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cross the region, hybrid and striped bass are some of the most exciting gamefish in our reservoirs. Targeting them with flies can be difficult, but it has to be the most exciting way to catch them. Any article written about this subject better mention the name Henry Cowen. Having chased stripers on north Georgia’s Lake Lanier for more than 20 years, Cowen is a pioneer of the specialized techniques and tackle it takes. I fish middle-Georgia’s Lake Oconee, and much of what I do was learned from Cowen. There are differences between the two reservoirs, but I believe similar techniques, patterns and equipment can be adapted to catch stripers and hybrids on any lake. EQUIPMENT I like a 9-foot, 8-weight rod. Scott’s Meridian is my choice, but that model is being replaced by their similar Flex fast-action freshwater, which will probably do the job just as well. Stripers and hybrids pull hard, so you’ll need a decent reel. I use a Lamson Speedstar. It’s not too high end, but it does have a sealed conical drag. For line, I use RIO Intouch Outbound short intermediate most of the time. This allows me to fish both on the surface and below it without having to change spools. OPPORTUNITIES AND TACTICS Topwater: Fly fishing for stripers and hybrids when they are feeding on top is exhilarating. Imagine a school of fish knocking threadfin shad into the air. In some cases they’ll rise every 10 square feet for 30 or 40 feet around your boat. It’s amazing, but it requires specialized conditions. On Oconee, this occurs when water is pumping up from Wallace dam. When water temperatures are warm, it is a brief, first-light bite, but as the water cools it lasts longer. I cast a Cowen’s Somethin’ Else, a wiggle minnow, or a Pop-N-

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Forecast for LAKE HICKORY & RHODHISS By: Colt Bass Colt Bass Fishing Guide Service • (828)-381-3426

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ishing in October is basically the equivalent of that ice cold beer after cutting the lawn on a hot summer day. It’s refreshing, it’s WAY cooler and it’s just plain damn enjoyable. Fish are pretty much everywhere in October, from the top of the lake to the bottom of the lake. The water has cooled off and settled out. They’re not looking for cold water and they’re not looking for hot water, it’s just pretty much perfect. You’ll see fish in twenty-five to thirty feet and you’ll see fish on the surface. It doesn’t happen all the time, but in the morning I’m always looking for a “bust” – fish busting the surface on bait. That’s why I try to keep a casting rod with some kind of heavier spoon that I can throw a pretty good way. The Hopkins spoon is usually my go to for that. And again, “busting” doesn’t happen too often up here on our lakes, but if you can catch one of them busts, that’s a good way to put three, four, or five fish in the boat in a matter of minutes. If I know where fish are, I’m going to go ahead and start live baiting for them. There’s a new hatch of bait in the water this month. There’s a lot of small shad in the lake this time of year from the new hatch, and there’s a lot of big shad in lake, too, that’s grown up this year. I like to mix it up with those. I’ll put some three to four inch baits on and I’ll put some six to nine inch baits on. It’s just kind of an “anything goes” type of month, but on any particular day they may key in on one or the other. Not that both are going to work every day, you know, some days it’ll be the big baits and some the other. Just feel it out. I typically start out with down lines out in about the fourteen to twentyfive foot range. I’m going to have some planer boards out with baits from the surface down to the ten foot range. I’m going to have a free line out right dead behind the boat, just running the surface. He’s going run about however deep he wants to, no weight, just out there on the hook. I like to start off with those methods until I key in on something. It really will vary each day. More than likely, you’re going to see a pattern as the day goes on. Just throw the whole arsenal out there until you find that winner. And, really, there’s no wrong that you can do as far as starting out. It’s the Wild West in October. You’re still going to look for structure – as far as points, dips, sandbars, creek mouths, and just your typical stuff like that. That’s the kind of structure you’ll be starting in, as well as just finding the bait. That bait is looking to feed up and get fat. They’re looking to put it on before winter gets here. They’re going to eat this month and that’s a good thing. If I don’t get a bite in an area within about forty-five minutes, then I’m gone. Because there’s just that many fish and that many spots to fish this time of year. If you’re not getting bites or you’re not marking fish, pick her up and go on. There’s going to be fish on the next point, on the next underwater roadbed, on the next creek mouth, etc. Typically, they’re going to school up this time of year. If you find one, you’re going to usually find a bunch right there pretty tight with them. If I’m only marking one here and one there with my sonar, I’m going to start trolling bucktails and big jerk baits on lead core and down lines. That’s just plain and simple because I’m going to cover more ground that way. If they’re not schooled up, they’re roaming for something to school up on. Just like me and you, they’re pulling up and going to the next point looking for their spot. Within three or four spots, you’ll find the spot that you’ll end up stopping at and you’re going to start catching fish. And if you don’t… well, it’s probably just gonna be one of them days! Trial and error and be mobile, be ready to move. If you ain’t getting a bite, move – because they’re somewhere and they’re eating. 2 CHARLOTTE/PIEDMONT

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It’s Hip to be Square By: Michelle Armstrong Professional Angler

ere in the South, we usually have a very short Fall season. Htemperatures, Typically we go from blazing hot summer, to a week of cool then straight to cold.  And by cold, I mean you put the flip flops away and grab a sweatshirt.  

No matter where you fish in the country, the fish relate to their version of Fall the same way. They gear up for whatever the area they live in has in store for them. Whether it’s NC’s chilly 70 degree days, or Michigan’s 60 degree days, Bass have the same pattern of survival.  They need to “eat up” for the coming colder days.   Seasoned anglers will tell you, “Find the bait, and you’ll find the fish”.That’s easy in theory, but when you find the bait, what do you do? Well, you become the bait.  And by becoming the bait, not only do I mean, match the bait, but I mean act like the bait too. You can throw any lure in a ball of bait, or a feeding frenzy, but if it doesn’t act or look like a version of that particular bait, Mr. Bass is going to catch on.  He didn’t get to be 10 lbs by eating junk. An example is, you can certainly catch an “occasional” Bass by throwing a topwater bait or spinnerbait in to moving baitfish. Topwater will achieve the most reaction bites of these two baits, spinnerbaits will achieve some bites, but it is more difficult to keep it from running below the feeding Bass.    If you want the most bang for your buck, you “become” the bait. You can increase your catch number with a square bill crank bait. They are designed to run a little shallow which is perfect for Bass chasing bait. Remember,

where Mr Bass’ eyes sit on his face. If your bait is under him during feeding, he’ll never see it. You want to stay with a bait that stays in the strike zone longer without much effort on your part. With a few pauses, or twitches, you can mimic a wounded or dying baitfish to increase the chances of a bite.  Square Bills are also designed to deflect off of wood and rock making them even more ideal for Fall Bass. During the cooler mornings, before the bait gets really active, Bass are going to hang around these areas that hold heat, waiting to ambush whatever swims by. When a square bill deflects a stump or rock if there a is a fish nearby, he will most likely react.   My most used Square Bills are the Booyah Flex II or Norman Fatboy.  I stick with natural or sexy shad colors. I prefer to rig with 12-14lb test flourcarbon (depending on cover) on a Powell 6104 Inferno crankbait rod. If your rod is too stiff, you will pull the bait from the fish on the hookset.  A softer tip, allows the fish to get a good grip on the bait and the rod to absorb the hook set. A little softer rod also helps the bait deflect off of heavy cover but can absolutely land big fish. Happy Fall Y’all, now go catch fish.

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Forecast for Lake Norman By: Capt. Craig Price, Fish On! Guide Service PO Box 1623, Denver, NC 28037

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ctober - cooler days, cerulean blue skies, beautiful leaves, the 5th Annual Lake Norman Open, Halloween, & “bustin’ fish”! As water temperatures fall into the 70’s, local gamefishes become more aggressive as they begin to fatten up ahead of winter conditions. On Norman, that means increasingly frequent surface feeding activity by hybrid stripers, spotted bass, white perch, and any remaining stripers. Aka bustin’ fish. Long points and pockets in major creek mouths are likely places to find surface feeding at dawn or dusk. The area where Little, Beaver Dam & Mountain Creeks come together, and the confluence of Reeds and Davidson Creeks are areas that have numerous long points and are proven areas of activity. The long points and coves in No Man’s Land east of the island at Marker 10 can also be good. Above Hwy 150, the islands at Markers 20 and 21 plus the points and bays associated with the entrances to Rocky, Hicks, and Terrapin Creeks can be good. There are also numerous offshore humps along the river channel from Rocky to Terrapin Creek which attract bait and gamefish. This time of year, the fish are attacking smallish shad or herring from the summer’s hatches so just about any floating or shallow running lure that mimics this forage can be effective. Puppy spooks, topdogs, buzzbaits, Rapalas, redfins, spinner baits (willow leaf or inline), lead-head jigs with swim baits, bucktails, roadrunners, rattle traps – the options are many depending on what depth zone the fish prefer each day.

Of course, live bait is almost always effective, trolled lures too, if you can find room to fish them. Be courteous of other anglers that are already set up on active fish. Don’t run your boat into or over the feeding zone while the fish are up - even use your trolling motor and definitely not your big motor. Approach the action slowly and quietly. The cooling water temperatures also mean other predators like crappie and catfish will be moving into shallower water. For crappie, try minnows under floats fished around brush piles in decreasing depths as the month progresses. For cats, slow troll a mix of live and fresh cut baits on Carolina or Santee rigs in areas where you find concentrations of bait. Finally, after the full moon in October you can usually see large schools of bait moving into the creeks. When the bait is balled up good, multi-hook rigs like those made locally by Shane’s Baits can be deadly and lots of fun. Multiple hookups on a single cast are not uncommon. October’s the time to break out the cold weather gear and get out to enjoy some other year’s best weather, and don’t forget those bustin’ fish. Fish On!

It’s really frustrating to not get bites out of active fish so remember just because you can see them on the surface doesn’t mean that’s where you’ll get the most bites. I usually start with a walk the dog lure, but if I’m not getting strikes, I go to something that’ll run just under the surface. I also tend to go smaller and slower if the bite is tough. In other words, adjust size, depth, and your retrieve if the fish seem finicky. They generally go down quickly as the day brightens or due to fishing pressure, which is when the deeper running offerings come into play. The opposite is true at dusk. Look for bait and fish on your sonar in 20-35 ft. of water and work them all the way to the bank as daylight fades. I often find that bass feed 90 to 45 minutes before sunset, while the hybrids and stripers tend to feed best during the last 30-45 minutes of daylight. COASTALANGLERMAG.COM • THE ANGLERMAG.COM

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Forecast for LAKE WYLIE

By: Captain Phillip Rizzitello Rizz’s Outdoors 803-230-6309 ww.rizzsoutdoors.com Brought to you by:

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t’s that magic time of year again for sportsman: the weather’s starting to cool, the days are getting shorter and hunting season is in full swing. The water temps are cooling and the boat traffic is getting less and less. While our daytime tempuratures are still pretty brutal and have the fish shut down pretty well offshore, morining and evening bites are getting really good. In the shallows I’ve been seeing record number of catfish. While everyone loves big fish, the 1 to 3lb cats have been out more than I’ve seen in a long time. The big fellas can be found as well, just not in near the numbers. While catfish will eat pretty much anything, fresh cut bait such as shad or perch are preferred. Medium/heavy rod with a carolina style rig using a circle hook is my preferred rig. Top water bass is a lot of fun early morning and late evenings or under dock lights at night. Frogs, shad and minnow looking lures are all good options (I’m not brand or style loyal). Daytime stay off shore and look for humps and structure. You can find the bass roaming the shallows chasing bait morning, evenings and nights. As the temp rises, start moving towards deeper water. You can almost follow the fish on your electronics. Crappie are still scattered throughout the lake and can be caught long lining during the day with either a jig or minnow. Night time under lights with live bait is also an effective year round method. With temps cooling, they wont be holding as deep as summer temps. Play around with different depths until you find the sweet spot and stick with it. Minnows are prefered for numbers, jigs are prefered for fun. Carp are feeding in the shallows at night. Commons, Buffalo, Quil back, suckers and grassies are scattered through out the lake and are all feeding the banks and shallows at night. Be patient, it’ll be a waiting game but can pay off big as Wylie has some very big carp that can go over 50lbs. Patience and being quiet are your friend as the fish are skittish and are easily spooked. This is an exciting time of year and can yeild some of the biggest fish of the year. Get off the couch, take the family and enjoy all the great outdoors has to offer!

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Forecast for HIGH ROCK, BADIN, TUCKERTOWN By: John Martin,Owner and Operator of True South Custom Lures 704-577-8707 • www.truesouthcustomlures.com

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ctober on the Yadkin lakes can be a great time to catch bass but also be a little frustrating at times. As the Fall transition start, the bass really become baitfish oriented. With that being said, the fish will be on the move following baitfish so you need to be aware of the baitfish and how they move. There are times when the fish start pushing bait at the mouth of a creek in the morning and are completely in the back of that creek in the evening. So, concentrating on the major creeks on these lakes is a great place to start. Let’s look at several lures that are great for catching October bass. Topwater walking baits like a Zara Spook or Ima Little Stick 135 are great choices, and buzzbaits like a TrueSouth V-Twin Buzz can be very successful. If the fish are not biting on top or if it’s windy, a small 3 Blade Spinnerbait is a great choice as well as underspins, small cranks and swimbaits. For less aggressive bass and for times when the fish seem lethargic, a jig or a shakey head will get some keys bites. Pay close attention to the size of the baitfish the bass are eating. Sometimes they really zone in on that size and it’s tough to get bites on larger lures, especially if the water is clear. One great tip for finding larger bass is to try to get underneath the smaller schooling bass or back off to a little deeper water and

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The Life of a Legend Memorialized by: Michelle Armstrong

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oris’ life began August 14, 1955. Born unto Alice Gertrude and Benjamin Clinton Huddleston she was raised in Lindsay, Oklahoma.  Doris was the 10th and youngest child. She grew up in a simpler time. Her family land consisted of many fruit trees, a garden, they raised chickens and had cows for milk.  Her father instilled a love for fishing as he would take her to the creek when she was young.  After the passing of her father when she was 11, Doris helped her family earn an income picking cotton in local fields.   During high school, she played 3 on 3 women’s basketball for the Lindsay Cardinals.   At the age of 19 she found herself a single mother of two daughters, Bridgette and Tonya.  Over the next several years she worked two to three jobs to support her family alone.  She later met and eventually married Frank on November 7, 1977.  They made a move to Louisiana where Frank’s parents resided.  They had a home near his parents on their lakefront property.  From the banks of this property is where Doris introduced her daughters to fishing.   Doris opened a daycare and ran it for the next seven years, during which time they welcomed their son Charles.  After closing the daycare, she went to work for Toledo Tackle near Toledo Bend in Louisiana where she worked in the manufacturing aspect of the business pulling worms from the molds.  Once she moved to the “store side”, she quickly became the store manager.  

of the most prominent anglers in the industry. Often being the only competing female, she let no obstacle stop her. She fished many local trails as well as national trails including BFL, FLW, B.A.S.S, Women’s Bassmaster Tour, and Ladies Bass Angler Association where she placed first on Lake Hickory in the final tournament of her life.   Doris had a heart of gold.  She had a soft spot for underprivileged families and often “adopted” them. One particular example was an elderly couple, Doris and Claude.  She made sure they arrived to their doctor appointments and that they got groceries and medications. She was even with Doris as Claude passed away.   Doris was instrumental in teaching her daughters, son and grandchildren to fish. Her daughter Tonya and granddaughter Keslynn went on to fish several tournaments with her.   In addition, she was a mentor and idol to uncountable anglers both male and female. Unlike many anglers, she rarely sat on secrets, eager to share what would help someone be successful and catch more fish. It was these small details that set her apart from “the norm.”   Doris was a strong woman with a wonderfully positive outlook on life.    She takes with her a fountain of knowledge and compassion in her beautiful, selfless, heart and mind, but her legacy will live on. 

Later, an opportunity presented itself to Doris and she purchased her very own tackle shop on Toledo Bend at Lanan in Many, LA.  This is when she began to dabble in making and modifying baits to catch fish.  In the late 80’s, her mother, and last parent passed away.  In addition, the economy flopped forcing Doris and her husband to reevaluate the future for their family.  Some retirees that lived near them referred them to Charlotte, NC.  They visited and researched the economy in different states along the east coast, contacted different Chambers of Commerce, checked tax statistics and pulled together as many facts as possible.  They narrowed their choices down to Florida and NC. Due to the higher crime statistics in Florida, NC won.   On August 1, 1988 Doris’s tackle store was born in NC.  Savage Bass, named for the “savage” bass kept in the minnow tank, was located in Belmont, NC on the corner of Hwy 273 and Hwy 74.  In the early days before the store became successful, Doris also worked at the nearby Wendy’s to help support the family.    The store was eventually successful and in 1991 when many of the small businesses were being forced out by larger corporations buying the land, they relocated.   She moved to Denver NC in 1991 and opened Tackle Town on Hwy 16.  The decision was based on being close to Lake Norman and convenient to fishermen.  In addition to Tackle Town, from the same building, she ran a gas station and a U-haul facility.   In 1999, she and her husband built their home and relocated Tackle Town to the same property in Maiden NC.   Doris was known for her expertise in customizing and building her own lures.  Some of the best known were her light wire spinnerbaits, light wire six blade bait, clacker buzz baits, and her shake rattle & jig spoon, just to name a few.  Her baits were sought after by some of the biggest names among professional anglers and amateurs as well. Doris was a self-made business owner with no college degree.  Her determination made her a force to be reckoned with. She carried this same determination to the world of competitive fishing.  She fished against some 12 CHARLOTTE/PIEDMONT

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Forecast for LAKE WATEREE By: Cory Davis Instagram: Carolinafishin3

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ake Wateree will come alive this time of year. The bait fish will start to become more concentrated, leading to more schooling activity, while the temperatures begin to drop into a more desirable zone for both the fish and the fishermen. There are two golden hours for bass fishing. Early mornings and late afternoons when the sun is rising or falling, this will be the best time to get on the fish. Although, bass can be caught anywhere this time of year, the cooler temperatures will bring some back up into the back of creeks. Some bass may be cycling through deep creek channels and shallow feeding zones, or could be found schooled up chasing baitfish. No matter where they are located, baitfish imitations will be the go to. Top water lures with a “walk the dog” action can be productive in the morning. Spinnerbaits, Jerkbaits, and Crankbaits will all be in play this time of year depending on the structure being fished. Soft plastics will work all day long and are good to have ready for a backup presentation in case of short strikes on a fast moving lure.

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Starting to See This Life Thing From a Birds View By: Vinny “Commish” Ferreri Founder and Commissioner of Queen City Kayak Bass Fishing LLC

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get asked this question more than any other fishing question, “what made you start QCKBF”? Well, the answer is easy. Someone needed help and I wanted to provide that help. Let’s rewind to where my personal story and QCKBF started. I was a member of a small fishing club here in Charlotte. I was brand new in the sport and did not have a clue what I was doing. I had a group of people that I fished with and hung out with. They helped me learn how to catch fish and participate in tournaments. We had a Facebook page where we all planned events, gave local reports and things like that. I also had a group of friends that I played flag football with, watched NFL with and hung out with off the water. This is where these groups merged and QC was born.

and on our Facebook page. If you can’t make it in October, we have a few open events in November that may work for you. We have an open event on November 2nd. The lake is TBD as it will be a random draw. We also have an open “rookie” event on November 3rd on Lake Wylie. If you are new to the sport, this is the event for you. Only $20 and only anglers who have fished less than three trail events with the club are allowed. Come join us for some on the water fun! -Commish

One of my friend’s sisters was diagnosed with breast cancer at a young age, early twenties I believe. They were asking for donations, trying to raise money for the medical bills. I told my wife, “We have to give more than the $50 they are asking. Let me see what I can do”. I sat down and put some plans together for a charity event called “Fishing for Boobs”. I had a logo created, prizes donated, and we held a charity event for her. 100% of the entry fees were donated. We raised about $500. After the event, I sat down with my wife and said “That was awesome. Nineteen people, some of which I had never even met, came out and fished today for a person they’d never even heard of”. I said, “This city is ready for something like this. I can feel it”. I went home, put some plans together and rolled out Queen City Kayak Bass Fishing a few months later. I had goals of big events, big prizes, big payouts, but always to stay a friendly, welcoming environment, while having the competitive aspect as well. I knew I wanted to help the great city we live in, the people who live in it, and the people who make a living in it. To this day, five years later, we run at least one, sometimes more, charity events a year. We support local businesses by collaborating with small local companies offering fair advertising prices and sponsorship opportunities. We have held two “Fishing for Boobs” events. The second one raised over $3,500. We held a pancreatic cancer event for a member who passed in the club, bringing in over $1,000. We held an event for a long time sponsor and friend that was involved in a near death car accident and we raised over $1,200 for him, along with another $1,500 for a sponsor who had a stroke and was in the hospital for a few weeks. Last season we had the largest charity event ever. We raised over $13,000 for the #JacksonStrong cause, benefitting a young man who was a part of QCKBF and was in a life changing car accident. We as a club are more than just a high paying, big entry-fishing club. QCKBF is a family. Last month was our most recent charity event. We are blessed to be a part of the Emerald School of Excellence. This is the first recovery high school in the Southeast. We held an event benefiting this school for the second year in a row. We call it the Kiddie Rod event. It brings a month where we can leave the thousands of dollars in rods and reels at home and fish with $6 Kiddie push button rods. At this event we had 38 anglers come out, fish, and donate. We raised $1,580. The big news was at the weigh in - the Emerald School held its ribbon cutting ceremony and is officially open as a North Carolina High School. You can find more info on the Emerald school at https://emeraldschool.org/. I plan to keep Queen City Kayak Bass Fishing exactly what it is today. A place where the brand new angler can come compete for a fair priced entry fee, for one of the largest payouts you can find. A place where the most competitive angler can come and compete against some of the best anglers the Carolinas has to offer. A place where we help those that helps us. A place that is about supporting our city and the people in it. A place where the anglers help build their trail. A place where opinions are valued. This QCKBF thing has been a fun ride for the past five seasons. I don’t plan on stopping now. QCKBF has just taken a step forward and become an official LLC. This will open many doors for the growth of the club and I am looking forward to the end of the 2019 season along with the start of the 2020 season. If you would like to join us at any time, we are an open club. No dues are required to fish. All dues are optional. Our next event is at Lake Wylie on October 19th. The weather will be cooling down, and the fishing will be heating up. Bring your $50 and come take a shot at the $1,000 guaranteed first place prize. More info can be found at qckayakbassfishing.com,

Remaining 2019 Event Schedule October 19th - Lake Wylie November 2nd – Open Event. Random Draw November 2nd – Fish Off. Random Non QC Lake – Qualify Only November 3rd – “Rookie” Open Event November 9th – CHAMPIONSHIP – Qualify Only

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What’s Going On?

ave you seen the new Hobie Pro Angler 360? A pedal drive kayak that gives you 360 degree range of motion. Allowing you to control the kayak forward, backwards and side to side. It will be available soon and will cost approximately $5000. It will be available in two color options and two sizes, 12 and 14ft. It will also include the new Kick Up fins from Hobie. The 14 ft will weigh 148lbs fully rigged, and be 38 inches wide, with a capacity of 600lbs. Go check them out at your local Hobie dealer.

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ate summer and early fall is an exciting time in the kayak world. Companies come out with new kayaks, new features, new options, and new color schemes. New companies pop up, trying to make a splash in the game. Native Watercraft just released its brand new Slayer Max 12.5. A revamped, upgraded Slayer, their bestselling propel kayak ever. This kayak is going to be a hit. At 12.5 feet long and 34 inches wide, it is going to be faster and more stable than the original slayer 13.5. It will also offer features such as High/ Low seating, tackle box storage, dry storage, electronic panel ready, gear tracks, new bow hatch design allowing you to stand on it, recessed transducer mount and an upgraded 701 propel drive. The new drive will come with a weed guard, upgraded pedals, and better crank arms. Plan to see this kayak hit the market in early fall 2019. It will retail at $2599. Rusty Hooks Bait and Tackle in Lake Wylie SC is having a pre order.

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The Golden Season By: Ryan Wilson

Owner and Operator of Madison River Fly Fishing Outfitters

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verything good happens in the fall and fall hits us all at once. Every man is entitled to his opinion and I won’t normally begrudge a person for an honest disagreement, but there is no counterargument: Fall in the South is the best and there isn’t even a close second. For Carolina sportsmen, this is the time of year that is still so full of promise and opportunity. We’re about to be rewarded for tolerating the humid doldrums of summer, as all of our natural systems start clicking at once. The lakes are cooling down and the bass are starting to aggressively chase bait. The deer can feel winter on the horizon and are starting to move and fatten up. Ducks that have spent the warmer months nesting up north are starting to trickle down the flyway, following the Ontario tagged minivans. And of course fly fishermen are well acquainted with the cool, rich rivers that are now loaded with the trout that we’ll be chasing for the next eight months.

your fishing career. No matter your experience level, a guide will have a different perspective and a trick or two that you haven’t seen before. Although the fee usually isn’t cheap, the value on the time and experience will be well worth it. After all, there’s just so much to do this time of year, if you’re going to spend the time fishing make the most of it.

Ryan Wilson is the Owner and Operator of Madison River Fly Fishing Outfitters in Cornelius, NC. If you’d like help making the most of your time on the water, please contact him at madisonriverflyfishing@gmail.com or call at (704) 8963676. Check us out on Facebook: Madison River Fly Fishing Outfitters or on the Web: www.carolinaflyfishing.com

Although spring is generally considered the season of renewal, fall is truly the beginning for outdoorsmen. There is something special about the opening of the season. Our skills and gear might be a little bit rusty, but our enthusiasm and optimism is dialed in. We haven’t yet had to face the inevitable rainouts, skunk days and missed opportunities that will certainly bring our fantasy season into the realm of reality. Last year is when I shot over that 8 pointer and broke the 22in brown off at the net. This is the year that fish ends up in a picture and the buck goes on the wall. The autumn bounty can be as overwhelming as it is fleeting. Even setting aside the everyday draws on one’s time, like work and family, between hunting, fishing and college football, there’s just no way for a person to keep up with everything the season has to offer. To make the most out these special weeks, an outdoorsman needs to plan and use his time well. Just as you wouldn’t sleep through the golden hour in a duck blind, you shouldn’t be haphazard about how you approach your limited time during this golden season. Fly fishermen should spend time making sure your gear is in good working condition and you have what you need. Saturday on the stream is no time to find out you stored your fly box wet and all of your hooks have rusted up. Stop by your local shop and have a professional take a look and run some basic maintenance on your gear. If you really want to get the most out of your fishing time, consider hiring a guide for the day. A guide will not only help give you the best opportunity for success, but will teach you some new skills that you can carry with you throughout 18 CHARLOTTE/PIEDMONT

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Saluda & Congaree River Striper, South Carolina Each spring, South Carolina striped bass go on the move. From the Santee-Cooper Lakes between Columbia and Charleston, fish run some 60 miles up the Congaree and arrive in Columbia to spawn in April. By early May they push into the lower Saluda, where they spend the summer in the cold-water refuge of a 10-mile stretch of tailwater. Jake Howard, of Saluda Valley Guides, tapes his thumbs during the June through August heart of the striper season because they become raw from lipping fish. He told of huge numbers of stripers and said 60-fish days are possible for anglers who can lay out line with a 10-weight rod and 350-grain sinking lines. The standard fish weighs 4 to 8 pounds, but 20-, 30- and even 50-pounders are caught each season. Catawba Chain Carp, North Carolina More than 15 years ago, Capt. Paul Rose left the Texas coast with his flats skiff in tow. He settled in the North Carolina Piedmont, far from the salt marshes he loves. But he found a new passion in the clear Catawba River lakes between Asheville and Charlotte, N.C. In the shallows, he watched carp tailing like redfish. The fishing style that arose is a lot like sight casting to bonefish. Rose poles anglers over clear-water flats, searching for pods of carp rooting and feeding. Many clients hire Rose to practice before a trip to the Bahamas. They return because carp are so much fun. Fish from 3 pounds up to 20 pounds call for a 6- or 7-weight rod. The peak season on impoundments like Lake Norman and Lake James runs from May through September. Nick Carter is the author of “Flyfisher’s Guide to North Carolina & Georgia.” It is available on Amazon.com, and autographed copies are available by emailing the author at nsc8957@gmail.com. COASTALANGLERMAG.COM • THEANGLERMAG.COM

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He’ll typically kick the morning off with redfish encounters in depths of 2 feet or less. As the sun grows stronger, he’ll probe docks and structure looking for summer flounder before finishing off with feisty seatrout in feeder creeks. “I’m thinking this season will be a special one if we don’t get smacked by any major storms,” said Collins. “There’s tons of bait around already, and it’s been a long time since I’ve seen as many mullet as we have this year. Crabs and small menhaden are abundant, too. Plus we have tons of shrimp; everything loves shrimp.” By Tom Schlichter Collins targets early morning reds around oyster bars, oyster reefs and oyster rocks in water that is generally hip-deep or less. He’ll work shoal areas and Seatrout: Dale Collins puts a fare even dig into the grass on White Oak Sound, White Oak River and the area on a pretty Oak River area sea trout. Photo courtesy of Do or Die surrounding Swansboro with a 7-foot, 6- to 10-pound class Star Seagis rod. His Charters, Swansboro, N.C. lure of choice for the reds is a Skitter Walk SW11 in a golden mullet pattern that always seems to bring surface thrills. Backing off the edges and working near docks and structure, he’ll switch to a ¾-ounce white Spro bucktail tipped with a 4-inch Berkley Gulp! pearl-white shrimp for the flatties. “For the reds,” disclosed Collins, “I keep a second rod rigged with a Z-Man soft plastic or Gulp! Jerk Shad impaled on a weedless screw-style hook. If a redfish blows up on the topwater but misses, I immediately send the soft plastic his way. He’ll slam that as soon as it starts to sink.” For flounder, Collins hops his bucktail about a foot at a time, but it’s vital you actually feel it strike bottom on the drop. “Most hits come as the lure falls, and if you don’t feel it hit bottom it’s probably in a fish’s mouth,” he said. “Strike immediately, because those flounder spit a lure out quickly once they realize it’s a fake.” As for the specks, Collins recommends getting on them as soon as possible. “You’ll find the biggest fish arrive first,” he said. Throw a Mirrolure MR 17 or ou’ve got to love fall’s promise here in North Carolina,” said Capt. Dale 18, or try my personal favorite: a Zoom Golden Bream on a 1/16-ounce jighead. Collins, of Fish or Die Charters (www.fishordiecharters; 252-422- Man can that lure catch some fish! Just work it slow and allow time for it to get 4236) in Swansboro, North Carolina. “The water temperatures are down deep. If you think you are fishing slowly enough, slow down a little more.” starting to cool and there’s plenty of red drum, flounder and big seatrout in our bays and creeks. Indeed, it’s my favorite time of year to fish around here.” If you’d like to fish the Swansboro area on your own, Collins suggests Collins should know. He’s built a reputation putting fares on big fish in launching from Cedar Point Wildlife Ramp near Dudley’s Marina (https:// skinny water in this area west of Morehead City and separated from Pamlico www.dudleysmarinanc.com; 252-393-2204) in Swansboro. For overnight accommodations Best Western Plus (252-393-9015) is right near the launch. Sound on the southern side of Cape Lookout.

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SIGHT CASTING TO LOUISIANA’S BIG BULL REDS ON THE FLY

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t’s no secret that the Louisiana coast is an inshore angler’s dream. A seemingly endless tangle of interconnected waterways, with big salt lakes, canals, grass, oysters and mud flats make the bayous south of New Orleans the No. 1 destination in the world for redfish. Places like Grand Isle, Cocodrie, Venice, Delacroix and Hopedale are the destinations for redfish anglers seeking out some of the best fishing on the planet. The region is filthy with reds, and targeting big bulls with a fly rod is the ultimate thrill. Angler Michael Booth Jr. and his buddies, many who are local captains, have made a practice of sight fishing these monsters. Instead of working the grass to find individual bulls or pods of slotsized redfish, they move out deeper on the big lakes in search of

schools of big bulls, which usually hunt in the 3- to 4-foot depths 100 to 200 yards off the grass. “The weather has to be good for a couple weeks beforehand for the water to be clean enough to see them,” said Booth “When we go out looking for schools of big fish, we start about 20 yards out and pole that line until we figure out where the reds are holding that day. Then they’ll usually all be in that same area.” On certain special days, when a strong northeast wind and a low tide suck the water out of the marsh around Hopedale, those 4-foot depths become 2 feet and spotting fish is easy. “Those big bulls will all be belly crawling with their backs out of the water,” said Booth. But normally, finding fish means looking for the telltale dark triangles of tails and fins or fish pushing water as they chase bait and root for crabs. Booth said a good pair of green-mirror glasses with amber lenses makes it easier to distinguish the shadows and colors of a big redfish in tannic-stained water. Once you find them, tempting them to eat a fly is a matter of trial and error to find the fly and retrieve they want on a given day. Booth prefers fishing on top, and a size 2 Surface Seducer Double Barrel popper is the hot bait at the moment. Booth likes purple, gold, chartreuse, black and combinations of those colors. Sometimes, when the fish aren’t feeding as actively, Booth said he’s forced to fish something that sinks. A size 2 shrimp pattern with extra large dumbbell eyes becomes the bait of choice. Again, purple and chartreuse work well, as do more natural tan or olive patterns. A 10-weight rod, floating line and a 50-40-30 leader with 12 to 18 inches of 16- to 20-pound tippet are in order. Booth said he’s seen days that brought 10 fish over 20 pounds to the rail and others when a single 40-pound red was reason for rejoicing. “Any day you’re able to catch a 20-plus-pound bull red on a fly is pretty awesome,” he said.

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Coastal Angler Magazine and our interior (freshwater) publication, The Angler Magazine, are monthly editions dedicated to fishing, boating,...

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