Crab meat on the dinner table provides big smiles to just about anyone fond of creatures from the sea. For die-hard anglers who target redfish, it’s no surprise that fresh crab is the kryptonite for duping a red of any size to eat.
Long Bay is a deep, scalloped bay in the coastline that runs from South Carolina’s Cape Romain up the coast to North Carolina’s Cape Fear, more than 100 miles, fed by several larger rivers and home to excellent inshore and nearshore fishing.
A question that most everyone asks Scott Hammond of Charleston, S.C., when they see him packing up his turkey hunting gear in the parking lot of the Haddrell’s Point tackle shop he manages is, “Where’s your shotgun?”
Sitting on a flat rock, tucked in against the base of a big gum tree on the slope down the end of a long ridge, the hunter heard exactly what he wanted to hear in response to his first calls as dawn broke.
During April, many North Carolina bass anglers’ favorite targets are farm ponds, city reservoirs or flood-control lakes.
But bass bonanzas within a few miles of anglers’ homes may be overlooked. Even better, they’re often unpressured and offer excellent action. Some of North Carolina’s best fishing is in rivers that drain the eastern half of the state, including the Roanoke, Neuse, Tar, Trent, White Oak, New, Cape Fear and Northeast Cape Fear.
Given the right circumstances, the exception can become the rule. Typically, the world-class catfishing on the Santee Cooper lakes, Marion and Moultrie, is a mid-depth to deep-water affair, especially for colossal-sized cats.
When most people think of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and its 57,000 acres deep in western North Carolina’s mountains, the tribal casino probably comes to mind. But if you are fisherman, you know the best bet on the reservation is the trout fishing.
April means plenty of soft-shelled crabs in the water, and that equals great fishing for redfish in the inshore waters of both Carolinas. Photo by Brian Carroll.