The fly rod curved like a limber buggy whip, and the fly line curled lazily over the morning mist rising from the stained water. It propelled the leader and popping bug accurately, dropping softly under the overhanging limbs along the shoreline.
A growing number of fishermen are aware of the striped bass in the Cape Fear, Northeast Cape Fear and Brunswick rivers around Wilmington during the winter, but there isnt nearly as much recognition for those same fish as the weather and water warms from April through June.
June brings real change to inshore waters with spring coming to a close. The perfect storm brews in the creeks and sounds along southeastern North Carolina's coast; local estuaries boom with life: floods of crabs, slurries of small fishes and shrimp and boatloads of jazzed-up gamefish, including America's favorite fluke. It's time for doormat seekers to connect with trophy flatfish in the lower Cape Fear River and the neighboring Intracoastal Waterway between Snow's Cut and Wrightsville Beach.
One of the more desirable fish along South Carolina’s coast is the flounder, appreciated by many not only for its fight, but the quality of the fish as table fare. Clayton Crawford of Russellville is one guide to loves to target them, having developed a special affinity for them over the years.
Along the South Carolina coast, June marks the real beginning of warm-season angling, and for many, the combination of warm weather and unusually high tides makes for one of the best possible scenarios.
Flowing out of North Carolina down to Winyah Bay, the Pee Dee River is a mystery to all but the locals who fish it. Some 30 years ago, flathead catfish stocked in North Carolina impoundments upstream escaped and were flushed down the river. It is estimated that over half of the catfish population in this river is comprised of flatheads, while the other half are jumbo-sized blue catfish.
Youll need eyes in the back of your head when fishing Lake Hartwell for stripers and hybrids this month. The big linesided brutes will circle you like a gobbler getting the high ground, and start boiling and raking the waters surface just as youve committed your baits and/or lures in a different direction.
The 24-hour news cycle hypes seemingly every shark attack anywhere in the world that maims or kills some poor soul, fanning an almost universal fear of sharks. When a Great White or an aggressive bull shark is spotted along the coast, within say 100 miles or so of our beaches, we think, Thats too close; maybe I shouldnt go in the water.
You dont need a big, expensive boat or a sprawling reservoir to enjoy great summer fishing if youre a resident of North Carolinas Piedmont Triad region, which includes Greensboro, Winston-Salem and High Point.