• Fishing

    Lonnie Stanley grabs a big bass that bit his new, reintroduced “Code-Red” VibraWedge spinnerbait.

    Code-Red VibraWedge spinnerbait

    Tapered-wire shaft lets blades run true
    December 29, 2018 at 9:00am
    Fishermen aren’t likely to hook into as many trout during the winter, but fishing slowly, covering water thoroughly, and using the right nymphs, might get you a hookup with an extra-big brown trout like this one.

    Keys to catching more winter trout

    Slow down, put away those dry flies and head for the biggest stream in your neck of the woods
    December 19, 2018 at 9:00am
    Guide Bob Winters will target Santee Cooper blue catfish with drift rigs in December, while fishing live-bait rigs for striped bait at the same time.

    December: It’s all about bait

    Gamefish will concentrate even more than usual on forage as Thanksgiving passes
    December 16, 2018 at 9:00am
    When fishing on a typical December day — a post-front, bluebird day — make sure to get your minnow right into the brush.

    December slabs: a depth perception

    December 15, 2018 at 7:00am
    Speckled trout live in a lot of the tannic, blackwater coastal rivers of the Carolinas; the water is actually clear below the surface.

    Don’t avoid black, tannic water

    December 15, 2018 at 7:00am
    Guide Chris Nichols said High Rock is developing into a top-drawer lake for blue catfish.

    Is High Rock the next catfish crown jewel?

    December 15, 2018 at 7:00am
    Plenty of fish species, like this red, migrate up and down the Cape Fear River depending on where the freshwater-saltwater edge is located.

    Fish that edge

    December 15, 2018 at 7:00am
    Odin Lures’ Frigg Plug

    Odin Lures’ Frigg Plug

    December 01, 2018 at 7:00am
    ABU Garcia’s Revo Rocket baitcasting reel

    ABU Garcia’s Revo Rocket baitcasting reel

    December 01, 2018 at 7:00am
    Lake Marion crappie stay hot in cooler December water.

    Cold crappie kickoff

    Lake Marion slabs can fill a cooler as easily in December as in the fall, if you can follow the movement of big schools into deeper water.
    December 01, 2018 at 7:00am
    Clean, clear water means great speckled trout action in the Carolinas.

    The clear advantage - Look for clean water to catch Carolina speckled trout

    Look for the cleanest water around when you head out in search of speckled trout as fall gives way to winter.
    December 01, 2018 at 7:00am
    Tyler Schultze with a heavy Lake Gaston blue.

    Top Carolina winter catfish lakes

    Try these five lakes in the Carolinas for top cold-weather catfish action.
    December 01, 2018 at 7:00am
    The Cape Fear River around Wilmington, N.C., is a top-drawer place to fish in December.

    Cape Fear’s December mixed bag

    The waters around Wilmington, N.C., are popular with anglers around the calendar, but they are especially nice to fish in December, when striped bass are added to the mix.
    December 01, 2018 at 7:00am
    PFDs, tackle boxes of all kinds, reels, line and jigheads only scratch the surface when it comes to Christmas shopping for a saltwlater angler’s stocking stuffers.

    Christmas gifts for anglers

    Stocking stuffers to big-ticket items, we’ll take anything we can get
    December 01, 2018 at 7:00am