• June 2017 - Volume 24, Number 6


    Planer boards are no longer just a trick used by striper fishermen; anglers in the Carolinas are targeting other species, including big catfish, finding out the boards are a tremendous help when it comes to presenting baits exactly and effectively.

    Planer boards have literally and figuratively expanded fishing horizons for anglers for many years, but until recently, not everyone has taken full advantage of this fishing tool.

    Murrells Inlet is the center of the flounder-fishing university in June, with big fish and big numbers of fish showing up for waiting anglers.

    As summer kicks into high gear, a small estuary on the southern end of South Carolina’s Grand Strand fires off; Murrells Inlet becomes ground zero in the flounder-fishing world, attracting anglers from two blocks away and from different time zones, all looking to soak a minnow and fill up.

    Warming water is the signal for red drum around Swansboro, N.C. to put on their feed bags. You need to get your baits on their menus.

    The water temperature reaches a magical mark in May in the waters around Swansboro, N.C., and the neighboring barrier islands, igniting a previously sleepy red drum bite. But June is when marsh coves and creeks really become great venues for redfish.

    Not sure where to go fishing this month? Try some of the Carolinas’ nearshore buffet lines.

    With summer arriving in full force this month, the inshore waters up and down the coast of both Carolinas can get a little crowded with vacationers, weekend anglers and pleasure boaters. Likewise, the consistent inshore bite just a few weeks ago has begun to diminish as water temperatures have risen.

    More boats in the 20- to 30-foot range are showing up offshore every day, and fishing can be great if you make good plans, take precations and know the difference between small-boat and big-boat fishing in the bluewater.

    The allure of offshore fishing is strong. Those big fish look fun to catch and are definitely good to eat. Every year more fishermen make the decision to try their luck in the deep, azure blue waters of the Gulf Stream. 

    Popping bugs are deadly on summer bluegill when the feisty panfish had to the banks to spawn. Here’s how to put a bug in a bream’s ear.

    Deep in the heart of every southern angler’s roots is the beginning of a lifelong journey to catch fishy foes in flooded landscapes. While some cut their teeth along oyster-lined shorelines, many got their feet wet with hand-sized copperhead bluegill on the end of their line in ponds, rivers and other lily pad-infested waters. And what better way to catch them than on top with a popping bug. 

    Magnum-sized flutter spoons have become a big-bass staple among many anglers in the Carolinas. Here are the details of the latest largemouth craze.

    Bigger isn’t always better, but in this case, it is. The magnum spoon craze that exploded in 2014 has made its way around the block, moving into its third summer of taking schooling bass by storm. But, if you don’t like to follow fads before they’re proven, don’t worry; the verdict is in, and it’s time to tie one.

    June is busting out all over. Anglers have learned planer boards will catch big catfish, and that they can go offshore in small boats.Catfish photo by Terry Madewell. Dolphin photo by Brian Carroll.