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NCS May 2012 Digital Edition

COVER
Want to know where to catch bass at Lake Gaston this month? North Carolina Sportsman provides a look at some of the lake's best spots in its May issue.

Also, take a tour of Tar River Reservoir, which has produced the last two state-record crappie -- and find out why. Have stripers recovered at Badin Lake? How can you get more looks and shots at Cape Lookout cobia, Outer Banks billfish and state-line Spanish mackerel? And what can you do to fill that last turkey tag when gobblers get wise? North Carolina Sportsman answers those questions, plus introduces the biggest striper ever caught in a Tarheel State reservoir.

FEATURES
The Spanish Armada
When the ‘prince’ mackerel arrive off Little River, fishermen on both sides of the state line can have plenty of fun.
By Dan Kibler

Lake of the Month: Lake Gaston
This Roanoke River impoundment may have region’s healthiest bass population.
By Craig Holt

The Lull Ain’t Dull
Two periods of sparse gobbling each spring worry some hunters, but here are some tips to tag a wild turkey.
By Craig Holt

A Sight for Sore Eyes
Take a look this month and find Cape Lookout cobia action.By Mike Marsh

Banking on Billfish
The Outer Banks has some of the best marlin fishing on the planet, and May is a great month for the big blue ones and the white acrobats.
By Ric Burnley

Little Lake, Big Slabs
The Tar River Reservoir has produced the last two state-record white crappie. Here’s now to mine this diminutive lake’s riches.
By Mike Marsh

Badin’s Spring Formal
Despite what you might have heard, Badin Lake stripers are still alive and ready to dance.
By Phillip Gentry

NEWS BREAKERS
Record striper landed on Hiwassee Lake

COLUMNS
Backlashes By Craig Holt
Line Scores from the Livewell By Tony Garitta
Fish Like a Pro By Dustin Wilks
Cooking on the Wild Side By Capt. Jerry Dilsaver & Ty Conti
Greener Pastures By Jeff Burlson
High Tides By Jerry Dilsaver
Head for the Mountains By Robert Satterwhite

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