• August 2009 - Volume 16, Number 8


    Whitetail harvest numbers keep rising, and North Carolina continues to offer quantity and quality.

    Deer hunters in North Carolina set another harvest record during the 2008-09 season, and the upward trend probably will continue this fall and winter.

    Several state WMAs will be smoking-hot this year. Here’s how to get some meat for the freezer and, hopefully, a trophy for the wall.

    If you hunt deer in South Carolina, you may have considered hunting one of the state-owned Wildlife Management Areas.

    Murrells Inlet is the center of the Palmetto State’s summer flounder fishery.

    Murrells Inlet, nestled within the heart of the Waccamaw Neck, first became well-known for the successful cultivation of rice within its marshes through the 19th and into the early 20th centuries.

    Trolling tactics will increase your summer striper success.

    The hum of the big 4-stroke was a far cry from the outboards of yesterday — the days when trolling open water meant yelling at your buddy if he happened to be standing on the opposite side of the outboard.

    The only thing hotter than the weather during ‘Dog Days’ is the inshore bite for tarpon, sharks and bull redfish.

    Anchored up off a long sandbar outside the mouth of the Stono River, guide Chris Chavis shared his philosophy on mid-summer fishing.

    The waters off Wrightsville Beach are among North Carolina’s best to catch the billfish that are jewels in a saltwater angler’s crown.

    When fishermen think about sailfish, names such as Acapulco, Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan, Puerto Vallerta, Costa Rica or Guatemala come to mind.

    Mackerel experts are pier-fishing’s blue bloods at Kure Beach.

    An elite crowd gathers at the end of every oceanfront fishing pier. From spring to fall, these dedicated anglers stand in the shadows of long rods that sway to the rhythm of the waves tugging at their lines.

    Float tubes allow fishermen to reach places that bank - and boat-bound anglers can only dream about.

    Alan and Jeanne Robinson have owned several watercraft — everything from johnboats to bass boats to Boston Whalers — but none have provided as much pleasure as their $100 float tubes.

    Summer specks provide Southport fishermen with plenty of hot action.

    “Look at your shrimp up and jumping around,” Capt. Brandon Dean said with a burst of urgency and excitement in his voice. “There’s something looking at him, and he’s afraid he’s about to get eaten. You better get ready — you’re about to have a strike.”

    When it’s 100 degrees in the shade, fishing for perch on this Columbus County lake can be even hotter.

    Ned Connelly squinted through the smoke-gray dawn, surveying the water intently for the tiniest of splashes. Motoring along the shoreline of Lake Waccamaw, he wiped his forehead with a towel.

    Paddle the Broad River and escape the summer heat — but don’t ignore the great fishing.

    As the sun rose to treetop level, the summer heat was ominous. For bass fishermen, August is a first-light, last-light affair or a night-time foray. There are precious few places where anglers dare hope to endure the daylight hours, much less catch bass in the heat.

    Saltwater fishing is still great, and hunting's right around the corner. What could be better?