Sports: Columns

Feb. 28, 2015 @ 11:08 AM

Gray concludes experience at 2015 Bassmasters Classic

While Brandon Gray of Bullock didn’t win the 2015 Bassmasters Classic on Lake Hartwell last weekend, he achieved a huge accomplishment just qualifying to compete.


Feb. 23, 2015 @ 06:37 PM

2015 Bassmasters Classic underway

I’ve seen reports of a few fish landed on deep running jerk baits. Fish should be hanging around steep drops and points near the mouths of secondary creeks.


Feb. 14, 2015 @ 12:25 PM

Recapping Raleigh’s Bass Anglers Club tournament

Well I’m finally over the flu and a tenacious cold like virus that hung on for almost a month and feel good enough to get out on the water and do some fishing.


Feb. 14, 2015 @ 12:26 PM

A Life Well Lived: Remembering coach Smith

When I woke up this past Sunday morning to the news that legendary former North Carolina basketball coach Dean Smith had passed away at the age of 83, I reflected back to my childhood.


Feb. 07, 2015 @ 12:47 PM

Itching to return fishing

After spending another weekend at home recovering from the flu, I am itching to go fishing.


Jan. 31, 2015 @ 04:46 PM

Fleming has productive week of fishing in Mexico

You have to admire the cat fishermen and women on “Kerr Lake” (formerly known by some as Buggs Island), especially the ones that competed in the “NC vs. VA Ice Bowl” that launched out of Clarksville, Va. on Jan. 24.


Jan. 24, 2015 @ 02:55 PM

The Kerr Lake debate

Finally, after more than 60 years of debate, numerous fist fights and verbal arguments between otherwise well-behaved adults, we know the name of that 50,000 acre body of water north of Henderson, NC.


Jan. 17, 2015 @ 02:59 PM

On the Water Weekly: Preparations begin for upcoming competitions

I mentioned a few weeks back that local angler and bass tournament host Brandon Gray had qualified to compete in the upcoming Bassmasters Classic on Lake Hartwell in South Carolina.


Jan. 10, 2015 @ 01:13 PM

On the Water Weekly: Reflections from a memorable week in Florida

After spending eight days bass fishing in central Florida wearing a t-shirt and shorts, it was a shock when we got home last Saturday and stepped out of the truck into 41 degrees and a misty rain. We left Florida to head north at 4 a.m. with the truck thermometer showing 63 degrees and it dropped steadily all the way home.


Dec. 27, 2014 @ 01:08 PM

Chesapeake Bay proves to be ideal spot for Striped bass fishing

Striped bass fishing on the Chesapeake Bay appears to have been very consistent this year, with not a lot of fish being caught, but the ones caught were good ones.