Leave fish to find fish…

When ever you leave fish to find fish the odds have a way of dropping out the bottom. This wasn’t the case late in the day on Falls Lake. After doing well on a white perch bite and taking a large crappie off the bottom, it started to slow down. So we moved. We headed…

Lake Mayo Chain Pickerel

The stripers haven’t cooperated on Kerr Lake so I have moved over to Lake Mayo for my Pickerel fix. While the bite hasn’t been all that great, watching the follow from underneath the boat has me wanting to explore it more and more. It is an exciting bite!

Falls Lake in the Fall

This is by far my favorite time on Falls Lake. The jet skis and the ski boats start to disappear and the lake becomes quiet again. In this time, we have learned where to look and what to look for. There is always a learning curve of where to find them and what they are…

Spring on the Neuse River

This is a great time of year to explore and anticipate the new fishing year to come. Here in Raleigh-Durham we are ready for the white bass to make their move. We found them yesterday in big groups but they were tight lipped. The water is still muddy but with the nice weather coming, we’ll…

Lower Roanoke

Largemouth Bass, Yellow Perch, and Gar Cashie River – Plymouth, NC

Sunday Service

White Crappie (Pomoxis Annularis) on a inline spinner Eno River – Durham, NC. Jim’s (@Jimfish74) bass on a black beetle spin. Flat River – Rougemont, NC.

Black Friday

  Black Friday meant a little something different for me. While searching for large Chain Pickerel in some new water, I was rewarded with these two pulls. The Mepps Spinner has been a go to on this lake and I am wearing them out. The future trips to this water have me looking forward to putting…

Cane Pole Fishing (revisited)

By Charles Upchurch photographs by Shawn Rocco I have a neighbor who sport-fishes all over the world. Hawaii, Costa Rica, the Atlantic Gulf Stream. Marlin, tuna, sailfish. I told him I was writing a piece on a guy here in Raleigh who is an aficionado of another kind: Huck Finn-style cane poles. Bass, perch and…

New Honey Hole

Adventures like these happen with the highest of expectations. In this case, we targeted Chain Pickerel (Esox Niger) and made a day of it. After a little research we headed to these waters and beat the doors down. We were rewarded with memorable fish and good times. I’m sure this is only the beginning of…

Falls Lake, Raleigh NC

  Falls Lake is a spectacular fishing opportunity in the Fall. Light tackle options are a fun solution to the dreary beginnings of Winter. Finding the panfish are done by putting in time on the lake. Scanning coves, drops, and rises on the lake bottom from sonar readings. Trying to learn their movements and schooling areas. Once…

Small Creeks

  Overlooked and passed over for many years I have found a new love for the summers. Small creeks surrounding Wake County have made up for days that I cannot travel away from home. While many flow with little water during the summer months, they hold a variety of species that invigorate the senses. While…