Fall king mackerel fishing along the North Carolina coast is on a par with anywhere. Between the Virginia and South Carolina state lines, there are plenty of fishermen chasing kings every day the weather allows, and there are king mackerel tournaments every weekend, sometimes several.
At the beginning of each deer season, hunters thumb through thousands of trail-camera photos, glass peanut or soybean fields, and think about ways to get a wall-hanger into range.
For most hunters, a heavy 10-pointer with a 20-inch spread will make a season one to remember. But some hunters get a chance to take a deer that looks entirely different, covered either in patches or with a completely white coat. And for many, it’s just as satisfying as taking that 10-point buck.
If an outdoorsman is driven by his passion, then a duck hunters would be a Ferrari. Brimming with a childlike zeal for his quarry, you can rest assured that Oct. 5-8 is circled on his calendar with a big, red heart to show how he feels about the first statewide opportunity to hunt ducks that haven’t dodged steel in North Carolina in more than eight months.
Leadhead jigs with soft-plastic trailers probably fool more redfish and speckled trout in the waters of South Carolina’s Lowcountry than all other artificial lures combined. Throw one out and reel it back; what could be more simple? Of course, there is more to catching fish, but if you can find them and get a jig-and-trailer into their midst, you will catch fish.
Anglers in the Carolinas are fortunate to be within driving distance of a true, freshwater paradise: the Santee Cooper lakes. With towering bald cypress and water tupelo lining the banks and massive beds of aquatic vegetation, the sheer beauty of Lake Moultrie and Lake Marion is evident. Sweeten the pot with a tremendous fishery for monster crappie, heavy stringers of largemouth bass, record-sized shellcrackers and colossal catfish and you’re really onto something.
A common denominator for deer-hunting hot spots in the Carolinas is the presence of agriculture fields. Not all terrain is suited for large-scale crops of soybeans, corn, peanuts, sorghum and cotton, but a lot is utilized for this purpose.
Agriculture provide sensational deer hunting if you know when and how to hunt it.
Every January, deer hunters begin preparing for the next opening day, with postseason scouting the first task. Most who specifically target big bucks begin looking for rubbed trees that went unnoticed during the fall.
Ever wanted to fish an artificial reef but didn’t feel like you had enough boat to go offshore? Maybe you didn’t want to chance a risky inlet or challenge questionable weather conditions on the ocean? Well, you’re in luck. AR 398 lies in the middle of the New River, halfway between Jacksonville and Sneads Ferry, and one of Jacksonville’s top guides is catching some of his biggest trout there.
It’s a fact: everyone likes catching fish on topwater baits. What makes fishing baits at the surface even better is that at certain times of the year, like October, you can frequently catch bigger fish on topwater lures than anything else.
Patience paid off last season for Noah Pennell when he waylaid this 142-inch 6-point. Learn how you can get into position to kill your own trophy this season.