastest charterboat on the Morehead City waterfront, but Capt. Brian Harrington and mate Marty Hiatt work hard to fill the fish box and usually do it well, even if it means a little earlier departure from port. ...
Jerry Dilsaver

  Spring has sprung, and that means great action for red drum and crappie.  


Saltwater future: no more cupcake wars

Craig Holt

Fish Like a Pro
Big-bass month is here

Dustin Wilks

Greener Pastures
Write it down

Jeff Burleson

Head for the Mountains
Spring is mayfly time

Robert Satterwhite

High Tides and Tall Tails
Shed that grass skirt

Jerry Dilsaver

Three from NC are ‘Elite’

Tony Garitta

Marine Electronics
When familiarity breeds content

Allan Tarvid

The Shootist
The house search

Gordon Hutchinson

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