• June 2013 - Volume 20, Number 6


    For a fraction of the cost of an offshore charter trip, fishermen can harvest the best bottomfish the ocean or sounds can offer.

    Outer Banks anglers on a small budget can fish from the largest boats in the harbor.

    Small ponds often hold the best panfishing there is; don’t pass up the chance to explore one.

    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.

    Hungry fish will hit swimbaits, stream flies — just about anything that swims.

    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 isn’t nearly as much recognition for those same fish as the weather and water warms from April through June.

    Big push of bait as water warms makes flatfish a winning proposition in ICW, Snow’s Cut.

    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.

    Find bait, fish the right tide with the right technique and you’ll put South Carolina flounder in your cooler.

    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.

    Understand how tides and wind move water and you’re halfway to hooking up with a redfish in just inches of water.

    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.

    Different sections of river require different tactics as it rolls from North Carolina to Winyah Bay.

    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.

    Successful tactics involve knowing where bass are likely to be, and what lures, colors and presentations they prefer. This guide has a few ideas of his own.

    By June, most largemouth bass in North Carolina waters have ended their spawn and are in a blue funk as far as chasing lures is concerned.

    Live bait and topwater action for Lake Hartwell stripers is unbeatable this month.

    You’ll 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 you’ve committed your baits and/or lures in a different direction.

    Learn which species is which and take advantage of the sharks that swim in the Beaufort/Hilton Head area.

    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, “That’s too close; maybe I shouldn’t go in the water.”

    Parts of 15 streams are highlighted on Trail, the only one of its kind in the U.S.

    With summer approaching, where does a fisherman go to beat the heat? Want to go somewhere a little cooler where you can fish a lot of different places without driving too far?

    Smaller lakes, closer to home, are just the ticket for urban anglers.

    You don’t need a big, expensive boat or a sprawling reservoir to enjoy great summer fishing if you’re a resident of North Carolina’s “Piedmont Triad” region, which includes Greensboro, Winston-Salem and High Point.

    Scuba gear is key to diving for big catfish in badin, high rock lakes.

    Paul Cleveland of Charlotte doesn’t fit the preconceptions of a guy who grabs for catfish.

    Outer Banks headboats target everything from grouper to black sea bass to croaker, while bass fishermen find plenty of action at the Piedmont Triad-area municipal lakes.