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Palmetto Sportsmen Classic opens Friday in Columbia

It’s fairly easy to describe what the Palmetto Sportsmen Classic has to offer when it returns to the state fairgrounds tomorrow. There will be a swampy guy, a crabby guy, some sharpshooters, a few varmints and lizards, some big bucks and hopefully, some big bass.

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March 26 at 12:15 pm
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Guide expects Lake Hartwell crappie fishing to fire up soon

Lake Hartwell crappie fishermen had better have all their jigs tied and rigs prepared, because according to Steve Pietrykowski of Fishski Business Guided Fishing, it’s about to break loose.

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March 26 at 7:00 am
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Iva angler brings enormous slab to scales in big crappie contest

The Big Crappie Contest at Sportsman’s One Stop in Iva got made a big jump last week when Darren Hill from Iva brought in a 4-pound, 2-ounce black crappie caught from the upper Rocky River arm near Lake Russell on March 20.

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March 25 at 6:58 pm
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SCDNR schedules youth fishing rodeos, family fishing clinics

The S.C. Department of Natural Resources has scheduled a series of 23 youth fishing rodeos and family fishing clinics across South Carolina for April and May for young and old fishermen who would like to be introduced to the basics of fishing.

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March 25 at 12:12 pm
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A huge black drum, caught and released last week, was likely a state record

Andrew Demas of Charleston was targeting black sea bass on Sunday, March 15, when he ran out to the Charleston Inshore Reef with his parents, Geri and Bill, to try out their new boat. The big catch of the trip, however, was a huge black drum that would almost certainly have broken the state record had they not released it.

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March 23 at 12:30 pm
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Big bass making big move into Santee Cooper shallows as water warms

Huge largemouth bass in both prespawn and spawning modes are being taken throughout both Lake Marion and Lake Moultrie of the Santee Cooper system.

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March 23 at 7:00 am
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Nearshore reefs off Grand Strand are full of hungry sheepshead

The ocean is finally heating up in more ways than one. Not only is the water temperature finally creeping above 50 degrees, the sheepshead bite along the nearshore reefs within sight of the Myrtle Beach skyline is hot, with several captains reporting double-digit catches on a frequent basis.

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March 20 at 7:00 am
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Pelzer teen gives himself a big birthday present: a 10-pound Saluda River bass

On his 15th birthday, Dylan Suber of Pelzer had the fishing trip of his lifetime, catching a 10-pound largemouth bass from the Saluda River.

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March 19 at 7:00 am
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Johnsonville angler's Cooper River bag exceeds 42 pounds for five bass

Brian Tyler of Johnsonville set a SC BASS Federation tournament record last Saturday with a five-fish limit from the Cooper River that weighed 42.3 pounds. Tyler destroyed the competition in a qualifying tournament out of Bushy Park Landing with his limit, which averaged better than 8 pounds per fish, featuring an 10.87-pound lunker.

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March 18 at 7:00 pm
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Sight-fishing great around Georgetown for low-tide redfish

Redfish are in the shallow waters around Georgetown and Winyah Bay, and according to Steve Roff of Barrier Island Guide Service, fishermen are sight-fishing, doing well on sunny days with a little wind.

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March 18 at 7:33 am
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Lake Russell produces 3-pound, 7-ounce crappie for paddler

What was scheduled as a meet-and-greet, bass-fishing outing on Lake Russell turned into a perch-jerking event this past Saturday for several members of the Upstate SC Kayak Fishing Club, including Bryan Starks of Simpsonville, who landed a crappie that weighed nearly 3 ˝ pounds.

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March 17 at 7:03 am
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Nearshore bottomfish action explodes out of Murrells Inlet

This week’s break in the cold weather has been just what the doctor ordered for two Murrells Inlet charter captains, who have been putting beat-downs on some bottomfish just a few miles off the beach.

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March 12 at 12:30 pm
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Coastal Carolina bass team member strikes it rich on Cooper River

John Duarte, who represented Coastal Carolina University in the recent Bassmaster College Classic fishing tournament, was rewarded last weekend for turning down a chance to head for Florida for spring break. Instead of baking in the sun, he landed an 8.6-pound largemouth bass and a flathead catfish that weighed around 63 pounds on back-to-back trips on the Cooper River.

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March 11 at 10:30 pm
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Take these tips for better fishing on slack tides

Experienced saltwater anglers know that the best times to fish are usually when the tide is moving either in or out, but savvy anglers don’t just head to the dock shore when the tide is slack. Although the fishing is tougher, being on the water then doesn’t have to be a total loss. Capt. Rick Percy of Reel Chance Charters in Beaufort has a few tips that will make your slack-tide fishing time more productive. 

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March 11 at 7:00 pm
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An Easley man landed a 61-pound blue catfish at Lake Wateree on Saturday

Back when Eddie Watford was a magazine courier, he used to deliver South Carolina Sportsman magazine to outlets across Oconee and Pickens counties, but he never imagined he might one day wind up in the magazine. That changed on March 7 when Watford, who is from Easley, caught a 61-pound blue catfish while fishing Lake Wateree with buddies James Moore from Westminster and Trey Schmuck from Starr.

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March 11 at 7:30 am
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Senate bill would eliminate ethanol content in fuels

Three U.S. senators have co-sponsored a bill to eliminate the mandate to use corn ethanol in fuels, and early expectations are that the bill – similar to one that was never brought to a vote in the last session – will proceed toward passage.

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March 10 at 12:30 pm
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