• Carolina Fishing

    With tarpon around, never miss a lunar feed

    Diehard deer hunters know that lunar feeding periods are keys to bringing home venison. For consistently successful tarpon anglers, these feeding periods are nothing to ignore. 

    December 31, 1969 at 6:00pm

    In North Carolina, think like a crabber to find tarpon

    In North Carolina waters, the No. 1 commercial seafood crop is the blue crab, and the greater Pamlico Sound produces the majority of the state’s 30 million-pound harvest.

    December 31, 1969 at 6:00pm

    Maintain a strong, line-to-line connection when tarpon fishing

    Tarpon are the strongest fish that live inshore, so an angler’s terminal tackle must be constructed to endure the initial shock of the bite and the potentially long-lasting battle. 

    December 31, 1969 at 6:00pm

    Head to the rivers for Lake Hartwell summer bass

    Pro bass angler Martha Goodfellow of Greenville, S.C., said that August isn’t her favorite month to head for the lake, but when she does, she usually heads to Lake Hartwell.

    December 31, 1969 at 6:00pm

    Topwater bass action at Harris is hot this month

    Shearon Harris Lake, a 4,100-acre North Carolina impoundment about evenly divided between Chatham and Wake counties, is unlike any Piedmont reservoir.

    December 31, 1969 at 6:00pm

    Mussel up for better catfish trips

    It’s safe to say that any species of fish won’t be far from what it’s eating. While many anglers will look for summer catfish around schools of gizzard shad or white perch, guide Wes Jordan of Creedmoor, N.C., concentrates on a staple of postspawn blues that’s prevalent in many Carolina lakes — freshwater mussels.

    December 31, 1969 at 6:00pm

    How to set up on a river bend

    Tyler Schultz said all situations are unique but this basic setup enables him to effectively fish a prime summertime river catfish hot spot, an outside bend with deep water and woody cover available.

    December 31, 1969 at 6:00pm

    Use thermocline to your advantage

    By midsummer, many lakes in the Carolinas stratify according to oxygen content, and that sets up conditions that give fisherman an edge if they understand the process, namely, a thermocline.

    December 31, 1969 at 6:00pm

    Don’t forget deep bream

    Don’t think of the dog days of August as a time to take a vacation from fishing. Both lakes and the rivers feeding water in and funneling water out of them all offer great fishing opportunities. Successful anglers have learned to adapt to the heat, humidity and high water temperatures. 

    December 31, 1969 at 6:00pm

    Attack summer fish

    If you are a diehard kayak angler, you often find yourself lying awake at night during the spring and fall, dreaming about all of the water in the Carolinas and wondering when you’ll find the time to fish all of it.

    December 31, 1969 at 6:00pm