July’s Best Bets

Flounder are among a handful of inshore fish that provide plenty of summer action for kayak-bound fishermen.

NORTH CAROLINA

WHAT — Bluefish, Spanish mackerel, red drum, bottomfish

WHERE — Northern Outer Banks, Kitty Hawk to Hatteras

HOW ­— Too many options off the beach to name all the tactics. Because most of the kayak fishing tends to be float trips up or down the beach, carry a variety of baits to cover middle depths and bottom-bouncing, plus some live bait like squid or shrimp for bottom-fishing structure.

LAUNCH — Just about anywhere you can park a vehicle, you can drag a kayak to the water. Launching near inlets or other visible structure will give you a head start on fishing.

INSIDER TIP — Check the currents. It’s much easier to fish with a buddy and drop a vehicle somewhere down the beach than to spend all day paddling against the current.

SOUTH CAROLINA

WHAT — Largemouth bass, rainbow trout, striped bass

WHERE — Lake Hartwell tailrace, upper Savannah River in Lake Russell

HOW — Trout lures and lures that imitate blueback herring work best. When current is running, the edges of the river hold more fish. Fish hold around rocks or other structure out of the current and dart out to ambush prey. Cast out and work the lure parallel to the structure.

LAUNCH — Smith McGee Ramp, SC 181, Iva, SC.

INSIDER TIP — Contact Lake Hartwell Dam, 888-893-0678 for water-generation schedules.

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Phillip Gentry of Waterloo, S.C., is an avid outdoorsman and said if it swims, flies, hops or crawls, he's usually not too far behind.

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