Summer is finally over and the fabulous fall fishing season is here. And while October brings on excellent chances to lure a big buck into range in the woods, a similar inshore coastal showdown shouldn’t be missed. Speckled trout are the prime targets in saltwater circles.
As October arrives, breeding behavior kicks off in whitetail country, and hunters can expect bucks to move to a fall pattern, in which the habits of their slick-headed companions will make a huge impact on their daily drive.
The rut, the peak of whitetail breeding, is the most eagerly awaited portion of deer season for a very good reason: big bucks are on the move. The reproductive urge in high gear means deer move literally around the clock.
Almost every angler who has ever set the hook on a crappie looks forward to the spring, when fish move en masse to the shallows for the annual ritual of reproduction. They stake out spawning locations, and anything that resembles something to eat will often get nailed by a slab, either on the nest or moving between the closest creek channel and the shallows.
The nearshore ocean off North Carolina’s Oak Island has attracted fish and fishermen for decades. It is one of only a few south-facing beaches along the coast of the Carolinas, and the unique westerly flow of water running out the Cape Fear River carries bait down the beach for a ways instead of sweeping it to the north like at most other inlets. This unique movement of water holds a variety of baitfish along the beaches, and big fish move in to enjoy the buffet.
Deer hunting has not been immune from advances in technology and tactics. Hunters run the gamut from bringing nothing more than a weapon and a pair of boots to an organized pack that contains everything but the kitchen sink.
Steve Rodger welcomed in the 2017-18 deer season in South Carolina’s Lowcountry by busting this huge buck on opening day.