• Volume 4 Number 2 - February 2009


    The sound of hounds on a hot trail at night is one that many South Carolina hunters enjoy.

    What is the oldest sporting tradition related to using hounds to pursue wild game? Likely that would be fox hunting, which has at least a few centuries of history in Europe.

    Lake Jocassee’s deep, clear waters offer a southern view of Great Lakes fishing.

    Even without the fishing, the scenery around Lake Jocassee is breathtaking.

    Indian summer and clear water combine for smoking redfish action near Charleston.

    We could see dozens of broad-shouldered, copper-plated fish zipping frantically past our hull in the transparent salt creek. Dolphins had surfaced a few hundred yards away, and combined with the sight of our shadowy, out-of-place flats boat, that had the redfish worked up into a panic. For the reds, the clear water was a two-edged sword: easier to spot prey, easier to become prey.

    The ocean is wide open this month for fishermen who like bottom-dwelling delicacies.

    Cold water isn’t always bad. The cooler ocean tempertures of February lure bottomfish much closer to the shoreline to spawn around shipwrecks, livebottom areas, and artificial reefs.

    Wateree’s big blues are a great winter fishery for hardy anglers.

    Catfishing during the winter was once considered foolishness by the majority of fishermen in South Carolina.