• August 2011 - Volume 18, Number 8


    North Carolina’s 2011 Deer-Hunting Preview -- Eastern counties are still best for numbers, and they’re catching up for quality bucks.

    The northeastern corner of North Carolina, particularly Northampton County, is the place to find whitetail deer in big numbers and big sizes, according to last year’s harvest figures.

    Dog Days can be great days for bass fishermen on Lake Norman.

    The dog days of summer. Hot, lazy, sultry days. Many believe the term “dog days” developed because it’s so hot that all dogs do is laze around the yard and pant. Yet the origin of the phrase goes back to ancient times; Romans believe the hottest days of summer were caused by Sirius, the so-called “Dog Star” — the brightest star in the constellation “Canus Major” or “Big Dog.”

    Hot weather means hot action on Lake Wateree crappie.

    Crappie fishing on Lake Wateree in August may not be at the top of everyone’s list in terms of great action, but anglers targeting crappie may want to rethink that perception.

    Beat the heat and catch Bulls Bays beasts -- sharks of all sizes

    The sizzling summer heat spreads fishermen out from the extreme shallows of tidal flats all the way to the edge of the Continental Shelf. They’re all hunting for a finny foe to bamboozle and wrestle to the boat.

    SCDNR’s chief biologist says deer herd may be declining, but hunters are making the best of it.

    The raw numbers jump out at you: the deer harvest in South Carolina declined for the eighth year in a row in 2010, down between 25 to 30 percent from the record harvest of 2002. The statewide deer population is estimated at 725,000 — about a quarter of a million animals less than the mid-1990s when herd numbers peaked at around a million deer.

    Marlin are an oft-ignored species out of Oregon Inlet, but they’re more than a match for many fishermen.

    Maybe it’s the result of tight federal catch
    limits, the change-over to circle hooks or the catch-and-release of almost everything, but the past few years have produced square miles of striped bass to the 60-pound class, thousands of 300-pound bluefin tuna, a historic sailfish summer, and as many white marlin as any other season.

    Artificial reefs are king mackerel magnets for fishermen off Wrightsville Beach.

    August is hot enough to encourage second thoughts for any angler heading for the ocean on a calm day, so beginning a trip before sunrise is a great idea when the target is a big king mackerel.

    You can’t blame Englis Glover for expressing his love — loud and long — for Murrells Inlet. After all, he grew up barely a long cast from its waters and, except for an interruption of several years while chasing and hitting a little white ball as a golf pro, he’s always called the little fishing village on the lower end of the Grand Strand home.

    The waters from New Bern to Oriental are full of fish-producing spots. Here are a few.

    Almost all North Carolina residents know where New Bern is, but few think of it as a saltwater fishing destination. The former state capital, New Bern sits at the junction of the Trent River and Neuse River. The railroad trestle crossing the Trent and the site of a former US 17 Bridge across the Neuse mark the boundary between inland and joint (coastal/inland) waters, but many saltwater species ignore the boundary, especially during dry summers, and take up residence in the two rivers and the myriad of creeks that join them in this area.

    Tarpon are kings of North Carolina’s Pamlico Sound when summer rolls around.

    As waters simmer across the South, groups of bewitched anglers charmed by silver-sided beasts, prepare their gear, hoping to connect again with one of the most memorable opponents ever found in inland waters.

    Lake Moultrie fishermen can ‘drift’ their way to success on summer catfish.

    Lakes and rivers draw crowds during the sweltering summer months, and while some visitors cut the surface tension with jet skis and wake boards, travelers who wind up at Lake Moultrie generally pack a boat full of rods, slinky weights and 100-count boxes of 5/0 Gamakatsu circle hooks for their weekend activities.

    It takes a ‘woman’s touch’ to get the most out of summertime bass fishing on North Carolina’s Falls of Neuse Lake.

    Max Altman, a retired high-school phys ed teacher from Angier, knows that the greatest reward an educator can
    experience occurs when the student surpasses the teacher.

    Saltwater action is still red-hot, but our thoughts are starting to turn to deer.