• Volume 4 Number 6 - June 2009

    Features

    South Carolina’s artificial-reef sites draw a variety of species that can keep fishermen busy year-round.

    When the summer sun starts to simmer the South Carolina surf, it’s a great time to shove off toward the eastern horizon. There, the water depths provide fish an escape from the heat and an ample supply of oxygen.

    As summer approaches, mackerel flock to the Frying Pan Tower area.

    The boat passed the Cape Fear knuckle buoy as the sun started to rise, and dawn’s early light confirmed what the crew on Capt. Tommy Rickman’s center-console Parker had suspected all along: the weatherman had been correct!

    Fish deep and around brush to catch post-spawn crappie at Santee Cooper.

    Fishing for post-spawn crappie on the Santee Cooper lakes has almost become a lost art — and not because of too few crappies; papermouths are still found in good numbers and certainly in slab sizes.

    Georgetown kings provide fishermen with plenty of nearshore opportunities.

    When it comes to catching king mackerel, June and Georgetown are stuck in the middle — and that’s not so bad.

    Blue cats and flatheads add dimension to Lake Wylie’s great channel catfish fishery.

    Catfish anglers in South Carolina are certainly on a roll. They have enjoyed a boom the past few years, with new opportunities in more lakes.

    And the good news continues to get better.

    Striper action after dark can be exciting for the 'enlightened.’

    Standing barefoot in the cockpit of his center-console Ranger at quarter past midnight, with only a small, 12-volt light illuminating his boat, guide and pro striper fisherman Mike Lundy made a surprising statement.

    Stable summer water makes Lake Gaston a great shallow-water bass fishery.

    Summer around North Carolina usually means rising air temperatures and falling lake levels, with one major exception: Lake Gaston.

    The June trout bite on the Neuse River produces the best trophies of the year.

    Most fishermen know that the waters of the lower Neuse River produce huge tarpon and red drum during the hottest months of the year, July and August.

    June is the time to catch bass on top at Kerr Lake.

    If it’s not the best time of year to catch bass at major North Carolina lakes, June is when fishermen can have the most fun — especially at John H. Kerr (Buggs Island) Reservoir.

    More than the weather is hot; barrier islands provide great inshore fishing for summer reds, flounder and trout.

    Whether you are a fisherman who lives in the area year-round or a vacationing angler heading to the coast, the waters around Edisto, Kiawah, and Seabrook islands hold a lot of potential if you’re looking this month to score that inshore slam — redfish, speckled trout and flounder.

    This hot-weather Hartwell pattern covers both ends of the fishing spectrum.

    André Powell’s travels as a football coach have helped him develop into a well-rounded bass fisherman.

    Cobia that visit the Cape Lookout and Ocracoke areas can make a fisherman’s day.

    The key to catching cobia, according to Capt. Charles Brown of Davis, is patience.