• Time to dust off rods and reels

    March is the “official” beginning of the spring fishing season. It is time to dust off the rod and reels, clean the boat and start thinking about the first trip of the season.

    It seems like February gets longer every year and I, for one, am tired of fixing and getting ready.

    Last Friday, the weather broke and I had the chance to head offshore with local fishermen Daniel and Laura Russ and some of their friends who were in town from Iowa.

  • Flounder or flukes, the fishing rules need some changing

    I got an e-mail this week from Michael Altoonian and the fellas at the West Tanglewood Fishing Club.

    I love speaking to the clubs and answering their questions because interested anglers like these help our resource go from a causal sport to one that fights today’s negative attitudes with what the best thing fishing gives people—hope.

    I don’t have time here to answer all of their questions, but I will tackle one and some people aren’t going to like my answer.

  • Redfish, drum, trout there for the taking

    There are not a lot of people out there fishing right now, as even the most hardcore anglers have resigned themselves to either watching basketball or going to boat shows.

    This is winter in the Carolinas which means days continually pop up that are pleasant enough for fishing. And since there are still some fish out there, some folks are still trying.

    No one is catching them in the numbers we will see in a month or two, but I assure you all the fish haven’t fled to Florida.

    Quite a few reports continue to come in from people catching redfish in the shallows.

  • Winter fishing with Jerry and Joe Bob

    “Hey Jerry, let's go fishing.”

    “What? Joe Bob you’re crazy. It’s chilly and the wind is howling and they're calling for rain. Besides I recorded the basketball game last night and I don't know what happened.”

    “Oh, you mean the one Carolina won or the one State won?”

    “Joe Bob, get out of my house.”

    “Look Jerry there ain't no point looking at basketball when the fish are biting.”

    “Fish? It's February. What fish do you think are biting?”

  • Trout, drum a tasty winter treat

    Fresh fish in the winter is a great luxury, but you have to be able to cook what you catch.

    Fortunately, a couple of the fish still swimming around out there earn high marks on the table.

    Species like speckled trout and black drum are great eating fish that are active right now, so you can have off-season sport with them and then go home to cook your own catch.

    Sea trout are not related to freshwater trout at all, but are members of the saltwater family that includes the drum and croaker.

  • Giant bluefin missing in action

    You may remember last week’s column on my weather philosophies.

    If so, you may have noticed that we have had a series of weak cold fronts pass through the area. As a result, we haven’t had much of a window for good fishing conditions.

    When these weak fronts pass, the weather doesn’t get very bad, but it doesn’t get very good either, at least as far as wind and sea conditions go.

  • In January, follow the forecast

    You don’t normally equate calm seas with fishing in January, but it does happen and on a pretty regular basis.

    Many fishermen put up their boats and fishing equipment by November and shift gears to hunting or focus in on work.

    However, there is a growing contingency of fishermen that are taking advantage of the great winter fishing our area offers and, believe it or not, the great fishing weather we get in the winter.

  • When it comes to winter fishing it can be either feast or famine

    Another relatively mild winter may be upon us, and on warmer days people get the urge to fish.

    Yes, there are fish out there. In fact, if you like quiet angling with a bit of a challenge but a potentially big upside, this time of the year is for you.

    Winter fishing is often a feast or famine deal. One great example is the puppy drum.