Features from June 2018

Columns - June 2018

  • Delayed harvest: Trout for everyone
    Beginning May 15 in South Carolina and June 2 in North Carolina, anglers will be able to keep their catches in delayed-harvest trout waters, up to five trout per day in South Carolina and seven in North Carolina, with no bait or lure restrictions.
  • Don’t get tagged out at the plate
    It happens to almost every angler. You hook a trophy fish that has your drag screaming and your rod doubled over. The battle lasts several minutes, and you finally get a few looks at the fish, which you estimate to be one of your biggest ever.
  • How’s your mojo?
    Welcome to Summer 2018. It isn’t officially summer until June 21, but after a winter that wouldn’t go away and a spring that couldn’t quite get here, summer will be welcome. The days have already gotten longer, and it makes it a perfect time to get out of the house and enjoy a meal on your patio or deck. 
  • June has so much to offer anglers
    People who know me well understand that June is probably my favorite month to be on the water, trying to put big bass in my boat. I think it’s just about everybody’s favorite time, because it’s a month when you can catch fish many different ways. They’re really chewing, and you can catch a lot of fish.
  • Opportunity knocks once June arrives

    The beauty of late May and June is that no matter what flavor of water into which you dump your Tupperware boat, there’s plenty of action to be found. 

  • Ride ‘em, cowboy
    Before Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits’ Cowboy soft plastic creature bait was unveiled at the 2018 Bassmaster Classic in South Carolina, a few bass anglers were fortunate to have Ron Colby’s latest creation.
  • Santee in June: Catfish central

    Catfish are typically on a strong bite year-round at Santee Cooper, but June offers opportunities to be highly productive in a number of different ways. With the warming water, it’s an excellent time to pursue all of the “big three”catfish species: blue, flathead and channel. 

  • Tenpoint adds a new crossbow
    As the majority of our hunting population ages, crossbows have steadily moved to the forefront of today's archery market. 
  • Time to figure out food-plot plans
    The summer heat often fails to deliver warm, fuzzy feelings about this fall’s deer season. Yet few people get ready for a dream fishing trip to the Seychelles or start buying Christmas presents on Dec. 25, either. 

Outdoor Updates - June 2018

  • Jocassee anglers double up on citation brown trout
    Billy Lewis of Liberty, S.C. knew the trout fishing on Lake Jocassee would be good during the latter part of April. On previous trips the weeks before, he started dialing in on a good pattern trolling flutter spoons from downrigger balls behind his pontoon boat and had already caught a couple of limits.
  • NC sets migratory bird seasons for 2018-19
    North Carolina officials set migratory bird seasons for 2018-19 in late April, with a few changes in store for waterfowl hunters.
  • Rockingham County hunter bags 7-bearded gobbler
    Stanley Farmer of Stoneville, N.C. was expecting to see a gobbler and probably get a shot when he headed to a series of connected food plots on a Rockingham County, N.C. farm shortly after lunch on April 17, but the long-time turkey hunter wasn't prepared for either the show he was treated to, or the trophy turkey with seven beards he bagged around 1:30 p.m.

Hot Spots - June 2018

  • Border cobia make big nearshore appearance
    Nothing says summer is coming like pitching a live menhaden to a 50-pound cobia 20 feet from the boat.
  • Dolphin push shallow off SC
    Through the colder months, bluewater anglers painfully await the spring run of dolphin into South Carolina’s waters.
  • Hungry marsh reds have plenty of options on central NC coast
    Think about freshwater gamefish that try to eat topwaters, soft-plastic lures and live baits: largemouth and smallmouth bass, trout, bream and stripers, to name a few.
  • Lake Russell bass will respond to June weather trends
    June may not be the best month for bass fishing on South Carolina’s Lake Russell — the water is heating up, and fish are in transition after the  spawn — but none of that matters to an angler; when he wants to pit his skills against America’s most-popular gamefish, he goes fishing.
  • Randleman Lake bass head to structure
    Bass pro Brad Staley of Pleasant Garden, N.C., said June is one of his favorite months to fish for bass at Randleman Lake, the 3,007-acre reservoir governed by the Piedmont Triad Regional Water Authority, one of his home waters.
  • Santee’s grass slabs
    Matt Outlaw of St. Matthews, S.C., doesn’t agree with one thing that many crappie fishermen believe — that crappie scatter and disappear in deep water during the summer.
  • Shearon Harris bass turn active
    Shearon Harris is a nationally known lake famous for its plentiful, potbellied bass. But when is the best time to fish here?  
  • Spanish mackerel numbers peak along southern NC Coast
    Trolling for Spanish mackerel off North Carolina’s southern beaches is one of the highlights of June fishing. 
  • Stripers, hybrids up early in June
    Fishing for striped bass and hybrids in June on Clarks Hill Lake is usually an early morning thing, a quick bite and over,  according to guide Billy Murphy.
  • Tuckertown Lake bass adapting to changes
    Fishermen and fish have successfully adjusted to dramatic habitat changes at North Carolina’s Tuckertown Lake.