Ducks

Paddle up some public puddle ducks

One of the biggest problems with public duck hunting in the Carolinas is an overabundance of people who want to hunt and a limited amount of public water. Tales of getting to the best spots at 2 a.m. and sleeping in the boat until legal shooting light make the prospect of public duck hunting even less palatable. 

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Catfish

Pee Dee River catfish made for floating boats

The Pee Dee River stretches from the Uwharrie Mountains of North Carolina to the South Carolina coast. Along much of its route through North Carolina, the river system is dammed for hydroelectric power, however, after the flow exits Blewett Falls Reservoir northwest of Rockingham, N.C., the river maintains much of the character it had in the days when the Pee Dee tribe relied on it for its livelihood. 

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Fishing

Need a bigger boat? Nah, not this time

Once upon a time, burly men in large, powerful boats set out to see to do battle with large sea creatures: marlin, swordfish, sharks and the occasional Kraken. Nowadays, much of the macho bravado has passed, but anglers still appreciate the challenges of facing larger-than-normal fish from a smaller-than-normal boat. 

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Bass Fishing

April bass fishing is tough to beat

April is the top month for the bass spawn in both Carolinas, and there is nothing like setting the hook on a sho’nuff bucketmouth from a small plastic boat. The beauty of kayak bass fishing is that it’s hard to find a body of freshwater in either Carolinas that doesn’t hold bass. 

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