• Carolina Fishing

    What’s next for stripers?

    Striper fishing opens Oct. 1 — the keeper season, that is — on the Santee Cooper lakes, but no legislation has been passed to update current, long-standing regulations. Many anglers were hoping for new regulations by the fall opening, but good news regarding the health of the striper fishery is available. 

    December 31, 1969 at 6:00pm

    Fall Sleepers: Harris and Secession

    When asked to pick a sleeper lake for fall crappie in North Carolina, Ed Duke recommended Shearon Harris, just southeast of Jordan. Duke said the lake is not big by reservoir standards, around 4,000 acres, and it’s not really deep, which makes it easier to fish that other lakes.

    December 31, 1969 at 6:00pm

    Tight-line or long-line? What’s the difference?

    Newcomers to crappie fishing often hear about tight-lining and long-lining when crappie fishermen in the Carolinas discuss trolling techniques.

    December 31, 1969 at 6:00pm

    Perfect artificial shrimp retrieve and feel the thump

    Everything living in or out of the water loves the sweet taste of shrimp, and speckled trout, redfish and flounder can’t let one of these scrumptious critters pass by without trying to make a snack out of it. While a full bucket of live shrimp is tough to beat, an angler who can retrieve an artificial shrimp the correct way will start repurposing their live shrimp for a big pot of Lowcountry boil. 

    December 31, 1969 at 6:00pm

    Handling large fish for release

    The fall fishery off Oak Island for kings and red drum is a fishery for large fish, some of which must be released. Many fishermen keep king mackerel to eat, and that is good as they are very weak after being fought to a kayak and their odds of healthy survival are not good. On the other hand, red drum may be weak after the fight but have a high survival rate if handled properly and not held out of the water too long for pictures. 

    December 31, 1969 at 6:00pm

    Kayak safety for ocean fishing

    Part of the fun of tackling big fish from a kayak is fishing with your friends and reliving the experience when telling the story. The first part, fishing with friends, is a key part of safety and the second, reliving the experience when telling the story, means having a safe and successful trip. The U.S. Coast Guard has minimum standards for required safety equipment in kayaks, and it has a longer list of suggested safety equipment.

    December 31, 1969 at 6:00pm

    Finding isolated schools of stripers leads to best Santee Cooper action

    Guide Linwood Thornhill said his goal is to get some distance between his boat and others chasing stripers when possible. His experience has taught him that a thoughtful and isolated approach to the schooling action is best.

    December 31, 1969 at 6:00pm

    Fall forage shift is key to your best catches of Santee Cooper stripers

    Guide Leroy Suggs said fishing around forage is always the key to striper fishing, but he also looks for a seasonal change in forage types to impact fishing, usually in a positive manner.

    December 31, 1969 at 6:00pm

    Prepare for repairs

    Afew years ago, while on an extended fishing trip to the coast with some buddies, the chain assembly on my kayak’s pedal-drive system broke. Facing two more days of long runs to the fishing grounds from the put-in, the three of us set out to find some suitable hardware to make repairs, lest the two of them should have to tow my sizeable craft or leave me sitting on the dock.

    December 31, 1969 at 6:00pm

    VIDEO: How to revive a sluggish redfish

    It's bull redfish time across the Carolinas. Anglers are catching them from the piers, the beaches, and while fishing from boats. While some anglers target these trophy fish this time of year, others catch them while going after slot-sized fish. Anglers fishing for sharks also hook a bull redfish from time to time.

    December 31, 1969 at 6:00pm