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North Carolina angler lands lake record blue catfish from Lake Wylie

What started out as a trip to the lake to test his outboard motor after some routine maintenance ended up being the fishing trip of a lifetime for Gastonia, N.C., angler Jeff Manning when he hauled an 82-pound blue catfish into his boat on Saturday, Jan. 24, that is believed to be the biggest ever taken at Lake Wylie on the North Carolina-South Carolina border.

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January 27 at 6:46 am
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Black drum bite heating up waters around Pawley's Island

South Carolina fishermen who are ready for some hot saltwater action can get their rods bent over double in a hurry with keeper-sized black drum in the tiny estuaries of Pawley’s Island.

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January 26 at 12:53 pm
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SCDNR announces dates for three North Island hogs hunts

The S.C. Department of Natural Resources has scheduled three hog hunts for North Island in Georgetown County next month in an effort to remove and eliminate feral hogs from the barrier island.

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January 23 at 7:30 pm
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Spartanburg man is grand-prize winner in Bag-A-Buck contest

Chris Lambert, a 23-year-old Gaffney firefighter figured he was going to find a run-of-the-mill 8-point buck on the ground when he got down out of his tree stand the afternoon of Oct. 18.

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January 23 at 10:20 am
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Shallow Lake Moultrie crappie bite surprises some, but not Bonneau guide

Joe Dennis with Santee Cooper Charters in Bonneau has been mauling slab crappie in shallow water at Lake Moultrie for the past couple of weeks. That wouldn’t be big news in March, but in January, that’s something special for fishermen.

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January 22 at 8:00 am
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Time to target a big pig; Mount Pleasant man said January can be hog wild

When deer season ends, Robbie Cortis of Mount Pleasant just keeps on hunting, but it’s wild hogs that he targets in the post deer season, and he said they’re really on the move right now.

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January 21 at 12:30 pm
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Forget the cold! Key on shad schools in Upstate lakes for slabs, white perch

Freshwater anglers who think the recent cold snaps have signaled the end of fishing until spring need to set their sights on white perch and crappie. As surface temperatures on many lakes in South Carolina’s Upstate dip below 48 degrees, baitfish such as threadfin shad will gang up in huge schools in deeper areas and will begin dying as temperatures decline.

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January 20 at 12:30 pm
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January pier fishing is going tot he dogs, the dogfish sharks, that is

Don’t let those surf rods collect dust until spring.† Break them out and hit the beach or pier for some awesome fishing for spiny dogfish sharks.††

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January 19 at 7:30 am
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Lowcountry sheepshead bite has been great for inshore fishermen

While a lot of Lowcountry anglers are staying warm indoors this month, they are missing some great sheepshead fishing. Capt. Mike Waller of Saltfisher Charters on Kiawah Island said he laughs every time someone asks him, “Do you catch any fish in the winter time?”†

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January 15 at 7:00 am
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Georgia man strikes gold with 90-pound Lake Moultrie blue catfish

Jimmy Holbrook of Gibson, Ga., was fishing alone on Jan. 2 when he scored the fish of a lifetime, a 90-pound blue catfish from Lake Moultrie that he later was able to release alive.

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January 13 at 7:03 pm
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Charleston man wins December Bag-A-Buck contest

There’s one beat-up old tree stand on a piece of land on Edisto Island that†David Ray of Charleston hunts with friends. It’s just pieces of lumber hammered together to form a platform about 13 feet off the ground.

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January 12 at 7:10 pm
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Striper fishing has shut down at Wateree, but blue catfish bite has taken off

A funny thing happened during a hunt for schooling stripers on Lake Wateree for veteran fisherman Chuck Porter. It turns out the recent rains and dingy water pouring through Lake Wateree seem to have slowed down the stripers but turned the catfish action on big time.

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January 08 at 7:30 am
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Offshore wahoo bite has been great around Winyah Scarp

The season of giving continues into the New Year for anglers willing to brave the 60-mile journey to the blue waters at the Winyah Scarp, as fishermen are finding monster-sized wahoo and lots of them.

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January 08 at 6:27 am
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John's Island youngster bags two citation fish on Jan. 2 Lake Moultrie trip

A good day on Lake Moultrie is catching a 2-pound crappie. A 25-pound catfish also makes for a memorable day. So Thomas Allen of John’s Island, fishing on a Jan. 2 trip on Lake Moultrie with his father, Greg, and guide Kevin Davis out of Black’s Camp in Cross, had a really memorable day, landing a 3 Ĺ-pound crappie and a 45-pound blue catfish.

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January 06 at 8:03 pm
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Young NC angler lands 60-pound blue catfish from Lake Wateree

An “horrible day of fishing” is how Dieter Melhorn of Cramerton, N.C., described a New Year’s Day catfishing trip to Lake Wateree. During the outing, he and his 8-year-old son, Gracen, only got six bites. Fortunately for the Gracen Melhorn, one of those bites was from a blue catfish that tipped the scales at 60 pounds, 9 ounces.

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January 06 at 7:20 am
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Successful catch-and-release in winter often requires special tasks

In days gone by, nobody thought much about saving the life of a fish after it was caught; most were headed for the frying pan anyway. With today’s required live-release tournaments and catch-and-release practices, anglers have a vested interest in saving the life of their catch but may not know how.

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December 31, 2014 at 8:02 am
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