• January 2018 - Volume 25, Number 1


    Learn how baitfish and bass adjust to changing winter weather conditions, and you’ll be on the way to some great January stringers in the Carolinas.

    Anglers in the Carolinas battle a mixture of conditions throughout the year, from freezing winter temperatures to sweltering-hot summer dog days. While most states experience a steady seasonal climate, the Carolinas often experience  the yo-yo effect, where cool and warm days routinely bookmark each other during the winter. 

    A handful of Carolina lakes consistenly produce crappie during the colder months, and these experts present the particulars to filling your cooler.

    January may be cold in terms of weather and water temperatures, but many crappie fishermen expect to catch quality and quantity of crappies this month.

    Purists love dry-fly fishing for mountain trout, but nymphs catch more and larger fish in the colder months. For consistent catches, go deep with nymphs.

    A large, dark shadow was visible in a bathtub-sized pool. The pool downstream from where I stood had produced several average-sized rainbow trout for quick release. The shadow was in a tiny pool upstream in the middle of a turbulent riffle.

    Duck season may be on the wane, but January brings North Carolina hunters some of the best big-water action of the season.

    The last leg of the North Carolina’s duck season is here, promising what is likely the heaviest month of duck activity. Although many birds have already been schooled by barking shotguns, a savvy hunter can still bring them down, and there’s no better place to fill a limit with a variety of ducks than the Pamlico Sound and the southern Outer Banks.

    Don’t miss a chance to add to your waterfowling experience. Head off the beach for a limit of unpressured sea ducks.

    Most South Carolina waterfowl hunters cut their teeth chasing wood ducks in century-old cypress sloughs or maybe a gaggle of greenheads in acres of flooded grain, but available duck-hunting opportunities are now in high demand. Lease fees and land prices continue to rise, and premiere waterfowl grounds under public control are steadily becoming overcrowded.  

    Crow hunting is a great way to wing-shoot if you’re tired of ducks and doves. Here’s a primer for hunting these big, black birds.

    A lot of people ask me, “Why would anybody hunt crows?” I usually answer. “It’s fun.” Hunting crows is a great way to polish your wing-shooting skills for duck or dove season, and it is pure fun. 

    North Carolina hunters are trying to hold back the tied of a burgeoning coyote population.

    Some North Carolina hunters believe a mature whitetail buck is the most difficult game animal to hunt. Others think a wild turkey gobbler is a tougher challenge.

    Inshore winter fishing might seem difficult, uness you know the tricks veteran angles use to tempt them to bite.

    Pointing up a small channel to the light ripples in a patch of busy water, Mike Eady of Yak Fishing and Outdoor Guides cautioned the fishermen in his party to move slowly and carefully until they were in casting range of the disturbance. Eady said redfish were most likely the target, and while a bit sluggish in the cold, January water, they were on high alert in the shallow water and would spook easily.

    Crappie fishermen in the Carolinas have a handful of great lakes to fish in the winter,, and January remains a great time to target speckled trout and reds at the coast. Photos by Dan Kibler (crappie), David Brown (trout).