• Carolina Fishing

    Get down for trout

    A large, dark shadow was visible in a bathtub-sized pool. The pool downstream from where I stood had produced several average-sized rainbow trout for quick release. The shadow was in a tiny pool upstream in the middle of a turbulent riffle.

    December 31, 1969 at 6:00pm

    Winter cats can be cool

    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 31, 1969 at 6:00pm

    Have a slab-happy Harris holiday

    When most fishermen recall the day when they first started crappie fishing, typically involve nostalgic boyhood tales of bobbing with minnows with family members at a local pond or lake.

    December 31, 1969 at 6:00pm

    Put the hoist on holiday specks

    Nearly every winter, it seems that when the holiday season approaches, the weather takes a turn for the warm. And when Butch and Chris Foster of Yeah Right Charters hear there is a zero chance of a white Christmas at their Southport, N.C., home, they head out to catch speckled trout.

    December 31, 1969 at 6:00pm

    Top tips for cold weather crappie at Santee

    The crappie fishing is hot at Santee, and even during the coldest part of the day, anglers can catch plenty of slabs if they know what to look for and use the proper bait.

    December 31, 1969 at 6:00pm

    Delta Lures’ buzzbaits

    “Hey, can I borrow one of those?”

    Accomplished Helena, Ark. bass angler Derward Mauldin has heard that question many times before in his boat when he’s fishing with a Delta Lures buzzbait during tournament action in Arkansas, Mississippi or Louisiana. It’s perhaps the ultimate compliment, or endorsement if you will, for any artificial lure manufacturer who puts a product on the market.

    December 31, 1969 at 6:00pm

    Red snapper season reopening for three days in December

    The recreational harvest of red snapper in South Atlantic federal waters will reopen for three days in December 2017. Recreational harvest will reopen 12:01 a.m. (local time) on December 8, 2017, and close 12:01 a.m. (local time) on December 11, 2017. During the three-day reopening, the recreational bag limit for red snapper is one fish per person per day with no minimum size limit.   

    December 31, 1969 at 6:00pm

    Walleye: a great import

    Walleye are not indigenous to the southern Appalachians, but they have established themselves as a popular gamefish, second only to smallmouth bass. 

    December 31, 1969 at 6:00pm

    Find time to fish — now!

    Many outdoorsmen are in the woods during November, and with the deer rut in full swing, that’s a logical choice. Plus, some small-game hunting seasons open this month, and that ranks high for many hunters. But don’t overlook the fishing on the Santee Cooper lakes. As the weather cools, the bite is strong for several species of fish, plus, the potential is exceptional for big specimens.

    December 31, 1969 at 6:00pm

    Freelines, planer boards are a big part of striped bass anglers’ arsenals

    Free-lining is a very natural presentation of live bait, with baits allowed to free swim behind the boat, often with enough line out to allow the bait to decide the chosen depth. Rigs can be as simple as a line with a hook on the end. Boat speed should be adequate to maintain a tight line back to the bait. 

    December 31, 1969 at 6:00pm