• Carolina Fishing

    It’s all about the forage when searching for catfish in the winter

    A recurring theme among all the catfish guides is that winter catfishing is all about the forage; you fish close to forage or you don’t catch fish.

    December 15, 2018 at 7:00am

    Is High Rock the next catfish crown jewel?

    Badin Lake on the Yadkin River chain in North Carolina has long been known as an excellent lake for blue catfish in the winter, but about 20 miles upstream, High Rock Lake seems poised to become the next winter hotspot. 

    December 15, 2018 at 7:00am

    Don’t avoid black, tannic water

    Water color varies greatly along the Carolinas’ coastal front, and the color of the water at the surface doesn’t always equate to unsavory conditions down below, especially when it has a blackish tint or is the color of Earl Grey tea. Tannic waters can offer exceptional conditions for speckled trout, and they often produce some whopper trout. 

    December 15, 2018 at 7:00am

    December slabs: a depth perception

    Guide Dave Hilton spends a lot of time catching crappie on Lake Marion, and he’s learned specific tactics to improve success and describes them in his unique style.

    December 15, 2018 at 7:00am

    Double down in December

    Ihave always enjoyed fishing in December, in part because so many fishermen are in deer stands that the lake can seem like it’s almost deserted. I can remember fishing a lot in November and December when there was very little fishing pressure on a lake. I had some of my best days ever fishing at Buggs Island in December.

    December 01, 2018 at 7:00am

    Christmas gifts for anglers

    What do anglers want for Christmas? Fishing gear, of course!

    December 01, 2018 at 7:00am

    Cape Fear’s December mixed bag

    As he pushed away from the boat ramp at the Dram Tree Park in Wilmington, N.C., Rennie Clark’s plan for a chilly, slightly cloudy fall day, was first to target stripers in the Northeast Cape Fear River, then head to the Cape Fear River for trout and red drum. 

    December 01, 2018 at 7:00am

    Top Carolina winter catfish lakes

    Gone are the days when catfish were delegated to warm weather and water for consistent fishing. With the introduction of blue catfish into many lakes and rivers in the Carolinas, the cold-weather catfishing game has changed significantly. 

    December 01, 2018 at 7:00am

    The clear advantage - Look for clean water to catch Carolina speckled trout

    All cylinders fire in the Carolinas when offshore and inshore fisheries take off at the end of fall. Offshore waters are dominated by massive grouper, line-stretching tuna and reel-screaming wahoo; the inshore grounds teem with redfish and the Carolinas’ most-coveted species, the speckled trout. 

    December 01, 2018 at 7:00am

    Cold crappie kickoff

    Cool weather and dropping water temperatures are a very good combination for December crappie on South Carolina’s Lake Marion. Anglers with a good game plan find that crappies begin to congregate into tighter areas around deep-water cover and score outstanding catches.

    December 01, 2018 at 7:00am