|Surprise! Cooler weather returns bass to deep water at High Rock
474 Views - Posted: August 21 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
1929 Views - Posted: July 24 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.
|Economic clout of Falls of the Neuse
152 Views - Posted: July 15 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.
|Falls Lake supports excellent bass fishery
184 Views - Posted: July 15 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.
|Magic piers? The key is location, location, location
1253 Views - Posted: July 03 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
378 Views - Posted: July 01 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
842 Views - Posted: June 24 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.
|Lexington guide exults in tremendous High Rock striper catch
918 Views - Posted: May 29 at 11:02 am
Guide Jerry Hill of Lexington had an unforgettable Memorial Day weekend at High Rock Lake. On Saturday, Hill caught eight stripers totaling 81.4 pounds, with individual weights of 11.3, 11.2, 10.6, 10.6, 10.4, 9.4, 9.3 and 8.6 pounds.
|Knocking on wood has been the ticket to good bass fishing at High Rock
931 Views - Posted: May 19 at 12:01 pm
For the past two weeks, bass fishermen have had success at High Rock Lake by knocking on wood. Tree laps, tree roots, log jams, stumps and bushes have been yielding quality largemouths to anglers who prefer not to sight-fish for bedding bass as the spawn wraps up.
|Recipes for redear sunfish
368 Views - Posted: May 15 at 8:00 am
Redear sunfish make heftier and tastier filets than other sunfish mostly because of their larger size. They can be fried and grilled in a number of ways. Here is one popular recipe from Capt. Ron’s Ocean Explorer:
|The redear sunfish: natureís perfect nutcracker
321 Views - Posted: May 15 at 8:00 am
The redear sunfish, known scientifically as Lepomis microlophus and informally as bream, stumpknocker, cherry gill, rouge ear sunfish, Georgia bream and shellcracker, is a slab-sided fish with a red or orange edge along its ear flap, a characteristic that distinguishes it from other sunfish. The redear also lacks blue lines on its cheeks possessed by other sunfish.
|Itís time to box up Lake Tilleryís ícrackers
506 Views - Posted: May 01 at 7:00 am
Rusty and Rosco Bowers of Albemarle got hooked on fishing during their high-school years, but not in the manner conceived by the tackle industry’s “Hooked on Fishing” program.