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MANTEO'S RED WARRIORS
Paul Gallico
May 09, 1955
They are the channel bass of North Carolina, and when their close-packed schools start running off the coast the fishing suddenly becomes fantastic
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May 09, 1955

Manteo's Red Warriors

They are the channel bass of North Carolina, and when their close-packed schools start running off the coast the fishing suddenly becomes fantastic

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In fact, it is a good idea to have a casting rod—of the light surf variety—aboard anyway. For sometimes you will raise a school 25 yards off the port or starboard bow, and any attempt to get near them will sink them again. But stand on the roof of the cabin with a plug on your line and you can cast into them. You'll get a fish everytime, while the trollers go bare. It's a good idea to buy your trolling lures locally, as preferences can change from year to year. The shop at the headquarters, where the guides keep their boats, carries an ample supply of the proper lures for the locality which have been tried and tested.

I personally like the superior comfort of the Fort Raleigh Hotel in Manteo and its delightful fishermen's bar where I can swap lies after a hard day's fishing. But there are also excellent fisherman's hotels along the beach at Nags Head, Kitty Hawk and below, and there is now a recently built, hard-surfaced road running all the way from Nags Head to Oregon Inlet and Captain Toby Tillett's Oregon Inlet Fishing Center, thus cutting out the long boat ride from the causeway to the sea (more's the pity). This strip was previously negotiable only on foot or by Jeep or beach buggy, and of course will be a boon to the surfcasters, that exclusive sect that sneers at the trollers and boat fishermen and will take its drum only when hooked via prodigious casts from the beach.

I've had a crack at many a game fish in all kinds of waters. I am writing this atop an alp in Central Europe. I shall come home this spring. I shall go channel-bass fishing off Manteo, for that is what the heart yearns for, the wonderfully exciting spray-whipped coasts of the Carolinas and the exquisite and lovely thrill of the blue waters turned to crimson by the rising of the red drum.

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