• Volume 2 Number 12 - December 2007


    This whopper buck gave a Williamsburg County hunter two tries – which was one too many.

    It was just another day in paradise for Emery Cribb, a native of Williamsburg County.

    On Oct. 6, the buck of a lifetime gave him not one, but two chances. He made the most of the second, taking a huge 8-pointer that will likely rank among the biggest taken in South Carolina this season.

    Winter crappie fishing can be hot as a pistol, if you learn where to find them and how to catch them.

    Deep in December — or for that matter, January or February — it may indeed be nice to remember.

    Yet there’s a lot more for a fisherman to do than look longingly back to the glorious days of springtime triumphs or dream of the coming return of warm weather.

    Cooler weather means excellent action on redfish in the Beaufort area.

    Everyone loves December. Family and friends gather for holiday celebrations, parties and good cheer — it’s Christmas, the most joyous season of the year.

    For those fishermen who are tuned in to the cold-weather habits of redfish, it’s also a great time to catch our No. 1 inshore game fish.

    Warm December weather results in great catches of spotted sea trout for Charleston-area fishermen.

    Global warming or Indian summer?

    It doesn’t much matter which explanation you pick, because the warm weather keeps the trout biting on into December. Whether fishing topwater or dropping a live bait under the water’s surface, chances are you’ll see plenty of spotted sea trout action if you fish diligently, keep moving and try several spots.

    Lottery hunts for waterfowl are special. Here are some tips to make sure your hunt is the best.

    Arriving with the same excitement as a money-laden birthday card from Grandma, the result of my 2006-07 application for a waterfowl hunt was in my mailbox.

    Only a few weeks earlier, I had poured over past Wildlife Management Area (WMA) hunt results and upcoming season dates in deciding what dates to select on my application. But because I always select “any date” on the application, I might get a date at the opposite end of the season on a WMA that was not one of my top choices — or I might get my first pick.

    This Florence hunter will long remember the buck he shot while hunting on a whim.

    Sometimes good things happen when you least expect them.

    At least that’s what David Lowe of Florence is thinking right about now.

    Lowe wasn’t planning on going deer hunting on Sept. 25. He was busy trying to get his car dealership open, and he admitted that he’d only been deer hunting once this season before that afternoon.

    Live-bait fishing for stripers and hybrids makes Lake Hartwell a desirable December destination.

    When Chip Hamilton says, “Get ready, here he comes,” you’d better be close to your fishing rod.

    Almost every time he repeats that phrase, one or more of his rods takes a nosedive into the clear, cold waters of Lake Hartwell.