• North Carolina Fishing

    Is yours a winning knot?

    Anglers should know a number of different knots, because different ones are better for different situations.

    Get to those deep bass

    August is usually a month when fishermen across North Carolina find bass so deep that the number of lures with which they can reach them is cut in half.

    December 31, 1969 at 6:00pm

    This 1 tip will help you catch more mountain trout

    I lived in western North Carolina for two years some time ago. While living in the little town of Bakersville, which sits on the other side of the Roan Mountain from Unicoi, Tennessee, I mastered the art of fishing the small blue ribbon trout streams that ran through the area. The problem was, I only mastered it a few days before moving away from there.

    December 31, 1969 at 6:00pm

    For flounder baits, pick your own poison

    What is the best flounder bait? At the risk of sounding obnoxious, it’s what the flounder want to eat that day. The popularity nod goes to live baits, but artificials often produce well, too.

    December 31, 1969 at 6:00pm

    Find a fish funnel, find OBX reds

    While sight-casting is certainly the most-thrilling means of targeting big red drum, it’s not always the most practical. Low-light conditions, high winds and occasional stained water can make putting eyes on a school nearly impossible. 

    December 31, 1969 at 6:00pm

    With tarpon around, never miss a lunar feed

    Diehard deer hunters know that lunar feeding periods are keys to bringing home venison. For consistently successful tarpon anglers, these feeding periods are nothing to ignore.

    December 31, 1969 at 6:00pm

    In North Carolina, think like a crabber to find tarpon

    In North Carolina waters, the No. 1 commercial seafood crop is the blue crab, and the greater Pamlico Sound produces the majority of the state’s 30 million-pound harvest. 

    December 31, 1969 at 6:00pm

    Maintain a strong, line-to-line connection when tarpon fishing

    Tarpon are the strongest fish that live inshore, so an angler’s terminal tackle must be constructed to endure the initial shock of the bite and the potentially long-lasting battle. 

    December 31, 1969 at 6:00pm

    Crayfish bloom blows up Neuse River bass

    Hurricanes have affected largemouth bass in many North Carolina rivers, especially the Neuse River near Kinston.

    December 31, 1969 at 6:00pm

    Pick a perch for Gaston cats

    Despite the alluring aroma of gizzard shad, blue catfish at Lake Gaston have another item on the menu to choose from in late summer.  While those gizzards are the building blocks of trophy catfish, blues will sometimes overlook them in lieu of the white perch, a more-fortifying meal when they’re worn down from summer heat.

    December 31, 1969 at 6:00pm

    Terminal tackle tips for big catfish

    Zakk Royce’s terminal rigging includes more bells, whistles, and innovations than one might shake a Big Cat Fever rod at. Each component is vital to the whole, and when combined, the end result is a system that rarely hangs up or tangles.

    December 31, 1969 at 6:00pm