The river water was clear and flowing smoothly. The paddle downstream was easy. The sandy bottom, highlighted with dark rocks, provided the perfect backdrop to spot the silhouettes of the fish swimming in the breaks.
North Carolina’s coastal waters provide a perfect kayak and canoe angling environment, if you know where to go. With the barrier islands, the Intracoastal Waterway and hundreds of feeder creeks, rivers, inlets, and backwaters, getting the plastic and fiberglass hulls salty should not be an issue.
Everyone who has ever put a line in the water understands the best places to fish are not always in huge lakes and rivers. In fact, most of us likely had our best early success on farm ponds and small lakes. We also know the shoreline is not always accessible on the small bodies of water.
Late-season gobblers can drive a hunter insane. They become wary of the same old calls from the same old spots in the same old fields. Though they may still roost in the same areas, they may avoid feeding grounds that have had constant and consistent hunting pressure in prior weeks.
Over the past few years, paddle sports have invaded the outdoors world, with no signs of slowing. In particular, fishing from kayaks has grown exponentially as people realize convenience, cost and accessibility can be found in an otherwise expensive hobby. No longer needed are motors with a hefty price tag that require maintenance, nor licensing fees for both vessel and trailer — not even a truck that can costs as much as a starter home to hit the waters and find big fish.