• Volume 7 Number 2 - February 2012

    Features

    Reefs and wrecks outside of Bulls Bay provide great winter action for anglers targeting this tasty fish.

    Diehard anglers willing to tough out February’s chilly breezes can face a commanding challenge from one of the most powerful fish of winter. Sheepshead, aka “convicts of the sea” for their striped outerwear, migrate from jagged inshore dwellings to reefs and wreck just a hop and skip outside the mouth of Bulls Bay. They arrive at these undersea retreats in massive schools to spend the winter, preparing for the early spring spawn. They become overly aggressive, contributing to the mind-blowing action that’s practically unknown to many South Carolina anglers.

    Ashmore Heritage Preserve offers plenty of squirrels and not much hunting pressure.

    Enter just about any standing timber, and squirrels will call it home. Be it a local woodlot, dense swamps of the Lowcountry, or high mountain ridges, squirrels live pretty much everywhere. Their chatter and scurrying around in the leaves have annoyed many deer hunters and brought smiles to many youngsters hoping to get a shot at some of these fast running, high climbing acrobats of the canopy.

    By February, the fishing action is heating up on “the lower lake,” as Lake Moultrie is most often known by Santee Cooper locals.

    From an above-water vantage, it all looks the same. A 60,000-bowl, Lake Moultrie has minimal visible cover, except around its edges. Beneath the surface, though, the story changes. Swamps, hills, valleys, farms, ponds, roads, creeks, rivers and more create a widely varied “landscape”, so much of the best fishing occurs in places that “look like nothing” from the boat.

    Don’t pass up the preserve ‘option’ if you’ve got a hankering for February quail.

    At one time or other, most bird hunters said, “I wouldn’t think of hunting at a hunting preserve.”

    Charleston anglers can catch winter redfish on either end of the tide cycle by following these expert tips.

    Winter and cold weather does not mean the end of shallow-water fishing for redfish. February can be highly productive using two different techniques, at the high or low end of the tide.

    Veteran angler Robbie Cortis of Mount Pleasant fishes traditional hotspots such as points and deep holes and cover such as bridges, piers, wooden pilings and docks on higher tides.

    When the water gets cold, trolling for big trout takes center stage on this mountain reservoir.

    Lake Jocassee is a mountain lake located in the northwestern corner of the state, split between Oconee and Pickens counties, its headwaters across the North Carolina line.