After a string of tough breaks, Dale Morgan of Angier, NC kept his nose to the grindstone and it paid off on Nov. 10, when he mounted the tripod where he had missed a big buck two days before and redeemed himself by dropping a 205-pound Harnett County 11-point that scored 153 ¾ inches.
Plenty of brackish-water creeks are easily located along the coast of both Carolinas, and any bridge crossings in areas where water salinity is right for speckled trout and redfish are subject to hold them in October.
Hunter Schulz of Pittsboro, NC and his neighbor were after the same buck — a Chatham County 13-point that had appeared on both of their adjoining hunting properties. When his neighbor wounded the buck on opening day, Schulz figured his chance was long gone, but on Sept. 25, the buck resurfaced on his side of the woods and Schulz put an arrow through the 167-inch giant.
Although many anglers may think of wade-fishing as something you do to cut your teeth before getting your “big boy boat,” those leaving it behind are missing out on some great opportunities, especially for speckled trout and redfish.
While most 6-year-olds stay pretty busy just being kids, Carter Lee Phillips of Pittsboro is adding a healthy dose of the outdoors to his youth. Fostered by a long lineage of hunters including his father, Jonathan Phillips, Carter was able to put an arrow through not one, but two respectable bucks a mere 10 days into this season — the largest being a Chatham County 10-point that taped out at 119 ⅜ inches on Sept. 18.
South Carolina’s youth day gave young deer hunters the opportunity to hit the woods a few days before the official season kicked in on Aug.15 — and 12-year-old Nate Humphrey of Hanahan, SC took full advantage. On Aug. 11, seated beside his dad Michael, the youth hunter pulled the trigger on a full-velvet 8-point in Orangeburg County, SC that weighed in at 176 pounds.
According to guide Eddie Moody, a difference in depth of a few inches can have a big impact in crappie fishing, and giving the fish something they’re not used to seeing can be the difference in getting bit or not.