• July 2013 - Volume 20, Number 7


    Schools of AJs can be coaxed to back of boat, where they’ll bash your live baits

    Amberjacks are the puppy dogs of the sea. Show up around any wreck, rock or reef where they’re keeping company and they’ll come trotting out to investigate, tongues wagging, waiting for you throw them some kind of doggie treat.

    It’s a long run to the bluewater, but the billfish rewards are often well worth the ride for Charleston anglers

    Charleston may be America’s most complete billfishing destination. That’s a bold statement, perhaps, but there are some definite arguments to support it.

    Pay attention to the thermocline, the location of baitfish and some current to find your summer crappie.

    On any given lake, on any given night, particularly during the summer, there are a limited number of spots where a fisherman can go, tie up the boat and have a reasonable chance at catching a cooler full of crappie.

    Soak baits on the bottom or sight-fish for cruisers; either way, you’ll have a shot at a big red drum

    The boat was in the water at the public ramp in Oriental its engine warming up, as Gary Dubiel and Dave Stewart, both fishing guides, scurried about, readying their gear for a morning of fishing for the Neuse River’s giant red drum.

    Look at your hunting situation and pick the deer stand that gives you the best chance of tagging that buck.

    The tree-stand industry is a multimillion-dollar business, in part because there’s something for everyone and ever style of hunting.

    Reservoir that produced world-record blue is still spitting out huge catfish

    John H. Kerr Reservoir’s fishing reputation once was as a top destination for largemouth bass and striped bass, but those days have disappeared.

    From Columbia upstream, the Broad River is a smallmouth fisherman’s paradise.

    Smallmouth bass aren’t the most populous fish in South Carolina, but on the Broad River, the fish is king. Smallmouth have thrived on this river from Columbia upstream since initial stockings decades ago, and they have become the No. 1 target of Broad River anglers.

    Whether it’s panfish, mackerel, sheepshead or flounder, South Carolina’s fishing piers provide plenty of angling opportunities.

    Pier fishing is one of South Carolina’s oldest angling traditions, and July has always been a great month for catching fish from these structures. With the water temperature averaging a balmy 83 degrees, fish like pompano and spot join a host of other species that bite throughout the summer; the majority of tarpon caught off South Carolina piers are also taken in July.

    Cool, oxygenated water will keep some stripers around all summer

    Long before striped bass were introduce into reservoirs, they lived in rivers. Coincidentally, long before the invention of modern fishing boats, Native American anglers pursued river stripers from small, sleek, self- propelled watercraft. Today, a select few anglers earn their stripes the old fashioned way.

    Navigating the ever-changing inlet may be more difficult than filling your limit

    Jeff Cronk has used his summers, weekends and time away from his full-time job as a middle-school math teacher to amass a wealth of fishing knowledge on the Bogue Sound and Bogue Inlet. One thing he knows very well is in the heat of the summer, flounder move to the nearshore ocean hard bottoms and artificial reefs.

    Crappie, white bass, black bass and catfish are all possibilities for the savvy summertime fisherman at Lake Russell.

    Summertime lock several species of fish into predictable patterns, and that can be a very good thing for fishermen if they adapt their efforts. Lake Richard B. Russell on the Savannah River is certainly no exception, and while crappie are one of the popular and predictable species that provide hot action during July, there are several species available most any given day.

    Heavy tackle and a stout back are among requirements for battling with visiting summer silver kings off Hilton Head and Beaufort

    As water temperatures surge under the sweltering summer sun, tarpon, aka the world’s greatest saltwater gamefish, migrate northward along the eastern seaboard.

    Stay shallow and pay attention to grass and oysters for best summer redfish action in Swansboro area.

    The water in the creeks and bays behind Bear Island sparkled in the sunlight as Swansboro’s Robbie Hall cruised by in his bay boat.

    When it comes to tickling your taste buds, do-it-yourself processing of sausage and other specialities can be rewarding — and it’s easy, too.

    Harvesting a deer may be the most-important aspect of the hunt for deer hunters, but enjoying the venison is also a priority for most. After the harvest, most hunters have a routine for processing a deer; many take it to a processor and check off what cuts or items they want made from the meat.

    Big drum aren't just nighttime targets in the Neuse River anymore.