|Drum up some December fish - Topsail, Surf City anglers have special opportunity to catch red and black drum as December weather cools
183 Views - Posted: December 01 at 6:00 am
It was typical winter morning, with a bite to the breeze that made even weatherworn Capt. David Baxley cinch down his acrylic headgear and pull up the hood of his sweatshirt like a scarf. Launching from a ramp in Surf City was a snap because it was in a protected area, but when Baxley headed south along the Intracoastal Waterway, the wind chilling a forehead brought on a brain freeze as easily as a snow cone during the summer. Hunkering down behind the windshield, he jammed the throttle down even more.
|Greentree impoundments are ‘nut’ havens
197 Views - Posted: November 15 at 6:00 am
A greentree impoundment takes advantage of acorns, of one of the primary food sources of larger puddle ducks, including wood ducks, mallards and black ducks. Hard mast, including nuts, bracts and awns, along with soft mast, such as berries and fruits, occur in bottomland hardwood swamps. A greentree impoundment is flooded seasonally, after deciduous leaves have fallen and the hardwood trees have gone dormant.
|Man-made and manipulated duck foods
167 Views - Posted: November 15 at 6:00 am
The Lodge Road Impoundment has 21 acres of fields in the shape of an “I” that were ditched and planted in small grains several years ago, partly with the help of funding from Ducks Unlimited. However, the plantings have had limited success.
|Fire is friend and foe
110 Views - Posted: November 15 at 6:00 am
The 2011 Juniper Road Fire burned holes in Holly Shelter’s Lodge Road Impoundment dikes; however, it did more good for ducks than bad.
|Which whiting is which?
203 Views - Posted: November 15 at 6:00 am
“Whiting” is only one of the angler’s names used for the three kingfish species, which fishermen catch in the Cape Fear River and along the rest of the North Carolina coast.
|Don’t forget fishing piers
125 Views - Posted: November 15 at 6:00 am
Fishermen should not overlook their favorite ocean fishing pier when targeting whiting.
|Fired up ducks - Three waterfowl impoundments draw ducks, hunters to North Carolina’s Holly Shelter Game Lands
280 Views - Posted: November 01 at 7:00 am
Lodge Road is usually a quiet stretch, cut straight as an arrow through thick, Pender County pocosin habitat. Pickup trucks make the dust rise on the days when Holly Shelter Game Land is open for big- and small-game hunting. On days when waterfowl hunting is allowed, the reach along the northern edge of Lodge Road Impoundment rarely had traffic as heavy.
|Whiting White-Out - Cape Fear River is center of a great fall run of tasty whiting
160 Views - Posted: November 01 at 7:00 am
“The whiting are biting,” said the voice on the telephone. “Want to come along?”
|Inaugural Farmers Manage Deer termed successful
1844 Views - Posted: October 31 at 6:00 am
It may seem odd to spot a hunter holding a rifle in the bed of a grain trailer parked behind a tractor in a soybean field. But that’s exactly where Bill Cannon's guide had put him on one of the first Farmers Manage Deer hunts; the guide was the farm's owner, Chandler Worley.
|Teal season opens with a whimper, not a bang, on several North Carolina impoundments
1124 Views - Posted: September 12 at 1:00 pm
The opening of teal season on some of North Carolina’s public waterfowl impoundments was nothing to write home about, because some of them are still dry.
|Frisky minnows catch finicky fish
287 Views - Posted: August 15 at 7:00 am
Sometimes, when Lake Waccamaw’s white perch are hard to find or in a finicky mood, Rick Neisler uses a seine to catch minnows to use as bait. He said the native minnows catch more perch than live shiners purchased at a bait shop.
|Match the hatch
209 Views - Posted: August 15 at 7:00 am
This Waccamaw silverside or skipjack minnow is only native to Lake Waccamaw and the Waccamaw River and is a primary prey species for white perch and other game fish. They can form dense schools when white perch force them to the top, attracting seagulls and other birds to the easy feast.
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