• North Carolina Fishing

    The Chattooga beckons to anglers

    This is a great time of year to head to the Chattooga, a 52 mile blue ribbon trout fishery that borders both Carolinas and Georgia.

    The Chattooga beckons

    One of the five largest and longest free-flowing rivers in the Southeast, the Chattooga begins its 52-mile journey below Whiteside Mountain in Jackson County near Cashiers, N.C., flowing south and entering the Nantahala National forest below Cashiers Lake. After leaving North Carolina, the river forms the border between South Carolina and Georgia, flanked by the Sumter National Forest in South Carolina and the Chattahoochee National Forest in Georgia, offering a variety of trout fishing experiences before entering Lake Tugalo in northeastern Georgia.

    Designated as a National Wild and Scenic River in 1974 and rated as one of the top 100 trout streams in the nation by Trout Unlimited, the Chattooga is regulated as wild trout waters, delayed-harvest waters and general waters, according to the section being fished.

    December 31, 1969 at 6:00pm

    September opportunities

    September serves as a wake-up call for outdoorsmen in the Santee Cooper area. The fishing patterns begin to change as the month progresses, with a trend to shallower water for some species and more-reliable, big-fish patterns in deep water for others. Hunting seasons throttle up everywhere around the lakes in September.

    December 31, 1969 at 6:00pm

    Chum slingers

    Croakers make great bait for red drum, and they also make good chum. The Longer Life Bait Slinger was a great tool for tossing chunks of fish far out into the water to attract big red drum.

    December 31, 1969 at 6:00pm

    Tag, You’re it!

    Catch a tagged fish in North Carolina’s coastal waters and you may reel in a cash award. The NCDMF’s fish tagging program randomly selects tag numbers; anglers who have turned them in win $100. Of 1,020 fish tags anglers returned in 2015, the program drew three tag numbers for each of four species in the tagging program. 

    December 31, 1969 at 6:00pm

    Speckled trout biology

    Spotted seatrout, aka speckled trout, are members of the sciaenidae family, which includes drums, croakers and weakfish. They are prized as gamefish by recreational anglers throughout their range, from the Chesapeake Bay to Laguna Madre in south Texas, and have been occasionally caught as far north as New York and as far south as Mexico.

    December 31, 1969 at 6:00pm

    Seine Masonboro Inlet’s jetties for specks

    The jetties at Masonboro Inlet are oddities along the North Carolina coast, where most inlets aren’t lined with the stone structures.

    December 31, 1969 at 6:00pm

    For big drum with live or chunk bait, go with a Lupton rig. Here’s how to tie one.

    Regulations between states vary, but according to guide Dan Utley, South Carolina anglers have taken the lead from the North Carolina requirement when fishing for bull redfish in the inlets around Hilton Head.

    December 31, 1969 at 6:00pm

    Heavy weights for bottom-fishing

    The type of weights used for fishing around inlets where the tidal flow often reaches near-warp speeds, varies depending upon the area being fished as well as who is at the other end of the line. Some weights are better for holding in sand, while others are more adapt at not rolling in the current, alleviating the pesky line twist that comes when using a piece of cut bait. 

    December 31, 1969 at 6:00pm

    Special restrictions govern buoy area

    Anglers fishing Lake Thom-A-Lex must observe the restrictions on fishing within the buoyed off area of 100 acres near the water-source intake structure on the lower end of the lake. The use of gas-powered engines is prohibited within the area, which is  designated by eight buoys. Fishermen may fish the area with electric trolling motors.

    December 31, 1969 at 6:00pm

    Spoon up a striper? Here’s the silverware for Lake Hartwell

    The Nichols Ben Parker Magnum Spoon first made a name with anglers when it was used to win a national bass tournament on Kentucky Lake in 2014. In fact, half of the top-10 finishers used it. The same month, a college fishing event on Pickwick Lake was won with the same spoon.

    December 31, 1969 at 6:00pm