Catching fliers with Carolina ALL OUT

Fliers are often confused with other panfish

The Carolinas are full of numerous species of panfish, and for their size, they all fight like champs. They’re also very tasty. Fliers, although they are found throughout the southeast, are among the least widely distributed panfish, mostly living in swampy, acidic blackwater creeks with low pH.

Where you’ll find fliers, you can always count on finding other panfish as well. They overlap with crappie, bluegill, redbreast and shellcrackers, among other species.

In this episode of Carolina ALL OUT, Chris Douglas joins with NCWRC wildlife biologist Kevin Dockendorf as they journey up North Carolina’s Yeopim Creek in Perquimans County, catching fliers alongside crappie.

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Brian Cope is the editor of Carolina Sportsman. He has won numerous awards for his writing, photography, and videography. He is a retired Air Force combat communications technician, and has a B.A. in English Literature from the University of South Carolina. You can reach him at

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