• Carolina Fishing

    April’s best fishing bets

    North Carolina

    December 31, 1969 at 6:00pm

    Pick a pink lure

    “An Atlantic bonito doesn’t care about the color of a lure as long as it’s pink,” said Capt. Bruce Trujillo. 

    December 31, 1969 at 6:00pm

    No need for speed; slow is good

    Lee Parsons emphasizes that many fishermen fish too fast, especially with stickbaits like MirrOlures. His retrieve includes plenty of twitches and pauses, with current providing most of the forward movement. The idea is not to see how much water can be covered, but to entice fish to strike.

    December 31, 1969 at 6:00pm

    Match the hatch

    Guides Lee Parsons and Mark Dickson emphasize choosing lures that are the same body shape, size and color of the dominant forage in an area. Several of the Catch 2000 lures, plus the 52M and MR, TT and MirrOmullet, have the general body shape as a mullet, and all topwater MirrOlures have mullet shapes. The different sizes allow matching the size of the mullet that trout, drum and other predators are eating.

    December 31, 1969 at 6:00pm

    Red clay will make your day

    Location. Location. Location. The key to success for this springtime striper-hybrid fishing bonanza is a red clay bank on a gently sloping point, Hamilton said.

    December 31, 1969 at 6:00pm

    Patience is not a virtue

    Fishing success often depends on being patient. You put your lines out, wait — and hope for a bite. But not when fishing the spring hybrid/striper feeding frenzy on Lake Hartwell.

    December 31, 1969 at 6:00pm

    Bonus bass make for a spring slam

    The primary targets for Lake Hartwell’s early dawn, red-bank fishing are hybrids and stripers, but bonus spotted and largemouth bass can turn a great morning of fishing into a springtime slam.

    December 31, 1969 at 6:00pm

    Lunkerhunt Fetch swimbait

    Bass pro Matt Arey tested six prototypes in an eight-month period to develop the Lunkerhunt Fetch, a swimbait introduced at the July 2017 ICAST show.

    December 31, 1969 at 6:00pm

    Big baits means big Clarks Hill stripers

    Guide Tony Shepherd said catching a trophy striper is a distinct possibility on any given day in the spring, but he’s developed a method to single out huge fish.

    December 31, 1969 at 6:00pm

    Fresh, live bait is critical

    Live bait is a part of most successful fishing trips for striped bass at Clarks Hill Lake this month, and guide Tony Shepherd said the quality of that bait can make or break a trip.

    December 31, 1969 at 6:00pm