|Night stalkers are scaring Lake Wylie crappie right into the boat
976 Views - Posted: November 18 at 6:48 pm
When the sun sinks into the western sky, night stalkers begin to prowl. They prepare for the evening onslaught and make careful preparations for their sneak attack on unwary victims. But we’re not talking Jack the Ripper; we’re talking about nocturnal crappie fishermen using lights to catch limits of slab crappie on Lake Wylie, and the fishing is wide open.
|Get away from the crowd
58 Views - Posted: November 15 at 6:00 am
The Davidson is an incredibly popular river to fish. On pretty days, anglers can get a little close for comfort. †If you’re going to fish in the crowd, by all means be a good neighbor, but you will usually do better if you push away from the group. All it takes is one non-stealthy angler to turn off the bite for an entire section of the river. †Don’t let someone else’s habits ruin your day, and by all means, don’t be that angler!
|Tips for perfect fly presentation
193 Views - Posted: November 15 at 6:00 am
• Wade upstream, not downstream. In heavily stocked rivers with little or no wild-trout population, hatchery fish can be taken by wading downstream. The smarter spawned and wild trout are not quite as susceptible. Wading kicks up silt and knocks stones together, no matter how stealthy you are. Use the water flow to your advantage. It’s harder to set the hook when wading and casting upstream, but the difference in fish that you can interest with your fly will more than make up for a few missed strikes.
|Cooling weather sets off hot crappie bite at Hyco
598 Views - Posted: November 13 at 9:02 pm
Sportsmen who aren’t chasing deer this month and are dialed into fishing might consider hunting crappie at Hyco Lake — and throughout the winter.
|Itís prime time for trout
181 Views - Posted: November 13 at 9:00 am
November can be a tough time for fly-fishing with all the new leaf fall in the streams. Consider snagged leaves on retrieves as a normal, if not annoying, part of the normal fishing day. Plus, November’s weather can be erratic — warm and sunny one day, cold and rainy the next.
95 Views - Posted: November 01 at 7:00 am
Normally used as an add-on to other crappie lures such as tube jigs or small crappie spinner baits, Crappie Trailers from The Crappie Psychic, LLC feature a beveled design that creates greater bait action and generates more strikes. They can also be used for panfish when attached straight to a small No. 6 long shank hook. Crappie Trailers come in four colors: Chartreuse, White, Crawworm and Flamingo.
|Thanksgiving trout - Sample Novemberís bounty on North Carolinaís premier trout stream, the Davidson River
678 Views - Posted: November 01 at 7:00 am
When it comes to diversity in mountain trout fishing, North Carolina has it in spades. Think of stalking a tiny tributary stream on the Blue Ridge Parkway for native brook trout versus firing long casts to cover the vast stretches of the Tuckasegee River.†
|The Crappie Psychic
260 Views - Posted: October 23 at 9:00 am
There were days as recently as this summer that a 51-year-old Raceland outdoorsman returned from a sac-a-lait (crappie) fishing trip and removed a secret weapon on his tube jig about a mile from the boat ramp. He did this so no one would get so much as a glimpse of the artificial add-on responsible for putting so many slabs in the ice chest.
|Sabiki rigs working over various Lake Norman species
1914 Views - Posted: October 15 at 11:41 am
Lake Norman, like many other reservoirs in North Carolina, has seen major changes in its fish species. Once filled with largemouth bass, catfish, crappie and bream, striped bass were added in the 1960s, followed by blueback herring, alewives and spotted bass – it’s assumed that fishermen brought in these non-natives –and finally, white perch. Fortunately, there’s one rig that will catch nearly every fish that Norman has to offer: the Sabiki rig.
|Eye in the sky makes trolling easier
292 Views - Posted: October 15 at 7:00 am
One troublesome aspect of fall “tight-line” deep trolling for crappies at Jordan Lake is trying to keep a boat “in the slot.”
|Solar Bees may help sting Jordan fish kills
288 Views - Posted: October 15 at 7:00 am
A program by the N.C. Division of Water Quality to help prevent algae blooms in Jordan Lake may also help prevent fish kills.
|Put a new spin on trout
280 Views - Posted: October 13 at 9:00 am
Spinner fishing is an effective alternative to fly fishing when trout aren’t rising to a dry-fly pattern or hitting nymphs. A spinner often will elicit a strike even when trout aren’t hitting live bait.