Rennie Clark piloted his boat out of North Carolina’s Masonboro Inlet, nosing the bow through the rolling waves. Clouds in the overcast sky threatened rain, but the wind was calmly whispering out of the southwest, which made the seas nearly flat.
A soft-plastic swimbait may not be the artificial lure that a lot of bass fishermen point to as their “go-to” bait during the summer, but they’ve never been in the shoes of young bass pro Dylan Fulk of Concord, N.C.
The Carolinas are blessed with numerous lakes, rivers and a spectacular coast packed with seemingly endless opportunities to wet a hook, but as far as fishing opportunities, it’s usually the big red drum, doormat flounder, chunky largemouth bass and hefty striped bass that bring anglers out of hiding.
As July rolls around, the fireball is the sky continues to bake South Carolina’s Grand Strand, bringing temperatures in nearshore waters closer to their summer peaks. And the peak of the sizzlin’ summer is a great time for anglers with an affinity for Spanish mackerel to target these yellow-spotted firecrackers.
Swimbaits are underutilized lures for summer bass — until now. Flounder fishing can be as hot as the weather around nearshore reefs.