• May 2007 - Volume 14, Number 5


    Danny and the Juniors never had as many teens dancin’ to their music as anglers have striped bass cavorting at the Roanoke River this month.

    If you’re fishing for striped bass at the Roanoke River, April 30 is the last day you can keep any fish for the frying pan or freezer.

    Somehow, that doesn’t faze guides George Beckwith and Rod Thomas.

    Lake Marion contains whopper bluegills and shellcrackers, and there’s never a better time to try for them than May.

    A good bird dog could not have gone on point any better.

    Chuck Porter leaned forward, nose in the air, and turned his head slightly. Then he locked up solid. He slowly stretched out his arm and pointed to a tiny pocket of open water in a small clump of cypress trees about 30 feet in front of us.

    Charleston’s anglers feel guilty because they have so much fun catching sheepsheads in the waters coursing near they city.

    There are lots of fish species to catch in the waters surrounding Charleston. So many in fact, that it’s almost impossible to pick a single fish to target for an outing.

    Anglers mostly chase central and northern coast red drum during fall, but big schools are ready to be caught now.

    Fall drum are predictable, readily located, widespread, and scattered, but that’s when most fishermen pursue them at the Outer Banks during the peak of the fishing season.

    Two upper coast anglers know where they can get a good reef fish bite this time of year. And spadefish are as much fun to eat as they are to catch.

    Mark Dickson fishes most days — it’s his business, guiding fishermen for some of the Grand Strand’s more popular fishing targets: puppy drum, speckled trout, flounder, Spanish and king mackerel.

    Nobody catches big bottomfish at the N.C. coast like Anthony Ng, a 14-year veteran angler who uses self-invented electric reels.

    It was a nearly windless morning and the sun was just turning a black night into the grayness of predawn at Atlantic Beach.

    Twin 250 Yamaha four-stroke engines mumbled quietly as they warmed up, and the turbulence of the engines’ vibrations on the otherwise quiet water of the boat harbor foretold which boat was being readied for a day of fishing.

    Patience certainly can be a virtue when pursuing late spring-season wild turkeys. Using decoys also can fire up reluctant longbeards.

    One of the tenets of successful trophy deer hunting also holds true for chasing spring wild turkeys — go where the gobblers are.

    As fickle as hurricanes, cobia frustrate their fair share of saltwater anglers. Here are some top-to-bottom techniques sure to cure the madness.

    Crossing the Broad River at the Highway 170 bridge outside of Beaufort, it looked like the river was supporting an impromptu boat show.

    Food plots often are seen as places to harvest a gobbler. That might be true, but they also play an important role for turkey numbers. Here’s how to make the most of food plots.

    Walking through the hurricane-ravaged Francis Marion National Forest, the logging road provided the only clear path illuminated by an April full moon.

    Lower Brunswick creeks and marshes offer great places to stalk and cast to puppy drum during the spring

    Capt. Mark Dickson reared back to set the hook and his rod bowed deeply.

    The whirring sound of a spinning reel grudgingly giving up braided line broke the silence just before he spoke.

    The Congaree River had the first land-locked striped bass in the U.S., but now a variety of factors threaten their survival.

    History doesn’t record the name of the first angler to catch a striped bass from the Santee-Cooper system.

    Several years ago a column about drag settings received positive comments.

    However, the use of braided lines has grown exponentially, and anglers are discovering the original rules of drag don’t fit as well as they once did.

    Anglers don’t have to wait for deep summer to find trophy king mackerels if they know where to go off the Palmetto coast.

    King mackerel anglers don’t have to wait until the mid-summer heat to score on serious fishing at the South Carolina coast.

    Black mat algae is a growing problem for anglers at Tuckertown Lake.

    I tossed a medium-running crankbait across one of my favorite points at Tuckertown Lake while my fishing buddy, Emery Hollar of Lexington, followed suit. My bait bounced along the gravel bottom, slowly loaded up, and ceased to wobble.

    North Carolina has plenty of great smallmouth streams between the New River at the state’s northwest corner and the high country’s fabled Tuck.

    Although I cut my fishing teeth casting for trout at small Appalachian high-country creeks, there’s something about bronzebacks that lurk in moving water which always has been enchanting.

    A change in forage has meant drastic alterations in Kerr Lake bass habits.