Short flounder got you down? Tired of busting your hump to catch a keeper? You may need a change of scenery.
A good GPS and reliable coordinates for the artificial reefs and live bottoms off New Topsail and New River inlets will steer you in the right direction — to flounder that are more likely to be keepers and possibly the biggest you’ve ever caught.
Lake Wateree is fast becoming known as a “go-to” location for big catfish, with more and more anglers headed for the Midlands lake in search of big blues. Rodger Taylor of Rock Hill’s Catfish On! Guide Service has been fishing the 13,864-acre lake for years, and beginning in June, he likes to start fishing after dark.
Webster’s dictionary defines “idyllic” as “charmingly simple or picturesque.” If any place in the world meets that definition, it is the Northeast Cape Fear River. With banks shaded by cypress, gum, oak, hickory and pine trees wearing wigs of Spanish moss that waft in the gentlest breeze, it is one of the one of the most-beautiful blackwater rivers in North Carolina. Some stretches run miles with few boat docks or other signs of human habitation, adding to its draw as a bream-fishing destination.
“Do you see that line between here and the bank where the eddy meets the current? Cast upriver at about a 45-degree angle to the other side of that line and reel in quickly,” guide Mike McSwain said on a hot June day while fishing on the Broad River.
McSwain’s client did as instructed, and as the Mepps spinner got to where it was supposed to, something slammed the lure, the rod bent over, and the spinning reel’s drag sang out.
Overshadowed by its notoriety as a trophy bass and crappie lake — the once-belittled white perch even is beginning to draw a crowd — it’s no wonder the redear sunfish or shellcrackers in Shearon Harris Lake feel a bit left out.
While the wealth of aquatic vegetation at the 4,100-acre lake has been credited for the rise of its coveted population of larsgemouth bass, the grass has also helped shellcrackers become the dominant panfish.
Warm breezes, sunny skies, reasonable temperatures; everybody loves floating the creeks, inlets and bays around Beaufort and Hilton Head in June.
Cobia, speckled trout and spot-tail bass — aka redfish — are all actively feeding right now, but for those people who love the taste of flaky, white fillets, there is hardly a better piscatorial target than the feisty southern or summer flounder.
When Amanda King arrived in Wilmington a while back to attend college, she knew the Cape Fear coast was a special place and that she would probably be staying. She wound up working at the N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher running their surf-fishing seminars and similar projects, and doubling as a fishing guide who specializes in leading ladies and kids on trips exploring the Cape Fear River downstream from Wilmington to Southport from her Carolina Beach home.
Colt Bass slipped a hook through the nose of a gizzard shad, and with a flick of his wrist, flipped the baitfish into the water. He started paying out line from the level-wind reel, with help from a planer board that was sliding to the side, away from the stern of his center-console boat, engaging the reel handle when the board was at the proper distance.
Striper fishing patterns change on Lake Murray as spring gives way to summer, but the constant is that fish-catching opportunities remain excellent — as long as you adapt to changes in the weather and water that result in fast-changing striper behavior.
June is one of the best months to enjoy South Carolina’s outdoors by targeting a finned foe with a hook and line. And for purists willing to give up modern technology for custom, feathered creations, the ultimate adventure takes place this month, when an angler’s spot-tailed prize is served tails up in just inches of water.
June is busting out all over North Carolina's coastline, with nice flounder making their first big appearance of the year.