• August 2018 - Volume 25, Number 8

    Features

    Charleston Harbor is a great spot to do battle with a summer visitor: the tackle-busting jack crevalle. Don’t miss the opportunity.

    From a biological standpoint, not a whole lot is known about one of the most-abundant, subtropical saltwater species as it relates to South Carolina. 

    When slabs reach their summer haunts in deeper water, if often takes a vibrating, rattling crankbait to draw a strike. Here’s how to get one.

    There’s a good reason why more anglers aren’t catching crappie on crankbaits: they haven’t tried yet. 

    Sneads Ferry waters can still produce plenty of gator trout despite sizzling summer temperatures — if you know the hows, wheres and whens.

    It’s an axiom that the anvil-hammering sun of North Carolina beach summers pretty much ends productive inshore saltwater fishing, particularly for spotted seatrout.

    The striped bass fishery at South Carolina’s Lake Wateree has rebounded, and it’s time for anglers to take advantage of great fishing -- even during the summer.

    South Carolina’s Lake Wateree has been  a put-and-take striper fishery since the 1980s, and for most of that time, it has been a prime striped bass destination. But fishing success moderated for several years, but over the past several years the lake has again revived into a strong striper fishery.

    Topwater baits are the in-baits for summer bass on two of South Carolina’s finest blackwater rivers, the Waccamaw and Little Pee Dee.

    As the dog days of August arrive, the hot, summer sun will continue to bake the Carolinas and take a toll on anglers. 

    Forget the live bait, trolling lures or squid may be a more-efficient way for weekend warriors to catch king and Spanish mackerel.

    Sure, most anglers who land king mackerel big enough to win tournaments use live menhaden or mullet as bait, but the typical weekend warriors can make fishing more fun by concentrating on efficiency and, who knows,  still might catch a citation king or Spanish mackerel. All that is necessary is switching to lures and frozen squid.

    Mackerel, kings and Spanish, are No. 1 in North Carolina’s nearshore waters this month. Deer season opens in South Carolina. Mackerel photo by David Brown. Deer cover by Rick Small.