• Carolina Fishing

    May is on around Santee

    The Santee Cooper lakes will show anglers a lot of love this month. Almost every species worthy of piscatorial pursuit is active, and combined with the typically pristine weather of May, it’s a perfect time to not only go fishing, but the catching part is simply sensational.

    December 31, 1969 at 6:00pm

    VIDEO-How to distinguish between black crappie and white crappie

    North and South Carolina both have black crappie and white crappie spread throughout their waterways, and both species tend to live in the same areas. It's not uncommon to catch both species in the same spot, and a mixed bag is not at all out of the ordinary.

    December 31, 1969 at 6:00pm

    South Carolina's proposed flounder regulation closer to becoming law

    South Carolina’s proposed new flounder regulations, which will bump the minimum size limit up to 15 inches, got one step closer to becoming law late last month after being approved by the S.C. Senate’s Fish, Game, and Forestry Committee.

    December 31, 1969 at 6:00pm

    Oak Island Pier: MIA

    The Oak Island Pier, one of two piers on North Carolina’s Oak Island, was closed in mid-March because of damage from Hurricane Matthew in 2016.

    December 31, 1969 at 6:00pm

    Speckled trout: the people’s favorite

    Spotted seatrout, Cynoscion nebulosus — aka speckled trout or specks — are found in the surf from Hilton Head, S.C. to Corolla, N.C., and beyond. They gather in schools and feed on shrimp, minnows, smaller fish and crabs on the bottom and suspended in the water column. Anglers Luke Horn and Allen Lakey believe specks can be voracious when they are feeding, and once excited, will hit a variety of baits and lures.

    December 31, 1969 at 6:00pm

    Sample the buffet line

    While many bass anglers don’t distinguish between threadfin shad and blueback herring when they refer to the “shad spawn,” knowing the differences between baitfish species could pay off at weigh-in time. Here’s a run-down of what prey species are likely to be sharing water with bass this month:

    December 31, 1969 at 6:00pm

    Make your lures match the hatch

    Many manufactures have lured a lot of fishermen to the sales counter with paint jobs and swimming action, but none has done it better in recent years than LiveTarget lures. The major upside to their new line of swimbaits is that bass love them as much as anglers.

    December 31, 1969 at 6:00pm

    The good ol’ Bimini twist is still the best

    Anglers have devised a number of methods to create a double line, some easy to tie and some not. But there is probably not a more tried-and-true method of creating a loop than the venerable Bimini twist.

    December 31, 1969 at 6:00pm

    Jigging rigs need the best solid rings around

    Fishermen tie an awful lot of rigs in an awful lot of different ways, and jigging is no different. Beginning jiggers are often unsure of the correct way to connect their terminal tackle.

    December 31, 1969 at 6:00pm

    Know your bottomfish — or else

    Since the reauthorization of the Magnuson Stevens Act in 2006, fishing regulations have changed at a rate never before seen, and nowhere more than in the Snapper/Grouper complex.

    December 31, 1969 at 6:00pm