Five tips for catching spadefish on nearshore reefs When a fish is on the line, you'd better be using the right line It's time to surf the wave for Lake Russell's striped bass Harbor, jetties and Wando River have been Charleston redfish hot spots

Charleston Harbor jetties have been holding plenty of Spanish mackerel

One of the surest signs of summer along the South Carolina coast is when droves of Spanish mackerel arrive off the beaches. Guide John Koonce of Shoal Bandit Charters said the little mackerel have flocked to Charleston Harbor and can be caught casting or trolling diamond jigs and Clark Spoons.

Read More...
June 24 at 8:00 am
750 Views

Broad River smallmouth bass are locked into productive summer pattern

The smallmouth bass in the Broad River are in their summertime pattern, and that means anglers can have a field day as long as they concentrate on the coolest water they can find and use three main lures. Rat-L-Traps, in-line spinners like Mepps Black Fury and Aglias, and small, soft-plastics like Zoom's Ultravibe Speed Craw are all productive lures, especially so when fished in deeper pockets and eddies behind boulders.

Read More...
June 23 at 12:07 pm
723 Views

Watch this close encounter between a Little River angler and a big tiger sharks

Capt. Chris Ossmann of Fine Catch Fishing Charters captured this amazing footage of an 11-foot Tiger Shark while out with a party targeting spadefish.

Read More...
June 19 at 6:30 pm
1616 Views

Charleston woman knocks off huge Colleton County hog

Amy Anderson of Charleston wasn’t aware of the stir she’d create when she pulled the trigger on her Savage 7mm-08 on the evening of June 14. Hunting with her boyfriend, Danny Buxton, near Smoaks in Colleton County, she saw “eyes” coming out of a swamp that borders the Salkahatchie River. They wound up being a hog, estimated at 414 pounds, which she subsequently shot. 

Read More...
June 18 at 7:56 am
14898 Views

Flounder are filling plenty of anglers' coolers along SC/NC state line

Flounder fishermen are putting on a show in the marshes and waterways on both sides of the North Carolina-South Carolina border, with peanut-sized menhaden the bait that’s been putting fish in the cooler.

Read More...
June 17 at 6:30 pm
1201 Views

Try a Grand Strand pier to get an inexpensive taste of king mackerel fishing

It’s easy to be fooled by the endless procession of center consoles that go by all spring, summer and fall on US 17. If you happen to witness the start or the weigh-in of a king mackerel tournament, you might think the only way to catch one is to make a long run at high speed in a vessel that costs a king's ransom. Yet you can fish for these gamefish all along the Grand Strand without leaving the beach, for far less money, by fishing from a pier.

Read More...
June 16 at 7:00 pm
767 Views

Try inshore sharks on a fly rod

Guide Dillon Blythe of Charleston figures that conditions aren’t always ideal to target redfish on fly-fishing tackle, so he’s found a toothy alternative: inshore sharks.

Read More...
June 12 at 8:25 am
1064 Views

SCDNR gets three tracts to add to Heritage Preserve WMA system

Haile Gold Mine has transferred three land parcels totaling 4,374 acres to the S.C. Department of Natural Resources, creating the 3,677-acre Wateree River Heritage Preserve in Richland County and adding 698 acres to Forty-Acre Rock Heritage Preserve in Lancaster County.

Read More...
June 11 at 9:38 am
998 Views

Black drum bite in Beaufort-area creeks has been off the chain

The black drum are biting like mad in the Beaufort area, and dropping down any type of fresh cut bait around sunken trees in the deep holes of small creeks is enough to catch a limit, especially in the area around Hunting Island and Fripp Island.

Read More...
June 10 at 7:29 am
773 Views

EPA gives E-15 fuel thumbs up, drawing fire from marine industry

Much like the monsters that won't die in horror movies, ethanol refuses to go away. Now, the son of ethanol, E-15, will likely become a bigger part of the United States’ fuel supply as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has reconfirmed its approval of the controversial fuel additive.

Read More...
June 08 at 7:00 pm
1708 Views

Make mayfly hatches a big part of your summer fishing strategy

You can see the magic happen every time you witness a mayfly hatch on a South Carolina lake, river or stream. The water boils with fast-biting fish, and adrenalin-charged anglers know it’s a unique fishing opportunity.

Read More...
June 08 at 12:13 pm
779 Views

Feds to fishermen: Red snapper season won't open in 2015

After several years of limited weekend fishing, the South Atlantic Fisheries Management Council announced today that there will be no red snapper season in federal waters in 2015, because the total number of fish removed from the population in 2014 almost doubled the allowable harvest.

Read More...
June 05 at 2:39 pm
2156 Views

Workshop on managing, trapping coyotes set for June 9 in Blackstock

The S.C. Department of Natural Resources, in conjunction with the South Carolina Trappers Association and Clemson Extension, will host a coyote trapping and management workshop at the Blackstock Gymnasium on 228 School Rd. in Blackstock on June 9.

Read More...
June 05 at 7:51 am
475 Views

Bluewater dolphin bite off Grand Strand has been wide open

Throughout the year, certain fisheries fire off with a change in water temperature or some other type of environmental condition. And for offshore anglers, one fantastic change has produced a dolphin bite that has boatloads of the colorful, tasty fish making their way back from offshore locales to docks in the Little River area. 

Read More...
June 02 at 7:00 pm
959 Views

Bedding or not, Lake Marion bluegills, shellcrackers are on a red-hot bite

The bluegill and shellcracker action is red hot at Lake Marion and should stay that way through June. Limits can be caught whether the fish are bedding or not.

Read More...
June 01 at 8:09 am
2834 Views

Keep multiple lures available for Lake Murray bass

Largemouth bass are biting on Lake Murray, and as long as anglers don't mind casting a variety of different lures, they should be able to catch them throughout the day. Finding coves with a little wind blowing toward the shoreline, concentrating baitfish, will help.

Read More...
May 30 at 9:04 am
962 Views