• May 2018 - Volume 25, Number 5

    Features

    Apalachia Lake is about as far west as you can go in North Carolina, and an experimental trophy trout fishery might make it well worth the drive.

    A summer Saturday with a nice weather forecast finds nearly every lake in North Carolina packed with anglers; arriving before daybreak is a prerequisite to having a place to park a boat trailer and tow vehicle at most public ramps.

    South Carolina’s Cooper River is a coastal largemouth factory during the spring

    South Carolina is known for its fantastic fishing, from 40-pound bull reds and gator speckled trout along its salty shores to world-record catfish and slab crappie from its notable reservoirs, Anglers don’t have to trailer far to locate a super-productive fishery. 

    Don’t give up as spring turkey season winds down; even pressured gobblers will make a fatal mistake down the stretch.

    Tactics for tagging a gobbler in the waning days of the season is often dramatically different than strategies for early season success. Late-season hunting typically requires a diverse skill set that includes patience, stealth, diversity in calling capabilities and mental toughness to commit to strategy.

    With catch-and-release of trout requested by state officials, how should South Carolina’s inshore anglers respond?

    Late this past December, the coastal regions of both Carolinas experienced some of the coldest weather in recent years, with water temperatures plummeting into the low 40s. Then, on Jan. 3, a winter ice and snow storm blasted the coast again, complete with snow and ice.

    Fishermen in both Carolinas should pay attention this month for the annual arrival of hungry Spanish mackerel to nearshore waters.

    One of the signs that spring has returned to the Carolinas is the arrival of Spanish mackerel in coastal waters. These little mackerel are targeted by fishermen from Hilton Head to Nags Head, and rightfully so. They are generally considered the tastier of the mackerel; they arrive in large schools; the limit is liberal; they are typically easy to find, and they are usually in a feeding mood. It doesn’t get much better.

    Red and black drum make for a great inshore combination for inshore anglers in the Surf City area, especially around bridges between the mainland and the beaches.

    When most people smack their lips thinking about a recipe for blackened fish, red drum most often spring to mind. But anglers who fish the waters in and around Surf City are as likely to run across of another color.

    Try this quartet of great spots to put some nice flounder in your cooler as fishing kicks off in the Carolinas this month, with summer just around the corner.

    Flounder are arguably the most-recognizable inshore fish on the east coast. For die-hard anglers, they can be targeted every month of the year in the waters of both Carolinas, from brackish ecosystems to nearshore ocean reefs.

    The Carolinas have so many great places to catch flounder, it’s hard to name just one, so we picked four spots you shouldn’t miss. Photo by Brian Cope.