• August 2013 - Volume 8, Number 8


    Loss of habitat, influx of coyotes has changed dynamics of herd

    Reviews of South Carolina’s 2012 deer season were mixed in terms of the quantity and quality harvested. The total harvest dropped about four percent from 2011 levels, but the number of trophy deer taken was excellent in terms of entries into the state record book.

    Grass, pads, trees all hold shallow bass for Lake Moultrie anglers.

    When Cecil Wolfe cranked the outboard, the fisherman with him burrowed into the seat of the big bass rig, ready for a fast ride through the cypress trees around the perimeter of Lake Moultrie. But Wolfe idled slowly only a few hundred yards, shut the big motor down in shallow water next to some heavy cover, dropped the trolling motor and said it was time to fish.

    Jetties at Little River are magnets for bull redfish making their way back inshore to spawn. Here’s how to intercept them.

    At the tail end of summer, good things come to those who wait. As soon as the annual mullet run begins, the jetties on either side of Little River along the state line become a site of carnage.

    Take a fly rod or light spinning rod and do battle with a Tarheel State bronzeback

    Fishermen who love the smallmouth bass travel widely, from the hills of northern Alabama to the Great Lakes to the wilds of Ontario, to catch their favorite fish. Aficionados of smallmouth do not have as far to go in North Carolina, and among the state’s hotspots for these game fish is the New River in the northwest corner of the state.

    Dark nights, heavy tackle and oyster beds are three keys for catching Pamlico Sound’s ‘old’ drum

    Adam Jones may have to re-think the name of his guide service — AJ’s Sea Duck and Trophy Swan Hunts — because it doesn’t hint at what he does during the dog days of July and August.

    Spawning or feeding? Bull reds are big news in Charleston Harbor in August and September.

    Rick Hiott of Charleston has been guiding trips for redfish for years, and he looks forward to the late summer and early fall season when adult redfish, bull reds, converge on the large marine estuary commonly known as Charleston Harbor.

    Reds, trout and flounder are the headliners around Hilton Head this month, but there are plenty of supporting species.

    An angler looking to find a little bit of everything on a late-summer fishing trip could do a lot worse than setting his sights on Hilton Head Island, where great inshore fishing for traditional species exists and where the warm waters of the Atlantic bring in a wealth of scaly summer visitors. To top it off, the waters around the island are considerably off the beaten tourist path compared to the Charleston and Myrtle Beach areas.

    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.

    Pick up a gig, drop the lights in the water and prepare to add the makings of some great meals to the cooler.

    While easing away from the Fulcher’s Landing ramp in Sneads Ferry, Allen Jernigan told his fishing party that rain and windy conditions would likely affect the clarity of the water in the places he wanted to search for flounder.

    Beat the heat and slay the bream on Cedar Cliff, Bear Creek, Wolf Creek and Tanasee Creek lakes

    Fishermen looking to escape the August heat and still keep their rods and reels in working condition should consider a trip to the North Carolina mountains, Jackson County in particular.

    Several game lands will meet just about any archery hunter’s needs.

    In the late 1960s and into the 1970s, North Carolina had one game land — Butner — with enough whitetail deer to make bowhunting trips worthwhile.

    Change blade sizes, shapes, colors to match situations, changes in tides.

    If you want to make a real splash with your redfishing, this summer, opt for a spinnerbait, which is a prime-time lure for August fish.

    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.

    Feisty white perch will hit small spinners, crankbaits, live bait -- and it doesn’t take much to get them going.

    If Lake Waccamaw was in the Piedmont, you probably couldn’t find a parking space at one of its two boat ramps on the weekends. However, the 8,934-acre lake is almost unknown outside of its Columbus County home, largely due to competition from other nearby lakes, rivers and saltwater fishing destinations. It is seldom crowded in comparison to a piedmont reservoir.

    Drum up more big reds along the coast this month, or take a buck with a bow on one of North Carolina's best public game lands.