|Hold onto that hard-earned money; make your own downrigger
965 Views - Posted: February 18 at 7:14 am
With striped bass, hybrid bass, spotted bass and white bass in many North Carolina lakes, downriggers have become standard equipment to get baits down to these open-water fish, but they aren’t a poor-man’s fishing tool, with most systems costing more than $200. To fish deep without going into debt, consider a do-it-yourself downrigger that can be assembled in about 20 minutes with materials likely at hand.†
|Downsize baits for better winter results on bass, stripers
927 Views - Posted: December 18, 2014 at 7:11 am
Whether you fish for striped bass or largemouth bass during the winter, most guides and experienced anglers suggest downsizing your fishing lures for more strikes.
|Has High Rock drawdown created a perfect bass-fishing storm?
2046 Views - Posted: October 21, 2014 at 7:39 am
Two fishermen who blistered High Rock Lake’s bass earlier this month credit the drawdown for what has been a great bite over the past several weeks.
|Learn the basics before you invest heavily in hand-carved crankbaits
1308 Views - Posted: October 01, 2014 at 6:55 pm
Fishermen should be as demanding as professional baseball players in choosing their lumber for their sport. Baseball bats must meet certain standards; wooden baits should reflect skilled labor, especially at anywhere from $15 to $25 per bait. Getting your money’s worth from hand-carved baits involves selecting the right wood and scrutinizing its components.
|Black mat algae has taken over Tuckertown Lake. Is Shearon Harris next?
1675 Views - Posted: September 05, 2014 at 1:37 pm
A threatening black menace continues to encroach upon the fisheries at Tuckertown and Shearon Harris lakes. The moss-like growth cloaks shoreline cover, leaves floating deposits of itself, and stinks up the place.
|Surprise! Cooler weather returns bass to deep water at High Rock
1194 Views - Posted: August 21, 2014 at 7:04 am
Throughout a sizzling July, the offshore bite for bass at High Rock Lake was almost non-existent, much to the chagrin of crankbait and Carolina-rig fishermen, as fish snuggled tight to the piers in less than 5 feet of water, hitting jigs and plastics flipped their way. Then along came August and surprisingly cooler temperatures and the unexpected happened. The offshore bite reappeared, catching most fishermen by surprise.
|Commission goes with unusual solution to vulture problem at boat ramp
2627 Views - Posted: July 24, 2014 at 7:43 am
Fishermen using the Flat Creek boat-access area at Tuckertown Lake might just do a double-take upon their arrival. At the entrance there’s a newly constructed gazebo with a replica of a vulture hanging upside down from one of its wooden appendages. At the ramp, a single pole holds another artificial effigy of a vulture dangling upside down.
|Falls Lake supports excellent bass fishery
345 Views - Posted: July 15, 2014 at 7:00 am
Electroshocking samples of Falls of the Neuse conducted in 2009, 2011 and 2013 indicate the lake has a balanced bass fishery with an appropriate mix of age classes, including an ample number of trophy bass.
|Economic clout of Falls of the Neuse
268 Views - Posted: July 15, 2014 at 7:00 am
When Falls of the Neuse was completed in 1981, the 28-mile long reservoir not only provided drinking water for surrounding communities, aided with flood control and created wildlife habitat, it also offered outdoor recreational opportunities, including fishing, that had a significant economic impact upon the area.
|Magic piers? The key is location, location, location
1507 Views - Posted: July 03, 2014 at 10:40 am
Each year, Mr. Y sweetens his pier like a professional gardener. He strategically sinks around it brush treated with fish attractants, thins the brush out to limit snags, and leaves pockets within the vegetation to dunk his minnows and jigs. He’s rewarded with a scant number of puny crappie. Less than 50 yards away, his neighbor, Mr. Z waddles down to his pier, plunks his posterior in an easy chair and catches crappie after crappie. Mr. Y shakes his head and wonders why.
|Out on a ledge - Head offshore for great summer bass fishing at Falls of Neuse Lake
860 Views - Posted: July 01, 2014 at 7:00 am
When the largemouth bass spawn is complete and the shallow bite fades at †Falls of the Neuse Lake, guide Joel Munday goes out on a ledge.
|Clemmons angler rings dinner bell for High Rock bass
1158 Views - Posted: June 24, 2014 at 6:57 am
Todd Harris of Clemmons took advantage of the “dinner bell bite” to win the June 21 Bass Fishing League Piedmont Division tournament at High Rock Lake.