An old proverb tells us There are plenty of other fish in the sea, but you couldnt prove it by Lowcountry anglers actions in May and June. That wise adage refers, of course, to the dating trials and tribulations of young lovers jilted by girl or boyfriends, but the same advice could be directed at Lowcountry fishermen.
Spring marks the peak of the annual mating ritual for a majority of freshwater gamefish species in South Carolina, with the almighty crappie being one of the first to rush into the stump-laden shallows. For many fishermen, the season for catching slab crappie comes to an end just as schools of fish retreat to deeper waters.
The rod jerked hard as something grabbed the live shrimp on the end of Capt. Mark Dicksons line. He reared back to set the hook, and the rod bent deeply as his small spinning reel began singing a happy song. A wake appeared as a hooked redfish surged down the bank in the shallow creek near the North Carolina/South Carolina state line.
Lunker bass and line-stripping redfish. Is there any better month than June?