• Volume 5 Number 12 - December 2010

    Features

    Don’t miss a chance for holiday fun catching Lowcountry redfish and trout.

    Yes, it’s hunting season, holiday season, party season, and everyone’s pretty busy, but don’t give up fishing just yet. December is a wonderful month for catching redfish and trout on light tackle and flies in the Lowcountry.

    Put some Wateree crappie on your Christmas wish list. The lake is one of the best cold-water fisheries in the state.

    For wintertime crappie fishermen, the period from Thanksgiving to Christmas is special. The weather is cold, but not too cold. It’s that good-feeling time where you re-establish the bond with your heavy jacket but don’t have to rely on it to survive.

    Here are some tips to draw a full house on Lowcountry waterfowl.

    Duck hunters in the Lowcountry’s ACE Basin either have connections with a plantation owner who plants food plots and possibly buys raised mallards, or they are rugged individualists with masochistic tendencies.

    The trees have been battered and the ground torn apart. Now the ritual intensifies as antler clashing echoes and the chasing of does heightens. Finally the dominant breeders tend their mates as the whitetail rut peaks.

    The trees have been battered and the ground torn apart. Now the ritual intensifies as antler clashing echoes and the chasing of does heightens. Finally the dominant breeders tend their mates as the whitetail rut peaks.

    Don’t give up when the rut ends; late-season bucks are tough to kill, but not impossible.

    There are a couple of good things about the tag end of deer season in South Carolina. First, the number of deer hunters drops off as small-game seasons open, and some hunters have just had their fill of whitetails. Others simply don’t like to sit still for long periods in the December cold.