• March 2009 - Volume 16, Number 3


    Stocks remain unchanged, but that’s mixed news for anglers and coastal fisheries.

    The news for North Carolina saltwater fishermen and resource watchers this year continues a familiar pattern — it’s a mixed bag with few changes from 2008.

    Palmetto State fishermen who wait for April miss the real offshore kickoff.

    The water temperature jumped about six degrees in the space of a hundred yards, the ocean went from a dark green to an azure blue, and beyond a wooden container that was floating along, the beginning of a grassline was forming.

    Lake Wylie’s reputation as a great early spring reservoir is deserved, according to bass pros from both Carolinas.

    If you’ve been around largemouth bass for any length of time, you’ve come to learn and dread a term that’s often used to describe fishing during the spring and fall: “transition.”

    Take these 10 tips from top turkey hunters, and your chances of scoring as soon as the season opens will be much better.

    At long last, after what seems an eternity of cabin fever, messy weather, and weeks my Grandpa Joe characterized as “a time when a man has the miseries,” the rites of spring arrive.

    March on Badin Lake can mean great action on striped bass.

    In 1944, a newly married Marine Corps pilot was ferrying a Navy B-25 Bomber from a munitions supply station in Ohio to Cherry Point Marine Corps Air Station.

    This Jacksonville guide is dialed into gator trout.

    The best saltwater fishing usually occurs behind the dunes along North Carolina’s coast during the early summer or fall months.

    The Nantahala offers anglers choices of wild, stocked, hatchery-supported, delayed-harvest, freestone and tailrace trout.

    As the river’s swift water roars through the rugged topography of western North Carolina, it cuts an impressive gorge through the Earth’s crust.

    March is prime time to put a herd in your cooler in the nearshore waters off Georgetown.

    As the seasons change, avid sportsman are confronted with challenges as they try to divide up their precious time in the outdoors.

    Savvy fisherman can take advantage of Lake Murray crappie closing in on the spawn.

    Spring is in the air, and crappie are in the creeks getting ready to spawn or already bedding, making it an outstanding time to challenge Lake Murray’s 50,000 acres.

    Early spring fishing just off deserted beaches will make anglers dance.

    Gloves, ski masks and heavy coats were the order of the day as Capt. Stuart Caulder zipped out of Masonboro Inlet and headed up the beach to look for schools of redfish feeding in the late winter surf.

    High Rock Lake has rebounded to become the Piedmont’s top crappie spot, especially for dock ‘shooters.’

    After the exceptional drought of 2002 that dropped High Rock Lake more than 21 feet below full pool, many anglers pondered the fate of the lake’s once wonderful fishery.

    Offshore is kicking off, and crappie are in high gear.