• Volume 6 Number 6 - June 2011

    Features

    Find the blueback herring and find Clarks Hill’s bass

    By June and on through the summer, fishermen need to know only one thing to catch largemouth bass in Clarks Hill Lake — where to find the blueback herring.

    Dolphin fill the bill along South Carolina’s southern coastline.

    After a 3:45 a.m. wake-up call and a 4:30 departure from the dock, it was a 3-hour run to the blue water. On the long ride out, daylight broke, and not long into the first pull of the morning, a buzz-like lightning went through the boat as the captain and crew — all of whom have keen eyesight above and beyond that of mortal men — spotted “something” following the baits.

    Ambush a flounder in the Murrells Inlet area

    The cast went far and long across the mouth of the small gutter creek flowing from the marsh and dumping into Murrells Inlet. To the right side of the gutter, J. Baisch of Fishful Thinking Guide Service had nosed his center-console boat up into the grass and was standing on the rear deck, methodically casting and retrieving.

    Crappie fishing turns into an after-dark affair this month.

    The first day of June marks a turning point for fishermen who call Lake Murray home. The spring spawning seasons are over, and schools are letting out around the popular 50,000-acre reservoir in South Carolina’s Midlands.

    Coyotes as a predator may be a problem for big-game hunters, but they also offer the opportunity for some year-round hunting.

    South Carolina’s statewide deer population has declined by about one-third since the mid-1990s. Habitat change, development and pine plantation monocultures have contributed, but a factor that parallels the drop in the deer population is the increase in the coyote population.

    The Charleston Harbor area is unique among the state’s saltwater fisheries.

    The Charleston Harbor area is arguably the center of South Carolina’s coastal fishery, and in more ways that just geography.