• May 2009 - Volume 4, Number 5


    The deep blue is calling, and Georgetown is a great destination for billfish action.

    Centrally located between Miami and New York is the seaport town of Georgetown, an oasis for Atlantic Coast cruisers and offshore anglers alike.

    Counties along the Tennessee and Virginia state lines are turkey hotspots for North Carolina hunters.

    From hunting in Alleghany County a number of times, I had a fairly good idea where the gobbler might be in the pasture that lay level with the ridge above me. Nearing the mountaintop, I pulled out a crow call and sent forth several coarse caws.

    St. Helena Sound is a prime May destination for these hard-charging fish — and the anglers who like to target them.

    The pursuit of cobia can challenge saltwater tackle as well a fisherman’s knowledge. This sleek and hardy saltwater fish is quite a fighter and is often overlooked for offering fine table fare.

    Big bluefish make a startling appearance this month off the beaches east of Wilmington.

    A large charterboat headed out through Carolina Beach Inlet, its wake rocking a 21-foot center console anchored in a slough running alongside the inlet’s northerN sandbar.

    Want to learn how to cash in on Lake Hickory striped bass? Join the Clubb.

    It doesn’t take much prompting to get David Clubb excited. Just call this month and ask how the striped bass are biting on Lake Hickory.

    May on Jordan Lake can be as heavenly for crappie fishermen as early spring.

    Rhonda Reid glanced over her shoulder at her boyfriend, Jay Garrard, and giggled.

    May is blue marlin season for North Carolina’s bluewater big-game fishermen.

    David Dodsworth wanted a blue marlin, so he went to the best place at the right time, fished for a week and got his marlin.

    There’s more than one way to ‘skin’ a Charleston redfish.

    If you need proof that there’s more than one way to skin a cat, take a look at Jeff Yates and Jamie Hough.

    Cape Fear-area fishermen get the first big shot at the annual mackerel run.

    The annual Spanish invasion usually begins along North Carolina’s southern coast in late April with a few platoons of scouts, but by May, the armada has arrived from more southern climes, and the occupation is in full swing.

    Shallow grass is the ticket to postspawn largemouths on this May hotspot.

    To get the most out of a day fishing for bass on Lake Wateree this month, you need to get your buzz on — in more ways than one.

    Backpacking puts anglers in touch with largely unspoiled wilderness streams.

    A century ago, Horace Kephart, the “Dean of American Campers,” came to the North Carolina mountains seeking a place “back of beyond.” He found the solitude he sought, but from the perspective of today’s world, he would be just as happy in the mountainous upstate corner of South Carolinas as in the vastness of the Great Smokies.

    Head to St. Helena Sound for some legendary cobia action this month.