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Drifting a nightcrawler downstream has been a great tactic for doing battle with Cane Creek rainbow trout. Beat the heat; drift a crawler for a Cane Creek rainbow
658 Views - Posted: August 10 at 7:25 am

Anglers looking for a respite from the heat while still catching fish are finding all they can ask for on Cane Creek. Plenty of chunky rainbow trout are hitting live bait on the small, blue-ribbon stream that flows for 10 miles through Mitchell County.


Black drum are ganging up around the two Civil War wrecks in Lockwood Folly Inlet. Have a wreck in Lockwood Folly Inlet and catch plenty of black drum
899 Views - Posted: August 07 at 9:07 pm

Black drum are biting in Lockwood Folly Inlet near Holden Beach, and according to †Fayetteville’s Daniel McJunkin, as long as you can find the two wrecks in the inlet, you’ll find the black drum.


Lake Norman catfish have been biting cut white perch all over the lake during the hot weather. Trolling cut bait, watching electronics, has been key to Lake Norman catfish
1028 Views - Posted: August 07 at 10:35 am

Catfish are biting across Lake Norman in a variety of sizes, and Jerry Neeley of Jerry’s Fishing Guide Service said trolling with cut bait is the best way to catch them during on hot days.†


Chunks of bar soap, grapes, slices of apples and blackberries are among the interesting baits that a South Carolina anglers uses when targeting catfish. Imagination is everything when it comes to catfish baits
1037 Views - Posted: August 06 at 5:05 pm

Many hardcore catfish anglers have favorite baits they swear by over all others. A variety of live baits, cut baits, stinkbaits and homemade concoctions are on the list of baits many outdoorsmen use to pursue Mr. Whiskers, but Mike Spinks of Sumter, S.C., has branched out in other directions when searching for the perfect catfish bait.†


Earl Trent of Harmony killed his huge grey hog on a South Carolina hunt last weekend. One shot with a .243 between the eyes, and the Grey Ghost is no more
8934 Views - Posted: July 29 at 5:20 pm

Earl Trent of Harmony had hunted unsuccessfully for hogs for years – until July 20, when he harvested a beast of a wild boar. Known locally as the “Grey Ghost” the hog, which weighed close to 500 pounds, made the fatal mistake of looking directly at Trent, who placed a 100-grain .243 slug directly between its eyes, ending the legend that roamed a Dillon County, S.C., tract that is part of Cherokee Run Hunting Lodge.


Hollow-body frogs normally have either a pointed or a cupped face, which produce different sounds upon retrieve. Faces, legs give frogs different personalities
153 Views - Posted: May 15 at 7:00 am

Like most lures, artificial frogs come in a variety of sizes and colors, but they also come in a variety of styles. †


The hotter it gets, the deeper in thick cover bass will bury up, places where only a lure like a hollow-body frog can drag them out of. Froggie went a courtiní...
337 Views - Posted: May 01 at 7:00 am

Bass fishing is hot this month across North Carolina, but with the hot fishing comes hot weather, and that brings one of an angler’s biggest foes — the growth of surface weeds that can foul all types of fishing lures. This makes some bodies of water virtually unfishable for many anglers, but those who use the right lure can have a field day.


A Rat-L-Trap Pro Trap has an unattached treble hook that bass can't use for leverage to come unbuttoned. Three tips to keep those bass hooked up
1193 Views - Posted: March 31 at 4:56 pm

Bass anglers know what a thrill it is to hook a good fish after making an accurate cast and working their lure properly, but they also know the agony of seeing that fish leap from the water, shake its head and throw the lure free. Sometimes it can’t be helped, but on many occasions, the fisherman can lessen a bass’s chance to free itself with a leaping head shake.


Toby Grantham of Knightdale caught this potential state-record African pompano this past weekend on the Continental Shelf out of Morehead City. Knightdale angler has another state record in his pocket
2711 Views - Posted: May 14, 2014 at 12:01 pm

Few anglers ever catch a state-record fish, but Toby Grantham of Knightdale has now done it twice. He caught the record scamp grouper two years ago on a trip aboard Capt. Dave Tilley’s Continental Shelf out of Morehead City, and last weekend, he caught a potential record African pompano on another trip with Tilley.


Shallow, stained water is the ticket for catching Lake Wylie bass on spinnerbaits. Go over to the dark side
636 Views - Posted: March 15, 2014 at 8:00 am

For many anglers, night time is the right time for catching bass, and March is a great time to doing it in the dark on Wylie.

“Some fish are already shallow, and a lot of fish that are suspending on secondary points will come in and cruise the shallows at dusk, and they all seem to let their guard down a little bit once the sun goes down,” said Mike Stone, who fishes Lake Wylie more than a hundred days a year.

The lake is also less crowded at night, as most anglers prefer to leave while it’s still light out. Stone said they are missing out on some of the best fishing Wylie has to offer, and some of the best bass fishing —day or night — in the Carolinas.


High water thatís stained to dirty is a big draw for Lake Wylie bass looking to head for the shallows. High water is an anglerís friend
550 Views - Posted: March 15, 2014 at 8:00 am

March is typically a rainy month, and as part of the Catawba River system, Lake Wylie gets local rain as well as rain and melting snow from the waterways well upstream, which means anglers will get to fish their share of high water this month.

For fishermen like Mike Stephens of Charlotte, that’s a blessing.

“When I fish Lake Wylie in March, I want it to be high water,” said Stephens, who won a Carolinas Bass Classic event on Wylie last March during a period of high water. “These bass have spawning on their minds, and a lot of them are shallow, just waiting for the right water temperature to spawn. Some are at different depths and random locations in or just outside of the creeks.†


Riprapped banks cover plenty of Lake Wylieís shoreline, and fishermen need to target them in March. Riprap is big key at Wylie
586 Views - Posted: March 15, 2014 at 8:00 am

The large rocks that line much of Lake Wylie’s shoreline are called riprap, and plenty of it is submerged below the surface. Marc Deschenes said this creates a food chain that anglers can take advantage of.

“Crayfish love to hide in the crevices, and algae grows along the rocks, attracting baitfish, which attract bigger fish,” said Deschenes, who targets bass around these rocks with a jig and crawdad chunk trailer. The trailer adds size to the jig, aids the lure’s buoyancy and helps it flutter slowly to the bottom like a real crawdad or injured fish would.


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