101 Views - Posted: March 06 at 10:00 am
All Star ASNano
Made to endure the intense demands of tournament action, All Star built this lineup of technique-specific rods with Nano Resin technology, which offers two distinct design options: lessening material for a lighter rod while maintaining break strength or keeping the same amount of material and significantly increasing break strength.
Going with Option 2 yields one of the strongest and most-durable rods on the market.
140 Views - Posted: March 01 at 7:00 am
Big crappie are ready to be caught in almost every North Carolina reservoir this month. We give you the best options.
|2014 Saltwater Outlook
314 Views - Posted: March 01 at 7:00 am
The prospects for saltwater fish species changed negligibly last year, according to stock-status reports from the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries.
Oddly enough, the anecdotal experiences of coastal residents, guides, captains and visitors often don’t match the information in the 2012 reports, the latest at the Division’s web site.
Although some species are listed as “viable” — the healthiest classification — they’ve been tough to catch. Others are listed as “concern, depleted” or “recovering,” yet anglers last summer and fall reported plenty of fish. For example, sampling by the National Marine Fisheries Service was so off base the feds reopened the recreational season on black sea bass.
|Seek reds where they Hyde in western Pamlico
376 Views - Posted: March 01 at 7:00 am
Just a few yards into a small creek off Rose Bay, near Swan Quarter in Hyde County, the mud trails of several puppy drum that spooked from Capt. Richard Andrews’ boat passing nearly silently overhead gave away their presence. Andrews immediately stopped the trolling motor and deployed his Power-Pole to stop the boat.
“I didn’t expect those fish to be this far out in this creek,” Andrews said. “This time of year, they usually hold in a little pocket around the next bend. The water temperatures may have warmed a little more than I thought for them to have moved this far. The good news is if they are active enough to be out here, they are probably looking for food and should be ready to eat. Let’s get ready and see.”
|Slab royalty - Is Jordan Lake the king of North Carolina’s crappie mountain once again?
180 Views - Posted: March 01 at 7:00 am
Fishermen have lamented for two years, wondering what happened to B. Everett Jordan Lake, one of North Carolina’s best reservoirs for crappie.
At about the time that biologists figured it what caused a 2011 fish kill on the 13,940-acre impoundment on the Haw River and New Hope Creek, anglers started to report that things were back on track, and that’s great news for guide Freddie Sinclair of Clayton.
“I’ve been fishing Jordan Lake since (it was) flooded it in 1981,” said guide Freddie Sinclair of Clayton. “I was working at the N.C. State veterinarian school in 1981, and me and a friend used to come over here and fish for bass. About 1988 I started fishing it seriously for crappie.
|Feelin’ blue at Badin Lake
154 Views - Posted: March 01 at 7:00 am
Peering through the first of rays of sunlight across the glassy surface of Badin Lake, it’s a little difficult to fully comprehend how many huge blue catfish are swimming around in the lake, one of a handful of Piedmont reservoirs on the Yadkin River. Chris Hammill of Hammill Outdoor Adventures had plans to make introductions to several of them.
“My buddy that left us bait; (he) fished last night, and said they didn’t generate at Tuckertown, so there wasn’t any flow and he didn’t catch anything,” Hammill said. “One of the big keys to catching fish here is moving water, and it has to come through the dam for that. Since they didn’t generate last night, they probably will today, and we’ll be up here pretty close to the dam to take advantage as soon as the water begins moving.
|Falls Lake’s March Madness - March bass fishing can be madness on Falls of the Neuse Lake
133 Views - Posted: March 01 at 7:00 am
Fishing during the prespawn can be some of the most-rewarding experiences for a bass angler. Fish that have been under the influence of winter weather are beginning to stretch their gills and begin to engage in the natural process of spawning.
A great trip to make is to Falls of the Neuse Lake, a 12,410-acre reservoir that rises north of Durham and flows east to the dam north of Raleigh. It has long been a body of water where bass begin to stir in late February and are full on filling their bellies in early March, as evidenced by several decades of huge catches.
“I call it March Madness for bass anglers,” said Rich Szczerbala, a former fishing guide and current tournament trail gypsy.
|Unknown Slab Heaven - Blewett Falls Lake is North Carolina’s best unknown crappie fishery
173 Views - Posted: March 01 at 7:00 am
It’s hard to believe that a major public reservoir with a fantastic fishery exists with hardly anyone knowing about it. In today’s world of high technology — sonar units practically detect fish at the push of a button, internet sites broadcast the day’s fishing results in an instant and a fisherman can pick up a cell phone and tell another one, “Hey, I’m on ’em” — no place is safe.
Some fishermen have never heard of Blewett Falls Reservoir, while others swear by it. Ed Duke of Concord believes that, on certain days, Blewett Falls is the best lake in the state for crappie, especially when slabs begin staging to enter the prespawn in late winter and early spring.
|Wylie’s wandering whoppers - Learn how to fish both Marches for Lake Wylie bass
84 Views - Posted: March 01 at 7:00 am
Gastonia’s Mike Stone was casting a jerkbait across a point near Lake Wylie’s Buster Boyd Bridge; he gave the bait another twitch, let it settle, then a smile spread across his face as he set the hook and began to reel in a 3 1/2-pound bass.
“This month is, by far, my favorite month to catch bass on Lake Wylie. March is when the most fish, as well as the biggest fish, bite throughout the month,” Stone said. “But it’s a bit of a strange month and probably the biggest transition month of the year on this lake.
168 Views - Posted: February 15 at 7:00 am
The explosion of wild hogs across North Carolina is a bittersweet occurrence. While they destroy natural habitats and compete with native species, they have offered hunters with a new animal to pursue — and they taste good, too.
But traditional still-hunting and hunting with hounds are not the only ways to target them. Trapping can offer hunters an exciting and innovative way to fill the freezer.
Evin Stanford, deer-project biologist for the N. C. Wildlife Resources Commission, endorses trapping hogs with little hesitation.
|A foolproof way to stay high on the hog
116 Views - Posted: February 15 at 7:00 am
North Carolina is one of a handful of states where hunting with hounds is a legal method to take wild game, and hunting hogs with dogs is the most-effective and foolproof way to provide the makings of a pig-picking.
Hunting hogs with dogs is unlike any other hunting strategy that involves dogs. With most game species, hunters employ a dog or a group of dogs; each of the dogs participating will have the same duties. Hog hunters use two different types of dogs: a tracking or bay dog and a catch dog.
|Tell a tuna to go fly a kite
118 Views - Posted: February 15 at 7:00 am
When the fish spread out and the bite slows down, which can happen later in the day, Capt. Brant McMullan has another trick to hook up. Brant, his brother Barrett, and his father Rube run a charter-fishing operation out of Ocean Isle Fishing Center, but they make several trips each winter and spring to the Outer Banks to do battle with giants on their 32-foot center console. They will jig and pop in the morning but like to fly a kite to finish out their trips.
|Reports / Forum|