• Volume 5 Number 7 - July 2010

    Features

    Go old school to catch all the flounder you want this month.

    Flounder is certainly one of the most popular species of inshore saltwater fish during the summer months. Some anglers go to extremes to make a good flounder catch, while others work the basics and keep the process simple. By keeping it simple, they believe the overall the process is more enjoyable and the end result just as good or better.

    Don’t snub your nose at carp; they’re a fly-fisherman’s dream in North Carolina lakes.

    The weather forecast hadn’t changed for nearly two weeks: mid-90s, high humidity with little chance of rain barring a scattered evening thunderstorm.

    Shortly after antler shedding is complete, whitetail bucks of all ages begin the process of developing new antlers. By the sultry days of July, velvet racks grow rapidly, creating distinct formations.

    As the days become longer, the process of “photoperiod” takes hold — stimulating more hormonal growth for bucks. More available sunlight allows changes to unfold with a buck’s pituitary gland, producing hormones that significantly contribute to bone and tissue growth. Other natural works play into antler development as well.

    Shortly after antler shedding is complete, whitetail bucks of all ages begin the process of developing new antlers. By the sultry days of July, velvet racks grow rapidly, creating distinct formations.

    As the days become longer, the process of “photoperiod” takes hold — stimulating more hormonal growth for bucks. More available sunlight allows changes to unfold with a buck’s pituitary gland, producing hormones that significantly contribute to bone and tissue growth. Other natural works play into antler development as well.

    Winyah Bay’s nutrient-rich outflow triggers some great summer fishing for king mackerel.

    Notorious for exploding on a bait at lightning speed and taking several hundred yards of line off a reel in a flash, king mackerel are within reach of the weekend angler from the coast off Georgetown.

    There’s nothing sophisticated about catching triggerfish out of Oregon Inlet. It’s best to keep it simple.

    The order of the day was bottom-fishing when Capt. Devin Cage steered The Poacher out of the Oregon Inlet Fishing Center and into the ocean. The waters off the northern Outer Banks are prime fishing grounds, with each rock and crevice a potential honey hole for a number of bottom-dwelling species, one of the most sought-after being triggerfish.

    Lumber River offers great summertime bass fishing to anglers from both Carolinas.

    Meandering through century-old cypress and tupelo swamps, the tea-colored waters of the picturesque Lumber River swiftly glide from its headwaters in the sandhills of North Carolina to its confluence with the Little Pee Dee River across the South Carolina line.

    Lumber River offers great summertime bass fishing to anglers from both Carolinas.

    Meandering through century-old cypress and tupelo swamps, the tea-colored waters of the picturesque Lumber River swiftly glide from its headwaters in the sandhills of North Carolina to its confluence with the Little Pee Dee River across the South Carolina line.

    The Betsy Ross Reef off Port Royal Sound offers anglers a summertime buffet of bottomfish.

    About 20 miles out of the Port Royal Sound is an artificial reef that holds more species of gamefish than you can shake a liberty ship at — the Betsy Ross Reef.

    Anglers have to be quick on the draw to catch ‘convict’ fish.

    Fishing partners Lewis Emery and Larry Essick of Wilmington enjoy chasing a couple of species that are plentiful in their area, but they often take a break from red drum and sea trout to challenge sheepshead.

    Deep water isn’t the only place to look for Moultrie’s largemouths during the hottest months. They’ll bite in the shallows, too, for fishermen who know where to look.

    Strategies for bass fishing are as varied as the anglers who target them. That’s particularly true on Lake Moultrie during hot weather.

    The North Toe and Nolichucky rivers are filled with a mixed bag for fly-fishermen, including feisty bronzebacks.

    Scott Cunningham backed his trailer down a steep incline, the sort of grade where an angler hopes his parking brake holds when he off-loads his boat, lest he need a wrecker or winch to fish his pickup out of the water.

    The fringes of the Roanoke, Albemarle, Pamlico and Croatan sounds are full of flatfish for the taking — if you know how.

    The colonists making up the first permanent English settlement in the New World might not have perished had Sir Walter Raleigh included fishing tackle as part of their tools for survival. The failed settlement on Roanoke Island was surrounded by pristine, grass-covered marshes abundant with rich sea life. If Capt. Reese Stecher had been part of that initial colonial charter, the “Lost Colony” may have succeeded.

    Summer action is hot at night on Lake Murray. Guide Ben Lee explains just how hot.

    It was an odd place for a reunion — the former bass pro, the dedicated sponsor, and the newspaper man who often wrote about both of them.