Angling activity is slow in most places as another front of very cold air sweeps across the Carolinas from the Arctic.
However, fair to good action was reported this week from widespread locations – Lake Norman, the Cape Point surf on the Outer Banks at Buxton and the backwaters of the Beaufort/Hilton Head area in the South Carolina Lowcountry.
Limits of crappie were caught in the Mountain Creek Arm of Norman; Cape Point has yielded black drum and puppy drum, and reds have been hitting at Beaufort and Hilton Head.
Lake Norman: Crappie on black Slick Tail grubs worked around brush and other cover 20-30 feet deep near the Slanting Bridge in the Mountain Creek arm. Scattered white perch and a few largemouth bass, suspended near schools of forage species and taking live baits fished 20-30 feet deep in 40-50 feet of water. Scattered catfish and stripers in the Plant Marshall and McGuire Nuclear Station hot holes on bloodworms.
Lake Wylie: Fair for largemouth bass on Yamamoto jigs and Alabama rigs fished 20 feet deep in the creek channels. On sunny days the bass are moving onto flats to feed.
Mountain Island Lake: Little activity.
Cane Creek Park Lake: Little activity.
Yadkin/Pee Dee River Lakes: Generally slow.
Lakes James, Rhodhiss, Hickory: Little activity.
Fontana Lake: No report.
Lake Wateree: Slow for all species.
Lake Murray: Slow.
Santee Cooper Lakes: Fair for striped bass in the Wyboo Creek area of Lake Marion on drift-fished gizzard shad. A few stripers on trolled lures in Lake Moultrie.
Lake Hartwell: Slow.
Lake Keowee: Fair for largemouth and spotted bass on artificial worms rigged in drop-shot fashion and jigged 50-70 feet deep.
Lake Jocassee: Slow.
Outer Banks: Nags Head area: Little activity; Oregon Inlet: Little activity either inshore or offshore; Hatteras Island: Good action for black and puppy drum in the surf at Cape Point near Buxton on cut baits for the few anglers who are fishing. No activity offshore; Ocracoke Island: No report; Morehead City area: No report.
Southeast Coast: Little activity.
S.C. Coast: Little River area: Little activity; Grand Strand area: Slow; Charleston area: Reds in schools around the flats during tide changes on soft plastic lures. A few blackfin tuna and wahoo offshore when sea conditions are favorable. Fair sheepshead around heavy structure such as bridge pilings; Beaufort/Hilton Head area: Good to very good for reds in schools at creek mouths and on the flats. They’re hitting grubs and jigs in bright colors.
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