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SCDNR announces dates for three North Island hogs hunts Spartanburg man is grand-prize winner in Bag-A-Buck contest Shallow Lake Moultrie crappie bite surprises some, but not Bonneau guide Time to target a big pig; Mount Pleasant man said January can be hog wild

Forget the cold! Key on shad schools in Upstate lakes for slabs, white perch

Freshwater anglers who think the recent cold snaps have signaled the end of fishing until spring need to set their sights on white perch and crappie. As surface temperatures on many lakes in South Carolina’s Upstate dip below 48 degrees, baitfish such as threadfin shad will gang up in huge schools in deeper areas and will begin dying as temperatures decline.

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January 20 at 12:30 pm
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January pier fishing is going tot he dogs, the dogfish sharks, that is

Don’t let those surf rods collect dust until spring. Break them out and hit the beach or pier for some awesome fishing for spiny dogfish sharks.

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January 19 at 7:30 am
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Lowcountry sheepshead bite has been great for inshore fishermen

While a lot of Lowcountry anglers are staying warm indoors this month, they are missing some great sheepshead fishing. Capt. Mike Waller of Saltfisher Charters on Kiawah Island said he laughs every time someone asks him, “Do you catch any fish in the winter time?”

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January 15 at 7:00 am
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Georgia man strikes gold with 90-pound Lake Moultrie blue catfish

Jimmy Holbrook of Gibson, Ga., was fishing alone on Jan. 2 when he scored the fish of a lifetime, a 90-pound blue catfish from Lake Moultrie that he later was able to release alive.

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January 13 at 7:03 pm
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Charleston man wins December Bag-A-Buck contest

There’s one beat-up old tree stand on a piece of land on Edisto Island thatDavid Ray of Charleston hunts with friends. It’s just pieces of lumber hammered together to form a platform about 13 feet off the ground.

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January 12 at 7:10 pm
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Striper fishing has shut down at Wateree, but blue catfish bite has taken off

A funny thing happened during a hunt for schooling stripers on Lake Wateree for veteran fisherman Chuck Porter. It turns out the recent rains and dingy water pouring through Lake Wateree seem to have slowed down the stripers but turned the catfish action on big time.

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January 08 at 7:30 am
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Offshore wahoo bite has been great around Winyah Scarp

The season of giving continues into the New Year for anglers willing to brave the 60-mile journey to the blue waters at the Winyah Scarp, as fishermen are finding monster-sized wahoo and lots of them.

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January 08 at 6:27 am
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John's Island youngster bags two citation fish on Jan. 2 Lake Moultrie trip

A good day on Lake Moultrie is catching a 2-pound crappie. A 25-pound catfish also makes for a memorable day. So Thomas Allen of John’s Island, fishing on a Jan. 2 trip on Lake Moultrie with his father, Greg, and guide Kevin Davis out of Black’s Camp in Cross, had a really memorable day, landing a 3 -pound crappie and a 45-pound blue catfish.

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January 06 at 8:03 pm
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Young NC angler lands 60-pound blue catfish from Lake Wateree

An “horrible day of fishing” is how Dieter Melhorn of Cramerton, N.C., described a New Year’s Day catfishing trip to Lake Wateree. During the outing, he and his 8-year-old son, Gracen, only got six bites. Fortunately for the Gracen Melhorn, one of those bites was from a blue catfish that tipped the scales at 60 pounds, 9 ounces.

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January 06 at 7:20 am
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Successful catch-and-release in winter often requires special tasks

In days gone by, nobody thought much about saving the life of a fish after it was caught; most were headed for the frying pan anyway. With today’s required live-release tournaments and catch-and-release practices, anglers have a vested interest in saving the life of their catch but may not know how.

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December 31, 2014 at 8:02 am
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Look for livebottoms, not artificial reefs, for best Lowcountry black sea bass

Black sea bass have been the bane of many trips for anglers fishing off the South Carolina coast; they are usually caught while fishing for other species, and they often bite so prolifically that anglers can have a hard time getting their target species to bite. But these fish are excellent table fare and fun to catch as long as they have some size to them. The secret to getting the big ones, according to Capt. Rob Bennett of Charleston’s Lowcountry Inshore Charters, is to stay away from the artificial reefs.

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December 29, 2014 at 10:14 pm
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Pros are getting in a last few practice days before Lake Hartwell goes off-limits

With less than 60 days until the Bassmaster Classic rolls into Lake Hartwell, many of the pros fishing in the tournament are taking advantage of the last few days of practice time before the lake officially closes to them on Jan. 1.

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December 29, 2014 at 8:18 am
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Textbook or text buck? Sumter teen scores on high 8-pointer after texting father

"I think he's here." "Yupp he's here but his butt is to me." "Are you sure? Take your time for a good shot." "I see big rack but he won't turn." "Doe to the left of him I think." "Just wait on the trigger and be ready." "Oh my gosh dad he's huge."

That's not your typical string of texts between teen-aged daughter and dad, but that's the exchange that took place the day after Christmas between Cora Lee Downer and her dad, Billy Downer. Minutes later, the 15-year-old Sumter County hunter fired one shot, then sent another text.

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December 28, 2014 at 2:32 pm
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Santee Cooper hunters overwhelmed by numbers of ducks

Duck hunters should have little to complain about, as harsh weather conditions to the north have caused a massive migration of ducks into South Carolina, both puddle ducks and divers. And the upper end of Santee Cooper’s Lake Marion is literally covered up with enough feathered migrants to make Phil Robertson’s crew blush and lose their balance in the duck blind.

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December 24, 2014 at 7:16 am
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Blame it on my brother -- Gaffney man takes huge buck at 318 yards

Kelly McAbee of Gaffney admitted he was burned out. He’d sat one box blind on a piece of property he hunts in Cherokee County six straight days, and he was ready for a break. But when his brother Scott wanted to hunt on Dec. 1, McAbee reluctantly agreed – and was rewarded with a tremendous buck.

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December 23, 2014 at 7:00 am
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Six keys to catching big winter blues in South Carolina lakes

Fishermen who target catfish equate winter as the prime time to catch some outlandish-size blue catfish. Cold weather and big blues are a natural fit in South Carolina.

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December 22, 2014 at 7:59 am
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