High Tides and Tall Tails
71 Views - Posted: April 10 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.†
|Big Rockís show stoppers
173 Views - Posted: March 11 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!”
|Donít let the cold get you
218 Views - Posted: February 07 at 9:00 am
As we begin to have those stretches of nice weather that usually come every February, more and more fishermen will develop severe cases of cabin fever; the only known cure is a fishing trip. The days will usually be nice, with lots of sunshine and temperatures that peak somewhere between the mid-60s and the mid-70s. On days that aren’t windy, it is often shirtsleeve weather for a few hours in the afternoon.
The issue is that the water hasn’t warmed up yet, and depending on where you are fishing, the water temperature could be anywhere from the low 40s to the mid-50s. Of course, as long as fishermen don’t get wet, that isn’t a problem, but if there is an unexpected dunking, that relaxing late-winter fishing trip immediately morphs into a serious and potentially life-threatening situation.
|Make sure you Ďshowí up
310 Views - Posted: January 09 at 9:00 am
Hopefully everyone enjoyed the Christmas holidays and was able to spend some time with family, friends and loved ones. Now, it’s time to accept that winter has settled in, and the weather may not be the most conducive to spending time boating and fishing for a while. Sure, there will be those occasional days when the water beckons, but for most, winter is a time primarily spent indoors, pining for your favorite outdoor pursuit.
|ĎTis the season to be jolly
346 Views - Posted: December 09, 2013 at 9:00 am
It’s hard to believe Christmas is approaching again, but time flies when you’re having fun, and no one has more fun than sportsmen in the outdoors. Some neat new things are on the shelves this year that would make great presents for fishermen and hunters, plus some old standards that shine year after year. Hopefully some of these suggestions will prove helpful.
|Learn to feel the warmth
428 Views - Posted: November 07, 2013 at 3:00 am
November is a great month, actually one of the best, to be fishing along the North Carolina coast. However, many fishermen consider it to be the last of the fall months with great fishing and are ready to hang up their rods about halfway through. If you’re doing that to start hunting, I won’t be too harsh on you, but if you’re stopping midway through November because of some preconceived notion the great fall fishing is ending because the water temperatures are getting too low, you are the person that needs to clean your glasses, take a seat and read this to the end.
|Topwaters: Check pulse
602 Views - Posted: October 09, 2013 at 9:00 am
There is nothing quite like an upper-slot or slightly larger red drum taking a topwater bait. The fish is large enough to be impressive on its own, but when it pushes up behind that bait and rolls to take it, that is truly something to behold.
|Whatís new, fisherman?
511 Views - Posted: September 09, 2013 at 9:00 am
The 56th edition of the largest fishing show in the world was held July 10-12 in Las Vegas. ICAST (International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades) is the show that manufacturers of sportfishing tackle and accessories look towards each year. It is only open to buyers and the press, but it attracts them from around the world, and their expectations are as high as the anticipations of the manufacturers. Participant numbers reached 9,500, and more than 700 of those were representatives from a diverse variety of media.†
|Itís more than the spot
424 Views - Posted: August 13, 2013 at 9:00 am
Fishermen are notorious for collecting fishing spots. This varies from the perfect point of marsh or bulkhead for catching inshore or freshwater species to an offshore ledge in the middle of nowhere that always holds the baitfish that bottomfish and king mackerel feed upon. It isnít a disease, but it is epidemic. Even worse, those fishermen who donít have it usually want it.
|Itís all about how you see
768 Views - Posted: July 18, 2013 at 9:00 am
Outdoorsmen expose their eyes to a variety of glare and UV conditions, and protecting our vision is of the utmost importance. Those fortunate enough to have good vision can begin with a long-billed cap or wide-brimmed hat, but those only provide shade, and damaging UV rays can reflect into the eyes. Outdoorsmen need protection from UV rays and a way to cut through the glare. This comes easily for outdoorsmen with naturally good vision, as a huge variety of sunglasses are available to choose a style, color, polarization and mirror/no mirror combination that works for them.
|A quick rinse is the ticket
513 Views - Posted: June 13, 2013 at 9:00 am
Fishermen who fish in brackish or saltwater either know the evils of salt or are due for a rather rude and possibly expensive awakening.
|Emily Post at the ramp?
678 Views - Posted: May 15, 2013 at 9:00 am
During the boat and fishing shows over the winter, I had the opportunity to talk with a lot of readers, and one topic that I heard a lot about was proper behavior and manners at launching ramps. With Memorial Day weekend, the largest boating event of the spring, on the horizon, it might be a good idea to go over them.
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