• May 2011 - Volume 6, Number 5


    For a real chance at a state-record fish, target a handful of species in a handful of areas.

    As long as there have been anglers, there have been those who are never satisfied with anything other than the biggest and meanest things that swim.

    Offshore fishing gets rolling this month off North Carolina’s Cape Lookout

    May is an exciting month for offshore fishermen, the month they’ve been waiting for all winter, a prelude to the hot summer and one of the best months of fishing along the Crystal Coast.

    Gigging flounder is a Palmetto State tradition that kicks off this month. Here’s how to poke holes in more fish this year.

    Darryl Graham has been “sticking fish” for just about as long as he can remember — but not with a hook.

    Having trouble taking late-season toms? These tricks that work elsewhere also work in North Carolina.

    Hunting wild turkeys is a lot like the late rounds of a boxing match.

    Lake Jocassee’s trout fishery is great, especially after dark

    During the early 1970s, while actors Burt Reynolds, Jon Voight and Ned Beatty were paddling around the Jocassee and Tallulah gorges filming Deliverance, a 13-year-old outdoorsman by the name of James Couch was busily fishing the nearby Whitewater, Horsepasture, and Thompson Rivers.

    The blueback herring spawn brings out the best in Lake Murray’s topwater largemouth bass bite.

    Change affects everything, and bass fishing is certainly no exception. You can often tell the age of a long-time Lake Murray bass fisherman based on what factors he considers to describe the “good old days.”

    If you’re a fan of trolling for crappie, High Rock is the place to be this month.

    Trolling has become one of the most-effective tactics to catch numbers of crappie and big slabs, but even among trollers, two schools of thought exist as to which presentation is best. You’re either pushin’ or pullin’.

    North Carolina’s Outer Banks offers fishermen great chance to sight-fish for cobia.

    West of the Mississippi, much of the big-game hunting is visually oriented. Hunters are mobile, game is spotted, stalked and, if all works out, the exercise ends in a harvest.

    Beaufort River offers plenty of hotspots for trout, redfish and flounder while the cobia run is going gangbusters.

    When the month of May and the area around Beaufort are spoken in the same sentence with the word “fishing,” one other word generally follows: cobia.

    Topsail Beach offers great off-the-beaten-path fishing spots for North Carolina anglers

    Topsail Island is one of those spots along the North Carolina coast that is a little off the beaten path but close to larger, more developed areas. Sandwiched between the hustle and bustle of Wrightsville Beach and the U.S. Marine Corps training facility at Camp Lejeune, the waters around Topsail Island offer a variety of options for fishermen.

    May is great time to sight-fish for cobia in South Carolina’s Port Royal Sound and Broad River.

    John Irwin is no Cub Scout when it comes to cobia fishing. A 37-old-guide, he is more like a Four-Star General. His battlefield is South Carolina’s Broad River, and the troops are the fishermen in his boat. On the average, he lands more than 100 cobia during May, the peak of the annual migration.

    Lake Tillery’s extensive shallow-water cover can make for some great late-spring bass fishing

    When David Bryant heads to Lake Tillery for some late-spring bass fishing, he tries to make sure he tries to cover all his bases — because it’s a “cover” thing.

    Follow the GPS guide in this issue, and you may soon be filling a stringer of your own.