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Hey guys,

My name's Trevor. I came across this forum while doing general research on fishing and decided to join because the community on here seems quite active and very welcoming!

I suppose I should share my fishing history. Welp, I don't really have any. I've lived in the Triad area of NC for almostmy whole life and even tthough I grew up with a lake in my backyard (Adams Farm Lake in Greensboro) I never really got into fishing, I never really had any friends or family that were into it.

On a recent trip to Oak island for vacation my buddy that was staying with me insisted we do some surf fishing, I spent a couple hours learning how to cast a spinning reel and them spent the rest of my trip watching the rod hoping for a bite (never got one, but still had a lot of fun). Since then I've been fishing one time on a small HOA controlled pond in Winston-Salem and even hooked a fish that day! Even though the fish got off my line right as it was breaking the water, it was still quite exhilarating!!

Anyway, now I'm just trying to find some local places to try some more fishing at (I live in Winston-Salem but have family in Jamestown). Unfortunately I don't have any sort of boat or kayak, and I drive a 2 door coupe so even if I could afford one the transport would be impossible. Anyone have any recommendations for places in the Triad to go for bank fishing for a newbie? I don't mind paying a few dollars for sometime on the shore relaxing and trying to look like I know what I'm doing
 

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Hi Trevor. Fishing can be a great sport, as intense or relaxed as you choose to make it, and there are a plethora o' species you can pursue. You have a handful of options around you that have rentals. If you have family in Jamestown, then the obvious one is High Point City Lake (ironically located in Jamestown). Not far from the triad is Randleman Reservoir. Closer to Winston you have Salem Lake and Kernersville Lake.

Lakes with rentals:

High Point City Lake - jonboats and canoes. They rent trolling motors but I recommend you take an extra battery of your own
Randleman Reservoir - in the upper end at Southwest Park (Guilford County) they rent jonboats, kayaks, canoes but not motors
Salem Lake? - I think they rent boats, but you might want to check (tougher bite if you're bass fishing I have heard, never been there)
Kernersville? - I don't know about that one

I highly recommend investing in your own trolling motor and battery / charger. Make sure you buy a Deep Cycle Marine battery, the bigger class the better (more amp-hours means less likely to run out of juice). A 30 lb thrust troller is sufficient for most small lakes, but you would need to be mindful of wind. A 30lb motor will push a jonboat, but not very well against a decent headwind. A bigger motor would be more versatile and faster, but chews more battery power. Always take a spare battery!!

Run a search on HPCL, Randleman, Salem, Kernersville, also Deep River and if you want to drive a bit West you have some other rivers you can access by wading. There have been a ton of posts about these lakes so just keep digging around and you'll probably find more info than you can digest at once. Get to know people on NCAngler, and eventually you will probably find a fishing buddy or three along the way.

Welcome to a great sport, and to NCAngler!
 
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Thanks for all the replies guys! I really appreciate the welcome!

Hi Trevor. Fishing can be a great sport, as intense or relaxed as you choose to make it, and there are a plethora o' species you can pursue. You have a handful of options around you that have rentals. If you have family in Jamestown, then the obvious one is High Point City Lake (ironically located in Jamestown). Not far from the triad is Randleman Reservoir. Closer to Winston you have Salem Lake and Kernersville Lake.

Lakes with rentals:

High Point City Lake - jonboats and canoes. They rent trolling motors but I recommend you take an extra battery of your own
Randleman Reservoir - in the upper end at Southwest Park (Guilford County) they rent jonboats, kayaks, canoes but not motors
Salem Lake? - I think they rent boats, but you might want to check (tougher bite if you're bass fishing I have heard, never been there)
Kernersville? - I don't know about that one

I highly recommend investing in your own trolling motor and battery / charger. Make sure you buy a Deep Cycle Marine battery, the bigger class the better (more amp-hours means less likely to run out of juice). A 30 lb thrust troller is sufficient for most small lakes, but you would need to be mindful of wind. A 30lb motor will push a jonboat, but not very well against a decent headwind. A bigger motor would be more versatile and faster, but chews more battery power. Always take a spare battery!!

Run a search on HPCL, Randleman, Salem, Kernersville, also Deep River and if you want to drive a bit West you have some other rivers you can access by wading. There have been a ton of posts about these lakes so just keep digging around and you'll probably find more info than you can digest at once. Get to know people on NCAngler, and eventually you will probably find a fishing buddy or three along the way.

Welcome to a great sport, and to NCAngler!
Sam, thanks for the detailed info! I’m definitely going to have to check out HPCL, it’s only a couple blocks from my mom’s house in Jamestown and I’ve driven by the park hundreds of times but never really ventured into it. I asked by buddy and he said Salem lake can be good fishing, but that it can get crowded on the weekends. Kernersville City Lake looks like a good candidate as well, I work about 15 minutes from downtown Kernersville, so perhaps I could take a sandwich and my fishing rod over there for a lunch break sometimes. Do you (or anyone else) know much about Tanglewood Park? I understand there’s a couple ponds there for bank fishing, and its only about 15 minutes away from my house.

After some cursory searching it seems that NCAngler member Jerry Condrey is the “go to” guy for info on HPCL, do you guys think he would be offended if I pm’d him and asked for some general tips about where to look on the lake for bass?


Welcome to the site! Glad you have joined us. I am in Hickory if your ever out this way let me know, maybe we can work up a trip. I usually keep a spare yak around.

Darrell
Dbeam, thanks for the offer. I’ll give you a holler if I’m going to be out in Hickory!



I went back out to the HOA pond with my “brother-in-law” last night; fished a Carolina rig most of the time with a soft plastic creature and didn’t get a bite (or maybe I did, and I just don’t know how to “feel” it yet), I was thinking maybe the bad rain we were fishing in had something to do with it. Still, it was very relaxing to hang out on the pond with a cold beverage after a long workday.

Thanks again for all the welcomes guys! In my other main hobby (guitar) I’m a big proponent of seeking out online communities like this one that are very welcoming and full of great knowledge and resources.
 

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For smaller ponds I like to start with smaller baits to start. I know nothing about Tanglewood. I seem to recall a post about it some time back so run a search and see if you find anything. I don't think Jerry would mind if you contacted him, he's proud of City Lake and if you're a catch-and-release bass fisherman who respects our resources, he is one of the most generous people I've yet encountered when it comes to local fishing knowledge. I learned quite a bit about City Lake from fishing with him, and have taken what he taught me and tried to continue to augment it; I doubt I'll ever fish there enough to attain the history he has with it.

Keep in mind you won't be able to use PM's till you have sufficient posts to attain member status, around 8 or so I think.

I will be focusing more on City Lake this coming season; I'll keep you in mind if I ever have an open seat. I hope you catch some fish on your lunch break, that would be a great lunch!
 

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Welcome to the group Trevor. BTW, Jerry knows HPCL so well he has names for each of the subsurface stumps in it. He may just put you on a fish too. I've only fished there once, and volunteered for the Teach A Kid To Fish day they had there recently. Had a bunch of fun both times. If you get a chance to get there, and can rent a boat, even a canoe, the lake is not that big so canoe can easily reach anywhere on the lake, try fishing the tree lay downs that drop into deeper water with a weighted soft plastic. I used a shakey head with green pumpkin green flake finesse worm and did quite well. I would recommend using braid and a fairly stout rod when fishing in the trees however, those bass will wrap you up quick if you don't move them out of the limbs quickly. I've heard white and bubble gum finesse worms also work well on that lake. I don't know anything about the bank fishing possibilities there unfortunately. Small topwater lures and spinner baits make good search baits just about anywhere, especially first thing in the morning. If you get blow ups, but no hook ups, try working the same area with a soft plastic. And if you're not already using a pair of polarized sunglasses, get some. You'll see fish following your lure sometimes and that can tell you a lot about what they want (or don't want to eat) and/or how they want it presented. Best of luck.

Oh yeah, write down whatever Sam tells you and use it, that guy can catch fish!
 

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Trevor, first of all, welcome to the site. Lots of the guys here are willing to assist you in your fishing endeavors. I have no problem with the pm, so bust one out when you are able.
HPCL is a fine little lake, with fat, strong bass, and numerous species that are easy to catch from the bank. Maybe we can hook up and go sometime, I would have no problem showing the lake to you. All I ask in return is for you to practice catch and release on the bass. Anything else is table fare, lol. Especially white perch!
 

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For smaller ponds I like to start with smaller baits to start. I know nothing about Tanglewood. I seem to recall a post about it some time back so run a search and see if you find anything. I don't think Jerry would mind if you contacted him, he's proud of City Lake and if you're a catch-and-release bass fisherman who respects our resources, he is one of the most generous people I've yet encountered when it comes to local fishing knowledge. I learned quite a bit about City Lake from fishing with him, and have taken what he taught me and tried to continue to augment it; I doubt I'll ever fish there enough to attain the history he has with it.

Keep in mind you won't be able to use PM's till you have sufficient posts to attain member status, around 8 or so I think.

I will be focusing more on City Lake this coming season; I'll keep you in mind if I ever have an open seat. I hope you catch some fish on your lunch break, that would be a great lunch!
Thanks for keeping me in mind Sam! Thanks for the heads up on the PM thing, I was getting very confused as to why I couldn't find a PM button when viewing someones profile! I checked out Kernersville City Lake and unfortunately its on the opposite end of Kernersville from me, so by the time I got there I'd have about 15 minutes to fish before I had to pack up and drive back to work. But I could swing up by there on my way home from work sometimes!

Welcome to the group Trevor. BTW, Jerry knows HPCL so well he has names for each of the subsurface stumps in it. He may just put you on a fish too. I've only fished there once, and volunteered for the Teach A Kid To Fish day they had there recently. Had a bunch of fun both times. If you get a chance to get there, and can rent a boat, even a canoe, the lake is not that big so canoe can easily reach anywhere on the lake, try fishing the tree lay downs that drop into deeper water with a weighted soft plastic. I used a shakey head with green pumpkin green flake finesse worm and did quite well. I would recommend using braid and a fairly stout rod when fishing in the trees however, those bass will wrap you up quick if you don't move them out of the limbs quickly. I've heard white and bubble gum finesse worms also work well on that lake. I don't know anything about the bank fishing possibilities there unfortunately. Small topwater lures and spinner baits make good search baits just about anywhere, especially first thing in the morning. If you get blow ups, but no hook ups, try working the same area with a soft plastic. And if you're not already using a pair of polarized sunglasses, get some. You'll see fish following your lure sometimes and that can tell you a lot about what they want (or don't want to eat) and/or how they want it presented. Best of luck.

Oh yeah, write down whatever Sam tells you and use it, that guy can catch fish!
Thanks for the detailed infor Quest; I have a question about the polarized sunglasses: do they need to be high end sunglasses, or will any polarized pair work? I've got a nice pair of polarized Ray Bans that my significant other got me, but I'm afraid of how mad she would be if I told her I lost them in a lake. I'd feel much safer just using a $20 pair from walmart.

Trevor, first of all, welcome to the site. Lots of the guys here are willing to assist you in your fishing endeavors. I have no problem with the pm, so bust one out when you are able.
HPCL is a fine little lake, with fat, strong bass, and numerous species that are easy to catch from the bank. Maybe we can hook up and go sometime, I would have no problem showing the lake to you. All I ask in return is for you to practice catch and release on the bass. Anything else is table fare, lol. Especially white perch!
Jerry, I really appreciate the offer. I'll shoot you a PM as soon as I am able. And don't worry, at this point I am strickly catch and release; I also try to be as respectful as possible to the area I'm fishing, I've already heard plenty of stories of what used to be good fishing holes that are now "No Trespassing/No Fishing" because people can't behave like adults or clean up after themselves.

Welcome to ncangler. Check out the red X Angler club.
RouseD, thanks I will! Are there any dues? Are there set meetings?



Thanks for all the replies guys, I feel very welcomed already!!
 

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Thanks for the detailed infor Quest; I have a question about the polarized sunglasses: do they need to be high end sunglasses, or will any polarized pair work? I've got a nice pair of polarized Ray Bans that my significant other got me, but I'm afraid of how mad she would be if I told her I lost them in a lake. I'd feel much safer just using a $20 pair from walmart.
There was a lively discussion a while ago on the forum with regards to polarized sunglasses, do a search you should be able to find it. I won't tell you that a high end pair is necessary, I'm sure you can get by with the $9.99 special in walmart, but I would try to review research and decide on a better, not necessarily more expensive, but better pair for long term use. I wore glasses for many years, and have used various optics, and cheap optic quality makes for eye fatigue and less than crystal images at distance. Find that post, I put a small book worth of info in there, if you can't find it let me know and I'll find or send you some more. Long and short of it, if we fish together, I'll tell you to cast at a fish and you'll say, "What fish?" This happened to me on many occasions using cheap ones while my brother had the high quality ones, I have since procured a high end pair and this no longer happens.
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Higher quality is better than cheap, and cheap polarized is still better than no polarized. That's the short version. Buddy of mine used to put Croakies on his good shades, and he hung a float buoy from the back of the croakies so it hung on his back or the back of his head if he had them up on his hat. If he happened to toss them, he felt better knowing he would have a chance to retrieve them. This unfortunately did not keep him from sitting on them. :rolleyes:
 

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Lzerok1 no dues, no regular mtgs. We have some M&Gs that have been on going for 4 or 5 years. We have an up coming Bay River M&G at Rivers Edge Campground, near Bayboro. You would be welcome whether a member or not. Check us out on the clubs forum.

RouseD, thanks I will! Are there any dues? Are there set meetings?



Thanks for all the replies guys, I feel very welcomed already!![/QUOTE]
 

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I'm fond of the Braves avatar too. (but that was last year):(
No kidding! I think they're pretty much just building the team and farm system for the move to the suburbs in 2017.

I was born and lived in Duluth just outside of Atlanta for the first 5 years or my life before moving to NC. Grew up going to games at the Ted as family outings and watching the bravos on TBS as a kid (though not as serious of a fan as I am now). Still, watching a game (winning or losing) is a form of relaxation for me, a bit like fishing has been so far.
 

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No kidding! I think they're pretty much just building the team and farm system for the move to the suburbs in 2017.

I was born and lived in Duluth just outside of Atlanta for the first 5 years or my life before moving to NC. Grew up going to games at the Ted as family outings and watching the bravos on TBS as a kid (though not as serious of a fan as I am now). Still, watching a game (winning or losing) is a form of relaxation for me, a bit like fishing has been so far.
Yeah Chip keeps saying that. He mentions salary caps and what it means down the road. Someone, tell me what it means down the road. PLEASE.
The week they traded Kimbrel, Sports Illustrated said on the last page of the mag, "The Braves will be lucky if they lose only 100 games," implying they may lose more than 100.
I'm surprised no one else on the forum has chimed in. Many of us are fans. I guess no one wants to talk about it.
Anyway it's good to have you. You're on-deck to bat clean-up.
 

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Yeah Chip keeps saying that. He mentions salary caps and what it means down the road. Someone, tell me what it means down the road. PLEASE.
The week they traded Kimbrel, Sports Illustrated said on the last page of the mag, "The Braves will be lucky if they lose only 100 games," implying they may lose more than 100.
I'm surprised no one else on the forum has chimed in. Many of us are fans. I guess no one wants to talk about it.
Anyway it's good to have you. You're on-deck to bat clean-up.
Unfortunately, I'm not well versed enough in the cap/contract part of it to really "see" where it's going. I was reallyuupset that we traded Kimbrel away, regardless of the potentially unknown "longevity" of a top rate (best in the game imo) closer, especially one who is still young.

Have you heard that Copolla (spelling?), the Braves GM to be, is already rumored to be leaving to fill the GM position for the Brewers? Sometimes it seems, from this front-office inept fan, that there's too much of a good-ol-boy/"keep it in the family" thing going on in the front office..
 
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