|Side planers for saltwater
139 Views - Posted: October 09 at 9:00 am
Even if you haven’t used one, I think most fishermen know what a side planer is. Sometimes called a planer board, it’s a device used to carry a trolling line out to the side of a boat. Oriented at an angle, as the boat moves forward, the flow of the water pushes the planer board away from the boat, along with the lure or bait trailing behind it.
|Paddle up a winner
544 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.
|Go slow, go small
308 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.
|Take care of your hide
732 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.
|And now, the new leader
466 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.
|Spoon feed inshore fish
815 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.
567 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.
|Big Rock’s show stoppers
833 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!”
|Don’t let the cold get you
548 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.
|Make sure you ‘show’ up
696 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.
|‘Tis the season to be jolly
644 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.
|Learn to feel the warmth
692 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.