• November 2006 - Volume 13, Number 11


    When November arrives at the N.C. coast, anglers find king mackerel ready to smoke reels at the 10-fathom curve.

    The number “60” is a magical one, and not just because Babe Ruth made it famous in 1927.

    Most of the guys who fish seriously for king mackerel at the east side of Cape Fear and the Frying Pan Shoals know when it comes to catching lots of fish and a good showing of smokers, “60” is the place you start in the fall — 60-feet deep.

    When the temperature drops this month, good catfishing heats up at the Wateree River.

    Catfishing has become a year-round sport for many South Carolina anglers.

    Larry Avins of River Oaks Farm included waterfowl management among his daily chores to create quality hunting.

    While suppertime at a duck camp is always a loud and rowdy affair, breakfasts are usually subdued. Not only do the revels of the night prior to a hunt tend to tire happy hunters, the wake-up call in the morning is the time to begin a meditation, the mental preparation for approaching the peaceful sanctity of a well-built duck blind after a sloshing walk through the water.

    When is a hole not a depression? When it’s found by scouting the OBX surf and reveals a redfish hot spot.

    To do well at most endeavors takes preparation. Of course, good luck doesn’t hurt. But as legendary Major League baseball-owner Branch Rickey once said, “Luck is 99 percent perspiration and 1 percent inspiration.”

    Translation: hard work gets results.

    2006 season starts strong for Stokes County hunter.

    Stokes County has produced some of North Carolina’s biggest bucks over the past half-dozen years, and it spit out another huge one on the opening day of bow season two months ago for hunter Jerrold Wade.

    S.C. deer hunters have their best chance to bag a trophy buck during the rut.

    It has been 15 years since Dennis Chastain bagged his buck of a lifetime, but he remembers the hunt as if it happened yesterday.

    Author’s rules for shooting a rifle are keys to hunting success for white-tailed deer.

    When Luther Johnson hunts deer, he adheres to the military sniper’s rule — one round, one kill.

    Water conditions at Lake Hickory and annual WRC stockings have created a rockfish stronghold.

    Dark and foggy with an annoying drizzle — just the type of conditions that make driving along the highway a chore but just the perfect type of weather for hooking a trophy striper.

    Upgrading your shotgun now will put a smile on your face all duck season.

    Make your first shot count.

    That’s good advice that I absolutely never follow.

    And sometimes that proves more painful than others.

    Upgrading your shotgun now will put a smile on your face all duck season.

    Make your first shot count.

    That’s good advice that I absolutely never follow.

    And sometimes that proves more painful than others.

    The creeks at Bald Head Island offer great fall speckled trout fishing.

    The float slowly drifted into the growing current riffle off the stern of Capt. Andy Fisher’s boat and promptly disappeared.

    Bushytail hunters can increase their chances by using calls. Just be sure to read and follow instructions on the package.

    “Listen, I can hear two gray squirrels and one fox squirrel barking,” I said, whispering to my son after making a young-squirrel-in-distress call.

    Hunting bushytails is an ideal learner’s course to get youngsters excited about other types of game.

    Mark Ingram, then 8 years old, lightly tapped on the squirrel call while Harold Knight intently studied the tops of several hickory trees 20 yards away.

    The Eastatoe offers aesthetics, natural surroundings and year-round trout fishing.

    Anglers too often tend to rate and evaluate fisheries only by fish numbers and size.

    Hardy anglers fish the Cape Lookout rock jetty during November for gator trout.

    Some fishermen are so dedicated to their chosen sport they shun the comforts of home and hearth, even during the holidays and the tube-jam of televised sporting events, to head out into the wind, wet and cold.

    The deer rut is a special time because bucks search for does. But it’s not as fleeting in the Tar Heel state as hunters think.

    Every deer hunter knows the “rut” (mating) season is the best time to hunt whitetail bucks.

    The rut is here, and that's magical music to the ears of trophy deer hunters.