• Carolina Fishing

    J&J joy on Tillery - Double your bass-fishing joy by fishing the “J&J” baits on Lake Tillery this month

    If February 2018 is anything like February 2017 — with its unseasonably warm weather — bass fishermen can expect to encounter a good number of trophy fish. The key is water temperature; once it climbs into the lower 50s, big female bass migrate in numbers into shallow staging areas before they even think about spawning.

    December 31, 1969 at 6:00pm

    Cold yaks, hot reds

    Approaching the mouth of a creek, Noah Lynk warned a handful of kayakers that the water would be shallow, that they might bump bottom a time or two, and that they would have to wade back across it when the left — but he was certain the fishing would be worth it.

    December 31, 1969 at 6:00pm

    Full frontal assault - Winter speckled trout fishing is a full-frontal assault in North Carolina waters

    Allen Jernigan launched his 18-foot tunnel-hull skiff and pointed the bow into the channel of a coastal river. The wind was calm, the water slick. Within minutes, he turned out of the main channel and headed into a shallow bay.

    December 31, 1969 at 6:00pm

    Top to bottom winter slabs

    Crappie fishermen who can’t wait for the start of crappie season would be wise to go ahead and hit the lake rather than wait for the dogwoods to bloom. February is a great month to catch a cooler full of slabs if you understand how fish behave during the coldest part of the year as well as where they prefer to wait out the end of the winter before settling into their prespawn patterns.

    December 31, 1969 at 6:00pm

    Hunt Norman’s hybrids - February is time to hunt hybrid bass on North Carolina’s Lake Norman

    In 2012, when the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission decided to quit stocking striped bass in Lake Norman, that probably wasn’t the best news for Bob Curan, who grew up fishing for striped bass in the Chesapeake Bay before moving to North Carolina in 1997 and putting in 15 years learning the 32,500-acre lake north of Charlotte.

    December 31, 1969 at 6:00pm

    Feeling blue? You betcha!

    If you wanting to get your string stretched to the limit by a big catfish in cold weather, you’ll be hard pressed to do better than South Carolna’s Lake Monticello. It is an real wintertime catfish destination for a couple of very good reasons. 

    December 31, 1969 at 6:00pm

    G. Loomis E6X

    Lightweight, strong, and sensitive. That’s the recipe for a fishing rod that bass anglers strive to find, and it can be elusive, especially when you add affordability into the mix. Or at least it used to be. But the G. Loomis E6X changes that. 

    December 31, 1969 at 6:00pm

    Go slow for bass at High Rock Lake through February

    February is an unpredictable month for bass fishing, but the fish that bite are usually big.

    December 31, 1969 at 6:00pm

    The Super Sally

    For many anglers, especially in the South, there have been epic trips with lots of unforgettable “Sally Time.”

    December 31, 1969 at 6:00pm

    TowBoatUS captain missing after vessel capsizes near Pungo River

    The Coast Guard and other agencies are searching for a man in the Pungo River near Hobucken Thursday.

    December 31, 1969 at 6:00pm