• Volume 11 Number 3 - March 2016

    Features

    Make the right sounds with your turkey calls, and make them at the right times, and you’re on the way to tagging a gobbler this spring.

    Obsession is a good word to describe the allure of turkey hunting. Wild turkeys have innate characteristics that challenge hunters, pushing the boundary of their turkey hunting skillset to be consistently successful.

    By whatever name you know them, whiting are a tasty reminder that spring is on the way in North Carolina’s coastal waters.

    One of the finest-tasting panfish along the Cape Fear coast has to deal with a bit of an identity crisis, but it might be a good thing, as stocks of whiting, aka kingfish, sea mullet or Virginia mullet, are in good shape and not managed by any regulations. 

    There may be no better twin-killing for fishermen this month than striped bass and largemouth bass on Kerr Lake.

    Largemouth and striped bass feed together at one of North Carolina’s largest lakes during late winter and early spring, but few anglers know.

    As bass approach the spawn in South Carolina lakes and rivers this month, swimbaits become go-to baits for many anglers. Here’s why....

    Largemouth bass will be in various stages of the spawn across South Carolina this month, and no matter which stage they’re in, swimbaits are excellent lures for anglers to use. One of the keys to their effectiveness is their versatility and ability to imitate natural forage.

    Use easily available information to get a head start on catching Lake Wylie’s burgeoning population of blue catfish. It’s right at your fingertips.

    James Moore of Westminster, S.C., will readily admit that he doesn’t consider Lake Wylie as one of his home lakes, but every time he goes there, he does well catching blue catfish. One of the reasons he said he’s had better success than most is because the lake scouts well. 

    Use easily available information to get a head start on catching Lake Wylie’s burgeoning population of blue catfish. It’s right at your fingertips.

    James Moore of Westminster, S.C., will readily admit that he doesn’t consider Lake Wylie as one of his home lakes, but every time he goes there, he does well catching blue catfish. One of the reasons he said he’s had better success than most is because the lake scouts well. 

    When Jordan Lake’s bass head shallow, be waiting for them. These experts explain where.

    March madness is a different ailment for different people. For some, it’s a need for the heated rivalries between the college basketball teams they love and love to hate. For others, it’s the heating up of the shallow waters at B. Everett Jordan Lake south of the Raleigh-Durham area.  

    Tiny Nash County lake is loaded with outstanding population of white crappie.

    Just as anglers do in early spring, Tar River Reservoir suffers mood swings. One day, the water is clear. The next day, it rains, bringing muddy runoff surging down its feeder creeks. The brick-colored water can cause crappie fishing to crash. Then, the water clears again and the rising water temperature from those spring rains heats up the crappie bite.

    Here’s how to catch winter speckled trout in North Carolina’s coastal New River.

    Two oval-shaped bobbers bounced on the New River’s surface during the outflowing morning tide. Standing near the stern of Ricky Kellum’s boat, James Grimes of Mount Olive and his 11-year-old son, Conner, intensely watched the multi-colored floats, waiting for the rising sun to warm a beautiful coastal morning.

    Target prespawn crappie on Lake Hartwell as they move back in creeks from brush pile to brush pile.

    Working his way under a bridge and back into one of Lake Hartwell’s feeder creeks, Steve Pietrykowski had his attention divided between the depth finder on his pontoon boat and the water in front of him.

    Neashore structure will hold plenty of black sea bass during winter; learn how to bring home a big limit.

    Between January and the late spring, offshore anglers lose the chance to catch several of their favorite bottomfish due to federal closures. For anglers who don’t like to take a rest, plenty of rod-bending action is available within a short boat ride of the Myrtle Beach skyline. 

    The spring bass season is here, and there's plenty of action at Jordan and Kerr lakes. But there also is some coastal action available this month.