• Volume 19 Number 6 - June 2012


    Tripletails are an often overlooked species that can provide inshore fishermen plenty of summer action along the lower Cape Fear River.

    If not for wearing polarized sunglasses, it would have been impossible to see the dark shape under the crab-pot float in one of the bays off the lower Cape Fear River. The water was typical Cape Fear murky, and the dark fish was holding motionless in the shadow created by the float and some marine weeds.

    Someone who wasn’t attuned to the ways of tripletail wouldn’t have noticed the sulking fish, even with polarized glasses. Jeff Wolfe didn’t just notice the fish: He was preparing to catch it.

    Deepwater bottomfish are pure ‘gold’ off Outer Banks

    Golden tilefish are canyon fish. North of the Virginia state line, boats from Lynnhaven Inlet go to the slopes of the Norfolk Canyon or farther north to Baltimore Canyon. The nearest canyon for North Carolina fishermen is Hatteras Canyon, south of Hatteras Inlet.

    It’s time to begin “sighting in” on some nearshore action as cobia invade the waters around Oregon Inlet.

    Riding high in the tower of his boat, Aaron Beatson of Carolina Sunrise Guide Service scans the waters off the coast of the Outer Banks for any sign of life, anything that might tip him off that one or more cobia were moving through the area.

    “What you’re looking for is 68- to 72-degree water,” said Beatson, who offers that in June, he might run across cobia 50 yards off the beach out to three or four miles when fish start to show up in good numbers.

    June is prime time on one of North Carolina’s most-underrated reservoirs.

    High Rock Lake is a reservoir on the Yadkin River south of Lexington that covers approximately 15,000 surface acres of water.

    It’s perhaps never received the notoriety of bigger lakes such as Buggs Island or Gaston, nor that of lakes perched on the outskirts of major metropolitan areas such as Wylie, Falls of the Neuse, Jordan or Shearon Harris.

    But make no bones about it; High Rock should take a backseat to none of the above.

    Anglers still have a month to take advantage of great crappie fishing on one of North Carolina’s newest lakes.

    As it should have been on a typical hot June weekend, the parking lot at the lake office at Randleman Regional Reservoir was packed with boat trailers and tow vehicles.

    As with most new lakes, Randleman’s most-popular initial offering was superior bass fishing. However, one of the boats leaving the ramp was something of an anomaly because it was rigged to seek North Carolina’s second most-targeted fish.

    Largemouths at Kerr Reservoir are recovering from a bout with a deadly disease and offer new challenges to anglers.

    By June, the best part of the bass-fishing year has faded into the rearview mirror.

    February and March prespawn feeding frenzies have ended, and the April and May spawning orgy in the shallows is in the books. Male bass fertilized those eggs, then guarded bass fry floating in clouds near their birthplaces.

    Emerald Isle fishermen have plenty of fish descending on their waters this month. Here’s how to put them in your cooler.

    Normally, when two waves approaching each other from opposite directions hit, there’s a crash and turbulence that can destroy anything caught in the middle.

    So why would fishermen want to get between two big waves this month in the Emerald Isle area?