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    Don’t put away crankbaits that work in deeper water when the first big wave of spawning bass move in early, because they often stay in relatively deep water.

    Catch giants spawning first

    January 15 at 7:00am
    The pilings that support the two US 64 bridges that link the mainland with Roanoke Island, N.C., attract plenty of stripers in the winter.

    January’s best bets

    January 15 at 7:00am
    Ballon tires help the Wheeleez kayak cart transport paddleboats from truck or trailer to ramp and water with ease.

    New gear reviews

    January 15 at 7:00am
    Learning how to locate and recognize parts of a stream or pool that, because of a change in bottom contour, will hold trout is a key to catching more fish.

    Recognizing productive water

    January 15 at 7:00am
    Trout will hit a variety of nymph patterns if the weighted flies are kept near the bottom of a stream.

    “High stick” technique

    January 15 at 7:00am
    Goose flags, often employed to add motion to a spread of goose decoys, can be a valuable addition to a big-water duck hunter’s bag of tricks.

    Flag ’em down

    January 15 at 7:00am
    Neither North Carolina nor South Carolina has bag limits on crows, but season dates are different.

    When can you hunt crows?

    January 15 at 7:00am
    Guide Jerry Neely said that High Rock Lake is known more as a good warm-weather lake for crappie, but it’s also a good January lake.

    High Rock is a winter sleeper lake

    January 15 at 7:00am
    Spider-rigging with multiple rods allows anglers to cover plenty of depths and lots of water.

    A crappie rig for winter fishing

    January 15 at 7:00am
    Sea ducks can be difficult to retrieve unless hunters can get their boat limbered up quickly and get to them before the dive or float away.

    Sea duck retrieval is critical

    January 15 at 7:00am

    Cover

    January 01 at 7:00am
    Under cold conditions, Guide Brett Mitchell chooses lures that resemble lethargic or dying bait. He likes to use a jigging spoon, spin shad, Carolina rigs or small jerkbaits.

    Beat the cold for winter bass in the Carolinas

    Learn how baitfish and bass adjust to changing winter weather conditions, and you’ll be on the way to some great January stringers in the Carolinas.
    January 01 at 7:00am