Jason Dew (bow) and Randall Soles catch two largemouth bass at Sutton Lake.
Bass Fishing

Sutton Lake’s roller-coaster bass bite

After Hurricane Florence breached the dike at Sutton Lake last fall, the Cape Fear River entered the lake and the power plant shut down temporarily. Will 2019 be a good year or bad year for the lake’s bass? Only time will tell. […]

Flounder

It’s an all-night gig

It is not often that a recreational trip to procure fish begins well after dark. However, guide Allen Jernigan met a friend, Tony Rhodes, at a ramp in Sneads Ferry, N.C., at 9:30 p.m. […]

Hunting

Holly Shelter Game Land has changed

On opening day of deer season in 2017, Steve Biszmaier, a 53-year-old heating and air conditioning parts salesman from Wilmington, N.C., was hunting at Holly Shelter Game Land in Pender County as he has for 30 years. […]

Mackerel

Heave heavy metal for harder hits

If angler Russ Luhm spots Spanish mackerel schooling at the surface or sees them on his depthfinder as he works a school with deep-diving lures, he’ll fling a Stingsilver or other heavy metal spoon at them.  […]

Features

Speed kings – Keep SE NC mackerel on the run

Sure, most anglers who land king mackerel big enough to win tournaments use live menhaden or mullet as bait, but the typical weekend warriors can make fishing more fun by concentrating on efficiency and, who knows,  still might catch a citation king or Spanish mackerel. All that is necessary is switching to lures and frozen squid. […]