This past January, record cold weather set in across the Southeast causing a noticeable fish kill along the entire Palmetto State coast and calling into question the future of several popular species of fish important to recreational saltwater anglers.
Tyler Barnes of Pikeville, NC and his fiance Emily Howell boated a 68-pound blue catfish on July 30, which put them in first place in the annual EZ Bait and Tackle Store’s two-month long catch-and-release catfish tournament.
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.
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.