4 ROANOKE STRIPERS Providing the river level doesn't get too high, the striper run in May on the Roanoke can be epic. Spawning brutes run up the river hitting almost any bait they see.
5 CAPE FEAR SHAD Before the stripers show up on the Roanoke, the shad arrive in the Cape Fear River. The legendary waterway fills with the small fish by early spring. Anglers cast shad darts from shore.
6 HOLLY SHELTER BUCKS Much of the terrain of the 70,000-acre game lands is either bog, swamp or river bottom, perfect for hiding deer.