Catfish will hold along a dropoff in a creek, especially if baitfish are present. Drift or anchor? And where?
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Drifting and anchoring are the two main techniques that guide Chris Bullock uses when he’s targeting Kerr Lake’s blue catfish. Which he chooses depends on the weather and surface water temperature.

The blueback herring, once a vital species in the Roanoke River, has virtually vanished, but striped bass will still hit an artificial lure that resembles one. Flukes are a must for winter stripers
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It’s not a surprise that nearly every artificial lure guide Richard Andrews uses for winter stripers is a Fluke-style soft plastic.

Most winter stripers caught in the lower Roanoke River are holding along creek-channel ledges or other drop-offs in fairly deep water. Fish the edges of the ledges
51 Views - Posted: December 15 at 7:00 am

Although a lot of striper fishermen on the lower Roanoke River like to cast to cypress trees along the shoreline, those tactics may work well in mid-day after the sun has had a chance to warm the shallows. But for anglers on the water at dawn, the best idea may be to sit a long cast from the outermost cypress tree, cast toward the shoreline, then bump your lure off the bottom, paying particular attention as it falls over the edge of a creek channel.

Drifting a nymph through deep holes is an accepted way to catch sluggish trout hanging along the bottom. Slow down and go deep
196 Views - Posted: December 11 at 9:00 am

Spring is undoubtedly the ideal trout-fishing season, but trout fishing in the winter also has its merits. What most winter anglers discover is that they catch fewer, but larger, fish. The keys to successful winter fishing are to use a slow hand and fish with more nymphs and fewer dry flies.†

Think Kerr Lake isnít home to a few humongous blue catfish? Guide Chris Bullock caught this 80-pounder in January 2011. Catch a cool cat - A big blue catfish from Kerr Lake can warm the heart of any December angler
52 Views - Posted: December 01 at 7:00 am

Have you ever been swimming in a pond or lake and wondered whether a big fish might be swimming nearby? If you were swimming in Kerr Lake, aka Buggs Island, there’s a chance that fish might have been bigger than any you’ve ever seen.

Most stripers in the lower Roanoke River will be 12 to 18 inches long, but larger fish like this one are not uncommon. Doing the Roanoke rock - Lower Roanoke River fills up with hungry stripers when cold weather arrives
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So you filled your 2014 deer tags and don’t know what to do with yourself until spring peepers start chirping and turkey gobblers strut their stuff.

Lake Wylie's night stalkers have been filling plenty of coolers with slab crappie lately. Night stalkers are scaring Lake Wylie crappie right into the boat
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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.

Walking a few extra minutes can get you away from other fishermen on the Davidson River and its tributaries and may wind up getting you a few more trout. Get away from the crowd
101 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 Tips for perfect fly presentation
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• 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.

Plenty of nice crappie are there to be caught in Hyco Lake, especially as cold weather approaches. Cooling weather sets off hot crappie bite at Hyco
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Sportsmen who aren’t chasing deer this month and are dialed into fishing might consider hunting crappie at Hyco Lake — and throughout the winter.

Brook and brown trout are fall spawners, especially in smaller streams. Itís prime time for trout
275 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.

Crappie Trailers Crappie Trailers
122 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.