• October 2008 - Volume 15, Number 10


    Sheepshead are plentiful at N.C. coastal venues, where anglers routinely bypass them in hopes of greener pastures.

    The day was clear and bright, with the sun high overhead. Boats buzzed along the ICW and navigation channels in and around Wrightsville Beach on their way to far off destinations.

    Fish the autumn spawn for South Carolina’s favorite fall trout.

    The late Frank Young, a man with whom I talked and fished from boyhood days right up until his death, knew streams in the high country with an intimacy few will ever match.

    The Charleston area offers all kinds of hiding places for doormat-sized flatfish.

    With fall fishing for redfish and speckled trout going full-bore, it’s not hard to imagine that some fishermen might ignore or entirely forget the lowly flounder this month.

    The early October blackpowder season gives Upstate hunters a headstart on whitetails.

    If you swore off blackpowder rifles years ago due to the mess, maybe it’s time to give them another shot.

    The Grand Strand is more than high rises and sand — great fishing figures into the equation, inshore and nearshore.

    Looking down from a seagull’s perspective, it’s hard to imagine that the northern coast of South Carolina can even be considered a fishing destination.

    Belmont’s Mary Hencken hones her Women’s Bassmaster Tour skills at Lake Wylie.

    After 10 ½ years, Belmont’s Mary Hencken left a promising, good-paying job as a physical therapist assistant for a high-risk, financially insecure career as a professional fisherman.

    October and November mean its muzzleloader time. Discover two trophy hunters’ favorite equipment and how they put big bucks on the wall.

    Many North Carolina deer hunters treasure the muzzleloading rifle season for a variety of reasons.

    Little rifles are plenty big enough to take trophy bucks.

    Hunters who shoot accurately can take deer — yes, even big bucks — with small-caliber rifles.

    Fate helped two hunters bag N.C.’s best 2007 muzzle-loader bucks.

    Journalists and novelists often write about Fate.

    For North Carolina trophy whitetail hunters, “Fate” means the first and second weeks of November and is spelled “r-u-t.”

    Anglers must pay attention to water levels at the southeast coast or pay the piper when it comes to finding specks.

    It was late on a balmy October morning when Steve Laughinghouse returned to his community marina along the ICW near Carolina Beach.

    A Bamberg County taxidermist ended a trophy buck’s dinner early.

    At least Jeremy Bessinger’s big buck didn’t die hungry.

    Fishing from a kayak has become a popular approach to findin’ ‘em where you usually can’t.

    Gliding silently across the mirror-like surface of the water, Ernie Williams effortlessly eased around a grassy point and positioned himself near the overhang of a marsh bank.

    Bamberg and Jasper counties have already produced two monster deer in this young season.