High Tides and Tall Tails



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Sharon and Rennie Clark won the Lowcountry Redfish Cup championship in 2013. The trail will visit North Carolina in 2014. Tournament aplenty!
45 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.†


The Engel live-bait cooler system will allow fishermen to collect bait in one area and transfer it to a boatís livewell or directly to the fishing site. Big Rockís show stoppers
150 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!”


Wearing a PFD while on the water, especially during the winter, could be the difference between an uncomfortable dunking and a life-threatening situation. Donít let the cold get you
211 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.


Capt. Jimmy Price of Southport is a popular seminar speaker at shows across the state. Make sure you Ďshowí up
298 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.


Digital waterproof cameras that can shoot videos as well as still photos are a great gift for any fisherman or hunter. ĎTis the season to be jolly
339 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.


Christopher Minish caught this puppy drum in the warmer corner of a shallow bay off the lower Cape Fear River. Learn to feel the warmth
415 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.


A walk-the-dog style topwater bait will often sucker a bite out of a big fall speck or an upper- or over-slot red drum. Topwaters: Check pulse
582 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.


The Tidal Wave-MicroWave Guide system is the last invention of the late Doug Hannon. Whatís new, fisherman?
503 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 Itís more than the spot
419 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.

Transitions, Vantage and blue mirror fishing glasses  reflect and focus light differently under different circumstances. Itís all about how you see
747 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.

Spraying wheels and nuts at the ramp washes off salt and doesnít allow it to take hold on the way home. A quick rinse is the ticket
508 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.

Take care of everything you can before getting your boat in position to back down the ramp. Emily Post at the ramp?
665 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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