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Fishing North CarolinaMike Marsh's latest book, Fishing North Carolina, was released February 14, 2011 and the book is now available for sale on this website. Mike is extremely proud of this latest offering and considers it some of his best work to date.

Mike has been touring the state attending more than a dozen book signings and other events, as well as giving radio and television interviews.

Fishing North Carolina covers 100 lakes, rivers, streams, park millponds, watershed lakes, sounds, fishing piers and beaches in a way only Mike can do. No other book has been, or will ever be written, that covers the fantastic fishing available all across the state in so much detail. [Read more]

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Mike MarshMike Marsh is one of the most prolific, widely read and highly respected outdoor writers in the nation. Most of his stories and photography are based on his adventures in the Southeast, especially North Carolina, South Carolina and Louisiana. He has written thousands of magazine and newspaper articles and sold thousands of photographs to “hook and bullet” print and online media. In a typical year, Mike produces 400 to 500 published articles and 600 to 850 published images.
Super Sharp Knife Makes Cleaning Crappie Easy PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mike Marsh   
Monday, 23 March 2015 15:18

The Havalon Baracuta is a super-sharp knife that makes filleting small fish like crappie an easy chore. Its replaceable surgical steel blades are so sharp, anglers should wear a Berkley Kevlar fish cleaning glove to protect their hands.One of my favorite places to catch crappie is Tar River Reservoir, which is located near Rocky Mount and provides water for the city. The 1850-acre lake produced two state-record crappie within a few weeks of one another several years ago and has therefore been on my spring fishing circuit ever since.

I headed to the reservoir with Capt. Butch Foster, who operates Yeah Right Charters (910-845-2004) in Southport. He had recently been fishing at High Rock Lake, where he still has a second home. Before he became a saltwater inshore and offshore captain Foster fished for crappie and other freshwater fish and is a crappie fanatic.

The fishing had been off so far this year because of the lingering after-effects of February's cold, rainy, icy weather. So, I held off on calling Butch until a brief respite from all of the precipitation came. Still, when we arrived, we launched my trusty Alumacraft 16-footer into water that was less than ideal because the visibility was about 18 inches. Most of the lake was the color of brick, but a clearing effect was occurring in the Saponi Creek branch, so we decided to try our luck in that area.

I had 10 dozen small minnows swimming in a foam ice chest to keep them cool and alive. Recent trips to other waters had shown the water was still chilly enough that minnows were the ticket. Crappie begin striking jigs as the water warms, but seldom turn down live minnows if they are presented at nose length even for anglers who are ice fishing.

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Springer Spaniel Fan Seeks Higher Profile for Smaller Sporting Breeds

Jim Keller speaks with Mike Marsh about training flushing spaniels after a hunt with Scratch, the 2014 AKC National Champion Springer Spaniel. Spaniels are great pets as well as easily trained and enthusiastic hunters.Not many hunters get the chance to shoot over a national field trial champion, but recently I shot ring-necked pheasants over one when I was invited by Susan Quigley to hunt at Cutter Ridge Plantation. I shot released pheasants flushed by Scratch, the 2014 national champion English Springer spaniel, as well as over Annie, the English Springer spaniel that has won more field trial points than any other spaniel in history. The plantation is a private controlled hunting preserve in Brunswick County owned by Kyle McIntyre and Quigley trains Springer spaniels on the property.

"I moved to Wilmington about four years ago," Quigley said. "Hunting with spaniels is not well known in North Carolina. But, they have a strong presence in the West, Midwest, Northeast where hunters use them for hunting pheasants, the various grouse species, woodcock and other game birds. They are also used for hunting upland game birds on the plantations of Northern Florida and Southern Georgia."

Anyone who lives in North Carolina knows how bad the cold, windy, icy winter has been in this region. Quigley had invited one of the best spaniel trainers in the country to the area to sample the training grounds. Anyone who thinks winter was bad here should have been in Maine, where Jim Keller lives.

"I usually spend the winter in Kansas or Pennsylvania," Keller said. "But the snow was so deep in those places that I took Susan up on her offer. The cover and training conditions here are ideal and there is no snow."

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