Features from September 2018

  • Find the dove buffet
    With an estimated population of 275 million in North America, the mourning dove is one of the most-abundant and recognizable birds in the land. In the South, Labor Day weekend brings hunters from all walks of life into fields for the opening day of the dove season. 
  • Get bow season off to a good start
    Finally, after a long layoff, hunters are getting back into the woods, but many who venture into the sweltering deer stands of early archery season are doing so unprepared. 
  • Metal-free mackerel
    After another hot Carolina summer, the fall fishing season finally arrives this month in all corners. From slab crappie gulping shiners at Lake Moultrie to gator trout crushing Flukes around Little River, cooling conditions ignite a feeding frenzy in freshwater and saltwater environments. 
  • Oregon Inlet is tuna central
    Oregon Inlet anglers have access to some of the hottest tuna fishing found anywhere in the Carolinas.
  • Public targets
    Those hunters in the Carolinas who don’t have access to private land or a club membership have more than three million acres of public land at their fingertips. Here’s the ones you should visit when the time for deer, ducks and doves, arrives.
  • Solve the perch equation
    For those of you who are live-bait fisherman, have you ever been so proud of the job you did catching, storing and presenting the bait that you thought, “That looks so good, I’d eat it myself?”

Columns - September 2018

  • A little goes a long way in this dove salad recipe
    We have made it through the summer, and it's officially fall, at least according to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, which says that fall began Sept. 22 at 9:54 p.m. 
  • Bowhunters, sweat the small stuff all the time
    September always turns my thoughts to deer and bow hunting. Archery season is already open in some places and about to open in many others. No matter where you hunt though, game time is imminent. 
  • Delta Lures’ Spinnerbait
    Two longtime fishing buddies couldn't keep a good thing to themselves 7 ½ years ago, which was a blessing for bass fishermen who love to catch on quality spinnerbaits.
  • Fluorocarbon’s lethal edge
    Using fluorocarbon leaders can mean the difference between catching your limit and not catching anything at all.
  • Follow the baitfish move
    One thing I can count on in September — in addition to college football and deer season getting cranked up, is that baitfish will start moving off the main bodies of reservoirs in the Carolinas and into the tributary creeks.
  • Get your glasses on a nice buck
    Labor Day arrives this month, with autumn’s cooler weather not far behind, and of course, more serious deer hunting across the Carolinas.
  • Kayak anglers like catching Pee Dee River catfish
    Catching Pee Dee River catfish from kayaks is fun and productive.
  • Santee fish are on the move
    September is a transition month from summer to fall patterns on the Santee Cooper lakes, and the fishing is excellent for several species. The key is following fish, as they’re often on the move following forage.
  • Streamers are made for September trout
    Thunderstorms and showers are as much a part of late summer as huckleberries, fireflies and bobwhites. Although summer storms arrive quickly and usually end just as quickly, even high-gradient mountain streams need a little time to calm down.

Outdoor Updates - September 2018

Hot Spots - September 2018

  • Be ready to move for Lake Wateree bass
    Some bass fishermen like to work the shallows; some like to fish deep. You have to be willing to do both to be successful on Lake Wateree this month, according to bass pro Dearal Rodgers of Camden, S.C., who grew up fishing the South Carolina reservoir.
  • Catch Lake Hartwell’s September stripers
    Catching striped bass and hybrids on South Carolina’s Lake Hartwell is a pretty simple deal this month, according to guide Chip Hamilton of Easley, S.C.
  • Double up on Roanoke Rapids with largemouth and stripers
    Roanoke Rapids Lake has plenty of stripers and largemouth bass, and both species are biting on a variety of lures.
  • Feed Spanish mackerel with a spoon
    September is a transition month at the North Carolina coast, as fish move from summer’s deep offshore haunts to nearshore waters.
  • Go to topwater for speckled trout
    As the temperatures finally drop to comfortable levels, the inshore bite begins to take a turn for the better.
  • Jordan Lake’s bass working toward shallows
    Anglers itching to fill a bag with big largemouth bass will need to be ready for a shift come September, but with a little searching, willing fish will be ripe for the plucking on North Carolina’s Jordan Lake.  
  • Live-bait Spanish are fall favorites outside SENC inlets
    It is a bit of an oxymoron along the North Carolina’s southeastern coast, that as fall approaches, the water cools and the fishing heats up.
  • Shadow state-line bulls
    Dove season and college football arrive in early September, and fall fishing follows soon thereafter along the North Carolina-South Carolina border. The big news is, the first run of bull reds usually shows up towards the end of the month.
  • Shank a harbor sheepshead
    Anglers looking for something a little different will find it along the Charleston Harbor jetties and bridge pilings this month. It’s a great time for sheepshead fishing.
  • Stripers on the prowl
    Jerry Hill of Triad Fishing and Guide Service in Lexington, N.C., hopes the striper fishing at High Rock Lake this September resembles last fall’s action.