Features from October 2018

Columns - October 2018

  • Bass anglers, don’t miss October
    I have never been shy about how much I love bass fishing in October. For a guy who loves to tie a crankbait on the end of his line, I can’t imagine a better time to be on a lake than the weeks leading up to Halloween.
  • It’s the perfect time to catch the inshore slam
    This is the best time of year to catch the “inshore slam,” and with a little luck, anglers can make it a “grand slam” by adding a black drum to their day’s catch.
  • New Santee striper regs are popular
    The new striper regulations implemented on the Santee Cooper lakes this past June have received rave reviews from fishermen, guides and landing operators around Lake Marion and Lake Moultrie. This has created a lot of optimism for the striper fishing season that reopens Oct. 1.
  • October opportunities have few equals for kayak anglers
    October is the season that inshore paddlers dream of. The same fish you’ve been chasing all summer — redfish, flounder and trout — suddenly seem to materialize and cooperate. 
  • Park your tackle at this state park
    North Carolina's state park system stretches from the Atlantic Ocean to mile-high Mount Mitchell, offering a variety of activities, including camping and fishing in most of the parks. 
  • Size does matter! Know your plot
    It's that time again: for cooler weather, changing colors and the approach of the whitetail rut. While some hunters get an early start in August and September to fulfill their food-plot dreams, the majority start tilling up the dirt in early October. It's a busy season for hunters looking to quickly establish a field of greens, because their prime hunting days are eminently approaching.
  • The new Matrix Monster

    Chas Champagne and charter boat captain Ty Hibbs, both Louisianians, were having a ball this summer catching jack crevalle and the occasional large speckled trout off the coast of Florida.

  • Time your draw for the perfect bow shot
    Never underestimate the importance of timing your draw when bowhunting.
  • Venison stew meatloaf makes great meal
    Here's a great fall recipe that will have everyone coming back for seconds.

Outdoor Updates - October 2018

Hot Spots - October 2018

  • Albemarle Sound stripers are on tap
    Along with the brisk winds of October comes a special time on North Carolina's Albemarle Sound: keeper season for striped bass.
  • Clarks Hill slabs grow up plenty
    October usually kicks off a 3- to 4-month period of big crappie, and big numbers of crappie, on South Carolina’s Clarks Hill Lake, according to guide William Sasser.
  • Hot Lake Jocassee bass
    Lake Jocassee’s bass will still be deep for the most part, even in October when temperatures usually begin to fall, according to guide Rob McComas of Mill Spring, N.C.
  • IOP reds feeding
    The cooling waters of fall have moved in, and redfish in a mix of sizes are feeding heavily in the inshore waterways and Lowcountry creeks around the Isle of Palms north of Charleston. Summer is over, and fewer people are on the water, but the redfish bite is as hot as it's been since the spring.
  • Lake Hickory stripers start spreading out soon
    Guide Colt Bass of Colt Bass Fishing said Lake Hickory’s stripers get “cranked up” in October as they devour forage to pack on weight for the winter.
  • SENC king mackerel have “first Friday” date with fishermen
    King mackerel off North Carolina’s southeastern coast must keep a calendar just like fishermen and circle the first Friday in October. For several decades, kings have been arriving along the beaches between Cape Fear and the South Carolina state line by that date.
  • Spot run on across Murrells Inlet’s estuary
    Every year, South Carolina’s coastal estuaries fill up with boaters and anglers, but when the parking lot at Murrells Inlet’s public boat ramp is filled with boat trailers in the fall, it’s not a boaters convention. The spots are biting! 
  • State-line specks rock it in October
    Even though autumn officially started last month, October is the month most anticipated when it comes to saltwater fishing along the border between the Carolinas, especially where speckled trout are concerned.
  • The hunt for red October
    Rennie Clark Jr., a guide and redfish tournament fisherman, calls this month “Red October” along the North Carolina coast north and east of Cape Fear River.