• Volume 1 Number 6 - June 2006

    Features

    Striped bass gather at the deepest regions of Santee Cooper’s lakes during summer, and two expert guides know where and how to catch them.

    I believe every striped bass in this lake is somewhere between that island right there,“ said Lake Murray guide Terry Caulder as he pointed at Spence Island approximately 2 ½ miles in the distance.

    The two Carolinas share a venerable Catawba-Wateree lake that holds up week after week to enormous fishing pressure.

    Lake Wylie, originally impounded a century ago, is the oldest reservoir of the Catawba-Wateree chain of lakes.

    The two Carolinas share a venerable Catawba-Wateree lake that holds up week after week to enormous fishing pressure.

    Lake Wylie, originally impounded a century ago, is the oldest reservoir of the Catawba-Wateree chain of lakes.

    South Carolina anglers who use trolling tactics have the best chance to fill their coolers with flounders.

    From Tubbs Inlet at the state line with North Carolina to Ralston’s Creek below Charleston, parades of boats line estuaries and creeks, moving barely above idle speed in quest of June flounder.

    With summer’s arrival South Carolina waterways will be packed with boat traffic. Try these tactics to catch redfish when your fishing holes get crowded.

    Does it seem like things just got a little nuts or is it just me?

    A couple of weeks ago there were a few boats in the creeks, mostly hard-core anglers or someone taking their ride for a shakedown cruise. At the Intracoastal Waterway, traffic included a few sailboats and the annual stream of big pleasure cruisers starting their march north.

    Horseshoe Lake at Suggs Mill Pond Game Land offers a variety of Down East fish species, especially toothy chain pickerel.

    Anglers at Horseshoe Lake can hook chain pickerel that may make catch-and-release fishing a blood sport.

    Three of this popular lake’s alltime anglers - David Fritts, Maynard Edwards and David Wright - offer advice about fishing “The Rock” during June.

    To some folks, bass-fishing heaven may be the month of April at Buggs Island Lake when the water floods the shoreline bushes and gum trees, and everyone with a rod ties on a spinnerbait.

    Summer is prime time to pull out light tackle and target Palmetto State bonnethead sharks.

    Don’t get too comfortable,” Capt. J.R. Waits said with a smile.

    He was placing bottom lines for bonnethead sharks, which I hand never fished for, and had only a single bait in place.

    Pamlico Sound red drum are abundant, but guides believe something (or someone) is depleting keeper-size fish.

    Pamlico Sound’s red drum fishery stood for years among the best of any state, providing extraordinary bait-and- lure fishing for puppy drum and “old” drum, as anglers refer to small and large specimens, respectively.

    Anglers don’t have to go all the way to Florida to enjoy thrilling battles with huge tarpon.

    Gnats gnawed any exposed skin and their bites burned like red-hot needles as they siphoned blood from arms, face, neck and backs of hands.

    Cherokee float trips produce smallmouths, rock bass and walleye.

    A light mist rose from the surface of the Oconaluftee River early last June when our two-car group pulled up to the only decent spot to put boats in the river below the Luftee Dam.

    Two Swansboro captains discover a nearshore area with big kings and Spanish mackerels.

    It was a warm summer morning with no wind and high humidity, typical of the weather along the North Carolina coast in June. The day was perfect except for one thing.

    Lake Marion’s catfish lurk in murkiness at night, but fishing after the sun goes down is a cool way to beat the heat and fill an ice chest in June.

    Capt. Kevin Couick once lived to fish in the ocean.

    He headed from his home in Waxhaw to Southport most weekends to fish for Spanish mackerel, king mackerel, flounder and sea bass. But since he discovered the excellent catfishing at the Santee Cooper lakes of South Carolina, he stays much closer to home.

    Bigeye and blackfin tuna are present in N.C. waters most of the year, but anglers usually target them only from June to September.

    Bigeye tunas are among the largest, while blackfin tunas are among the smallest of their species swimming in North Carolina’s offshore waters.

    June is when the king mackerel bite cranks up off Southport, and anglers don’t have to travel far to find these fish.

    It was early June, but there was just enough nip in the pre-dawn air to require pulling on a pair of sweat pants for a ride through the Cape Fear River inlet at Southport.