• April 2007 - Volume 2, Number 4


    Lake Wateree can be as good as it gets for springtime largemouth bass fishing in South Carolina.

    April is prime shallow-water bass fishing time in South Carolina.

    April is prime time to find big crappies at Kerr Lake and one expert fills his boat with slabs by fishing sunken limbs and refuse.

    Once upon a time, it was a pile of limbs and vines that a guy had cut around the bank of his lakeside lot in Bluestone Creek, one of the many major tributary creeks that feed John H. Kerr (aka Buggs Island) Reservoir.

    Anglers can find trophy Spanish mackerels at Sheepshead Rock for a short time this month.

    Fisher Culbreth found Sheepshead Rock the hard way one May morning two years ago.

    He knew big chunk Spanish mackerel were nearing the end of their short spring run off the Pleasure Island coast and had encircled the Rock like Indians assaulting a wagon train. So that morning, we launched at the Snows Cut Wildlife Ramp and headed out relatively calm Carolina Beach Inlet, then turned south.

    Once anglers get hooked on bottom fishing, they may be tempted to leave king mackerel gear ashore.

    The day dawned warm and calm, perfect conditions for an offshore fishing trip in springtime.

    Captains Ray Massengill and Greg Voliva of Down East Guide Service were taking a day off from their regular guide fishing schedules for a day of fun fishing.

    Roblyn’s Neck offers trophy longbeards and all the amenities, even other worldly pecan pie.

    The hunt was a last-minute effort on my part.

    A cancellation by another hunter sent me scrambling to Society Hill to do some pattern testing of new shotguns and loads on a trophy longbeard. Fortunately I could extend my hunt over both weekend days, Saturday and Sunday, giving me the opportunity to hunt on Sunday, which is illegal in my home state of North Carolina.

    Big Spanish mackerels swim in the Atlantic outside Little River Inlet each spring during April.

    Spanish mackerels aren’t really anything special as far as saltwater gamefish are concerned.

    You can catch yellowfins with conventional spreads, but some captains look to the skies for extra hookups.

    James Taylor sang about seeing fire and rain. I don’t know exactly what Taylor saw, but if he was an offshore fisherman, it could have been the scene off the bow of the sportfishing boat I was aboard.

    The rolling hills of N.C.’s piedmont offer some tactical advantages to wild turkeys, but also to those who hunt them.

    Forty-five minutes before sunrise last April, 54-year-old Fred Cox of Reidsville paused in the ebony darkness of a Tar Heel morning.

    Fast trolling is a technique that works well for many types of saltwater gamefish.

    The howl of the clicker on a large Penn International reel is a sound that makes the hairs on the back of your neck stand up.

    S.C. anglers might not know it, but four lakes have plenty of yellow perch, along with several rivers.

    Yellow perch may not rank high among the hardest fighting fish in the world, nor will they ever be highly regarded for achieving trophy-size status.

    But for pure fishing pleasure and delicious table fare, the under-appreciated yellow perch swims second to none.

    Early April is still cool enough to find good numbers of schooling red drum at shallow inland waters.

    Don’t think cool spring weather hurts the fishing barometer at South Carolina’s coastline.

    Redfishing continues to product bumper catches throughout the year, including April, as long as anglers overcome a few variables.

    Will the party be at some type of inshore underwater structure or the mud flats? Read on to discover your invitation.

    South Carolina sportsmen could make an argument that April is the busiest time of the year.

    The crystal clear waters of Santeetlah Creek produce colorful, scrappy brook trout.

    The Friday before Easter last year was an incredible day for outdoor activities, especially trout fishing at the creeks draining the high mountains of extreme western North Carolina.

    A Yadkin River lake that’s overshadowed by more well-known impoundments is a favorite April spot for two pro anglers.

    When Todd Fulk started bass-fishing at Tuckertown Lake regularly a handful of years ago, he didn’t find what he expected.

    The No. 1 offshore sportfish for N.C. anglers are yellowfin tunas and they provide fun from Oregon Inlet to Frying Pan.

    Yellowfin tunas (Thunnus albacares) are abundant year round in Gulf Stream waters off North Carolina’s Atlantic coast.

    Despite ads and banners hyping billfishing, the main spring charterboat catches off North Carolina are yellowfin tunas —and nobody complains.

    When it comes to crappie fishing, one man's trash can be an angler's treasure.