• June 2011 - Volume 18, Number 6


    With seasons finally open, Morehead City bottomfishing is back in style

    With bottomfish seasons open — finally — North Carolina anglers who fish out of Morehead City will find some of the best action. So many reefs, ledges and wrecks are such an easy boat ride out of port that it can be hard to pick a hard-bottom destination.

    Find the blueback herring and find Clarks Hill’s bass

    By June and on through the summer, fishermen need to know only one thing to catch largemouth bass in Clarks Hill Lake — where to find the blueback herring.

    Hunt all year long by adding an electronic coyote caller to your equipment list.

    A hunter perched in a tower stand stared intently down a woods road, searching for any telltale movement that might give away his quarry. Another hunter sat on the ground below, camouflaged right down to his eyeballs, lost in the mixed pine and hardwood cover. Only his eyes were visible as he waited with his elbows planted on his knees to steady the shotgun in his hands.

    Dolphin fill the bill along South Carolina’s southern coastline.

    After a 3:45 a.m. wake-up call and a 4:30 departure from the dock, it was a 3-hour run to the blue water. On the long ride out, daylight broke, and not long into the first pull of the morning, a buzz-like lightning went through the boat as the captain and crew — all of whom have keen eyesight above and beyond that of mortal men — spotted “something” following the baits.

    Ambush a flounder in the Murrells Inlet area

    The cast went far and long across the mouth of the small gutter creek flowing from the marsh and dumping into Murrells Inlet. To the right side of the gutter, J. Baisch of Fishful Thinking Guide Service had nosed his center-console boat up into the grass and was standing on the rear deck, methodically casting and retrieving.

    Spanish mackerel love live bait, just not as big as their king mackerel cousins.

    The live-bait craze hit the king mackerel world 25 years ago, and in the span of four or five years, every serious fisherman had learned to throw a cast net, every center console had an aerated bait tank, and heavy tackle and trolling spoons had been replaced by light line, rods with fast tips and extra-sharp treble hooks.

    Find the fish and lose the crowds on three small Triangle area lakes.

    It happens every day around the Triangle. Boats are hitched, tackle is loaded and anglers head to one of the Big Three: Jordan Lake, Falls of the Neuse Lake or Shearon Harris Lake.

    Crappie fishing turns into an after-dark affair this month.

    The first day of June marks a turning point for fishermen who call Lake Murray home. The spring spawning seasons are over, and schools are letting out around the popular 50,000-acre reservoir in South Carolina’s Midlands.

    Coyotes as a predator may be a problem for big-game hunters, but they also offer the opportunity for some year-round hunting.

    South Carolina’s statewide deer population has declined by about one-third since the mid-1990s. Habitat change, development and pine plantation monocultures have contributed, but a factor that parallels the drop in the deer population is the increase in the coyote population.

    Carolina Beach is a favorite fishing destination for lots of North Carolina anglers.

    Carolina Beach is a popular destination for many fishermen from across North Carolina, plus visitors from other states. The ease of access in past years built the popularity, which continues. Located near the end of US 421 and the southernmost of the Wilmington area beaches, Carolina Beach enjoyed easy access in the years before I-40 was built. Now, access is even easier, and the crowds, especially on weekends, bear this out.

    The Charleston Harbor area is unique among the state’s saltwater fisheries.

    The Charleston Harbor area is arguably the center of South Carolina’s coastal fishery, and in more ways that just geography.

    Falls of Neuse Lake offers bass fisherman several option this month.

    By June, the largemouth bass spawn has finished at most North Carolina reservoirs — but not entirely at Falls of the Neuse Lake.

    Grass means bass for fishermen at Roanoke Rapids Lake

    Fishermen who frequently visit Roanoke Rapids Lake have had to adjust the way they fish over the past 10 or 15 years.

    Summer means reds and flounder by day and slab-sized crappie by night.