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    July 01 at 7:00am
    Don’t forget swimbaits for summer bass in the Carolinas.

    Get in the summer swim

    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....
    July 01 at 7:00am
    Bass pro Bryan Thrift targets spotted bass on summer trips to Lake Norman, but he still catches an occasional  largemouth.

    Summer bass fever: Lake Norman’s spots

    One bass pro has a two-pronged approach to catching schooling spotted bass during the summer’s hottest days.
    July 01 at 7:00am
    During the summer months, down-rodding live bait for striped bass is the go-to tactic for fishing guide Chip Hamilton and anglers of all ages.

    Get the lowdown on down-rod fishing for striped bass

    Summer stripers and hybrids mean deep-water fishing, and getting baits deep means down rods.
    July 01 at 7:00am
    A jig and soft-plastic trailer in bluegill colors (greens, oranges, browns) can be a killer bait when bass are feeding shallow on bream that are feeding on mayflies.

    July means bream, mayflies and bass

    Target bedding bream, or target bass eating bream eating mayflies at peak of the insect hatch
    July 01 at 7:00am
    Summer bream are a staple on South Carolina’s Santee Cooper lakes.

    Sacking Santee’s bedding bluegills

    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.
    July 01 at 7:00am
    Target gray trout and flounder around Cape Fear’s nearshore reefs.

    A flat, gray bite

    Flounder and gray trout make a summer fishing trip to nearshore structure out of Wrightsville Beach of Carolina Beach a good idea.
    July 01 at 7:00am
    Summer means Spanish mackerel along the Grand Strand.

    The Spanish of summer

    Fishermen along South Carolina’s Grand Strand have plenty of opportunities to mop up on mackerel as the summer heat peaks.
    July 01 at 7:00am
    Blackfin tuna occupy a big spot in bluewater anglers’ fish boxes during the summer in both Carolinas.

    Blackfin blackout

    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.
    July 01 at 7:00am
    Two large J-shaped high-profile legs give the Cowboy its vibrating action.

    Ride ‘em, cowboy

    Gary Yamamoto’s new creature bait has a fluttery action big bass just can’t resist
    June 29 at 9:00am
    Take a kayak fishing workshop, learn to tie your own flies, build your own fishing rod, or attend a family fishing workshop in July at the Pechmann Fishing Education Center.

    Free fishing workshops offered throughout July

    Courses will be held at John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center
    June 28 at 11:11am
    The jetties that line Little River Inlet fill up with sheepshead as the peak of summer arrives.

    Sheepshead fill up jetties at Little River

    Crustaceans are No. 1 on the menu for inshore battlers
    June 26 at 3:35pm
    Trolling with bucktails or live-baiting with menhaden will help you fill your Lowcountry fish box with Spanish mackerel this month.

    Two tricks for Spanish

    Lowcountry anglers will get plenty of nearshore action this month
    June 26 at 2:39pm