• Volume 23 Number 1 - January 2016

    Features

    Lexington guide has found that bass lures will produce plenty of High Rock stripers in January.

    Being a self-effacing guy, Maynard Edwards smiled when he recalled how once upon a January he stumbled across a new way to catch striped bass at High Rock Lake.

    Look for young cutovers and you’ll find rabbits throughout South Carolina’s Upstate

    Our truck followed a long, gravel road through the Sumter National Forest near the border of Laurens and Newberry counties. Cutover land lined both sides of the road for more than a mile — prime habitat for cottontail rabbits — and after another half-mile, we found a safe place to park. 

    Decoys and electronic caller can make for a great day afield.

    It can be argued that most outdoorsmen and women have an ambivalent feeling towards crows. They are loud, obnoxious and irritating. Few things can upset a deer hunt more than a murder of crows right above your head screaming at each other for seemingly hours. Thankfully, there is a solution that is both effective and fun. 

    Make sure your decoy spread includes several spinning-wing models when January arrives.

    With the final days of the season blowing in, nothing will stop a diehard duck hunter from hunkering down in a reed-covered blind for a mixed bag of goodies. By January, the final push of ducks has arrived in North Carolina, and most of the surviving flock has practically earned a college degree in hunter avoidance, but hunters can keep the feathered fowl nose-diving into their decoys by keeping the plastic flock looking alive and tempting as ever. 

    Resting areas become as important as food sources as Januarsy arrives.

    With nearly half of the 60-day duck season remaining, there couldn’t be a better time to hunker down in a bush-covered blind to get a limit of mallards, wood ducks and green-winged teal. 

    Slow down and look for warmer water and you’ll find plenty of red drum this winter.

    About 20 years ago, North Carolina’s winter and early spring inshore fishing was a losing proposition. Cold weather chased sportfish from sounds, bays and rivers to the warmer ocean waters, leaving inshore anglers to oil and respool reels, remove rust and repair rods while waiting for spring.

    Mountain trails through North Carolina’s public lands can provide access to plenty of ruffed grouse.

    Lindy Ammons of Robbinsville is a lifelong grouse hunter who, at 55,  still hunts along the steep trails near Fontana Lake Village like a young man, keeping the pace of a power walk.

    Go slow, be careful and put more Charleston redfish in your boat this month.

    Addison Rupert was pointing, trying to get his client to see what he was seeing.

    “Look just under that dock and you’ll see a number of redfish under there. Can you see them? Here, try looking through these,” Rupert said, handing his sunglasses to his client on a cold, sunny January day.

    There’s nothing like a pile of vegetables to put wild hogs in range of a waiting hunter.

    Many hunters feel as though they’ve lost their best friends during the downtime between the end of deer and bear season and the beginning of spring turkey season. However, those who want to continue to experience the thrill that only seeing a large animal brings are increasingly turning to feral hogs.

    Deep or shallow, Lake Moultrie crappie will bite in January if they’re found in the right places.

    For some fishermen, the cold, often nasty weather associated with January may not seem like prime time for swinging slab crappies over the gunwales. They might want to reconsider, because but fast crappie fishing is often the norm at Lake Moultrie, where excellent mid-winter action can usually be found in two distinct patterns.

    Long-line trolling will put fish in the boat, according to two veteran guides.

    To say that a January morning is brisk can be an understatement, but with any luck,  the frost will give way to sunshine and biting fish. At Badin Lake on the Yadkin River chain, hungry and healthy crappie will most likely be holding tight to baitfish schools, hovering over deep-water creeks and coves, where long-line trolling a dragnet of jigs is the most efficient way to fill your 20-fish limit.  

    Explosion in Catawba River reservoir’s population of blue catfish is great for fishermen.

    Lake Wylie, which straddles the border between North Carolina and South Carolina, has developed into one of the premier catfishing reservoirs for both states. Based on research from the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission this already highly productive lake is still in the “boom” stage.

    Explosion in Catawba River reservoir’s population of blue catfish is great for fishermen.

    Lake Wylie, which straddles the border between North Carolina and South Carolina, has developed into one of the premier catfishing reservoirs for both states. Based on research from the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission this already highly productive lake is still in the “boom” stage.

    Find out why you should head to Lake Wylie for trophy blue cats and how you can get in on the winter redfish action along the coast.