• July 2018 - Volume 25, Number 7

    Features

    Flounder and gray trout make a summer fishing trip to nearshore structure out of Wrightsville Beach of Carolina Beach a good idea.

    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.

    With yellowfin tuna missing from most of the Carolinas’ offshore waters during the summer, bluewater fishermen are learning that blackfin tuna aren’t such a bad substitute.

    Four hours out of Hatteras Landing Marina, Bruce Armstrong Jr. saw something from the bridge of his charterboat, the Sea Angel. Birds were circling about a half-mile off the stern of another boat.

    Soft-plastic swimbaits can be great summer baits for bass in the Carolinas, if you know how to rig them and fish them. Here’s how....

    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.

    Summer stripers and hybrids mean deep-water fishing, and getting baits deep means down rods.

    It’s hard to say for every species of fish that when a particular pattern is really working, that it’s the way those fish have to be fished for.

    The Santee Cooper lakes’ banks don’t hold all the spawning bream; look for unpressured fish out in open, shallow water for great new-moon, full-moon results.

    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. 

    One bass pro has a two-pronged approach to catching schooling spotted bass during the summer’s hottest days.

    With the sweltering heat of July comes a waterborne epidemic that sweeps through fishermen on Lake Norman: Lake Norman spotted fever. Spotted bass, that is.

    Fishermen along South Carolina’s Grand Strand have plenty of opportunities to mop up on mackerel as the summer heat peaks.

    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.