• Volume 5 Number 4 - April 2010

    Features

    The nearshore reefs out of Charleston are havens for lunker spadefish.

    When Mark Melnyk ventured from Canada to South Carolina last year to film a handful of episodes of his World Fishing Network television show, Reel Road Trip, he happened on Charleston and Capt. Tom Siwarski of Carolina Aero Marine Adventures.

    Lake Monticello is developing into a blue-ribbon fishery for blue catfish.

    Catfish love ledges; the reason is not entirely clear. All sorts of fish relate to what offshore saltwater captains like to call “bottom relief” — really just a break in a continuous flat bottom.

    Are whitetails becoming elusive and more difficult to hunt? Are deer sightings down? If so, maybe you are facing an obstacle that will frustrate your hunting opportunities – the American coyote.

    With stealth, a lone coyote moves through the woodlot, its nose to the ground. Periodically, the canine stops and visually scans the timber.

    South Carolina’s bluewater season opens in earnest this month as colorful offshore battlers show up in good numbers.

    Reserve orders for Bionic Ballyhoo were finished in February, and tackle was tuned up in March, preparing the way for adventures in the ocean in April.

    During April, Lake Hartwell’s largemouth bass move shallow, and the fishing opportunities are out of sight.

    Sight-fishing, sight-fishing and sight-fishing. That pretty well sums up how Brian Latimer of Belton attacks Lake Hartwell in April.

    Want to up your chances of bagging a gobbler? Then fake some lessons from this hunter, who gets them close enough to drop with a bow and arrow.

    For most turkey hunters, simply bagging a bird with a shotgun is challenge enough.

    Not so for Chris Heintze.