High Tides and Tall Tails
|Don’t scratch the surface
248 Views - Posted: July 06 at 9:00 am
Trolling offers a way to present baits to a lot of fish over a large area, but when fish aren’t at the surface, you must get your offerings down to them or you’ll have an empty fish box at the end of the day. Of the ways to get trolled baits below the surface, I believe downriggers are the most versatile.
347 Views - Posted: June 04 at 9:00 am
I’m really not thinking about that song by the Beach Boys, but the catches that come from fishing a bobber-stopper rig can be enough to make you want to sing. If you have enough tackle to dedicate one outfit specifically for float fishing, a bobber-stopper rig is the way to go. It allows you to fish shallow or deep without re-tying, and it only takes a few seconds to adjust the depth.
|Keep that spark going
325 Views - Posted: May 04 at 9:00 am
Do you ever think about electricity when you’re fishing? If you’re like most fishermen, the answer is a flat no. That is, unless the electricity stops working. As fishermen, we have become used to having the tools and conveniences of numerous electrical devices to the point of becoming almost addicted.
|An unbroken circle?
672 Views - Posted: April 01 at 7:00 am
I’m not a big fan of circle hooks. There, I said it, and those who believe circle hooks are the do-all, end-all for fishing can begin throwing stones. Still, I’ll stand by my statement. I believe in conservation and protecting our fishing resources, but I just don’t see using circle hooks in every situation as the absolute best way to do it.
|Some great new stuff
694 Views - Posted: March 05 at 9:00 am
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.
|Make your releases work
433 Views - Posted: February 09 at 9:00 am
Hopefully everyone realizes there is more to properly releasing fish than simply taking them off the hook and throwing them back. However, there are times all you can do is watch and wonder.
|Time to be a show-off
530 Views - Posted: January 05 at 9:00 am
The Christmas holidays signal an unofficial end of the fall saltwater fishing season. Sure, there will be some days when stripers, speckled trout and red drum bite pretty well, but the number of folks enjoying the fishing will have dropped like the overnight temperatures. For those thinking of heading out, stripers seem to like the nastiest weather they can find, while specks and pups like days with sunshine and warming temperatures, and the second day is usually better than the first, and the third better than the second and so on.
|A few gifts for sportsmen
381 Views - Posted: December 01, 2014 at 7:00 am
Wow, Father Time must have been wearing running shoes this year. It’s hard to believe we are already preparing for another Christmas. Have you been naughty or nice? Nice sportsmen have a good chance of getting what they want for Christmas. As for naughty sportsmen, well, you know how that goes.
|Learn to ride the wind
493 Views - Posted: November 09, 2014 at 9:00 am
North Carolina’s coast is windy; unless you have been living in a vacuum, you should know that. Some days it is merely a light breeze, and some days it is much more. Along the coast, the sun heats the land and creates sea breezes most afternoons from late spring to late fall. This has always happened and always will.
|Side planers for saltwater
1256 Views - Posted: October 09, 2014 at 9:00 am
Even if you haven’t used one, I think most fishermen know what a side planer is. Sometimes called a planer board, it’s a device used to carry a trolling line out to the side of a boat. Oriented at an angle, as the boat moves forward, the flow of the water pushes the planer board away from the boat, along with the lure or bait trailing behind it.
|Paddle up a winner
1416 Views - Posted: September 08, 2014 at 9:00 am
Something’s fishy when Christmas comes in July, and for many it is the annual ICAST (International Convention of the Allied Sportfishing Trades) show. ICAST 2014 was held in Orlando, Fla., and a spokesman for the American Sportfishing Association said it was the largest yet, both in attendance and the size of the show floor. It certainly was very impressive, with lots of new products, remakes of current products and spiffed up long-time favorites to be seen.
|Go slow, go small
622 Views - Posted: August 08, 2014 at 9:00 am
Sort of like the Christmas song, but in a totally different way, “The weather outside is frightful.” Yes, it is, but unlike the snow and freezing temperatures in the song’s lyrics, the current weather is hot and humid. Welcome to the dog days of summer, when we typically have the year’s hottest temperatures. To add to out discomfort, the air is so moist and thick you feel like you can cut it, and anything left outside is covered with dew. The humid part affects humans and any other animals that have to breathe the hot, heavy air, but the hot part affects everything, including the fish.