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Old Town’s Predator XL kayak won Best of Show honors at the recent ICAST. Paddle up a winner
153 Views - Posted: September 08 at 9:00 am

Something’s fishy when Christmas comes in July, and for many it is the annual ICAST (International Convention of the Allied Sportfishing Trades) show. ICAST 2014 was held in Orlando, Fla., and a spokesman for the American Sportfishing Association said it was the largest yet, both in attendance and the size of the show floor. It certainly was very impressive, with lots of new products, remakes of current products and spiffed up long-time favorites to be seen.


Red drum are affected by high water temperatures during the summer; they will try to conserve energy whenever possible. Go slow, go small
222 Views - Posted: August 08 at 9:00 am

Sort of like the Christmas song, but in a totally different way, “The weather outside is frightful.” Yes, it is, but unlike the snow and freezing temperatures in the song’s lyrics, the current weather is hot and humid. Welcome to the dog days of summer, when we typically have the year’s hottest temperatures. To add to out discomfort, the air is so moist and thick you feel like you can cut it, and anything left outside is covered with dew. The humid part affects humans and any other animals that have to breathe the hot, heavy air, but the hot part affects everything, including the fish.


Clothing, sunglasses, sunscreen and hydration are all ways to combat effects of the summer sun. Take care of your hide
491 Views - Posted: July 10 at 9:00 am

Most fishermen have experience with sunburn and sweat, a couple of things that result from fishing during the summer. One is good, and the other is bad, but I’m going to mention both this month. Hopefully, you take it as advice from a friend. Let me assure you, this is something I practice as well as preach.


There isn’t one leader that works best all the time; different leaders have different strengths and weaknesses. And now, the new leader
350 Views - Posted: June 09 at 9:00 am

What makes a good leader? For anglers, the answer is not someone that is wise, fair and charismatic, but simply the most- effective way of connecting a hook or lure to the line coming off a reel. Depending on the circumstances, application and targeted species, a leader may be made of a variety of materials. The most common are monofilament, fluorocarbon, single-strand wire, stranded wire, braided cable and hybrids. Titanium leader material was introduced several years ago.


This flounder was fooled by the spinning of a weedless spoon designed for inshore casting. Spoon feed inshore fish
692 Views - Posted: May 12 at 9:00 am

Idon’t remember exactly when I became such a big fan of using spoons for inshore and nearshore fishing, but it was a good day and a great choice. I’m not talking about trolling spoons for Spanish and king mackerel or jigging spoons for bottomfish, but weedless casting spoons; I have become an ardent user and staunch promoter of their kind.


Sharon and Rennie Clark won the Lowcountry Redfish Cup championship in 2013. The trail will visit North Carolina in 2014. Tournament aplenty!
513 Views - Posted: April 10 at 9:00 am

North Carolina fishermen yearning for the thrill of competition will have more choices this year. The economy may be picking up, and boat sales have definitely improved from the flat-line crash of a few years ago. 


The Engel live-bait cooler system will allow fishermen to collect bait in one area and transfer it to a boat’s livewell or directly to the fishing site. Big Rock’s show stoppers
703 Views - Posted: March 11 at 9:00 am

It used to be that the ICAST (International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades) show held each July was the place fishermen got their first look at new products that would separate them from their hard-earned money. 

That game has changed. The Big Rock Sports Group, which is based in Morehead City, has quietly acquired several smaller distributors and established regional warehouses across the country on its way to becoming the largest outdoor sporting goods distributor in the United States. As one tackle shop owner said when he walked out onto the balcony overlooking the sales floor at Big Rock Sports’ recent dealers show in Raleigh, “Wow, This looks like a mini-ICAST!”


Wearing a PFD while on the water, especially during the winter, could be the difference between an uncomfortable dunking and a life-threatening situation. Don’t let the cold get you
468 Views - Posted: February 07 at 9:00 am

As we begin to have those stretches of nice weather that usually come every February, more and more fishermen will develop severe cases of cabin fever; the only known cure is a fishing trip. The days will usually be nice, with lots of sunshine and temperatures that peak somewhere between the mid-60s and the mid-70s. On days that aren’t windy, it is often shirtsleeve weather for a few hours in the afternoon.

The issue is that the water hasn’t warmed up yet, and depending on where you are fishing, the water temperature could be anywhere from the low 40s to the mid-50s. Of course, as long as fishermen don’t get wet, that isn’t a problem, but if there is an unexpected dunking, that relaxing late-winter fishing trip immediately morphs into a serious and potentially life-threatening situation.


Capt. Jimmy Price of Southport is a popular seminar speaker at shows across the state. Make sure you ‘show’ up
607 Views - Posted: January 09 at 9:00 am

Hopefully everyone enjoyed the Christmas holidays and was able to spend some time with family, friends and loved ones. Now, it’s time to accept that winter has settled in, and the weather may not be the most conducive to spending time boating and fishing for a while. Sure, there will be those occasional days when the water beckons, but for most, winter is a time primarily spent indoors, pining for your favorite outdoor pursuit.


Digital waterproof cameras that can shoot videos as well as still photos are a great gift for any fisherman or hunter. ‘Tis the season to be jolly
603 Views - Posted: December 09, 2013 at 9:00 am

It’s hard to believe Christmas is approaching again, but time flies when you’re having fun, and no one has more fun than sportsmen in the outdoors. Some neat new things are on the shelves this year that would make great presents for fishermen and hunters, plus some old standards that shine year after year. Hopefully some of these suggestions will prove helpful.


Christopher Minish caught this puppy drum in the warmer corner of a shallow bay off the lower Cape Fear River. Learn to feel the warmth
641 Views - Posted: November 07, 2013 at 3:00 am

November is a great month, actually one of the best, to be fishing along the North Carolina coast. However, many fishermen consider it to be the last of the fall months with great fishing and are ready to hang up their rods about halfway through. If you’re doing that to start hunting, I won’t be too harsh on you, but if you’re stopping midway through November because of some preconceived notion the great fall fishing is ending because the water temperatures are getting too low, you are the person that needs to clean your glasses, take a seat and read this to the end.


A walk-the-dog style topwater bait will often sucker a bite out of a big fall speck or an upper- or over-slot red drum. Topwaters: Check pulse
1007 Views - Posted: October 09, 2013 at 9:00 am

There is nothing quite like an upper-slot or slightly larger red drum taking a topwater bait. The fish is large enough to be impressive on its own, but when it pushes up behind that bait and rolls to take it, that is truly something to behold.


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