• Fishing

    Squid can be trolled on a rig similar to a live-bait king rig to take mackerel.

    Speed-rig a squid

    August 15 at 7:00am
    A three-way swivel allows crappie fishermen to troll a crankbait at a certain depth and drag along a second lure in slightly deeper water.

    Make crappie do a double-take

    August 15 at 7:00am
    Huge trees that line the banks of blackwater rivers provide a lot of shade and cooler water where bass are more likely to be active and feeding.

    Shadow hunting

    August 15 at 7:00am
    Long, snake-like plastic worms can be deadly on blackwater rivers, where snakes are a regular part of a bass’s diet.

    Go big with soft plastics

    August 15 at 7:00am
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    New kayak gear reviews

    August 15 at 7:00am
    The author snapped this cell-phone photo of a 71/2-foot blacktip shark he caught — his personal best from a kayak.

    Need a bigger boat? Nah, not this time

    Kayak-bound anglers can wrestle plenty of big, summer fish
    August 14 at 9:00am
    Circle hooks, without an offset will typically hook a gamefish in the corner of its mouth, no matter how far down it takes a bait.

    Offset, off center

    When you’re planning to release fish, go with a straight circle hook, not an offset
    August 12 at 9:00am
    Guide Jerry Hill works bucktails in 12 to 14 feet of water this month for High Rock Lake’s stripers.

    Stripers on the prowl

    High Rock Lake fish working down main-lake areas
    August 09 at 4:01pm

    Time to double up

    Upper end of Roanoke Rapids Lake has plenty of stripers, largemouth
    August 09 at 3:57pm
    Jonathan Phillips and his son, Carter, show off what a September bass looks like at Jordan Lake.

    Jordan Lake’s bass working toward shallows

    Start looking more in creeks this month as water cools
    August 09 at 3:51pm
    Topwater baits such as Zara Spooks account for plenty of speckled trout when the weather finally cools in September.

    Go for the top!

    Georgetown specks turn to topwater
    August 09 at 3:48pm
    Noah Lynk switches from trolling to casting jigs and spoons for Spanish mackerel once September arrives.

    Feed Spanish mackerel with a spoon

    Casting to fall mackerel can fill your cooler quickly
    August 09 at 3:42pm

    Shank a harbor sheepshead

    Charleston jetties, bridge pilings come alive
    August 09 at 3:38pm
    Bass pro Dearal Rodgers said he is ready in September to fish topwater baits in shallow water, as well as probing deep water for Lake Wateree bass.

    Be ready to move for Lake Wateree bass

    Changes in weather can push bass from deep to shallow
    August 09 at 3:20pm