• Volume 11 Number 6 - June 2016

    Features

    Fan-cast cut baits on ends of flats to attract Lake Wateree’s blue catfish after dark.

    Lake Wateree is fast becoming known as a “go-to” location for big catfish, with more and more anglers headed for the Midlands lake in search of big blues. Rodger Taylor of Rock Hill’s Catfish On! Guide Service has been fishing the 13,864-acre lake for years, and beginning in June, he likes to start fishing after dark.

    The Broad River offers plenty of great water for smallmouth bass that hardly anyone knows about, and it’s not tough to make them bite, according to one guide.

    “Do you see that line between here and the bank where the eddy meets the current? Cast upriver at about a 45-degree angle to the other side of that line and reel in quickly,” guide Mike McSwain said on a hot June day while fishing on the Broad River. 

    McSwain’s client did as instructed, and as the Mepps spinner got to where it was supposed to, something slammed the lure, the rod bent over, and the spinning reel’s drag sang out.

    Lowcountry anglers can target tasty, often-overlooked flounder instead of just catching them by accident.

    Warm breezes, sunny skies, reasonable temperatures; everybody loves floating the creeks, inlets and bays around Beaufort and Hilton Head in June. 

    Cobia, speckled trout and spot-tail bass — aka redfish — are all actively feeding right now, but for those people who love the taste of flaky, white fillets, there is hardly a better piscatorial target than the feisty southern or summer flounder. 

    Follow stripers as they leave Lake Murray’s shallower areas and head for the deep water where they’ll spend the summer.

    Striper fishing patterns change on Lake Murray as spring gives way to summer, but the constant is that fish-catching opportunities remain excellent — as long as you adapt to changes in the weather and water that result in fast-changing striper behavior.

    Popping-cork rigs are effective at attracting trout and reds to suspended baits and lures

    Call it trick-or-treat fishing. No Halloween connection here, but popping cork rigs are definitely designed to trick fish into finding a treat — one that’s actually more of a trick itself.

    Georgetown, S.C., anglers can start targeting tailing redfish this month as the flood-tide marshes fill up with water and redfish.

    June is one of the best months to enjoy South Carolina’s outdoors by targeting a finned foe with a hook and line. And for purists willing to give up modern technology for custom, feathered creations, the ultimate adventure takes place this month, when an angler’s spot-tailed prize is served tails up in just inches of water.