The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC

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  • Fall fishing gets hot as temps cool down

    Fall fishing is hard to beat in eastern North Carolina.  Anticipating colder temps and approaching severe winter weather, most fish go on somewhat of a fall eating frenzy.  They are packing on a little extra weight to get through the food-scarce winter months.  Sounds like a plan an overeater like me can understand and appreciate.

    September 7, 2012

  • Fishing and boating safety encouraged Labor Day weekend

    Labor Day weekend signals the end of summer for some folks.  Don’t try too hard out there on the water to have a good time.  Does that statement make any sense?

    September 5, 2012

  • DSC03081.jpg Spawning red drum is your opportunity to catch a big fish

    Red Drum season is late summer/early fall in eastern NC.  Like most fish they go by different names in different regions.  The official name is Sciaenops ocellatus, but who in the world can pronounce that?  Red Drum are called Channel Bass, Spottail Bass, Reds, Big Reds, Bull Reds, and Redfish. 

    August 24, 2012 1 Photo

  • Angler comments welcomed on reorganization of fisheries agencies

    Regular readers know that I have the utmost respect for those agencies that regulate and police recreational fishing in North Carolina.  These people do a fantastic job, and deserve your support and cooperation on many levels.  It is mandated that these fisheries management agencies study the prospect of reorganization, and the public is invited to comment and weigh-in on the subject.

    August 17, 2012

  • Fishermen.jpg Tarboro anglers fare well in King Mackerel tournament

    Congrats are in order for Tarboro’s Patrick Overstreet, Ray Whitehurst, and Beth Skipper for a strong 2nd place showing in the recent Raleigh Saltwater Sportfishing Club’s 28th King Mackerel Tournament in Morehead City. Howard Patton of Littleton, NC rounded out the winning crew of four.

    August 10, 2012 1 Photo

  • Fish still being caught in these dog days of summer

    Air and water temps are a little toasty, but serious, determined anglers are still catching fish.  Of course, early morning is the desirable time to go.  Best solution these hot days is to arrive early, catch your fish, and leave early.  By the time the day starts to heat up, and the fishing action slowing down, you should be home in your comfortable easy chair sipping a cool drink, and cranking up that a/c.

    August 3, 2012

  • Maryland-style blue crabs are a treat for the taste buds

    I love to eat Maryland-style steamed blue crabs.  If it’s true you are what you eat, then I am one big, overweight, crabby guy.
     Blue crabs, even though they are more green than blue, don’t stay blue long in my presence.  A hand full of Old Bay seasoning, a little quality time in my oversize pressure cooker, and they become an edible, beautiful hue of red.

    July 20, 2012

  • TASS Summer Trout Tournament a big success

    The 2012 TASS (Tarboro Association of Saltwater Sportsman) Summer Trout Tournament at Manns Harbor was a huge fish catching success. Timing must have been perfect because everyone caught Speckled Trout.  Not just a few, but a boatload!  Some boats caught over 100.

    July 13, 2012

  • Why not include fishing in your summer travel plans

    Whatever your travel plans this summer, try to include some fishing in the schedule of out-of-town activities. Remember, variety is the spice of life.  Plan ahead and take appropriate gear from home, depending on your closest body of water, and choice of angling.  Locals are your best source of fishing Intel and info.  Be polite, but ask specific questions, and hopefully they will give you the straight scoop.

    July 6, 2012

  • Hemingway.jpg Jennette’s Pier offers fishing, education, and family fun

    It’s vacation season, and I am sure many of you have plans to visit the Outer Banks (OBX) this summer.  Put Jennette’s Pier on that to-do list.  It is a wonderful fishing pier, and offers something for everyone in the family.  It is located at milepost 16.5 on Beach Road at Nags Head.  From June-September the pier is open 24/7.

    June 29, 2012 1 Photo

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