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Check out Georgetown captains' top tarpon lures

For the next 90 days, South Carolina anglers can expect a good shot at hooking up with a tarpon, one of the biggest targets that frequent inshore waters during the summer. For most fishermen, large live baits free-lined or anchored to the bottom are the No. 1 technique, but for adventurous anglers, artificials can also produce. Fishermen who target silver kings in the Georgetown area have some favorites.

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July 21 at 8:46 am
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Youth wing-shooting clinic will be held Aug. 1

The S.C. Department of Natural Resources and the Mid Carolina Gun Club are offering an opportunity to the youth of South Carolina to attend a wing-shooting clinic Aug 1 from 8:30 a.m. until 1: 30 p.m. in Orangeburg County.

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July 18 at 10:19 am
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Murrells Inlet black drum have shrimp on the brain

Even though the sun continues to cook the South Carolina coast, the action below water’s surface is brewing its own raging firestorm. Massive schools of shrimp have invaded Murrells Inlet, firing up a long list of takers, and locals are catching plenty of fish, with black drum making up a solid portion of the haul.

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July 16 at 11:54 am
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For great bass fishing, head for Santee -- the river, that is

As bass fishing gets tough on big lakes, some anglers are finding outstanding action on smaller waters, such as the Santee River. Guide Joe Dennis has been catching bass by the scores in the river and said the action over the past few weeks has been nothing short of spectacular.

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July 15 at 6:12 pm
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Five tips for South Carolina night-fishing trips

As summer heat and recreational boat traffic make daylight hours less than hospitable to the serious angler, many turn nocturnal in pursuit of crappie, stripers, catfish and other fish that readily bite after hours. Many also view night-fishing as a traditional summer past-time, spending the night on the water with friends and family sharing time between bites. How you go about night fishing can spell the difference between a successful outing and just losing sleep. Keep these five steps in mind to help insure your success.

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July 10 at 8:32 pm
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There's plenty of work to be done before deer season arrives

Consistently killing big bucks and lots of deer isn’t based on luck. Whether using bow or rifle, successful hunters leave little to chance and put in the “sweat equity” work before the season to enhance their success.

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July 10 at 1:28 pm
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Inshore action around Charleston has been as hot as the weather

Saltwater anglers looking for some hot action are finding it around Charleston. Redfish, trout and bonnethead sharks are eagerly biting a variety of baits throughout the inlets, creeks, and jetties of the Holy City.

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July 09 at 7:15 am
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Duck numbers should be up this fall, according to USFWS survey

Waterfowl hunters have plenty to cheer about in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s annual report on duck breeding populations that was released late last week. Surveys conducted in May and early June show an 8-percent increase in the number of breeding ducks over last year.

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July 08 at 7:40 am
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Flounder, redfish action great around Georgetown, should get better

For the past few weeks, the inshore bite around Georgetown has taken a turn into the right direction, with double-digit catches of big flounder and redfish as estuaries are chock full of every king of forage imaginable.

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July 06 at 11:19 pm
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Summer pattern has Lake Marion crappie fishermen smiling

The crappie on Lake Marion have locked into the summer pattern and lots of fish, including plenty of slabs, can now being caught on deep water brush.

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July 03 at 10:57 am
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SCDNR will recognize trophy catches of five freshwater species

Beginning on July 1, the S.C. Department of Natural Resources began recognizing anglers who catch trophy-sized specimens of five different freshwater species. The Angler Recognition Program allows the SCDNR to recognize an angler’s trophy catch, while also providing the agency with important information that will be valuable to biologists for the management of these important species.†

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July 02 at 12:55 pm
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SCDNR officials say North Inlet fish kill will have no lasting effects

Some Georgetown County boaters and beachgoers got a scare late last week when they noticed a mass fish kill near North Inlet at the upper end of Winyah Bay, but according to the S.C. Department of Natural Resources and S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control, the fish kill, and its apparent cause, is as common occurrence that poses no threat to humans.

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July 02 at 7:53 am
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White catfish from Lake Murray is new state record

The S.C. Department of Natural Resources is in the process of certifying as a new state record a 12-pound, 2.9-ounce white catfish caught June 23 by Charles Earp of West Columbia.

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July 01 at 7:24 am
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Bridges, birds can bring anglers to better catfish catches

Guide Bill Plumley said that fishermen looking to tie into a mess of blue and channel catfish this summer need look no further than the closest bridge overpass. Plumley said that bridges are popular nesting and rearing places for a number of species of birds, and a lifetime of fishing for catfish has taught him that where birds nest over water, there will be catfish down below.

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June 30 at 9:06 am
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Upstate bucks are top non-typicals from SCDNR scoring sessions

Sometimes the biggest rewards come when we least expect them. Just ask deer hunters Tony Blackwell and Chase Smith. They killed two of the three biggest non-typical deer scored during the S.C. Department of Natural Resources’ scoring sessions this past March – and neither was planning to hunt the day their big bucks were taken.

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June 26 at 7:58 am
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Soft-plastic baits don't have to be weightless to work on top

Most bass anglers are aware of how effective Texas-rigged soft-plastic lures can be for fishing on the bottom, but a few also know they can be just as effective when used at the surface. Sound like a misprint? It's not.

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June 25 at 7:57 am
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