• July 2008 - Volume 15, Number 7


    Two N.C. mountain streams offer some of the best smallmouth bass fishing in the South.

    Smallmouth bass caught with a fly rod at a mountain stream. Doesn’t get any better than that.

    Kayaks can make otherwise inaccessible, overlooked waters an angler’s paradise.

    Once it was determined that the alligators weren’t going to hang around for long, everyone was excited. Dee Meador, guiding the kayaking trip, assured the group that the gators would leave once people began paddling around in the estuary.

    What really happened to cause the Cape Hatteras National Seashore to close beaches to ORVusers? North Carolina Sportsman takes a look.

    The National Park Service closed Oregon Inlet beach, the Point at Buxton, and the south beach at Ocracoke to ORVs May 5 to protect nests of sea turtles, shorebirds and waterfowl.

    Fish timber and brush this month for easy Lake Russell bass bites.

    After a morning of intermittent success on topwater lures fished points and blowthroughs, Casey Ashley guided his boat purposefully through a field of standing timber.

    N.C. coastal charter captains make adjustments to find fish, even as fuel prices climb.

    Capt. John Quattlebaum’s sportfisherman QB’s Sea Witch sliced through a calm sea off Southport last July.

    Taking on a swordfish isn’t a task for the faint-hearted, but Carolina anglers are experiencing success for the first time in that arena.

    Everyone with a powerboat worries about the cost of fuel. But a dedicated angler going without a fishing fix is like a fish out of water that can’t breathe.

    Summertime action on redfish in the marshes is hard to beat.

    It’s summertime, and the shallow-water redfish bite is on.

    Using minnows or umbrella rigs, Lake Russell can be a July heaven for crappie fishermen.

    The guy in the boat, the one drifting along the middle of a vacant, winding cove, didn’t notice the beautiful surroundings, the steep banks covered with pines and hardwoods.

    Night fishing for largemouth bass is the way to beat July’s heat and have lunker fun

    My son’s buzzbait, unseen but heard, came toward the boat with a gurgling sound one July night at Lake Norman.

    The tactics of a Kure Beach Pier angler are legendary when it comes to consistently catching big flounder.

    Alone, lean fisherman walked the planks of Kure Beach Fishing Pier, nodding his head and speaking as he approached others who had taken up stationary positions with their rods leaning against the rails.

    Troll or fish brushpiles to fill your cooler with Lake Wateree summer crappie.

    Summertime,” the old song runs, “and the living is easy. Fish are jumping, and the cotton is high.”

    Summer fishing for speckled trout is great at sprawling Bulls Bay.

    Rob Beglin drives all the way from Pawley’s Island, towing his boat past miles and miles of great-looking water.

    If you're not fishing for bass at night, you don't know what your missing.