• July 2017 - Volume 24, Number 7


    Wait until the sun goes down and your bass-fishing success will go up, if you follow these experts’ advice.

    July is known for its sweltering heat. The high temperatures, searing sun and high humidity drop a heavy burden on those trying to do a little fishing. 

    Calm, summer nights are perfect times to target flounder and other inshore species with a light, a gig and an appetite.

    It gets mighty hot on the Carolinas’ coast in July. Fishing during the day can be a sweltering experience, especially if there is little or no wind blowing. An alternative is to go flounder-gigging at night to beat the heat.

    Let small bucks walk, recognize the old ones, and pump the minerals to all of them, and trophy hunting can be a real possibility in the Carolinas.

    When most hunters think about truly monster whitetail bucks, midwestern states and Canadian provinces typically come to mind. No doubt, Illinois, Ohio and Saskatchewan consistently produce heavy-hoofed beasts with a chandelier full of antler, but hunters in the Carolinas don’t have to buy a plane ticket and travel across the continent to get a shot at the trophy of a lifetime, either. The home dirt produces its fair share of wall hangers, and with the right formula, bucks can reach their potential.

    When hot weather arrives, crappie fishing doesn’t have to disappear. These half-dozen destinations keep producing slabs for anglers from both Carolinas.

    If you’re looking for great a summer crappie connection in the Carolinas, the good news is most anglers have excellent fishing close by. According to most experts, the basic patterns for summer slabs are to fish deeper water, heavy cover or a combination of both.

    Learn how to beat the heat and the tides for some excellent speckled trout action across the Carolinas as summer takes over.

    The Carolinas aren’t dubbed the “sub-tropics” without reason. For most of the summer, temperatures across the two states hover in the 90s and sometimes reach 100 degrees. Lakes, rivers and estuaries fill with pleasure seekers and die-hard anglers. Summer can be a wonderful time to catch redfish and flounder in the tidal creeks and Spanish mackerel just off the beach. But if anglers targeting speckled trout feel deprived, summer can bring in a big payday at the right time and in the right places.

    A developing fishery for broadbill swordfish is giving Carolinas anglers a chance to probe extreme depths for an extremely impressive trophy.

    On a glassy day in the middle of the summer, Jacky DuFour sits at the helm of his 25-foot center console, the Merry Marlin. He’s well offshore of the usual trolling grounds, past the Big Rock, out of Beaufort Inlet. He has a single line in the water, which is more than 1,600 feet deep. 

    No one is arguing that summer is the best time to catch fish in the Carolinas, but no one is staying home, either. Learn which lakes fish best for summer slabs, and how to catch summer specks.