• Fishing

    Striped bass are dying in bigger-than-normal numbers on Lake Murray, and biologists believe it is due to a number of factors.

    Striped bass dying off at Lake Murray

    Boaters on Lake Murray may notice numbers of dead or dying striped bass in the water over the next few weeks. This is a result of what S.C. Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) biologists suspect is a combination of high organic inflow, dissolved oxygen depletion and stratified water temperatures. 

    Yesterday at 10:51pm
    Redfish in the Cape Romain region will feed heavily after dead-low tide, when cooler, clearer water pours in from the ocean.

    The tide turns for Romain reds

    While many inshore fisheries slow down when August’s heat peaks, Cape Romain’s redfish are far from taking a break in the action. With tons of baitfish inside the estuaries, redfish never have to look very far to satisfy their hunger, especially near the inlets on rising water. 

    August 23 at 4:40pm
    The edges of weed lines are great places to find nice summer bass that aren’t in deep water.

    Brush are holding crappie at Santee

    August delivers “crappie consistency” to the Santee Cooper lakes. With water temperatures near or at the zenith for the year, slabs are ganged up around identifiable underwater targets in both Lake Marion and Lake Moultrie.

    August 22 at 9:19pm
    Rapala’s Shadow Rap Shad

    Rapala’s Shadow Rap Shad

    Rapala, one of the most-recognizable and respected brands in the artificial lure manufacturing business, introduced a jerkbait at the 2015 Bassmaster Classiic.

    This spring, the company followed up with another jerkbait in the series that stands out from any others: Bass haven’t seen an artificial lure move like the Shadow Rap Shad.

    August 22 at 9:00am
    This Helix Motor Drive pod is designed as a drop-in electric propulsion unit for Wilderness System’s Flex Pod OS-compatible kayaks. It fits in a specially designed scupper built into the boat.

    Electric propulsion update

    Today’s electric propulsion systems can replace everything from kayak paddles to outboard motors, and fishermen are finding them more proficient than ever.

    August 19 at 9:00am
    Shane Flannigan takes the guesswork out of which lures to use for inshore fishing.

    Top plastic lures for inshore fishing

    Soft plastic lures come in many different sizes, colors, and styles. With all of the different soft plastics on the market today it can be overwhelming or confusing for some anglers. I want to cover a few of my favorite go-to soft-plastic/jighead combos I use when targeting reds, trout, and flounder.

    August 15 at 2:45pm
    Bass pro David Fritts has gotten the 3 1/2-inch 25.5 Dredger hung up at almost 25 feet deep.

    Get to those deep bass

    August is usually a month when fishermen across North Carolina find bass so deep that the number of lures with which they can reach them is cut in half.

    August 15 at 9:00am
    Trout like this one are easy pickings for anglers who don't mind getting their feet wet in mountain streams.

    This 1 tip will help you catch more mountain trout

    I lived in western North Carolina for two years some time ago. While living in the little town of Bakersville, which sits on the other side of the Roan Mountain from Unicoi, Tennessee, I mastered the art of fishing the small blue ribbon trout streams that ran through the area. The problem was, I only mastered it a few days before moving away from there.

    August 15 at 8:38am
    Nice largemouths, like this chunky specimen landed by Lee Lanier, are becoming more plentiful in the Neuse River.<br />

    Crayfish bloom blows up Neuse River bass

    Hurricanes have affected largemouth bass in many North Carolina rivers, especially the Neuse River near Kinston.

    August 15 at 7:00am
    Blue catfish will strike baits at a variety of depths during the summer, but keep several baits off the bottom to make sure you’ve got the water column covered.

    Terminal tackle tips for big catfish

    Zakk Royce’s terminal rigging includes more bells, whistles, and innovations than one might shake a Big Cat Fever rod at. Each component is vital to the whole, and when combined, the end result is a system that rarely hangs up or tangles.

    August 15 at 7:00am
    A Sabiki rig, with multiple tiny lures, is a fish-catching machine, especially for anglers who need white perch for catfish bait.

    Pick a perch for Gaston cats

    Despite the alluring aroma of gizzard shad, blue catfish at Lake Gaston have another item on the menu to choose from in late summer.  While those gizzards are the building blocks of trophy catfish, blues will sometimes overlook them in lieu of the white perch, a more-fortifying meal when they’re worn down from summer heat.

    August 15 at 7:00am
    A Double Uni is a great line-to-line knot. Overlap the ends of line and leader, tie a loose Uni at both ends (this photo), tighten each knot and cinch both knots and trim.

    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. 

    August 15 at 7:00am
    Crab pots, always adorned with floating buoys, are a dead giveaway for good tarpon-fishing spots in Pamlico Sound.

    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. 

    August 15 at 7:00am
    Tarpon are just one of a number of fish and game species that feed heavily during certain moon phases.

    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.

    August 15 at 7:00am
    Sight-casting or bottom-fishing, it takes some stout tackle to take on big schooling reds in the Pamlico Sound just inside Ocracoke or Hatteras inlets.

    Find a fish funnel, find OBX reds

    While sight-casting is certainly the most-thrilling means of targeting big red drum, it’s not always the most practical. Low-light conditions, high winds and occasional stained water can make putting eyes on a school nearly impossible. 

    August 15 at 7:00am
    Small, live menhaden are a favorite bait of flounder fishermen once summer arrives.

    For flounder baits, pick your own poison

    What is the best flounder bait? At the risk of sounding obnoxious, it’s what the flounder want to eat that day. The popularity nod goes to live baits, but artificials often produce well, too.

    August 15 at 7:00am