• August 2017 - Volume 24, Number 8


    A rising tide doesn’t have to end your fishing trip, especially during the summer, when water rushing into an estuary can set up a good bite in some great spots.

    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.

    What does the 2017-18 season hold for hunters in the Carolinas? Plenty of unknowns for North Carolina hunters and plenty of changes for South Carolina hunters.

    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.

    Take a bow into the shallows of coastal Carolina for rays and certain fish species, and you’ll mix hunting and saltwater fishing in a different, exciting way.

    Redfish, speckled trout and flounder aren’t the only things that Dale Collins of Fish or Die Charters targets in the waters around Swansboro. 

    The phrase “They gotta eat sometime” never rings truer for fishermen than in August’s heat. Follow the advice of these expert anglers and learn how to set up a buffet for bass.

    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.

    When August heats Carolina waters to a near-boil, you can count on sheepshead to bite. Here’s how to find and catch them.

    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.

    North Carolina anglers have a short window to target tarpon, and that window is about to open.

    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. 

    North Carolina has more than 4,000 miles of streams holding wild, native trout waiting to sample your fly collection.

    For most residents of North Carolina, the summer’s heat and humidity are givens. Fishing one of the state’s trout steams designed as “wild trout” is a great way to make an end run around the elements.

    Hot weather can bring out the best in rivers and lakes in the Carolinas when it comes to whiskered foes. Here’s the lowdown on where to find them.

    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.