When the water at Clarks Hill heats up for the summer, striped bass have two places to hang out where they can survive the heat. Deep water in the lower end offers thermal refuge for the majority of the lakes striped and hybrid bass. They hold deep near the thermocline where cooler water and higher dissolved-oxygen levels see them through til cooler weather arrives.
A day-lighter? For many of us, the first one was compliments of Peter Benchleys movie Jaws. When the music intentionally lulled us into a relaxed state in the middle of that high-tension thriller, then they thrust that great white sharks opened maw onto the wide screen in full attack mode, fright lifted viewers so far out of their movie seats that you could see daylight below.
Its a point guard trying to beat his defender off the dribble, a cornerback trying to stay inside the jersey of the wide receiver hes covering, a hunter in full camo with his back up against an oak tree, trying to lure a lovesick gobbler into shotgun range.
High summer tides mean lots of redfish tailing in the marsh, especially in the Bulls Bay-Cape Romain area.