I have been out numerous times on the deep river and the bass and pickerel bit is hot! We have had the best luck in the deeper parts of the river with dual blade spinners. Willow blade work the best but they will hit just about anything. Cast in areas where there are steep drops and reel upstream. This causes the bass and pickerel to think it is an easier meal. Be ready, even though it is winter, they will still hit hard! Just wanted to see if anyone else in central NC is having any luck on the rivers this time of year. If so post some pics! Lets see whats been biting.