Features from July 2018

Columns - July 2018

  • Don’t pass up public hunting
    Deer hunting and habitat-management activities can go hand in hand, but not every hunter gets the opportunity to own land or lease land and practice land-manipulation techniques. 
  • Find your summer trout strategies
    Summer can be a frustrating time for trout fishers, no matter their skill level or level of dedication. High temperatures, low water and an absence of major insect hatches do not make for ideal trout fishing conditions.
  • Get a good look at this new sight
    Each year at the Archery Trade Association’s trade show, there is ordinarily one new product that has the most “buzz” going around the show.  
  • July means bream, mayflies and bass
    Fishing can be tough in July, but if you find a good mayfly hatch, you'll see some of the most aggressive feeding by bream and bass of the year.
  • Keep your trip water cool
    Nothing boosts an angler's morale like an ice cold sip of water during a long, hot day of fishing. And nothing keeps water colder for longer than the GSI Outdoors MicroLite line of water bottlers.
  • LiveTarget’s Scaled Sardine Twitchbait
    A veteran saltwater fishing guide out of Sarasota, Florida, has an artificial bait that looks so much like the real thing, it’s irresistible to speckled trout, redfish and snook in the shallow waters he fishes along the coast.
  • Mango barbecue shrimp
    If you haven’t been outside for a while, let me warn you, the temperature is leaning heavily toward the hot side. Cool days are in the mid-80s, and hot days steam into the 90s, with humidity numbers almost as high. Still, it’s comfortable most evenings to cook on your deck or patio. 
  • New striper regs promise plenty
    The new striped bass regulations approved by the South Carolina legislature and signed into law by Gov. Henry McMaster on May 3, 2018, became effective immediately, much to the delight of many Santee Cooper striper fishermen. 
  • Summer of the yak
    For anglers who love to fish when the mercury starts to rise in earnest, there’s no better place to be than on the water in a kayak.

Outdoor Updates - July 2018

  • 6-year-old lands 71-pound catfish on Pee Dee River
    Six-year-old Lindsey Edge of Laurel Hill, N.C. caught a 71-pound blue catfish on May 10 at the base of the Blewett Falls Dam in the Pee Dee River at Norwood, N.C. Few anglers ever catch or even see a fish this big in person. But, it happened for Edge, who spends many hours with her father, Ira Edge on the water every year. 
  • Isle of Palms angler catches new SC state record gag grouper
    Jim Lasher of Isle of Palms was enjoying a good day of dolphin fishing out of IOP Marina with some coworkers and friend Capt. Ben Floyd of Charleston Fish Finder on May 1, the opening day of grouper season, when Lasher asked Floyd if he thought they’d get a chance to try for  the bottom fish. Not long after, Lasher landed the new state record gag grouper, a 54+ pound beast that put up quite a tussle.
  • Recreational black sea bass season north of Cape Hatteras opens May 15
    The recreational black sea bass fishing season will open May 15 in federal and North Carolina waters north of Cape Hatteras.
  • Rockingham County hunter takes huge gobbler with sling bow
    Sandy Brady of Reidsville, N.C., has been bitten by an incurable bug over the past couple of years: the sling-bow bug.

Hot Spots - July 2018

  • Avoid weekends for best bass action on Lake Keowee
    Guide Brad Fowler of Pendleton, S.C., said there is one major rule to follow when fishing for bass on Lake Keowee in the heat of summer: don't even think about going on weekends.
  • Big Gaston blues will be plenty hungry in July after spawning
    While many fish species lay low when summer temperatures skyrocket, blue catfish will be turning up the heat themselves.
  • Channel catfish: Take a stroll
    Maynard Edwards, a retired fishing guide from Lexington, N.C, was known for “strolling” — aka slow-trolling — for channel catfish on High Rock Lake. He said most fishermen can enhance their catches by taking a piscatorial stroll.
  • Falls of Neuse’s July bass can be deep or shallow
    Guide Joel Munday said largemouth bass can be caught shallow and deep this month on Falls of the Neuse Lake, a 12,410-acre fishing playground north of Raleigh and Durham, N.C.
  • Flounder are reef, wreck regulars off SENC coast
    As the temperature rises, so does the number of flounder around nearshore ocean artificial reefs, hardbottom/livebottom areas and shipwrecks off North Carolina’s southern coast. 
  • Free-line for catfish on Lake Monticello summer days
    There is one way to just about guarantee putting catfish in the boat during July and August on South Carolina’s Lake Monticello, according to guide William Attaway of Pomaria, S.C.
  • Morehead flounder give summer anglers plenty to look forward to
    Maybe it's the difficulties in safely navigating inshore waters that push some flounder fanatics to the ocean when summer arrives in the Atlantic Beach, N.C., area.
  • Sheepshead fill up jetties at Little River
    The middle of another Carolina summer is upon us, and while plenty of offshore and inshore options exist, it's prime time to catch sheepshead around the rock jetties scattered up and down the coast.
  • Silver kings invade Georgetown waters
    While South Carolina's tarpon fishery may not compare to the Florida Keys, its popularity is increasing every year.
  • Two tricks for Spanish
    The weather is hot this time of year, and so is fishing or Spanish mackerel in South Carolina's Lowcountry, especially in the Port Royal Sound and Hilton Head areas. Rick Percy of Reel Chance Charters said he catches them consistently in July using two different tactics that can be equally effective.