• Fishing

    Forget about catching small Spanish mackerel just off the beaches. Fast troll over live bottom 10 to 14 miles out and you'll catch citation-size fish this time of year.

    Anglers catching big Spanish mackerel out of Holden Beach area

    Fast trolling over live bottom is the key to hot-weather citation Spanish
    8 hours ago
    A fly fisher works a pool in Hazel Creek, a blue-ribbon trout stream in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

    Hazel creek: A trout treasure

    One of the most-famous streams in the east, hazel creek is worth the effort it takes to get there
    August 19 at 9:00am
    Guide Bobby Winters likes to start his drifts in deep water and drift up and across the shallow areas of bottom contours.

    Summer, shallows are not exclusive

    Don’t give up on catfish when August arrives
    August 16 at 9:00am
    Blue catfish in the Santee Cooper system will be managed, at least until 2019, under regulations passed in 2007, not the creel and size limits passed in 2014.

    Santee Cooper blue catfish regulations have been changed again

    Sunset clause wipes out regs approved in 2014
    August 15 at 12:00pm
    Keep a topwater plug or bucktail ready when stripers school at the surface.

    Watch for schooling fish

    August 15 at 7:00am
    The resurgence of striper fishing at Lake Wateree, credited largely to higher stocking rates, has turned the lake back into a prime striper destination.

    Striper stocking at Lake Wateree

    August 15 at 7:00am
    The current world record jack crevalle is a 66-pounder caught near Angola, Africa.

    For the record

    August 15 at 7:00am
    Squid can be trolled on a rig similar to a live-bait king rig to take mackerel.

    Speed-rig a squid

    August 15 at 7:00am
    A three-way swivel allows crappie fishermen to troll a crankbait at a certain depth and drag along a second lure in slightly deeper water.

    Make crappie do a double-take

    August 15 at 7:00am
    Huge trees that line the banks of blackwater rivers provide a lot of shade and cooler water where bass are more likely to be active and feeding.

    Shadow hunting

    August 15 at 7:00am
    Long, snake-like plastic worms can be deadly on blackwater rivers, where snakes are a regular part of a bass’s diet.

    Go big with soft plastics

    August 15 at 7:00am
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    New kayak gear reviews

    August 15 at 7:00am
    The author snapped this cell-phone photo of a 71/2-foot blacktip shark he caught — his personal best from a kayak.

    Need a bigger boat? Nah, not this time

    Kayak-bound anglers can wrestle plenty of big, summer fish
    August 14 at 9:00am
    Circle hooks, without an offset will typically hook a gamefish in the corner of its mouth, no matter how far down it takes a bait.

    Offset, off center

    When you’re planning to release fish, go with a straight circle hook, not an offset
    August 12 at 9:00am