I know people are killing deer, esp. bec. of the calls I get each day. ML season is about to end in the East Zone and GUN SEASON starts TOMORROW (Oct. 18).
Look at the LEFT SIDE of the NCS home page for the Bag-A-Buck 11 icon, clik on it and enter the contest. As always, we have GREAT PRIZES for each monthly winner and everybody who enters gets a chance at the GRAND PRIZE, a two-day deer hunt in the PIEDMONT TROPHY REGION with Polecat Creek Outfitters. THIS IS FREE and you're passing up a great chance at lotsa hunting goodies, plus that hunt in trophy territory.
I had been watching this buck all summer in Rockingham County via trail camera my girlfriend had given me for my birthday on Oct. 2.
He finally appeared about 10 minutes before last light.
I made a 20-yd shot but could not find the arrow or blood so I waited till the next morning and found blood and the arrow. He had run about 75 yds.
It was so awesome everything came together.
I moved up here last year from the coast, so this was my first year hunting the giants of Rockingham County.
If you want to catch big numbers of really big trout, you need to head to Morehead City and Atlantic Beach now through November.
I recently went, with some other magazine employees, on a half-day trip with guide Brian Harrington of DownEast Guide Service (252-671-3474) to a creek north of Beaufort and we literally slayed the big specks, averaging probably 3 pounds with the biggest 7 pounds. We caught 20 or more and lost twice that many, including at least 5 that nearly jerked the rods out of our hands and probably would have matched or surpassed the 7-pounder.
Harrington used Hank Brown jig heads with live shrimp he caught early that morning. So if you can throw a cast net and can find where the shrimp are, you can do this deal on your own.
We were in Core Creek. Look for shoreline rock or wood, drift with the tide and cast toward the shore, letting the jig and shrimp bounce on the bottom. It's almost like Carolina-rig bass fishing while drifting. Best action occurs when the tide's moving south. Best spots are where there's a sharp drop-off 10 to 15 feet off the shoreline. The trout hang out at the drop offs. Also fish the edges of the current line if you anchor at a hot spot. Avoid fishing slack water behind structure that breaks up the current -- you'll get your baits eaten up by pinfish.
Harrington said when the water drops below 60 degrees on down to below freezing, he forgets shrimp (they're not around then anyway) and uses artificial lures, with his favorite a tiny (1 1/2-inch long) 1 MCHBL MirrOlure with a blue back and chartreuse bottom.
He caught his biggest speck, a 10-3, using that tiny lure.
N.C. boaters who trailer large boats need to e-mail the governors office if you dont want to pay extra fines and fees in the future, just for hauling your boat to the coast or lake.
N.C. House Bill 2167 was passed and sent to Governor Mike Easley, and Senate Bill 1695, a companion bill, also recently was passed and sent to the governor.
Easley apparently doesnt understand the importance of the bills, mainly because a rider was attached to allow extra-long 18-wheeler trailers (up to 53 feet) to be legally be towed on N.C. roads. The governor has said he will veto the bills.
These are two separate items and dont need to be linked.
Rules have been in place for decades that restrict boaters from trailering their boats at night, without permits, without special drivers licenses, red flats on poles, etc., but until recently, they weren't enforced against recreational boaters.
Last year the N.C. Highway Patrol began to enforce the rules and hundreds of boaters received $500-plus fines for trailering their boats on N.C. highways. The public outcry has been enormous and state representatives have taken heed.
On July 15 the Senate passed its boat-trailering bill with only two votes against. However Easley said he still plans to veto the bill, even with an amendment passed by the Senate. The Senate hoped to avoid his veto by reducing the maximum-width limit to 114 inches for 24/7 towing and not allow night towing with widths greater than 114 inches and up to 120 inches. Also, no permit would be required to tow a boat.
Its important the governor hear from as many boaters as possible requesting he not veto the bill. He may be unaware of how strongly the public feels about this issue, how strongly the legislature supported the publics interest, and how important it is to the fishing/boating/tourism industries in this state.
E-mail your requests to not veto the boat-trailering bills to Governor.firstname.lastname@example.org.
To sportsmen/sportswomen of NC Sportsman's web site:
We're adding an extra service to the Fishing Reports web site with up-to-date, as-much-as-possible real time fishing reports from lakes, rivers and streams across the state and from all sections of the coast.
We want our sportsmen and sportswomen to be able to look at our web site and get accurate information about the bite that's going at that moment. That way you will have more information about whether or not to make a trip to a selected destination and what kind of fish you can expect to catch.
Leonard Nuchols of Buxton is our Outer Banks reporter and sent the image of a tarpon with this report. Angler Dan Heinrich caught the 54-inch-long fish at Cape Point, June 18, 2007. Bet you didn't know you could catch tarpon in the surf at Cape Point, did you?
Anyway, the staff at Sportsman Magazine is doing it's best to provide more services to our readers and this is our latest one.
Tight lines to all,