On this edition of the Carolina Outdoor Journal, we’ll head for the mountains to drift for smallmouth bass. Hosted by Joe Albea and John Moore, the show joins Guide Judson Conway and his Wife Eunice in Boone County North Carolina, where the small overgrown streams provide the perfect habitat for hard fighting smallies. By drifting the boat and casting between the overhanging trees, the pair soon find great success with a fly rod. In Gear Time our anglers discuss the unique and lavish top water terrestrial patterns worked the best. Finally, Donna Reynolds has a special recipe for a Venison break-fast casserole in the kitchen.
Chasing the Tide
This week on the Carolina Outdoor Journal we’ll follow the tide on the Cape Fear River in search of feeding Red Drum. Hosts John Moore and Joe Albea check in with Captain Stu Calder and keen angler Tara Lynch at the Southport Marshes. From here the pair chase the tide down to Wilmington, casting spinner baits into the thick grasses where the specimen Drum like to ambush their prey. On Gear Time they discuss the lures that caught the best fish and the heavy-duty gear needed for this kind of demanding fishing. To close off, Donna Reynolds hits the kitchen to prepare a delicious venison stroganoff.
In this edition, the Carolina Outdoor Journal takes us fishing for the sporty Sheepshead around the bridge pilings of the Carolina Coast. These wiry fish can be difficult to catch, due in part to their love of structure. Captain Ricky Kellum and Captain Wayne Crisco discuss the hardy tackle and live baits needed to get them to the boat, and soon hook into one of the biggest Sheepshead of their lives. Finally, we join Donna Reynolds in the kitchen for a Breaded Grouper Southport Sandwich recipe.
Cape Fear Stripers
This week on the Carolina Outdoor Journal we’ll fish for the sporty Striped Bass on the Cape Fear River. Hosted by John Moore and Joe Albea, the show joins Captains Jerry Dilsaver and Stu Calder on a perfect morning drifting along the grassy edges of the brackish water. Casting soft plastics close to shore brings a bumper session of several fish into double figures, so the boys discuss their secret weapon in Gear Time. Finally, we join Donna Reynolds in the kitchen for a personal twist on a shrimp salad recipe.
On this edition, the Carolina Outdoor Journal we’ll be fishing for speckled trout in the marshes of the northern Pamlico Sound. John Moore and Joe Albea join Captain Bryan DeHart and Ted Mosely on a perfect day, learning how to choose cut bait and artificial baits to single out the bigger Trout. Finally, we join Donna Reynolds in the kitchen as she prepares a textural shrimp citrus salad.
This week the Carolina Outdoor Journal takes us jig fishing for Hickory Shad in the Neuse River Basin. Hosted by John Moore and Joe Albea, we join Kurt Hinchman and Gene Griffin among the cypress and tupelo trees that form the Neause River swamps, the perfect hunting ground for all manner of sporting fish. In gear time, the boys discuss the ultra-light tackle and twister tail lures that landed their best fish and Donna Reynolds cooks up an unusual shrimp stuffed Hushpuppy recipe.
Grass Line Dolphin
On this edition of the Carolina Outdoor Journal, we’ll venture into the Gulf Stream in search of the sporty Mahi Mahi (Dolphin Fish). Hosted by John Moore and Joe Albea, the show joins dolphin experts Buddy Bulow and Jim Hardin beside the floating grass that drifts along the edge of the current, the perfect hunting environment. In Gear Time our anglers discuss the special trawling gear you will need to be successful, and Donna Reynolds explores different types of corn bread in the kitchen.
Roanoke Island Slam
This week on the Carolina Outdoor Journal we’ll fish around Roanoke Island for a variety of coastal fish. Hosted by John Moore and Joe Albea, this episode see’s the return of Captain Bryan DeHart and Kurt Hinchman as they fish around the bridges and marsh areas that surround the island. This type of fishing brings everything from Speckled Trout, Flounder, Drum and Striped Bass to the boat, so Kurt and Bryan walk us through the versatile light tackle they fished with. Finally, Donna Reynolds in the kitchen for a southern Griddle Cake recipe.
Pisgah Forrest Trout
On this edition of the Carolina Outdoor Journal we’ll fish for a variety of mountain Trout in the Pisgah National Forrest. Known as the Harvest Stream, this crystal-clear water is stocked with quality Brook, Brown and Rainbow Trout, and Mallory Martin and Steve Henson know exactly how to catch them on the fly. During Gear Time our anglers join Andrew Tashie to discuss the Trout patterns and dry-dropper setup that caught fish. In the kitchen, Donna Reynolds shares a few tips to make those camping trips a little better.
Spring Top Water Bass
This week on Carolina Outdoor Journal we’ll fish a very special place for Largemouth Bass. Robert Fulton joins Jim from the Kingfisher Society, who’s fisheries have become a mecca for Bass fisherman across Carolina. Fishing with topwater frogs isn’t a typical method in the spring, but these lakes and swamps are so crammed with hungry fish that the action comes thick and fast. After discussing these unique lures in gear talk, we join Donna Reynolds in the kitchen as she prepares a Tuna salad recipe.
On this edition, the Carolina Outdoor Journal goes fishing in an ocean inlet for the sporty and tasty Flounder. Hosted by Joe Albea and John Moore, we join Gene Griffin and Kurt Hinchman in one of the many coastal inlets that line the Carolina coast. Here, the Flounder lay in wait for baitfish drifting on the tide, so Kurt and Gene experiment with soft plastics. In gear talk we look at the unique tackle used to catch flatfish, and Donna Reynolds cooks up some special Crabcakes in the kitchen.
River Run Stripers
This week on the Carolina Outdoor Journal we’ll fish the Neuse River for striped bass in early spring. Hosted by John Moore and Joe Albea, Kurt Hinchman returns to fish with Captain Gary Dubiel, one of the Neuse’s best guides, to catch the Stripers as they make their way upriver. On Gear Time our anglers discuss the tackle needed and how to work the soft plastic lures early season, and we join Donna Reynolds in the kitchen for a fish casserole recipe.
On this edition of the Carolina Outdoor Journal, we’ll fish early summer on Jordan Lake for largemouth bass. John Moore and Joe Albea host the episode as Phil Cable and Joe Dorman return since their incredible catches in the last season. The water’s warmed up and Phil knows exactly where the fish have gone to feed. After some fat Bass our anglers discuss the variety of jigs, spinners and crankbaits they used to get the job done, before Donna Reynolds cooks of some delicious blueberry cornmeal biscuits.
Bluefish on a Fly
This week on the Carolina Outdoor Journal we fly fish near Cape Lookout for the sporty bluefish. These hard fighters are a great sporting opportunity missed by most fly anglers, but not Chuck Laughridge and Donnie Hatcher. The boys hit the water along the Carolina coastline where the Bluefish are having a feeding frenzy beneath the swarms of baitfish that can be seen breaking the surface. After our anglers discuss the variety of subsurface and topwater fly patterns they used, we visit Donna Reynolds in the kitchen for a salmon burger recipe.
Lake Norman Spots
Join the Carolina Outdoor Journal as we fish Lake Norman for the popular spotted bass. Hosted by John Moore and Joe Albea, we visit Paul Rose and Drew Montgomery as they boat along the many docks and structures that line the lake. This kind of habitat is the perfect hunting ground for this rarer species of bass, and they soon come across a big group of feeders. On Gear Time our anglers discuss the array of different lures that caught fish, and Donna Reynolds prepares sweet potato fries and fish in the kitchen.
This week on the Carolina Outdoor Journal two fishing guides spend the morning in pursuit of the sporty Speckled Trout. John Moore and Joe Albea host this friendly head-to-head, as captains Ricky Kellum and Charles Brown put their methods to the test. While Ricky throws his own design of artificial shrimp, Charles casts out his favourite mirror lures, both of which yield massive results. They discuss their theories in Gear talk, while Donna Reynolds hits the kitchen for a delicious Trout recipe.
Autumn Rainbow Trout
On this edition of the Carolina Outdoor Journal, we visit the North Carolina mountains in the fall to fly fish for native Rainbow Trout. John Moore and Joe Albea host the show as Steve Henson and Leonard Harwood head out into the forest. These wild Trout are difficult to catch at the best of times, so Steve and Leonard explore not only the different dry and terrestrial fly patterns they would use, but how to fish them in changing water levels. In the kitchen, Donna Reynolds cooks up a Caribbean Grouper recipe.
This week on the Carolina Outdoor Journal we’ll venture out to the Pamlico Sound to catch and research giant Red Drum. Jim Hardin and Anna Barrios head out with Drum expert Captain George Beckwith, and it’s not long before his special bottom rig brings some of the biggest Drum they’ve ever seen to the boat. Anna’s on hand to tag the fish for her research into the conservation of the spawning adults. In the kitchen we join Donna Reynolds for a few of her fish cooking techniques.
On this edition of the Carolina Outdoor Journal we’ll fish off an ocean pier and pick up a few tips on what to expect. Dean Phillips and Tara Lynch join the hundreds of anglers that visit each of these piers every day and learn how to fish plugs to target the Spanish mackerel that patrol, the Carolina Coast. In gear time, Dean discusses the unique tackle needed to fish these piers and Donna Reynolds grills up some venison in the kitchen.
Bluegill on the Fly
This week on the Carolina Outdoor Journal we’ll fly fish for large Bluegill bream using popping bugs. John Moore and Joe Albea host the episode as Robert Fulton returns to the renowned Kingfisher Society Lake to fish with Jim Morgan. Known for its massive Largemouth and stunning surroundings, this lake is now renowned for its bluegill over 2 pounds. The duo have some incredible sport with light tackle and topwater popper flies, which they discuss in gear time, and Donna Reynolds closes the show with her recipe for Oyster Dressing.
On this edition of the Carolina Outdoor Journal we’ll be fishing for Speckled Trout on a coastal river using kayaks. These versatile crafts have exploded in popularity in recent years, allowing anglers to reach the area’s most never could. Captains Ricky Kellum and Jerry Dillsaver have great success casting lures among the snags, and they discuss the special equipment needed to be successful fishing a kayak. In the kitchen, Donna Reynolds prepares a tasty crab cakes recipe.
Flukes & Top Water
This week on the Carolina Outdoor Journal we’ll fish Sutton Lake, one of the top Bass fishing lakes in the state. John Moore and Joe Albea host the show as Joe Dorman and Randy Bryant head out on a cold morning. As the Largemouth Bass slow down in the colder months, our anglers discuss how to locate schooling fish and get bites. In gear time they take a look at the topwater lures that brought the most success, and Donna Reynolds demonstrates a soft-shell crab recipe in the kitchen.
Top Water Red Drum
On this edition of the Carolina Outdoor Journal we fish top water lures for the sporty Red drum on a very windy day. It’s mid-September and the weather’s beginning to turn. Braving the storm is Captain Ricky Kellum and Dean Phillips, who use their angling experience to follow the wind and find where the fish are hunting, leading to some explosive bites. In Gear Time our anglers discuss the special top water lures they used, and Donna Reynolds prepares a potato crusted grouper dish in the kitchen.
This week on the Carolina Outdoor Journal we’ll fish a pond for Channel Catfish using persimmon fruit as bait. Cliff Edwards calls Paul Shuey with a unique fishing opportunity. He’s seen some big cats picking off these small fruits as they fall from a tree on the lakeshore, and sure enough they get some great fishing. In gear time they discuss how to take advantage of this food source, and Donna Reynolds cooks up a creamy polenta dish in the kitchen.
Popping Float Specks
On this edition of the Carolina Outdoor Journal, we’ll fish under popping floats for Speckled Trout. John Moore and Joe Albea host the show, eager to learn this strange method from expert anglers Stuart Creighton and captain Gary Dubiel. A popping cork is special kind of float that creates topwater disturbance above a suspended bait, luring predatory fish like these trout to the hook. It proves very effective, so Stu and Gary run us through the rig in gear time, while Donna Reynolds cooks up a delicious salmon recipe in the kitchen.
This week on the Journal we’ll fish beautiful trout waters on the Cherokee Reservation in North Carolina. Steve Hensen visits Robert Fulton, a top guide on this piece of water that knows it like the back of his hands. By matching the hatch with nymphs, Steve starts to land fish after fish, including the biggest Rainbow Trout of his Life. Our anglers discuss the stone fly patterns and tackle they used on Gear Time, while Donna Reynolds cooks up some fried vegetables in the kitchen.
This week on the Journal we’ll fish a Carolina farm pond in the spring for Largemouth Bass. Ted Moseley and Bryan DeHart return to one of their old spots where the Bass are holding close to shore, which makes for a challenging fight. In gear talk, they discuss the soft plastics baits and tackle that allows them to fish the snags where the fish like to feed. In the kitchen, Donna Reynolds serves up her own fish Reuben recipe.
Timber Puppy Drum
In this instalment, the Carolina Outdoor Journal goes fishing for puppy Drum along timber littered shorelines. This is classic American bass fishing on steroids. These young Red Drum are great sport, but they live and hunt in tough structure, so it takes a lot of skill for top anglers Walker Golder and Stuart Caulder to get these fish to the boat. In gear time, they discuss the modified spinner baits, plastics and topwater lures that get the job done, and Donna Reynolds cooks her special quail recipe in the kitchen.
This week on the Carolina Outdoor Journal, we venture to the coast to target Black Tip Sharks. Hosted by John Moore and Joe Albea, the show joins Captain Jon Huff and Nicholas Pierce at the mouth of the Cape Fear River. It’s here that the bait fish congregate on the tide, creating the perfect hunting ground for these massive predators. Using the bottom bait and balloon float tactics discussed in gear time, the boys come across some very big Sharks. Over in the kitchen, Donna Reynolds prepares a tasty scallop recipe.
Shoaling Red Drum
In this season 2 finale edition of the Carolina Outdoor Journal, we fish an estuary for schooling Red drum. For a fish that’s usually a solitary hunter in the rivers of Carolina, it’s a treat for any angler when these Red Drum shoal up in the estuary to feed. With an excess of 200 fish in front of them at any time, Captain Stu Calder and Chris Pope have great sport on soft plastic bait fish imitation lures amongst the waves. Our anglers discuss the tackle that did the job in gear time, and Donna Reynolds closes off the season with some delicious shrimp and salsa in the kitchen.
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