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African pompano are a great bonus catch on offshore bottom-fishing trips where grouper, snapper and black sea bass are more commonly targeted. Out of Africa
27 Views - Posted: August 15 at 7:00 am

An African pompano is always an outstanding catch on a party boat. They are excellent eating and are extremely strong fighters.


Mate L.A. Riddick watches Capt. Larry Horowitz for a sign that he should release the anchor on the Super Voyager III. Anchors aweigh!
22 Views - Posted: August 15 at 7:00 am

Anchoring is one of the most important tasks for a successful day of bottom-fishing, because a boat that isn’t properly anchored doesn’t allow fishermen to get their baits to the fish.


Gray triggerfish are just one of a handful of bottomfish species commonly caught on long-range summer trips out of Little River. Bottoms up! Summer bottom-fishing is best well offshore for anglers around Little River
328 Views - Posted: August 01 at 7:00 am

Little River Inlet enters the Atlantic Ocean just below the state line between North Myrtle Beach, S.C., and Sunset Beach, N.C. Anglers from both states use the inlet to gain access to fabulous fishing, the most notable of which may be summer bottomfish action.


Get away from it all, almost Get away from it all, almost
228 Views - Posted: May 15 at 8:00 am

Capt. Jamie Rushing uses his depth finder to locate isolated piece of concrete well away from the main masses of sunken structure at an artificial reef.


Dennis Barbour has dozens of hooks and leaders ready because so many need to be replaced when flounder fishing around structure. Hook holster
177 Views - Posted: May 15 at 8:00 am

Capt. Dennis Barbour uses gold Kahle hooks when he fishes for flounder, and he makes up dozens of rigs before a trip. Anglers must keep their hooks handy because break-offs and cut-offs are commonplace when fishing in the “junkyards” at artificial reefs.


Capt. Jamie Rushing goes the extra mile (or two) to catch flounder like this one out of Masonboro Inland. Think small for big reef flounder - Small places on big reefs can mean lots of nearshore Masonboro flounder
535 Views - Posted: May 01 at 7:00 am

Capt. Jamie Rushing headed offshore through Masonboro Inlet, his 21-foot boat gliding smoothly over glassy seas with his livewells full of menhaden and mullet in anticipation of a banner day.


Butch Foster likes to use marker buoys to mark the spots where he gets strikes while trolling at White Lake. Marker buoys are big help
256 Views - Posted: February 15 at 7:00 am

White Lake has very little bottom structure to attract or hold concentrations of fish concentrations. The lake is also so shallow that a depth finder cone is extremely small in diameter. Even side-scan sonar can have difficulty in making out fish signals in shallow, vegetation-filled water. Therefore, Butch Foster resorts to old-school technology when trying to locate fish.

When he gets a strike, Foster tosses out a marker float. By circling an area while trolling or casting, the locations of the various strikes can be marked using floats in different colors, which make it easier to duplicate the trolling or casting direction that was most productive.


A pair of needlenose pliers is invaluable when removing tiny treble hooks from the mouth of a toothy critter like a pickerel. Pliers can save your skin
226 Views - Posted: February 15 at 7:00 am

When fishing at White Lake, anglers should have a mechanical means of safely removing small, sharp treble hooks from fish. Using a hemostat or pair of pliers is the best way to remove a lure because it keeps bare fingers safely away.

Chain pickerel have rows of sharp teeth, and yellow perch have spines on their gill covers and fins. A yellow perch is very animated and has few places for an angler to grab it safely because of its sharp defenses. A lure with treble hooks rattling around its mouth makes either of these fish even more difficult to control safely.


Carol Marsh caught this bluegill trolling a Shad Rap across 1,092-acre White Lake. Passing the acid test - Despite acidic nature, White Lake is a good fishery for bass, perch, pickerel
464 Views - Posted: February 01 at 7:00 am

For the past several years, Butch Foster of Southport has been making regular fishing trips to White Lake. Normally, Foster specializes in taking saltwater anglers far out into the ocean — he owns Yeah Right Charters — but he is also an avid freshwater fisherman, using a skiff to access some of the inland lakes in southeastern North Carolina.

“I come to White Lake because it reminds me of the lakes I used to fish when I lived in the Piedmont,” he said. “It doesn’t have the numbers of bass of High Rock and doesn’t have any crappie. But the bass are big and fat, and the yellow perch take the place of the crappie I loved to catch.

“I hope we catch some yellow perch. They are one of the best eating fish in freshwater.”


Chris House of Wilmington shot this drake ruddy duck or “butterball” on a New River diver hunt. Fill out a bag limit with oddballs, butterballs
383 Views - Posted: January 15 at 7:00 am

While most of the ducks on the New River are lesser scaup, other oddball ducks can help fill out a daily bag limit of six that can only include two scaup.


A good retriever can make a duck hunt on the New River even more enjoyable. Bumpers boost canine confidence
274 Views - Posted: January 15 at 7:00 am

One of the most enjoyable aspects of hunting ducks on big, open waters like the New River is watching a trained retriever making a long, difficult retrieve.


Holman Byrd’s scaup (left) and canvasback decoys were made from cedar and tupelo; he also uses cork, which he says is indestructible. Indestructible decoys? Make your own
483 Views - Posted: January 15 at 7:00 am

Diving ducks come into the decoys flying extremely low, often barely above the surface of the water. When using large decoy spreads, low-flying waterfowl like scaup and canvasback can draw fire from hunters that riddles decoys with shot. That’s one reason Holman Byrd makes many of his own diving duck decoys.


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