• January 2017 - Volume 24, Number 1


    There’s something for almost every angler, saltwater or freshwater, in this review of new fishing-boat models.

    Editor’s note: This is the first in a two-part Sportsman Boat Showcase. Next month, top aluminum boats will be featured.

    Fishing boats are different animals to different fishermen. The same boat won’t work across the spectrum of lakes, inland rivers, coastal rivers, coastal backwaters, the inshore ocean or gulf and the offshore bluewater.

    Jordan Lake’s winter fishery for black crappie is unmatched; here’s how to take advantage of great numbers and big fish.

    Crappie fishermen who live in North Carolina are too far from Lake Grenada, Miss., or Reelfoot Lake in western Tennessee to regularly visit those hot spots.

    But they do have Jordan Lake —and it doesn’t make much difference when you visit this 14,000-acre impoundment of the Haw River and New Hope Creek. It is, by most accounts North Carolina’s best fishery for black crappie in terms of size and numbers of fish.

    Find feeding, resting areas and enjoy some late-season hunting for resident Canada geese across the Carolinas.

    Just as the sun was starting to climb above the horizon, we drove through the countryside looking for Canada geese. The season was opening in a couple of days, and we were out scouting for places to hunt. 

    The unmatched trophy striped bass fishery on Lake Russell comes alive this month as winter brings out the best in huge fish.

    There’s a time and place for everything, things to think about for just about any endeavor, including the search for trophy fish. For anglers looking to target trophy striped bass, the time is now, and the place is most certainly South Carolina’s Lake Richard Russell.

    The breakers off barrier islands south of Swansboro, N.C., are full of redfish this month. Here’s how to find them and catch them.

    Guide Dale Collins and anglers Rocky Carter of Swansboro, N.C., and John Moon of Graham, N.C., were casting 3-inch mullet chunks on Carolina rigs toward the churning surf. Within seconds, each angler was hooked up with an over-slot red drum that made rods bend and drags squeal. After battles that often took 10 minutes each, they released dozens of these broad-shouldered bronze fish.

    The Mount Pleasant Pier is ground zero or some great winter sheepshead action. Check out the details here.

    South Carolina fishermen can find plenty of cold-weather sheepshead action off the Mount Pleasant Pier, including good numbers and hefty sizes — if you know how to catch them and don’t mind cold weather.

    A plan for year-round wildlife-habitat improvement begins with which food plots to plant and when. Here are some ideas to help you get started.

    Deer hunting is one of the most-popular forms of outdoor recreation; its roots run deep in the Carolinas. Through modern technology and the availability of information — much through the social-media explosion — deer hunters are carrying out a new vision that is enhancing the herd. 

    Cold weather brings out the best in Lake Wylie’s frying-pan favorites: crappie and white perch. Here’s how to pick up the filets for that fish fry.

    Santa Claus didn’t plan to pay a personal visit to every crappie fisherman in North Carolina and South Carolina at Christmas, but they still got a really nice present: Lake Wylie.

    It isn't spring yet, but crappie fishing will be on fire at Lake Wylie and Jordan Lake this month. Also, don't pass up the chance to catch trophy stripers at South Carolina's Lake Richard Russell.