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Strong cold fronts will send crappie deep into cover where fishing straight down to the fish may be the only way to get one to bite. Cold-front finesse fishing
45 Views - Posted: March 15 at 8:00 am

The frequent cold fronts that wash over North Carolina in late February and through March can cause crappie to halt their progression toward the shallows, sink deep into brush or other cover and be hard to catch. 


Side- and down-imaging technology can help crappie anglers find and orient to fish before even wetting a line. Sonar on the side
47 Views - Posted: March 15 at 8:00 am

One of the ways that crappie pro Kent Driscoll has stayed on top of tournament leader boards has been by mastering the use of the newest sonar technology, and he relies on it as much as anything in his boat.


By trailing a length of logging chain behind the boat, anglers fishing from the bow can go slow even in strong winds. Dealing with wind
28 Views - Posted: March 15 at 8:00 am

As a tournament crappie fisherman Charlotte’s Mike Parrott is no stranger to fishing when he has to. He doesn’t get the luxury of choosing when tournaments will be held and most times, unless a dire situation exists, it’s time to hit the water. Like the Boy Scouts of America like to say:  “Be Prepared”.


Neal Osteen of Hendersonville landed this 51-inch muskellunge, estimated at better than 40 pounds, while fishing in the French Broad River. Hendersonville man's French Broad muskie that might have challenged record
11450 Views - Posted: March 13 at 9:38 pm

Neal Osteen of Hendersonville wasn’t exactly surprised when he landed a monstrous, 51 inch muskie from the French Broad River on March 8, but was still overjoyed at landing his best muskie to date.


Ed Duke of Concord tight-lines jigs and minnows vertically next to his boat to sack big stringers of spring crappie. Spring slab triple play - Try to turn this triple play on prespawn crappie. You won’t need to do anything else
172 Views - Posted: March 01 at 7:00 am

March ushers in what most anglers consider to be prime crappie season, a time when the weather and the fish can have you running for the bank one day, then backing off and fishing deep water the next. Unfortunately, the same tactics and techniques don’t relate very well to those two extremes. The fisherman  who can assess the situation and choose the proper approach is more likely to do some “spring cleaning” than one who expects crappie to bite the same way in the same places throughout the month.


A trained dog can make hunting shed antlers a great postseason treat. Shed Happens - Extend your deer season! Spend some time hunting for shed antlers and you’ll be a leg up on bucks in the fall
105 Views - Posted: March 01 at 7:00 am

Deer hunters who didn’t get the chance to collect that trophy buck’s antlers while they were still attached to his head this past deer season still have a chance to get them now that deer season is over and he is done with them. 


Jeff Manning's 82-pound blue catfish, caught Jan. 24, is the unofficial lake record for the species from Lake Wylie. Gastonia angler lands unofficial lake record blue catfish from Lake Wylie  Video Included
3948 Views - Posted: January 27 at 6:37 am

What started out as a trip to the lake to test his outboard motor after some routine maintenance ended up being the fishing trip of a lifetime for Gastonia, N.C., angler Jeff Manning when he hauled an 82-pound blue catfish into his boat on Saturday, Jan. 24, that is believed to be the biggest ever taken at Lake Wylie on the North Carolina-South Carolina border.


Gracen Melhorn, 8, from Cramerton, caught this 60-pound, 9-ounce blue catfish on New Year's Day. He and his father were fishing South Carolina's Lake Wateree. Cramerton youngster decks huge blue catfish on New Year's Day trip
1212 Views - Posted: January 06 at 7:38 am

An “horrible day of fishing” is how Dieter Melhorn of Cramerton described a New Year’s Day catfishing trip to South Carolina’s Lake Wateree. During the outing, he and his 8-year-old son, Gracen, only got six bites. Fortunately for the Gracen Melhorn, one of those bites was from a blue catfish that tipped the scales at 60 pounds, 9 ounces.


Guide James McManus trolls for walleye and several other species during the fall. Trolling is key fall tactic on Fontana Lake for a variety of species  Video Included
1157 Views - Posted: October 03, 2014 at 10:04 am

In a few weeks, the mountains of western North Carolina will be crawling with leaf watchers who will look up at the beauty and most likely miss the action going on down below at Lake Fontana. Guide James McManus of 153 Charters Fishing spends most of the fall trolling the depths of Fontana and tempting a number of species.


A big circle hook and a length of heavy, monofilament leader are standard on shark rigs used by kayak fishermen. Rigging for sharks
526 Views - Posted: July 15, 2014 at 7:00 am

Brad Knight has a pretty standard setup for rigging for sharks when fishing from his kayak. It works, and it’s strong — strong enough that he boated a 140-pound class tarpon three years ago while fishing for sharks.


Kayak-bound fishermen can yak it up with sharks anytime and almost anywhere. Anglers fishing from kayaks can battle some awfully big sharks if they pay attention to detail
1396 Views - Posted: July 01, 2014 at 7:00 am

In the movie “Jaws,” Capt. Quint takes on a 25-foot great white shark in his 55-foot boat, the “Orca,” and he loses.


A pedal-powered paddlecraft is not necessarily out of place in a rocky smallmouth river. Angler’s choice
283 Views - Posted: June 15, 2014 at 7:00 am

In the perpetual argument of pedal vs. paddle, one stronghold of the paddler’s camp was river fishing. Many fishermen believe that a pedal drive that hangs well below a kayak won’t fare well in rock-laden waters, especially where current makes boat control even more difficult.


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