• October 2014 - Volume 21, Number 10


    Slow-trolling jigs and minnows along creek-channel ledges should produce Jordan Lake slabs.

    Happily for crappie fishermen, Jordan Lake has recovered from a massive 2011 fish kill. The rare combination of a cold-weather threadfin shad die-off that February, then a week of 100-degree temperatures that July wiped out a lot of fish.

    Learn how to find deer in places most North Carolina hunters won’t look for them — around loads of people

    The first major signs of rutting activity begin in October, the first full month of fall, and buck fever grabs most hunters across the state. Plenty of hunters will make it into the woods this month, many will go home with meat in the freezer and some will make a trip to the taxidermist. 

    Fishing live bait vertically is one hot method

    Fishermen targeting red drum often scour the skinny waters of far-removed marshes or bays as if in search of hidden treasure.  While one may be found there, one guide has discovered a pot of redfish gold hidden in plain sight. Inside New River Inlet, around Sneads Ferry, locating deep-water oyster beds is the key to tangling with quality reds. 

    Capt. Ricky Kellum of Jacksonville’s Speckled Specialist Inshore Fishing Charters fishes the New River from the inlet to Sneads Ferry, chasing the best bite around. According to him, the likelihood of hooking a red that’s above-average in size is one of the main draws inside the inlet.  

    Use trail cams, don’t over-hunt and get out after the rain

    Perhaps the most refreshing thing about Danny Dillard of Easley is that he used to be just like the rest of us when it came to deer hunting, and he knows it.

    Better equipment, clothing, instruction has helped put more North Carolina women afield.

    It’s been impossible to miss that over the past handful of years, more and more photographs of smiling women kneeling behind dead deer, ducks and turkeys have been showing up in the incoming e-mail files at North Carolina Sportsman.

    North Carolina fishermen target wahoo in the fall above any other time period.

    Fall mornings start early along the Atlantic Beach canals and Morehead City waterfront. In the lingering darkness, captains and mates prepare charter boats for the day’s work. The fishermen arrive before the sun cracks the horizon, sleepy but excited, with expectations of great fishing.

    Lake Greenwood slabs are on the way to the backs of creeks this month; follow them and fill that limit using these expert tips.

    Most teens strive to find their niche in high school. Some are athletes, others student government types, others bookworms, socialites or not-so-socialites. These days, it’s not uncommon for high schools to field their own bass-fishing club teams. Even so, Braxton Wall, a 17-year-old senior at Ninety Six High School near Lake Greenwood, is a crappie guy.

    Sight-fish with spinning or fly tackle, or troll with small, shiny spoons, and tie into a feisty false albacore

    Known as little tunny, false albacore and, informally, Fat Alberts, the fish that goes by the scientific name Euthunnus alletteratus is abundant up and down the Atlantic coast and even south to Brazil and east to Africa. They hunt in packs and often are mixed in schools with small yellowfin, blackfin or skipjack tuna, Atlantic bonito, Spanish mackerel and bluefish.

    They’re liable to show up anywhere from the Gulf Stream to the shoreline, and along North Carolina’s coast, they’re caught from piers and boats, in the surf at Buxton’s Cape Point, and they often blitz piers at dawn and dusk. All they require is clean water with a high salinity level.

    Keep up with deer movements and October might bring you a trophy buck.

    Deer movement in South Carolina can occasionally be predictable, but those times are few and seldom last long, especially if deer get pressure from hunters. They generally occur during the very early season when deer are still in their summer pattern or very late in the season when hunting pressure often dwindles in remote areas.

    Key on scrapes and food plots and you’ll have the best of both worlds when it comes to having a chance at a big North Carolina buck in October.

    Most people have heard the “location, location, location” mantra that describes what it takes for a profitable business venture that requires real estate.

    Southerly migration of white shrimp kicks off big trout bite along South Carolina coast.

    For light-tackle anglers along the southern tip of the Grand Strand, the arrival of fall is nothing less than an early Christmas present. Fishermen around Murrells Inlet welcome along with October the prime season for catching speckled trout. From the rock-lined jetties on the ocean side to the handful of oyster-covered creeks in this quaint vacation destination, the speck showcase showdown begins. 

    These seven tips will give you a better chance for success when you enter a buck’s territory on the ground

    Kneeling motionless for what seemed like hours, my knees were aching as I waited for the right opportunity to move a little closer to the deer feeding barely 30 yards away. 

    Fall mullet run brings bull reds to the surf, within reach of beach-bound anglers

    When it comes to inshore fishing in South Carolina, the redfish is king. They’re aggressive feeders willing to take numerous baits, and hard fighters, especially on light tackle. 

    Deer hunting really takes off in South Carolina this month, with the peak of the rut arriving as Halloween approaches.