• June 2018 - Volume 25, Number 6

    Features

    With the crappie spawn in your rearview mirror, it’s time to look deeper, and brush piles are tough to beat, especially to find gangs of nice fish.

    Spring brings fishermen into shallow-water jungles to target crappie as the peak of their spawn approaches and arrives. When the show is over, it’s back to targeting other species such as, bass, catfish or copperhead bream. 

    Late spring and early summer are great times to kick off the offshore fishing season off the Carolinas coast by targeting some colorful, pelagic fish that provide plenty of excitement to any tripo.

    The line of Sargasso weed beside the rip looked really inviting, but there hadn’t been any action for the first 20 minutes. That changed quickly when two neon yellow and green streaks burst out from a small break in the grass and into the middle of the spread of trolled baits.

    The re-opening of the season for spotted seatrout this month means New River anglers are ready to show that their waters are North Carolina’s best for huge specks.

    Like Shearon Harris Lake and its magnum-size largemouth bass, the New River in Onslow County continues to hold the top rating as North Carolina’s mecca for “gator” spotted seatrout.

    Join the ‘midnight shift’ and catch crappie after dark through the summer. Here’s how to get up to speed.

    On any given late spring or summer evening, on lakes throughout the Carolinas, the “midnight shift” of crappie fishermen head for the water. They arrive as the sun starts sinking, and by dusk, they’re rigged and ready with powerful, submersible lights, plenty of bait and multiple crappie rigs to attract and catch crappies.

    ‘Shoot’ your bait back into the dark recesses under a dock, and you’ll get more looks from hungry bass that dig the shade. Here’s how.

    Shade, shelter and feeding opportunities; it’s no wonder bass don’t want to leave their docks. You pluck a few from the perimeters with moving baits and maybe flip a couple off those outside posts, but consistency hinges on your ability to take it to ’em. 

    Lipless crankbaits aren’t just bass baits; they’ll foll plenty of redfish in the Carolinas.

    Like baseball and apple pie, lipless crankbaits like Rat-L-Traps are part of a fishing tradition spanning decades. Originally pigeon-holed as bass lures, the rattle and vibration that makes them irresistible to largemouths also draws attention from saltwater predators like redfish.

    Summer doesn’t mean crappie fishing is finished in the Carolinas, it just means some adjustments to your tactics. Summer definitely means dolphin in the bluewater of both states.