SCDNR sets dove, early migratory bird seasons Little River-area trout bite has been unexpected but enjoyed by anglers Big baits are the key to catching plenty of  Wando River reds, guide says SCDNR, NWTF will hold youth wing-shooting clinic in Edgefield on Aug. 12

SCDNR will accept applications for lottery deer hunts through Aug. 21.

Applications for deer lottery hunts this fall will be available from the S.C. Department of Natural Resources until Friday, Aug. 21, with applications for waterfowl and quail hunts becoming available in mid-September and turkey hunts in January 2016.

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July 23 at 12:30 am
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Deep-water pattern has taken over, but Lake Murray stripers still biting

Hot-weather patterns have set in for Lake Murray striped bass, but that hasn’t slowed down the action for fishermen able to adapt to deep-water patterns. Guide Townsend “Townie” Wessinger has been mauling stripers with live bait in deep water.

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July 22 at 12:30 pm
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Beef up and crank down to keep bull reds, sow specks away from sharks

Anyone who hasn’t heard about the rise in shark activity this summer must be stuck at the bottom of a well or completely disconnected from the world. No doubt, the super-hot waters are making a nice home for a gallery of sharks along the Carolinas coast. 

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July 22 at 7:00 am
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South Carolina hunters add 176 trophy bucks to state's record book

Despite a significant harvest decrease for the 2014 season, South Carolina deer hunters scored well on big bucks again. According to Charles Ruth, a biologist with the S.C. Department of Natural Resources, plenty of big bucks were measured at the 2015 scoring sessions held around the state in March, with 176 new entries to the state record book.

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July 21 at 12:30 pm
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Georgetown's nearshore reefs have been full of feisty spadefish

The spadefish are biting around the nearshore reefs out of Georgetown; the secret to catching them is in finding jellyball jellyfish first. Capt. Robert McCarley of Reel Tight Charters said as long as you can find bait, you can lure in the spades and catch them on pieces of cut jellyball and small shrimp.

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July 21 at 7:00 am
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Check out this video of kayak fishing for big sharks

All summer, the internet has lit up with tales of shark attacks along the Carolina coast, as well as hapless kayak anglers being overturned by big sharks. In reality, sharks are a common gamefish along the coasts of both Carolinas and make for exciting sport, especially when landed from a kayak.

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July 20 at 7:00 pm
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T.L. Hanna pair wins TBF/FLW high school world bass-fishing title

The T.L. Hanna High School team of Derek Freeman and Trevor Callaham from Anderson won the final round of the TBF/FLW High School Fishing World Finals last weekend on Pickwick Lake out of Florence, Ala.

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July 20 at 9:22 am
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No changes coming to Santee Cooper striped bass regulations

Proposed changes to striped bass regulations on the Santee Cooper lakes has stalled in the stakeholders committee, and no recommendations were passed on to the legislature for consideration for the 2015-2016 license year.

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July 17 at 8:23 am
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Six tips for keeping fish or bait livelier in livewells or bait tanks

Whether the fish you’re trying to keep healthy are in the bait tank or in the livewell, there are several tricks that you can use to keep them alive – or at least tasty – during the summer, and they all boil down to one thing: oxygen levels. Once you understand how to control and manipulate oxygen levels or the fish’s intake of oxygen, keeping them alive isn’t that hard. Here are six tips:

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July 13 at 7:41 am
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When your plan isn't working, don't be afraid to make big changes

Some days, the fishing is easy, and it seems no matter what you put in the water, the fish will bite it. Other days, it’s a little tougher. On those tough days, sometimes just a slight adjustment can turn a slow day of fishing into a productive fishing trip. Next time you find it tough to get a bite, try one of these adjustments to change your luck.

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July 10 at 7:00 am
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Flounder, redfish moving into extremely shallow water in WInyah Bay

For South Carolina fishermen, summer is in full swing, and it is unbearably hot, but the solid redfish and flounder bite around Georgetown’s Winyah Bay will take your mind off the sizzling conditions.

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July 09 at 7:40 am
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Lake Hartwell spits out 6.1-pound walleye for teen angler

Max Tiberghien, the 13-year-old son of “Fish’N Crazee” television show host Xavier Tiberghien, thought he was reeling in another one of Lake Hartwell’s striped bass or maybe a spotted bass on Monday when he joined the club of anglers who have landed a trophy walleye from the lake – this one a 6.1-pounder.

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July 08 at 12:30 pm
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Duck numbers remain good, according to USFWS waterfowl survey

Waterfowl hunters in the Carolinas can expect to see roughly the same number of ducks this coming season as they have in the past several, as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s annual report on the breeding duck population shows numbers slightly above 2014 levels.

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July 06 at 8:08 am
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The jig is up for Lake Wateree bream

It’s no surprise to Lake Wateree anglers that bream fishing is great right now. This is the time of year when fish are caught in huge numbers, and with some culling, some excellent limits. Bream are being taken on crickets, worms, Beetle Spins and popping bugs. But when local bream expert Frankie Jacobs hunts these big bream, bull bream discover the jig is up.

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July 03 at 5:56 pm
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Six SC bodies of water are in Bassmaster's Top 100 for 2015

Six bodies of water in South Carolina have been included in Bassmaster magazine’s list of the top 100 bass-fishing destinations in the United States in its July/August edition.

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July 02 at 7:00 pm
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A guide's guide to catfishing by the numbers

Targeting big catfish is the current craze for many anglers, and with good reason, but it’s not the only exciting way to enjoy summertime catfishing. A recent trip with guide Jerry Kotal was a reminder of the intense action enjoyed targeting catfish by the numbers.

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July 02 at 12:30 pm
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