• Small Craft Advisory

    Paddlers can pile all kinds of stuff into their kayaks, but an emergency signalling device, food and water, and a knife are have-to-have items.

    The stuff we really need

    Survey kicks out three must-haves for outings
    October 27, 2015 at 9:00am
    In big water around bigger boats, paddlers need to follow the rules of the road and give way to other vessels. A big fish isn’t worth a big collision.

    Paddle, fish but be safe

    Kayaks, canoes must give ground on the water
    September 28, 2015 at 9:00am
    Working out the details for a multiple-day paddle, including camping arrangements, might be a highlight of the trip.

    The fun is in the planning

    Making an overnight paddling trip? Plan well
    August 27, 2015 at 9:00am
    After a dry-land  dry-run, most dogs can be comfortable companions in your paddlecraft.

    Paddling with Fido

    Pets can be great companions if prepared
    July 29, 2015 at 9:00am
    Although bass and bream are normally the top-drawer residents of most small bodies of water, crappie are often encountered.

    Small ponds are big deals

    Kayaks, canoes can offer ways to reach fish
    June 25, 2015 at 9:00am
    A standard milk crate can perform plenty of duties in a kayak.

    No hate for the old crate

    Milk crates can perform many tasks in kayaks
    May 28, 2015 at 9:00am
    Kayak-fishing organizations offer tournaments targeting a variety of species, including crappie.

    Who will beat Bill?

    Tournaments give paddlers a place to compete
    April 29, 2015 at 9:00am
    Mounting a camera near the kayak’s bow will allow for great grip-and-grin shots of a happy angler.

    Save your memories now

    Portable cameras can serve paddlers’ needs
    March 31, 2015 at 9:00am
    Crappie are a great target for winter trips on days when the weather cooperates.

    Paddle up a winter slab

    Kayaks are great vessels for February crappie
    February 26, 2015 at 9:00am
    Dress warmly and intelligently for a day on the water, paddling up a few winter fish.

    Take winter precautions

    Dress wisely for a paddle-fishing outing
    January 29, 2015 at 9:00am
    Paddleboards like the Flatstalker are excellent vessels for getting into hard-to-reach places during waterfowl seasons.

    Paddle up waterfowl

    Get off the beaten path one-man vessels
    December 30, 2014 at 9:00am
    A kayak owner prepares to install a hatch-style cat bag.

    Take paddling precautions

    Whistle, PFD, trolley anchor, dry bag are musts
    November 30, 2014 at 9:00am
    A number of rivers in North Carolina hold good populations of smallmouth bass, even some that aren’t in the mountains proper.

    Look to river smallmouth

    Dan, New and Yadkin all offer great fishing
    October 30, 2014 at 9:00am
    A flounder gigger slips along the edge of a marsh in a kayak, a near-perfect way to stick flatfish.

    Kayaks: great for gigging

    Paddle craft are a good platform for flounder
    September 29, 2014 at 9:00am

    The lure of the Roanoke

    Paddling/camping on the river can be a joy
    August 29, 2014 at 9:00am
    Guide Matt Frazier travels often from the Foothills to fish the shallows around Fort Fisher in his kayak.

    Call it the “kayak coast”

    Fort Fisher is among top paddling destinations
    July 31, 2014 at 9:00am