Fishing News and Information

Highway Patrol to Hold Forum on Trailering Oversize Boats

In what has been heralded as a first for the Highway Patrol, the N.C. Highway Patrol will conduct a public forum on Monday, April 21st discussing the rules and regulations of transporting oversize recreational and commercial boats on North Carolina highways.
March 17, 2008 at 4:20 pm

Princeton Man Wins Trip at NCS Fishing School

RALEIGH — Joseph Daughtry of Princeton drove March 8 to Barwell Road Community Center and North Carolina Sportsman Magazine’s Saltwater Fishing School, hoping to pick up fishing tips from a bevy of experts.
March 11, 2008 at 5:27 am

CCA-NC Issues Anglers Call to Action on Red Drum

In a message sent March 3, from CCA-NC Headquarters in Raleigh, CCA-NC Executive Director Stephen Ammons called on CCA-NC members to attend a series of fishery meetings across NC to let fisheries managers know they support allowing the current Red Drum Fisheries Management Plan (FMP) to work as it was intended.
March 04, 2008 at 11:26 am


Cape Lookout offers a saltwater smorgasbord of bluefish, false albacore, bonito and red drum this month.Read More...
February 28, 2008 at 3:38 pm


Experts reveal their secrets of early-season bass fishing success at John H. Kerr Reservoir.Read More...
February 28, 2008 at 3:36 pm

A Talk with the Fish Boss

The old Johnnie Mercer’s Fishing Pier at Wrightsville Beach was where Louis Daniel, director of North Carolina’s Division of Marine Fisheries, began his love affair with the ocean.Read More...
February 28, 2008 at 3:33 pm

New PLBs can be real lifesavers

Emergency position indicating radio beacons (EPIRBs) have long been required equipment on commercial vessels and a smart addition for all larger boats. The introduction of the personal locator beacon (PLB), a smaller and manually operated version of the EPIRB, has spread the use of maritime distress beacons to smaller boats and to inland users on both land and water.Read More...
February 28, 2008 at 3:32 pm

Trout opener will be different

Opening day of the hatchery-supported fishing season will be a bit different this year.

Anglers should see more trout during March, April and May and fewer trout in the hot summer months.Read More...
February 28, 2008 at 3:29 pm

Three killer March bass patterns

During March bass are all about one thing — stuffing their stomachs with as much food as possible before they spawn.

Three distinctive patterns — points, flats, and shallow covercome — come into play throughout the month as largemouths eat anything and everything to build strength for the spawning season.Read More...
February 28, 2008 at 3:27 pm

It’s prime time for big bass in N.C.

It seems like I talk about the same thing each March.

I’d love to focus on something else — maybe how to rig your new boat or how to get your tackle ready for the season — but I just can’t. That’s because bass fishing in North Carolina is just too good in March. It’s absolutely the best month of the year if you’re looking to catch the biggest bass of your life.Read More...
February 28, 2008 at 3:24 pm

Oh, say, can you see that fish?

During the past couple of months. North Carolina Sportsman Magazine’s staff has attended boat and fishing shows. At many of them, I’ve noted to seminar students about how polarized sun glasses are a valuable tool.

People later visited our booth with specific questions about sun glasses.Read More...
February 28, 2008 at 3:21 pm

Peter T. visits N.C., wins tourney

Peter Thliveros, also known as Peter “T,” won the Jan. 17-19 Bassmaster Southern Open at the St. Johns River, Palatka, Fla.

His three-day catch of 55-03, bolstered by a 26-pound haul during the final round, paid $50,657.Read More...
February 28, 2008 at 3:13 pm

Snow Foolin’

He wasn’t looking forward to a six-hour drive through the mountains on slippery, snow-covered roads, but Bryan Shilbett is a dedicated trout fisherman who never fails to show up for opening day of Cherokee’s pay-to-fish trout season.Read More...
February 28, 2008 at 2:57 pm

Toothy Subjects

It was the perfect day for casting last March.

The sun was bright and there was no wind except a breeze generated by a fast boat moving at planing speed. The water surface was as smooth as glass and the depths below nearly as clear.Read More...
February 28, 2008 at 2:49 pm

It Happens Every Spring

A fine line exists between finding early-season bass once in a while at Kerr Lake and consistently landing quality limits.

It happens every spring as anglers hit Kerr Lake (aka Buggs Island) during early March. They may swing aggressive largemouth after largemouth into their boats and think they’ve solved the lake’s puzzles. However, the next weekend may be a complete water haul with a weigh-in bag that resembles a fat goose egg.Read More...
February 28, 2008 at 2:41 pm

Bonito Bonanza

Only a few empty trailers were parked at the parking lot at the Wrightsville Beach Wildlife ramp last March.

The trailers created a question — was the early run of bonito Capt. Matt Wirt (Reel Adventure Charters, 910-540-0570, had found a few days earlier a freak occurrence or had the fish arrived and word hadn’t spread?Read More...
February 28, 2008 at 2:34 pm

The Point is Stripers

Spreading across more than 32,000 surface acres, Lake Norman is a pretty big place. But striper anglers trying to figure out where to find fish can eliminate a lot of water just by knowing the habits of their favorite quarry.Read More...
February 28, 2008 at 2:17 pm

Old-Time Revival

During the late 1980s, Jordan Lake, an impoundment divided by U.S. 64 east of Pittsboro, was the hottest largemouth reservoir in North Carolina.

Anglers regularly caught 50 to 100 largemouth bass a day, the majority 2- and 3-pound football-shaped lunkers with 8- and 10-pounders common. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers closed the dam in 1984, so Jordan had only recently been flooded, and largemouths flourished.Read More...
February 28, 2008 at 1:36 pm