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Go deep for Lake Monticello's hungry summer largemouths

The bass bite is on at Lake Monticello and the largemouths are being caught throughout the lake in deep water. Tournament fisherman Andy Wicker said the fishing has been very good and should remain so for the next few weeks.

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June 30 at 7:00 am
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Five tips for catching spadefish on nearshore reefs

Capt. Chris Ossmann of Fine Catch Fishing Charters regularly targets schools of hungry spadefish, especially those that have been around the nearshore reefs out of Little River. Spadefish are hard-fighting, schooling fish, a great species to fill a cooler, and using these five tips will help.

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June 29 at 7:09 am
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When a fish is on the line, you'd better be using the right line

New technology constantly arrives on the shelves and makes its way to the TV screen and magazines. While some come and go with the wind, others are welcomed and anchor themselves in every fisherman’s collection of everyday equipment.  From type and size to color, knowing the right kind of line to use is vital to fishing success. For two guides, the differences are distinctive. 

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June 26 at 7:00 pm
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It's time to surf the wave for Lake Russell's striped bass

Striped bass fishing on the Savannah chain of impoundments typically takes a nose dive in the summer when the surface water temperatures hit the 90s, but anglers who fish the cold-water release below Lake Hartwell Dam can catch trophy fish while escaping the heat if they pay attention to the waves of cold water.

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June 25 at 7:00 pm
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Harbor, jetties and Wando River have been Charleston redfish hot spots

Redfish of all sizes are biting in the Charleston area, and Capt. Addison Rupert of Lowcountry Outdoor Adventures said the top three places are the harbor, the jetties and the Wando River. A variety of live and cut baits are working, but Rupert said menhaden have been his bait of choice.

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June 25 at 8:07 am
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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.

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June 24 at 8:00 am
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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.

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June 23 at 12:07 pm
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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.

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June 19 at 6:30 pm
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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. 

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June 18 at 7:56 am
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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.

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June 17 at 6:30 pm
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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.

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June 16 at 7:00 pm
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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.

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June 12 at 8:25 am
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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.

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June 11 at 9:38 am
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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.

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June 10 at 7:29 am
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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.

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June 08 at 7:00 pm
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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.

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June 08 at 12:13 pm
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