High Tides and Tall Tails


How you handle a fish between the time you catch it and return it to the water will go a long way to helping or hurting its chances for survival. Make your releases work
304 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. 

Fishing and boating shows will often have the latest line of vessels, whether kayaks or center-consoles. Time to be a show-off
312 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.

Christmas gifts for anglers come in a huge range of prices, sizes and uses. A few gifts for sportsmen
178 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. 

Gamefish such as black drum are often found along windy banks because the wind creates current that pushes bait into those areas. Learn to ride the wind
381 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 can spread baits out around an anchored boat using the available current. Side planers for saltwater
696 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.

Old Town’s Predator XL kayak won Best of Show honors at the recent ICAST. Paddle up a winner
970 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.

Red drum are affected by high water temperatures during the summer; they will try to conserve energy whenever possible. Go slow, go small
478 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.

Clothing, sunglasses, sunscreen and hydration are all ways to combat effects of the summer sun. Take care of your hide
1144 Views - Posted: July 10, 2014 at 9:00 am

Most fishermen have experience with sunburn and sweat, a couple of things that result from fishing during the summer. One is good, and the other is bad, but I’m going to mention both this month. Hopefully, you take it as advice from a friend. Let me assure you, this is something I practice as well as preach.

There isn’t one leader that works best all the time; different leaders have different strengths and weaknesses. And now, the new leader
738 Views - Posted: June 09, 2014 at 9:00 am

What makes a good leader? For anglers, the answer is not someone that is wise, fair and charismatic, but simply the most- effective way of connecting a hook or lure to the line coming off a reel. Depending on the circumstances, application and targeted species, a leader may be made of a variety of materials. The most common are monofilament, fluorocarbon, single-strand wire, stranded wire, braided cable and hybrids. Titanium leader material was introduced several years ago.

This flounder was fooled by the spinning of a weedless spoon designed for inshore casting. Spoon feed inshore fish
1174 Views - Posted: May 12, 2014 at 9:00 am

Idon’t remember exactly when I became such a big fan of using spoons for inshore and nearshore fishing, but it was a good day and a great choice. I’m not talking about trolling spoons for Spanish and king mackerel or jigging spoons for bottomfish, but weedless casting spoons; I have become an ardent user and staunch promoter of their kind.

Sharon and Rennie Clark won the Lowcountry Redfish Cup championship in 2013. The trail will visit North Carolina in 2014. Tournament aplenty!
744 Views - Posted: April 10, 2014 at 9:00 am

North Carolina fishermen yearning for the thrill of competition will have more choices this year. The economy may be picking up, and boat sales have definitely improved from the flat-line crash of a few years ago. 

The Engel live-bait cooler system will allow fishermen to collect bait in one area and transfer it to a boat’s livewell or directly to the fishing site. Big Rock’s show stoppers
1291 Views - Posted: March 11, 2014 at 9:00 am

It used to be that the ICAST (International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades) show held each July was the place fishermen got their first look at new products that would separate them from their hard-earned money. 

That game has changed. The Big Rock Sports Group, which is based in Morehead City, has quietly acquired several smaller distributors and established regional warehouses across the country on its way to becoming the largest outdoor sporting goods distributor in the United States. As one tackle shop owner said when he walked out onto the balcony overlooking the sales floor at Big Rock Sports’ recent dealers show in Raleigh, “Wow, This looks like a mini-ICAST!”