Even though the Carolinas are hundreds of miles from the sunny tropics of South Florida, temperatures soar over the peak summer months, with daytime temperatures in the 90s almost every day. Anglers looking to fish during the best conditions should look at tide charts and be ready to take advantage of rising water if they want to bust a limit of inshore targets.
Hunters who have pined for the piney woods for months don’t have to wait much longer. Deer season is just over the horizon, only a couple of weeks away for South Carolina hunters and a month down the road for their North Carolina brethren.
Bass pro Marty Robinson has to do more than his share of fishing in less than ideal conditions. He said that while August may not be a favorite time for bass fishermen to hit the lake, that doesn’t mean you can’t still catch fish.
Stephen Fields of Charleston Fishing Company might prefer to be on a grass flat casting to redfish, but when the inshore waters in the Carolinas reach their hottest levels this month, one of his most-reliable targets for clients are sheepshead.
Fishing spans every type of environment imaginable, with thousands of species to target. For some, all it takes is a fresh cricket or shiny lure to produce a tug on the end of the line, but some species require much more.
Quality catfish action during hot weather is highly anticipated by fishermen throughout the Carolinas. Many lakes and river produce outstanding fishing, but each system is unique, and the most-productive fishing patterns during the scorching weather of August can be quite specific.
August is North Carolina’s big month for tarpon, with big fish taking up residence in Pamlico Sound. Deer season is upon us, with South Carolina seasons opening in August. Photos by David Brown, Michael Bibb.