It’s time to catch some winter cats on these five Carolina lakes. […]
Falling water temperatures plus plentiful blue catfish equals abundant catches this month at Kerr Lake on the North Carolina/ Virginia border. While techniques remain largely the same as summer, the fishes’ attitudes will be improved, and an angler who intercept them on their highways is in store for a big day. […]
Don’t let the summer heat keep you off the lake! Santee’s catfish are biting like mad in the shallows and in deeper water. […]
Fishing guide Justin Whiteside from Rock Hill has made his share of interesting catches on the several South Carolina lakes he fishes on. But none have been as unusual as one he recently caught on Lake Monticello. That’s where Whiteside landed a 10-pound ‘piebald’ catfish taken at the South Carolina impoundment. […]
November is special on the Santee Cooper lakes for a variety of reasons. First and foremost, the fishing is fantastic for multiple species. Striper fishing improves from the excellent, already strong October bite, with more big, keeper-sized stripers on both live bait and schooling patterns. Catch-and-release days of 50 to 100 stripers were common last November. Big largemouth bass roam the shallows, and far fewer anglers are bass fishing, ensuring elbow room. Crappie action is slab-silly good in deep water.
Zakk Royce became a household name in the fishing community this past December when he broke North Carolina’s state record for blue catfish, not once, but twice in a period of less than 24 hours at Lake Gaston — first with a 91-pound fish and then a 105-pounder he connected with soon after shuttling the first fish back to its original location to be released.
Flathead catfish in Lake Wylie are growing in both numbers and size, and in the middle of summer, the best time to fish for these monsters is well after dark for three good reasons, according to guide Rodger Taylor of Rock Hill.
Donald Pope and his wife Lucille Pope reeled in two nice Catfish weighing 94 and 62 pounds on the Diversion Canal last week. Not only did they both set new personal records for themselves, but they also took home some money in the Big Fish Big Bucks Fishing Derby on Santee Cooper.
Fort Mill native Mitchell McConnell was fishing in Greenfield Lake in Wilmington, N.C. when earlier this month, and he broke the Tarheel State’s brown bullhead record with a 4-pounder he caught with live bait.
I met Zakk Royce about a month after he set the new North Carolina state record for blue catfish. After discussing my personal best, 76-pound catfish (which is almost 30-pounds lighter than his record fish), I joked that maybe soon I would catch a bigger one, and break his record. His response surprised me.