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.
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.