• July 2009 - Volume 4, Number 7


    Try these five tricks and fill your stringer with bream every time out.

    Certain fish are usually targeted by a particular group of anglers. It becomes normal for certain people to fish for stripers, catfish or bass.

    Beat the heat by fishing in Clarks Hill’s tailrace for trophy fish.

    When the water at Clarks Hill heats up for the summer, striped bass have two places to hang out where they can survive the heat. Deep water in the lower end offers thermal refuge for the majority of the lake’s striped and hybrid bass. They hold deep near the thermocline where cooler water and higher dissolved-oxygen levels see them through ’til cooler weather arrives.

    Diver's Rock is a dependable spot for summer Spanish mackerel and bonito.

    While many fishermen targeting Spanish mackerel head for the easier-to-access fishing near better-known inlets, at least one pair of Wilmington-area guides heads farther north for top-drawer action.

    Biologists say decent-size stripers still live in Kerr Reservoir, but anglers must first wade through juvenile fish.

    It was typically hot and steamy on July 19, 2008, at John H. Kerr Reservoir, a 50,000-acre Army Corps of Engineers lake along the North Carolina-Virginia border.

    Go light or heavy for Mr. Toothy in Beaufort, Hilton Head waters.

    A day-lighter? For many of us, the first one was compliments of Peter Benchley’s movie Jaws. When the music intentionally lulled us into a relaxed state in the middle of that high-tension thriller, then they thrust that great white shark’s opened maw onto the wide screen in full attack mode, fright lifted viewers so far out of their movie seats that you could see “daylight” below.

    For anglers who don’t own boats or lakeside property, the answer to extended summer adventures is camping.

    Outdoorsmen who enjoy fishing often dream about owning a cottage or second home on a fish-filled lake where the front walkway serves as the yellow-brick road to a pier or boathouse where adventure begins.

    The ‘Horseshoe’ is a lucky spot for summertime mixed-bag fishing off Southport.

    The day dawned, one of those mid-summer beauties you hope for when heading out into the ocean. While he didn’t voice his concerns to the happy charter in the cockpit, the captain was concerned it might be just a little too nice and the fish wouldn’t cooperate, even though he’d been catching fish in one area for more than a week.

    Mackerel are prime candidates to help teach Charleston-area fishermen the basics of fly-rodding.

    Spanish mackerel visit South Carolina’s nearshore and inshore waters during the summer, and you can almost “bank” a few each trip in July.

    Wading the Cape Romain flats for summer redfish is a not-to-be-forgotten treat.

    It’s sort of a personal thing.

    It’s a point guard trying to beat his defender off the dribble, a cornerback trying to stay inside the jersey of the wide receiver he’s covering, a hunter in full camo with his back up against an oak tree, trying to lure a lovesick gobbler into shotgun range.

    Old wars and sunken ships create No Vacancies at coastal flounder motels.

    During the War Between the States, actively fought off the North Carolina coast from 1861 through 1865, the Union attempted to prevent goods from reaching Southern ports by creating shipping blockades with its navy.

    Turn everything you know about crappie fishing upside down, then catch some of the biggest slabs of the year with this tactic.

    It’s July and it’s hot. It’s jet ski/pleasure boat rush hour on the water. They’re everywhere.

    High summer tides mean lots of redfish tailing in the marsh, especially in the Bulls Bay-Cape Romain area.