High Tides and Tall Tails


A Cajun Sleigh combines the best of a spoon and an in-line spinner. Some great new stuff
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I won’t stop going to the International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades show held each July to introduce new fishing products, especially when it’s Orlando and I can schedule fishing trips before and after. However, a growing number of tackle and accessory manufacturers are introducing new products at the Big Rock Sports Group tackle shows held each January at Las Vegas and Raleigh. Some of these items were still in development at the previous ICAST show, and the bulk of the fishing season will be completed before the next ICAST show.

Red drum are one of only two inshore fish species that haven't been shut down around Cape Lookout by the recent cold weather. Drum, red and black, are only Cape Lookout targets thanks to cold snap
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Noah Lynk of Noah’s Ark Charters in Harkers Island said the recent weather has affected fishing around Cape Lookout, and not in a positive way. All he’s finding, Lynk said, are drum, and he’s not alone. The cold displaced plenty of fish, and drum are the only ones most fisherman are finding.

Fisher Whitlock's huge non-typical buck, taken last November in Henry County, Va., was Best in Show at this past weekend's Dixie Deer Classic. Virginia youth's buck wins Dixie Deer Classic's top honor
5264 Views - Posted: March 02 at 2:54 pm

For sportsmen who battled the elements to attend this past weekend’s Dixie Deer Classic, the trip was worth the effort, especially for those interested in the annual Big Buck Contest, which sent a 10-year-old Virginia boy home with its top prize.

C-Eye Pro Catch 2000 C-Eye Pro Catch 2000
19 Views - Posted: March 01 at 7:00 am

One of MirrOlure’s best-selling lures, the Catch 2000, is now available in the C-Eye Pro Series. This new series features natural clear 3-D eyes, seven contemporary fish catching finishes and premium black nickel hooks. C20MR measures 3 ½ inches and weighs ½-ounce.

P-Line’s XTCB-8 P-Line’s XTCB-8
23 Views - Posted: March 01 at 7:00 am

By using 8 strands of fiber during the braiding process, P-Line has made a braid which is extremely tight and compact. The benefit of P-Line’s new XTCB-8 is an ultra-smooth finish and the ability to retain its round shape while having a smaller diameter. Add DuPont’s Teflon® Surface Protector, awesome abrasion resistance, great knot strength and reduced friction, and you have the best braided “Superline” available.

21 Views - Posted: March 01 at 7:00 am

The WX TIDE is equipped with Wiley X’s patented removable and breathable Facial Cavity™ seal which blocks out wind and light for enhanced polarization. Reducing peripheral light and glare enables the wearer to see more effectively overall, resulting in improved eye comfort and undistracted vision, whether blasting off to the next spot or casting to rising fish. The prescription ready WX TIDE features Wiley X’s polycarbonate Filter 8™ polarized lenses with anti-scratch, anti-reflective and hydrophobic coatings for all-day performance.

G. Loomis E6X rod series G. Loomis E6X rod series
21 Views - Posted: March 01 at 7:00 am

The E6X rod series from G. Loomis includes 30 casting and spinning rods, offered in both technique specific models with exacting actions, and ‘Classic’ models with easy to cast, more forgiving actions for use with a variety of lures. The new series also introduces anglers to what G. Loomis rod designers refer to as ‘swing-weight’, the proper rod balance needed when fishing ‘tip up’ techniques like pitching/flipping and casting tubes, jigs, soft plastic jerkbaits and drop shot rigs, and ‘tip down’ lures like crankbaits, spinnerbaits or swimbaits.

Sportsman Boating Showcase - 2015’s Best Aluminum Boats Sportsman Boating Showcase - 2015’s Best Aluminum Boats
43 Views - Posted: March 01 at 7:00 am

Traditionally, many have thought of aluminum boats as being somehow utilitarian and, well, basic. But that’s changed over that past decade or so, and now aluminum boats are built for every purpose imaginable — from carrying duck hunters into the swamp to screaming-fast bass boats to tricked out bay boats.

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12 Views - Posted: March 01 at 7:00 am

March brings out some great spring fishing for reds on the coast, but don't forget that it's also the peak of crappie fishing.

Guide Richard Andrews loves the kind of action he gets from striped bass in the lower Roanoke River and its tributaries before the spring spawning run opens up. Ready for Roanoke rocks? The lower end of North Carolina’s Roanoke River is full of striped bass this month
35 Views - Posted: March 01 at 7:00 am

Some angler think striper fishing in the Roanoke River begins around March 1 each year, because that’s when the keeper season opens on the Roanoke River and in the Albemarle Sound.

Guide Scott Cunningham lifts a net full of brown trout from the special-regulations section of the  upper Catawba River. Brown is beautiful - Upper Catawba River below Lake James is a trophy brown trout stream
87 Views - Posted: March 01 at 7:00 am

A pickup towing a trailer carrying two inflatable boats pulled into the parking lot of the Bridgewater Public Fishing Access Area downstream from one of the two dams that impounds Lake James. A cold, rainy morning is not most what most fly-fishermen call ideal, but Scott Cunningham of Marion was excited about being on the water.

Rod King’s best Falls of Neuse crappie are usually caught in late February and March. Spring slabs? Don’t be late! At Falls of Neuse Lake, it’s the early angler that catches the crappie. Don’t wait for April. March is madness!
22 Views - Posted: March 01 at 7:00 am

Popular opinion among many fishermen is that April is the best month to catch crappie because fish are heading for shorelines to spawn and are susceptible to jigs and live minnows.