• Volume 7 Number 9 - September 2012

    Features

    The waters off Charleston beckon when kings reign supreme.

    The murky waters of the Intracoastal Waterway were a poor substitute for the blue serenity that awaited over the horizon for Capt. Robert Olsen and the crew of Knot@Work Fishing Charters.

    But Olsen knew he needed to spend a little time near the Ben Sawyer Bridge on the Mount Pleasant side of the ICW to pick up some “insurance” before he made the run, which could be a long trek into blue water or just a short hop off the beach, to find king mackerel.

    “We troll a lot of menhaden during the late spring and summer, and there’s still plenty around to be used for bait,” he said, “but with the mullet run in full swing, it’s nice to have some of those too in case the kings decide to get picky.”

    Improve your shooting and retrieving skills to bag a limit of doves using only one box of shells.

    James Covington and Norman Ledford Jr. are residents of York County who regularly limit out on doves using only one box of shells. The list of dove hunters who can match that feat is a short one, indeed.

    But this skill doesn’t come without a lot of practice in the field, concentrating on each and every shot opportunity.

    What allows these two hunters to limit out when others only have a handful of doves to show for their efforts? Both concentrate on the “little things,” such as concealment. In addition to wearing camouflage, they break their outline by using a blind that is often just some limbs they have stuck in the ground or a group of corn stalks.

    Scout and get the lowdown on what deer are doing when the season opens, and you’ll go a long way toward filling your tag with a nice buck.

    “Early season deer hunting” means different times to hunters across South Carolina because season opening dates vary from game zone to game zone.

    But one constant is that early season tactics are different from those used the rest of the year. Successful hunters must have a well-defined game plan for this specific time of year. In the Lowcountry, bow and gun hunters share Aug. 15 as opening day. In many other areas, however, bowhunters get a jump on gun hunters.

    WMAs provide unique deer-hunting opportunities in all areas of South Carolina. It’s up to hunters to put in the effort for success, but here are some tips to help out.

    Although Ben Powell has not taken a deer off the Woodbury or Marsh wildlife management areas, he has spent many hours scouting the two public hunting areas along the Big and Little Pee Dee rivers in lower Marion County.

    Those two WMAs, along with the Pee Dee Station Site WMA next door in Florence County, combine to provide some of the most-unique and varied deer-hunting opportunities in the state — on public or private lands.

    The ‘middle child’ of the Savannah River reservoirs, Lake Russell touts a beauty and fishery like none other in South Carolina.

    Lake Russell.

    The name conjures up the image of a pristine area far off the beaten path. This middle impoundment of the Savannah River was created last in the chain, long after Lakes Hartwell and Clarks Hill were up and running. Because of the timing of its creation, federal regulations prevented private development of the lake’s shoreline.

    That and the lake’s rural location have resulted in a destination where anglers can truly feel like they have the lake all to themselves.

    Shrimp, trout and spot-tail bass offer great targets for Lowcountry fishermen in the fall. Here’s how and where to catch them.

    September is a perfect on-the-water month in the Lowcountry. In fact, it is just about perfect everywhere in September.

    Fish are biting, shrimp are jumping, crabs are nipping, doves are darting and even the secretive marsh hens are sneaking around.

    “So many choices and so little time” accurately describes a sportsman’s quandary. A person could easily spend day and night chasing some sort of game or fish.