Guide Time Articles

 Gary Hurley

Paddling the Natives

The sun was just beginning to lighten the sky over Masonboro Island when Gary Hurley, Eddie Hardgrove, and I met Chris Tryon at the Trail’s End launch ramp last Sunday. As we helped Chris unload the boats from the rack in the back of his pickup, I hurriedly polished off a greasy fast food breakfast […]

 Gary Hurley

Searching for Upper Slot Reds

When I saw Capts. Jeff Cronk and Mike Taylor walk up to the scales at the Surf City IFA Redfish Tour event with a pair of red drum averaging just over 7 lbs. each, I was reminded that Gary Hurley and I had scheduled a fishing trip with Jeff the following Wednesday afternoon. And the […]

 Gary Hurley

A Spade in the Hand

If a typical summertime Myrtle Beach tourist thinks of spades at all, they’re likely thinking in reference to a winning card hand aboard one of the area’s gambling boats. Lifelong area resident Capt. Mark Dickson, who operates Shallow Minded Guide Fishing out of North Myrtle Beach, thinks of another spade when the weather and water […]

 Gary Hurley

That Dawg is Speckled

“You might be a little bit shorter by the time we get there, but I guarantee that there’s trout there,” Capt. Bruce Fields, who operates Flat Dawg Charters out of Carolina Beach, told us as Gary Hurley and I stowed the spinning rods we’d been casting toward a grass bank and held onto the T-top […]

 Gary Hurley

Stripers in 1,000 Casts or Less

“We were catching some reds here last week, but all that rain may have pushed them out,” Capt. Danny Wrenn (910.619.2224), who operates 96 Charter Company out of Wrightsville Beach, said after easing back the throttle of his 21’ Sea Mark. Though we would have been delighted to hook a red drum, our principle quarry […]