Big Changes in Store for the 2021 NC Striper Fishing Season

Big Changes in Store for the 2021 NC Striper Fishing Season

As warm weather and longer days slowly but thankfully return, it’s time to look forward to springtime striped bass – or ‘striper’ – harvest season on the Roanoke River, and a few critical changes that are bound to affect your 2021 fishing plans.  

The History of Striped Bass on the Roanoke

2021 NC Striper Fishing SeasonThe striped bass, a silver-white fish with several distinctive horizontal stripes along its sides and an adult size of up to 3 feet and 20 pounds, is one of North Carolina’s most common fish species, and one of the most popular game and food fishes in the United States. North Carolina’s population of stripers is among the largest on the East Coast. One of the most unique features of the striped bass is the fact that it is an anadromous fish, or one that lives in saltwater – the Albemarle Sound – for most of its life but returns to its birthing location in the Roanoke River to spawn.

The striper was so popular as a game fish in the Albemarle Sound in the past – once growing up to 5-6 feet in length and weighing as much as 125 pounds – that between the 1890s and 1940s its numbers plummeted. In the mid-1900s, two additional things happened to threaten the species; commercial fishing expanded very quickly, and water quality in North Carolina’s coastal regions suffered from rapid expansions of agriculture, industry, and urban development. As a result, by the 1960s the populations of striped bass had dwindled considerably. It wasn’t until the 1970s that stricter controls on harvesting the fish were implemented on North Carolina’s rivers and the Albemarle Sound, and in 1997, the Roanoke River / Albemarle Sound habitat was officially declared ‘restored’ in terms of the population of striped bass. Today, the striper can be found on the Tar-Pamlico, Cape Fear, Neuse and White Oak rivers and in reservoirs including Lake Gaston, Jordan Lake and Lake Norman, but the primary spawning river for striped bass in our state is the Roanoke. Each year surveys on spawning and harvesting conducted by the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission are implemented to ensure that the population of striped bass remains at a good and sustainable level.  

The Spawning Process

In the springtime, once waters reach a temperature of between 62 and 70 degrees – generally speaking, in March – adult stripers make their way from the Albemarle Sound to the mouth of the inlet near Plymouth, and then up the Roanoke for about 130 miles to the Weldon, NC area, where they were born. Here, female stripers release up to two million eggs within one spawning season, and males fertilize them. Once the eggs are fertilized, they float in the water for 2-3 days, hatch, and are finally carried by the current back down the river to the lower Roanoke and parts of the Albemarle Sound; incredibly, less than 1% of these striper hatchlings survive this journey. For up to four years, these young fish live and grow in the Sound, but eventually, once sexually mature – the males at around 2 years of age, the females at 3-4 years old – they make their way back up the Roanoke to spawn on their own, a cycle they’ll repeat for up to 20 years.

An Abbreviated 2021 Fishing Season

Because of a recent drop in the striper population due to over-fishing, the number of young, baby striped bass has also decreased. North Carolina’s Fisheries Reform Act of 1997 requires that when over-fishing is occurring, certain steps must be taken to reverse that trend over a 2-year period of time, and the population must be entirely recovered with ten years. A Stock Assessment Model used by the NCWRC has also determined that spawning has been affected by flooding in the Upper Roanoke over several recent springtime fishing seasons, which has greatly reduced the number of eggs that are able to be transported down the Roanoke and into the Albemarle Sound.

The Stock Assessment Model also calculates the maximum number of stripers that may be caught each year – the quota – in order to maintain a sustainable population of the fish. For 2021, this quota has been set at just 51,200 pounds. 50% of this figure will be applied to the Albemarle Sound commercial fishery, and the remaining 50% split between recreational fishing in the Sound and fishing in the Roanoke River Management Area. From last year to this, the Roanoke River limit has dropped from 68,750 to just 12,800 pounds.

The 2021 harvest season in the Roanoke River Management Area will now take place over just two weeks in April, and in two separate sections of the river – Lower and Upper – so that anglers with preferences in one area or the other will have a time to fish. Weeks selected for each of these areas were based on data collected over the past nine seasons.

  • Harvest Season –
    • Lower River Zone (downstream of the U.S. Highway 258 bridge at Scotland Neck to the Albemarle Sound): April 10-16.
    • Upper River Zone (upstream of the U.S. Highway 258 bridge): April 24-30.
  • Size limits remain the same for 2021 – a minimum of 18 inches per fish, and NO fish between 22 and 27 inches (a measurement designed to protect spawning females 5-8 years old) are permitted. Creel limits of two fish also remain unchanged. Only ONE of these two fish is allowed to be over 27 inches in length.

Catch-and-Release Fishing

Catch-and-release fishing, allowed between April 1 and June 30, allows anglers to enjoy fishing while keeping the number of harvested fish at a reasonable level. However, at least six fish out of every 100 caught and released dies on average, and when the water temperature approaches 70 degrees, the mortality rate jumps to almost 25%. The NCWRC also takes this information into consideration when calculating the fishing quota. Keep in mind these tips when catching and successfully releasing your striped bass.

  • Reduce mortality by sticking to single, barbless hooks while fishing on the Upper River.
  • Avoid deep hooking by using artificial lures instead of live bait and remove hooks carefully by using a de-hooker or a pair of needle nose pliers.
  • Minimize stress for the fish by using good tackle and landing the fish quickly.
  • Spend a minimal amount of time handling the fish and keep the fish in water.
  • Only use knotless or rubber landing nets, and even then, ONLY if absolutely necessary.


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6021 Yancey Drive in Wendell Land under contract then sold

6021 Yancey Drive in Wendell on 32 Acres

(SOLD) $329,500 Handyman’s Dream! 2 Bedroom/1 Bath Ready for your Repairs! This Farm House is Framed by Towering Oaks and Nestled among 32+/- Acres. Lots of Work to be Done Here. Home has Large Kitchen, Family Room with Masonry Fireplace, 1st Floor Bedrooms and Office/ Bonus Room. Very Nice Wooded Property with Old Barns, Outbuildings and your own Private Pond. Great Investment Potential. Property and Home Sold in “AS IS” Condition. $329,500

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Eco-Friendly, Low-Maintenance Solar Power Fencing

 Solar Power Fencing for NC Farms?

Whether you’re looking to replace or update current fencing or installing new fencing on your farm, you’ll have a range of products and materials available to you, depending on budget, property type and other specific needs. If your goal, however, is to keep livestock or horses safe and in place, solar farm fencing might be the best option for you.

How Solar-Powered Fencing Works

 Solar Power Fencing for NC FarmsThe use of solar fencing has grown over the years along with an increase in environmental sustainability, clean, low-carbon footprint energy, and eco-friendly farm living.

Solar-powered fencing functions much as traditional electric fencing works, and yet it’s unique in that energy absorbed from the sun via solar panels generates direct current, or DC, which powers the system’s battery. Output from this battery flows through an energizer, or charger, producing a certain voltage that is emitted in pulses of energy passing through the wires. Because the pulsating energy only lasts around 3 milliseconds at a time every 1 to 1.5 seconds, the chance of a person or an animal being injured should they come into contact with this type of fencing is extremely low. A voltage alarm system allows the owner to monitor power and sounds an alarm when power is cut, shorted, or grounded. Solar fencing is also frequently used at parks, zoos, schools, and hospitals and often in people’s homes.

Other Types of Fencing and the Pros and Cons of Each

In North Carolina, if you own livestock you are required to install permanent fencing. There are a variety of alternative fence types, of course, that may just as easily fulfill your needs, each with its own set of benefits and drawbacks.

  • The most common, most time-proven material used for fencing is wood; low-tech and comparably low-cost, it is a very basic, effective means of keeping your animals penned in. Maintenance costs – painting, weatherproofing and repair – build up as years pass; however. It is still a widely used material for smaller areas like paddocks or handling facilities. Generally speaking, it is not ideal for perimeter fencing unless for decorative purposes or to simply mark a boundary.
  • Beautiful synthetic or PVC fencing is initially costly, both in terms of the product itself and installation, but it is hardier, lower-maintenance and more flexible than wood fencing and is guaranteed not to rot, rust, splinter or discolor over time. The drawback, of course, is the price tag; it is not often used on large pieces of land for this reason.
  • Barbed wire fencing, which is constructed with two intertwined strands of wire with sharp barbs that are attached to metal or wood posts, is strong and more effective at keeping animals in that other types of fencing. It also tends to carry a lower cost, which is more economical for fencing in large spaces. The major downside to using barbed wire is, naturally, the damage it might do to animals who get entangled in it, or to the humans who install and maintain it. In many states – though not in North Carolina – barbed wire fencing is illegal.
  • Woven or welded wire fencing, designed in a pattern of vertical and horizontal rows of wire woven together to create a sort of grid effect, is ideal for confining smaller animals or protecting garden areas or other more confined spaces. Chicken wire is a typical example of woven wire fencing.

Solar vs. Electric 

Either solar-powered or electric fencing is ideal if you’ve got large animals you’re trying to contain, or predators you’re trying to keep out. Durable and long-lasting, it consists of insulated wires running horizontally between vertical posts.

Besides a power outlet, electric fencing requires some sort of charger, or energizer, that sends energy through the wires; when an animal touches the wire, an extra impulse of energy is emitted which shocks the animal and tells that animal where the boundary is. Grounding rods, which are used to dissipate the charge from lighting or other sources of electricity into the earth, are also required, as is an insulator, which helps the system prevent a loss of voltage. It is difficult to move electric fencing from one location to another due to the power outlet requirement, but overall it is an excellent, economical and low-maintenance option.  

The benefits of using clean, reliable solar fencing over electric fencing is primarily the fact that NO electrical outlet will ever be needed; this type of off-the-grid farming is highly desirable for many farmers who either don’t have electric power sources, or don’t wish to be dependent on them. Other very valid reasons for considering solar-powered over electric fencing are these:

  • There is little to no risk of serious injury or even death in connection with accidents involving solar-powered fencing.
  • Solar fencing is easy to pick up and shift from one location to the other, for grazing or other purposes.
  • Beyond the initial cost to install, ongoing costs to maintain solar fencing are very low since power produced by the sun is absolutely free!
  • Solar fencing is easy to install and maintain.
  • Solar power isn’t vulnerable to power outages or other electrical issues.

Drawbacks of using solar power vs. electric include a dependency on good weather – you’ll need enough sunny hours each day to keep the system running at its most efficient levels – as well as the human energy required to keep solar panels clean and free from snow and other debris. This is especially important as the charger must be able to create energy even on days when there is relatively little sun or hours of daylight. Eco-Friendly, Low-Maintenance Solar Power Fencing

North Carolina Vendors and Suppliers

Carolina Solar Sources

2544 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd.

Durham, NC 27707

(919) 808-5285

Tractor Supply Co.

3004 South Horner Blvd.
Sanford, NC 27332

(919) 708-9057


409 US Hwy 70 East

Garner, NC 27529

(919) 772-0865

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Apex NC Horse Farm for Sale near Jordan Lake!

Exquisitely Designed Newly Constructed Carriage House and Picturesque Equestrian Property with 21 Acres! Amazing Transformation from Previous Ownership! Perfect Retreat Property with Private Setting w/ Access to Jordan Lake! Well Manicured Grounds with Private Garden and Pond. State of the Art Technology in Home including Solar, Tesla Charger, Security w/ Cameras and More! 6 Stall Barn, w/Tack and Hay Storage, Lit Dressage Arena, Trails and Fenced Pastures Ready for Horses. Property Joins US Corps Land.

Solar entry gate, whole house generator, and more. Plenty of room to build second home!

505 Clyde Farrell Road, Apex! Showings by appointment only. $1,595,000

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Little Mountain Creek Road Land

11 Acres in Little Mountain Creek Road

(UNDER CONTRACT) $62,500! MULTIPLE USE LAND TRACT PERFECT FOR RESIDENTIAL OR FARM USE! Beautiful Open Land Combined with Mature Hardwoods Offers Lots of Privacy and Makes this a Perfect Diverse Property! Road Frontage on Little Mountain Creek Road! Nice Estate Layout for Home and Horse Farm with Plenty of Open Space for Pasture. Gentle Rolling Hills and Lots of Woods for Riding Trails! Small Pond! Additional Acreage Available! Call for Details!

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Just Listed Land for Sale in Franklin County NC

7 Acres on Herman Wilkerson Road

(UNDER CONTRACT) $42,500! Nice Heavily Wooded Tract of Land with Road Frontage / Access on Herman Wilkerson Road! Perfect for Residential Home or Mini Farm! Additional Acreage Available! This 7+/- Acres is Ideal for Country Retreat / Home site. See Covenants and Tax Map. No Single Wide Trailers Allowed. Ask about Covenants.

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Just listed land for sale in Castalia NC

3.57 Acres on Herman Wilkerson Road in Castalia

$24,500! Nice Heavily Wooded Lot on Herman Wilkerson Road! Build Your Dream Home or Cabin with Privacy! Easy Access with Lots of Potential! Additional Acreage 11 and 7 Acres Parcels Available! Call Agents for Details! Ask about Restrictive Covenants. No Single Wide Homes Allowed.

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Log Homes in North Carolina

­Log Homes for Sale in NCLog Home Life! Find your Log Homes in North Carolina!


There’s no denying the charming, rustic beauty of a solidly built log home. The warm, simple style of log home living is about as basic to our ideas of back-to-nature comfort and timeless appeal as it gets.

Log Homes in America

In centuries past, of course, as explorers settled new areas, they used whatever resources they came across to construct the most basic of housing: timber, stone, mud, and other natural materials. Often as families moved from one spot to another, further and further into unsettled lands, they disassembled their homes and took the pieces along, re-constructing their houses wherever they re-settled; but often these structures were left behind for other pioneers to use as they migrated West. Unbelievably – though rare – some American log homes from as long ago as the mid-1600s are still in existence.

Building Techniques Specific to Log Home Craftsmanship

Chinking” is the material that log homes use between logs (much as mortar is used on brick homes) to seal the walls and make them solid. Although chinking originally may have been created using straw, cloth, mud or whatever other resources were on hand, today’s chinking is adhesive and elastic, keeping out moisture and forming an impermeable, insulating bond.

The “notch” technique of joining logs together in the joints, or corners, of a log building involves cutting the logs where they meet so that they solidly interlock and remain in place. Depending on the tools used, the expertise of the builder, and the desired aesthetic of the cabin, a notching pattern is selected that not only holds the walls of the cabin together but creates a weathertight effect.

Finally, the choice of using hand-cut or milled logs depends entirely on the skill level, budget and preference of the individual(s) who are building the log structure. Purchasing logs from a sawmill may raise the cost of a job substantially, yet the benefits of using milled logs that are uniform in size, shape and quality along with a shortened construction time and the assurance of a precision-cut, dependable product make this option a no-brainer for some people. 90% of the log homes built in America, in fact, are constructed of milled logs.

As far as hand-cut logs go, there’s no denying a certain satisfaction that may come from harvesting the timber on your own, from your own land, for your very own log home, but it’s also important to take into consideration the daunting task of finding the right size and healthiest trees and cutting those trees into logs that can actually be used. The advanced wood cutting skills and specialized equipment involved in this time-consuming, labor-intensive process often prevent builders from going this route.

Pre-Fab or Custom Built?

A pre-fabricated log home is built in one location, then shipped to another, in pieces, for assembly. Pre-fab kits come in every shape, size, design and price range, but the main benefit is that the buyer knows that the product they’re purchasing is complete and ready to go. Modular homes are perfect for those who may be uneasy about the idea of building a log home from scratch, or for builders who are budget-conscious or have time constraints. The process of purchasing a pre-fab home is simple, straightforward and usually the fastest way to go from project start to finish, and for the most part they come with plumbing, heating, insulation packages and many of the same quality building products you’d find in a traditionally built log home.

Log Homes for Sale in North CarolinaA custom-built log cabin is one that is built by a contractor on someone’s own property, exactly as any other custom-built home is. The average cost of a custom log home is quite a bit higher than that of a pre-fabricated one because everything is built from scratch, according to a customized plan, and with materials that are often quite a bit higher in cost than those included in a modular home kit. However, the extras that some of today’s custom-built log homes include – hot tubs, luxurious kitchens, full baths, wrap-around decks and more – are often well worth the additional cost.  

A hunting cabin is a smaller, more bare-bones structure than a typical cabin, made of logs or otherwise, in an area of abundant wildlife. Typically outfitted with a number of sleeping, storage and outdoor social areas (porch, firepit) as well as cozy indoor fireplace and/or wood-burning stove, hunting cabins are ideal for those who wish to experience as much of nature as possible, year-round. Although furnishings are usually sparse and modern comforts are few, all basic needs – shelter, a place to sleep, running water and some source of power for cooking and heat – are covered.

Historic Hart Square

One of North Carolina’s most fascinating resources is Hart Square Village, the largest collection of historic log cabins in the country. The complex features log structures and antiques collected by Dr. Bob and Becky Hart over a five-decade period, each cabin lovingly restored and displayed at the Harts’ Vale, NC wildlife preserve. Every cabin, furnished with 18th century Appalachian antiques, represents its own time and geographical location, and features authentic period furnishings and artifacts including rope beds and pewter utensils. Two major annual events – the October Annual Festival and Christmas in the Village – are held each year, the proceeds of which go toward educational resources and preservation of the historic property.

5055 Hope Road, Vale, NC 28168 (828) 528-5029 /

Piedmont-Area Log Home Builders / Contractors

Southland Log Homes

5692 Millstream Rd.

Whitsett, NC 27377

(800) 641-4754


Log Home Builders NC

3065 Crockers Nub Rd.

Kenly, NC 27542

(919) 202-4428


Bear Creek Log & Timber Homes

371 Valley Road

Mocksville, NC 27028

(336) 751-6180


Bear’s Den Log Homes

Newton, NC

(828) 465-3139


Log Cabin Homes

7677 N. Halifax Rd.

Battleboro, NC 27809

(252) 454-1599

**Upcoming Events –

            Construction Workshops & Seminars with Model Tour / Greensboro/Winston-Salem

            Log Cabin Homes Model Center, 145 Spring Forest Drive, Mebane, NC 27302

            February 13, March 13, April 10, May 8, June 12, 2021 / 10am – 3pm

            Call (919) 563-5656 for more information


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Durham Equestrian Farm for Sale on Old Oxford Hwy

Legacy Equestrian Farm for Sale in Durham


RECENT PRICE REDUCTION to $1,395,000! Welcome to the Lyondale Farm in Durham North Carolina!

2810 Old Oxford Hwy DurhamThe Lyondale Farm, a well-known landmark in Durham was formed in 1943 and originally consisted of 650 acres and was part of the Cameron Plantation, which was a land grant from the King of England.  The plantation stretched from what is now Hillsborough to Raleigh with the original plantation home place located 3 miles to the north.

Previous owners and founders Sara and John Lyon, Sr. built a home on the farm in 1945 and began raising registered Hereford cattle for beef and breeding.

The current owner John, Jr. Lyon has many cherished memories from growing up on the farm. “The Hole”, a local swimming place at the Eno River where all the kids congregated and went swimming and fishing during the summer. “Living off the land”, raising vegetables, pigs, cows, and chickens, and horseback riding till sunset are some of his favorites. 

The cattle operation blossomed until the late 60’s until the Falls Lake project began. Due to the expansive land acquisition in the area, it reduced the farm to 44 acres.

With the reduction of land, the cattle operation ceased and was replaced with horse boarding which continued until John,Sr.’s death in 1978.  Sara and the farm manager Durham NC Horse Farm for Sale managed the business until Sara’s death in 2005. At that time John, Jr. returned to his homeplace and has managed the farm since along with his wife, Connie.

There are two homes that remain on the property and the one that fronts Old Oxford Highway is better known as the “Eno Cottage” and was built to house the farm manager and later the family. This home was a popular Air B&B and now a monthly rental. The main home by the ponds was moved to its present location after the land acquisition in the 60’s. Click here to see photos of the Eno Cottage.

Durham Equestrian Farm for Sale NCThe land is exceptional and offers diverse rolling topography with Miles of Trails, Fenced Pastures, and Scenic Views througout. This is an income producing farm and currently boards 10 +/- horses with 10 stalls and rental income from rental house.

There are multiple outbuildings and shelters with a full working garage-shop with bathroom and studio space! The studio has a full bath with HVAC.

The Mountains-to-Sea Trail close by and the property borders the Army Corps Land and Game Lands. Beautiful!! Call us for details and a showing. $1,395,000

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62 Acres on Lower Moncure Road in Lee County NC

(UNDER CONTRACT) 62 Acres on Lower Moncure Road in Lee County NC! $310,000  This 62 acre parcel has over 1750 ft of paved road frontage on Lower Moncure Road and is minutes from US 1. Its layout is ideal for single lot development. The tract is primarily a pine plantation with 20 plus year timber that was thinned in 2008. Good investment opportunity. The price per acre is $5000.  Contact Frank Gombatz 919-785-4249 or Gardner Reynolds 919-749-3177 for maps or other information.

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