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Statewide deer harvest down more than 9 percent in 2014, SCDNR says

South Carolina’s deer harvest dropped by 9 percent during the 2014 season, according to the S.C. Department of Natural Resources, continuing a long-term decline in the statewide harvest.

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April 27 at 8:00 am
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Sheepshead are biting around nearshore reefs off Hilton Head

The sheepshead bite is on fire in the Hilton Head area, and Capt. Rick Percy of Reel Chance Charters said fiddler crabs fished around structure has helped him have his share of 100-fish days this past week. While the fish are definitely around and definitely biting, Percy said anglers still have to find them, and that hasn’t been especially easy lately. Percy said anglers hitting the nearshore reefs and wrecks are having the most productive days.

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April 24 at 12:30 pm
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Retired Santee Cooper guide decks 94-pound blue catfish in Diversion Canal

Over 40 years of fishing, including 23 years spent as a guide, the biggest catfish Gene Bell managed to wrestle from the waters of Santee Cooper was a 74-pound fish. That all changed on Thursday, April 16 when a 94-pound, 2-ounce blue catfish picked up a piece of cut shad Bell had soaking on the bottom of the Diversion Canal.

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April 22 at 7:00 am
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Lake Jocassee spits out 9 1/4-pound trout for North Carolina angler

Each spring, die-hard anglers look forward to brown and rainbow trout returning to the main-lake area of Lake Jocassee. The first few weeks of the return are a great time to catch trophy sized trout, and guide Sam Jones said he realized the return was in progress when one of his clients, Tony Hale, of Gastonia, N.C., reeled in a 9-pound, 4-ounce brown trout on Saturday, April 18.

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April 21 at 7:00 pm
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Gamecocks win FLW College championship on Lake Murray

A team from the University of South Carolina won last weekend’s FLW College Fishing National Championship on Lake Murray with three solid days of fishing and a winning weight of 53 pounds, 2 ounces.

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April 21 at 12:30 pm
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Longline trolling in Lake Wylie's creeks producing great catches of crappie

The crappie fishing at Lake Wylie has been hot and cold this spring – just like the weather – but one crappie fishermen has the formula to produce plenty of action.†Mike Parrott of Charlotte, N.C., said that late April is a prime time for longline trolling to find crappie as they move through the creeks, and the fishing is excellent.

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April 21 at 7:00 am
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Nearshore reefs out of Charleston, Edisto are full of Spanish macks, bluefish

Bluefish and Spanish mackerel are biting around the nearshore reefs out of Charleston and Edisto, and the best way to catch them has been trolling Clark Spoons and deep-running plugs. The Edisto 40 reef has been especially hot lately, but other reefs in the area are also producing.

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April 18 at 7:00 pm
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Big, bull redfish make great early showing in Georgetown waters

Warmer weather has helped fishermen who have been dragging mud minnows around Cherry Grove and Murrells Inlet for flounder, but the big news along the northern half of South Carolina’s coastline is that the big, bull reds have returned to Georgetown’s waters.

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April 17 at 6:59 pm
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SCDNR expects huge crowd of shooters for Youth Sporting Clay Open

The S.C. Department of Natural Resources said about 450 youth shooters will compete tomorrow (April 18) at the first annual SCDNR Youth Sporting Clay Open at the Palmetto Shooting Sports Complex in Edgefield.

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April 17 at 7:30 am
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With midway point of turkey season at hand, savvy hunters change tactics

There’s a mad scramble to hunt as soon as turkey season begins, but some expert hunters look forward to the middle and latter parts of the season.

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April 16 at 6:42 am
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Huge Lake Moultrie slab, already spawned, was pushing 4 pounds

Not all of Lake Moultrie’s crappie spawn at the same time; some have already spawned and are abandoning the shallows for deeper water. Other crappie will soon spawn and join them on the journey to deeper water. Kevin Davis, guide and co-owner of Blacks Camp, recently had a 3-pound, 12-ounce crappie hauled over the rails of his pontoon boat.

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April 13 at 12:30 pm
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Bass, herring are spawning in same areas of Hartwell, to anglers' delight

In what appears to be a reoccurring trend on Lake Hartwell, bass pro Brian Latimer of Anderson said bass anglers can both fish for spawning fish and capitalize on the herring spawn. He said the first wave of largemouth has completed spawning, but there are plenty of fish still on the beds and the postspawn fish aren’t leaving either.

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April 09 at 7:50 am
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Gamecocks will be represented in FLW national college championship

A team from the University of South Carolina will be among 50 entries in the 2015 FLW College Fishing National Championship, scheduled for April 16-18 on Lake Murray out of Columbia.

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April 07 at 7:00 pm
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Warming water has Murrells Inlet flounder kicking off the spring

For the past few months, the best action for saltwater anglers has been beyond the jetties and beaches, at nearshore and offshore locales. The inshore action at Murrell’s Inlet heated up just in time for Easter weekend, as impressive stringers of keeper flounder started showing up.

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April 06 at 7:20 am
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Add spinnerbaits to your arsenal when targeting jetty reds

One guide has a few tips that will help freshwater fishermen be able to fish their spinnerbaits for redfish off the Georgetown jetties this spring.

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April 02 at 12:30 pm
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Lake Marion striper fishing breaks loose over the weekend

Striper fishing has been good the past few weeks in the upper end of Lake Marion, both in the river and on the flats, but last weekend, the fishing changed from warm to red hot.

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April 01 at 7:00 pm
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