• Fishing

    Riahn Brewington caught and released this 112-pound blue catfish from the Cape Fear River, barely missing the state record of 117 pounds.

    Wilmington angler catches 112-pound catfish in Cape Fear River

    As waters cool across the Carolinas, trophy blue catfish become active. While they are most often landed with stout tackle, a Wilmington angler managed to challenge the North Carolina state record of 117 pounds with a 112-pound blue that he caught on relatively light tackle and 10-pound test line.

    2 hours ago
    David Hilton said anglers will have no trouble catching bream in cold weather, as long as they follow a few tips.

    3 tips to catching more cold weather bream

    Bream are some of the most sought after fish in the Carolinas, and these fish bite well throughout the spring, summer, and early fall. But once the cold weather months arrive, most panfish anglers stow their fishing gear away and longingly think of spring when they can once again fill their coolers with these tasty panfish.

    12 hours ago
    Get it one last kayak fishing tournament before the year ends, and do it to benefit Toys for Tots and the Waccamaw Youth Center, this weekend, Dec. 9 – 10.

    YAK Kayak Fishing Shootout sponsored by Hooters of Myrtle Beach Dec. 9 – 10

    It’s not time to put your fishing kayaks or rods and reels in storage for the winter just yet. Instead, it’s time to gear up for the YAK Kayak Fishing Shoot Out sponsored by Hooters of Myrtle Beach, which will be held this weekend, Dec. 9 – 10.

    23 hours ago
    Capt. Rob Bennett shows off the type of redfish he's been catching on the small Z-Man Slim SwimZ in the Bohicket area.

    Catch more speckled trout and redfish with this small plastic lure

    While plenty of soft plastic lures are made to specifically target one species of fish, it’s no secret that anglers often successfully use those lures for other types of fish. It’s a little bit of serendipity for lure makers and anglers alike, and can often lead to claims of a “secret lure” catching all the fish.

    Yesterday at 2:03pm
    Stripers get more active in cold weather, making them perfect targets for December trips.

    Stripers, walleyes on tap

    If you’re getting tired of sitting in your deer stand or bored with football games on television, I think I might have a little something that will make your December more fun. 

    December 01 at 9:00am
    Sheepshead gang up on Little River’s jetties in December before migrating into the ocean to spawn around nearshore reefs.

    A rocky time for Little River sheepshead

    The Carolinas are in the middle of the eastern seaboard, where unpredictable weather drives the outdoor scene. Even though the first day of winter arrives Dec. 20, 75-degree days are still common. 

    November 30 at 3:40pm
    The concave nose, paddle feet and tough double hook of the Poppn’ Toad make a deadly combination.

    Lure Review: Stanley’s Poppn’ Toad

    Stanley’s Poppn’ Toad, a hollow body soft-plastic frog with a pronounced cup in the nose, is going places.

    November 29 at 9:00am
    The skipper of this boat probably can’t use his soaked cell phone or his marine radio — hopefully he had an EPIRB or similar device.

    Emergency electronics get faster

    When Murphy’s Law suddenly sinks or disables your boat, your Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) is your no-nonsense, last-ditch rescue resource.

    November 26 at 9:00am
    Wearing his life jacket and dialing 911 while clinging to his overturned bass boat, Bennie Bunch was rescued from Lake Moultrie Sunday after his boat overturned.

    Bass angler rescued from sunken boat on Lake Moultrie

    Being aboard a sinking boat, especially in November, is never good news, but some good news did come from a boat trip that went wrong Sunday on Lake Moultrie during a bass fishing tournanment. 

    November 20 at 8:56pm
    Productive fly patterns for late fall and early winter include (top, left to right) bead-head Prince, bead-head Pheastant Tail, bead-head Hare’s Ear,   (bottom, left to right): brown Caddis, parachute Adams, parachute Blue-Winged Olive.

    Cool weather is welcome

    After a record dry and hot summer, fall has arrived in the mountains, bringing cooler weather and, hopefully, improved trout-fishing conditions.

    November 19 at 9:00am
    CCA South Carolina donated these two generators to the Waddell Mariculture Center in Bluffton. The equipment will provide uninterrupted power for the research and stocking ponds.

    CCA South Carolina donates equipment to Waddell Mariculture Center

    Keeping the aeration pumps running to the ponds that house thousands of fish at the Waddell Mariculture Center (WMC) in Bluffton, SC can all too often be challenging. The need for uninterrupted power is a need that has long been recognized yet unanswered. Until now.

    November 16 at 3:47pm
    Guide Gene Crawford netted this 76-pound blue catfish for a client last November.

    How to catch your biggest catfish on Santee this month

    November is special on the Santee Cooper lakes for a variety of reasons. First and foremost, the fishing is fantastic for multiple species. Striper fishing improves from the excellent, already strong October bite, with more big, keeper-sized stripers on both live bait and schooling patterns. Catch-and-release days of 50 to 100 stripers were common last November. Big largemouth bass roam the shallows, and far fewer anglers are bass fishing, ensuring elbow room. Crappie action is slab-silly good in deep water.

    November 16 at 9:00am
    The 1st Annual Southeastern High School Bass Class will be held Jan. 13 - 14 in Anderson, S.C.

    High School Bass Class to be held Jan. 13, 14

    The 1st Annual Southeastern High School Bass Class will be held in Anderson, SC on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 13 and 14, 2017. The High School Bass Class will be held at the Civic Center of Anderson, located at 3027 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. 

    November 16 at 3:35am
    Throughout the coasts of both Carolinas, the speckled trout bite has been on fire, and local guides see it only getting better as the water cools more.

    Speckled trout bite on fire throughout both Carolinas

    Along the coast of both Carolinas, the speckled trout bite is on fire, and anglers on both sides of the border don’t see any sign of it cooling off anytime soon.

    November 16 at 1:48am
    Pro angler Matt Arey fishes only suspending jerkbaits; to add weight to make them suspend, he’ll change out hooks for ones a size larger.

    Suspending jerkbaits more common than in the past

    Deep inside my tackle box, there is a Rapala floating minnow that’s a victim of a late 1980s how-to article. Above the front hook, I drilled three holes and inserted a split shot in each, then sealed the wounds with epoxy. At the time, it was one of only a few ways that anglers could make their jerkbaits suspend.

    November 15 at 6:00am
    Bass pro Andy Montgomery catches his best jerkbait bass on the lower end of Lake Wylie, where the water is less stained.

    Catch more bass by understanding Wylie’s shad

    Find the shad, and you’ll find the bass. That well-worn wisdom is true on Lake Wylie, especially in the winter. But to find the shad, it helps to know a little about them.

    Lake Wylie’s largemouth bass predominately feed on two types of shad, according to David Goodfred, a fisheries biologist with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission. The first are gizzard shad, which tolerate cold water well, but quickly grow larger than bass can eat. The other is threadfin, which average 4 to 7 inches long, the perfect size for bass to eat.

    November 15 at 6:00am