• Carolina Fishing

    Shadow hunting

    The summer heat affects fishing immensely, and not only the fisherman. Fish suffer during periods of temperature extremes, and since they are cold-blooded, they must seek out places with cooler water to thrive. 

    August 15 at 7:00am

    Make crappie do a double-take

    According to guide Eddie Moody, a difference in depth of a few inches can have a big impact in crappie fishing, and giving the fish something they’re not used to seeing can be the difference in getting bit or not.  

    August 15 at 7:00am

    Speed-rig a squid

    Any angler who can twist-together a wire live-bait rig for fishing with menhaden can make a rig for trolling squid. 

    August 15 at 7:00am

    Heave heavy metal for harder hits

    If angler Russ Luhm spots Spanish mackerel schooling at the surface or sees them on his depthfinder as he works a school with deep-diving lures, he’ll fling a Stingsilver or other heavy metal spoon at them. 

    August 15 at 7:00am

    Shimmer and shine incite shock strikes

    King mackerel are suckers for hard-plastic lures like Yo-Zuri’s Crystal Minnow, and several big advantages exist for trolling lures instead of live baits.

    August 15 at 7:00am

    For the record

    • In 1999, Ron Silverman of Charleston caught a 39-pound, 5-ounce jack crevalle in Charleston Harbor. It is the IGFA world record for fly rods.

    August 15 at 7:00am

    Striper stocking at Lake Wateree

    The S.C. Department of Natural Resources has stocked stripers in Lake Wateree since the 1980s, and fisheries biologist Robert Stroud has worked the lake since striper stockings began. Stroud said the goal of the striper program was to create a solid, renewable striper fishery.

    August 15 at 7:00am

    Watch for schooling fish

    Chuck Porter of Sumter, S.C., has been fishing Lake Wateree for 30 years and has seen the striper action ebb and flow.

    August 15 at 7:00am

    Need a bigger boat? Nah, not this time

    Once upon a time, burly men in large, powerful boats set out to see to do battle with large sea creatures: marlin, swordfish, sharks and the occasional Kraken. Nowadays, much of the macho bravado has passed, but anglers still appreciate the challenges of facing larger-than-normal fish from a smaller-than-normal boat. 

    August 14 at 9:00am

    Offset, off center

    Circle hooks have long been known, thanks to their design, to hook most fish in the corner of the mouth, and I’ve been using them for about 10 years while chasing inshore fish. But this year, for the first time, I gut-hooked a pretty good number of redfish and speckled trout while using circle hooks.

    August 12 at 9:00am