• March 2006 - Volume 13, Number 3


    Badin Lake crappie fishing during March is the best at the Yadin chain.

    Anglers don’t have to be experts to catch crappie at Badin Lake during March. But most days they’ll need to be tolerant of cold and wind.

    Besides providing N.C.’s only legal gambling, the Cherokees attract scores of anglers looking for guaranteed creels of rainbows and brown - including some monsters.

    Bright sunshine broke through a thin layer of fog lifting off the Oconaluftee River deep in the heart of the Smoky Mountains of western North Carolina, as anglers started taking their places along the pristine stream for opening day of trout fishing at the Cherokee Indian Reservation.

    For extra-large Grade A bass fishing, set your compass for the big lake that straddles North Carolina and Virginia.

    It’s hard, Bud Haynes and James Marshall admit, to look at the temperature gauge on your bass boat, see the number 48 and fish the banks.

    Stocking bass in N.C. coastal rivers is a problematic solution after hurrican-related fish kills, but full recovery depends upon time’s healing effects.

    North Carolina hasn’t suffered a Katrina-like hit since 1999 (Hurricane Floyd), but the Tar Heel State makes up in numbers of storms for its relatively few direct hits by Category 4s.

    If you want to have more wild turkeys, try planting chufas, and watch your land sprout feathers.

    Farmers want rain in the spring after they’ve planted their fields so seeds will sprout and eventually grow crops.

    South Carolina is loaded with private ponds that often provide better action than big lakes, not to mention state-record catches.

    People in eastern N.C. don’t look for robins to signal the arrival of spring; they wait for the shad run to begin.

    Some people claim robins are the harbingers of spring. Others say it’s crocuses or daffodils. William Wordsworth, the poet, immortalized spring’s fore-runner as a lone snowdrop.

    This Greenville County stream offers plenty of big trout and beautiful scenery near a major population area.

    A sure-fire cure for ACC basketball fever is the knowledge that spotted seatrout have awakened from their winter sleep.

    While most of North Carolina is bundled up in front of television sets watching the ACC and NCAA basketball tournaments, a few dozen anglers privy to a neat secret are huddled in their boats, knowing March Madness must mean the speckled trout are biting.

    American shad, weighing as much as 6 pounds, provide excellent spring fishing at several S.C. rivers.

    Artificials or live baits:

    Which catches the biggest or the most redfish and speckled trout?

    The answer may surprise you.

    If you want to hunt wild gobblers in the South, there’s no
    better place than the Palmetto State

    March is the time to use fast-moving topwater plugs for wahoos and tuna.

    A “wee bit of nip” hovered in the morning air as we left the dock last March.

    No early spring S.C. offshore species provides as much action and good eating as yellowfin tuna.

    Tar Heel eyes turn to the tastiest fish that swims.