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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.