• Volume 5 Number 8 - August 2010


    Hard mast nutrition is crucial for whitetails, and it strongly influences the rut and the reproduction.

    A white-tailed buck leaves his bedding site in a stand of small pines. Instead of heading to the clover plot, he scales up a small ridge to seek out what is beneath the trees.

    The rivers and estuaries around Edisto Island are full of summer sharks that offer hot action either way you look.

    The only thing missing was the lonely ringing of the bell on the buoy marking the entrance to the South Edisto River. Otherwise, the anglers aboard the Marsh Hen, waiting at anchor, putting out a chum slick, could have been on board the Orca, waiting for a visit from the 20-foot great white shark of Jaws fame.

    Early season is prime time to bring home a buck and some bacon.

    As the Aug. 15 opening of the Lowcountry deer season approaches, it’s not surprising that a lot of hunters go hog wild getting ready for those first few days in the tree stand.

    Fly-fishing on the Coosaw River flats is quite rewarding this time of year.

    Early on a pleasant, late-summer morning, Capt. Tyler Gault and his daughter, Sherri Hightower, left a grocery-store parking lot on Ladies Island. A tailing tide was rolling in, and the flooded grass flats along the Coosaw River were waiting.

    Operated with anglers in mind, SCDNR-managed lakes combine easy access and excellent opportunities to catch fish.

    Big things really do come in small packages — sometimes. Any fisherman who doubts that needs only to look at the S.C. Department of Natural Resources’ “State Managed Lakes” program. Nineteen different lakes, most of which cover less than 100 acres, collectively present a tremendous amount of fishing opportunity to South Carolina fishermen.

    Pay attention to these guides’ tactics, and you’ll catch stripers on Lake Hartwell, even when it’s ‘too hot’ to fish.

    Summer is here, and the fishing is hot. Everything is hot. The air is hot. The water is hot. Stand on the open deck of a boat at mid-day and pretty soon, you’ll be hot too. There’s no way you’re going to catch fish in this heat. Right?