• Volume 1 Number 6 - June 2006

    Features

    Striped bass gather at the deepest regions of Santee Cooper’s lakes during summer, and two expert guides know where and how to catch them.

    I believe every striped bass in this lake is somewhere between that island right there,“ said Lake Murray guide Terry Caulder as he pointed at Spence Island approximately 2 ½ miles in the distance.

    The two Carolinas share a venerable Catawba-Wateree lake that holds up week after week to enormous fishing pressure.

    Lake Wylie, originally impounded a century ago, is the oldest reservoir of the Catawba-Wateree chain of lakes.

    South Carolina anglers who use trolling tactics have the best chance to fill their coolers with flounders.

    From Tubbs Inlet at the state line with North Carolina to Ralston’s Creek below Charleston, parades of boats line estuaries and creeks, moving barely above idle speed in quest of June flounder.

    With summer’s arrival South Carolina waterways will be packed with boat traffic. Try these tactics to catch redfish when your fishing holes get crowded.

    Does it seem like things just got a little nuts or is it just me?

    A couple of weeks ago there were a few boats in the creeks, mostly hard-core anglers or someone taking their ride for a shakedown cruise. At the Intracoastal Waterway, traffic included a few sailboats and the annual stream of big pleasure cruisers starting their march north.

    Summer is prime time to pull out light tackle and target Palmetto State bonnethead sharks.

    Don’t get too comfortable,” Capt. J.R. Waits said with a smile.

    He was placing bottom lines for bonnethead sharks, which I hand never fished for, and had only a single bait in place.

    Lake Marion’s catfish lurk in murkiness at night, but fishing after the sun goes down is a cool way to beat the heat and fill an ice chest in June.

    Capt. Kevin Couick once lived to fish in the ocean.

    He headed from his home in Waxhaw to Southport most weekends to fish for Spanish mackerel, king mackerel, flounder and sea bass. But since he discovered the excellent catfishing at the Santee Cooper lakes of South Carolina, he stays much closer to home.

    Do you know how to catch more redfish than the rest of the crowds?