• Carolina Fishing

    Trophy cats: a biological perspective

    Chad Holbrook, a fisheries biologist for the S.C. Department of Natural Resources who oversees the Santee Cooper lakes, said biologists use winter gill-net sampling to assess blue catfish populations and, the data shows increasing catch rates from 2016 through 2018. 

    October 15 at 7:00am

    Five shrimp tricks to try on trout

    Speckled trout eat shrimp throughout their life, starting as fry and continuing through the gator years; that’s what makes it such a great bait to use either live or imitation. Here are five shrimp-tastic tactics you need to try this month.

    October 15 at 7:00am

    Shrimp rigs for trout

    Like skinning a cat, there is more than one way to rig a live shrimp to catch speckled trout. The old standby is a length of leader beneath a stemmed popping cork, sometimes referred to as a rattling cork. Even with a popping cork, some anglers prefer to use a standard J-hook, while other may opt for a Kahle hook or circle hook and still others a jighead.

    October 15 at 7:00am

    It’s an all-night gig

    It is not often that a recreational trip to procure fish begins well after dark. However, guide Allen Jernigan met a friend, Tony Rhodes, at a ramp in Sneads Ferry, N.C., at 9:30 p.m.

    October 15 at 7:00am

    How to hook a flounder

    Flounder are gregarious fish. If they bit like redfish, you’d regularly see a lot more flounder in magazines and on social media.

    October 15 at 7:00am

    Wade for flounder

    If you Google “Wade fishing for flounder,” you’ll get a bunch of YouTube videos from Texas, Louisiana and other spots along the Gulf Coast. On the East coast, wading is much more of a personal preference than an advantage, especially in South Carolina, because of the amount of water that ebbs and flows between tide cycles and that sticky stuff that’s been rumored to hold the world together: plough mud.

    October 15 at 7:00am

    Wading opportunities near Beaufort

    Plenty of brackish-water creeks are easily located along the coast of both Carolinas, and any bridge crossings in areas where water salinity is right for speckled trout and redfish are subject to hold them in October. 

    October 15 at 7:00am

    October opportunities have few equals

    October is the season that inshore paddlers dream of. The same fish you’ve been chasing all summer — redfish, flounder and trout — suddenly seem to materialize and cooperate. 

    October 14 at 9:00am

    Slam that quartet

    October is the month for trick-or-treating, but most inshore anglers are less focused on Kit Kats, Starlight mints, and bubble gum than they are on redfish, speckled trout and flounder. This is the best time of year to catch the “inshore slam,” and with a little luck, anglers can make it a “grand slam” by adding a black drum to their day’s catch.

    October 12 at 9:00am

    NCWRC investigating widespread fish kills from Hurricane Florence

    Fisheries biologists with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission continue to document widespread fish kills in eastern North Carolina in the wake of Hurricane Florence.

    October 11 at 2:01pm