• Volume 8 Number 5 - May 2013

    Features

    If you’re gonna fish the deep, clear waters of Lake Keowee, it helps to have a plan.

    Most bass fishermen who have never ventured onto Lake Keowee’s deep, clear waters often wonder why anyone would.

    With few exceptions, Keowee’s shoreline is as well-manicured below the surface as the properties that surround the lake. Add in the degree of difficulty of fishing gin-clear water, and Keowee can be an intimidating lake.

    Georgetown is jumping-off spot for great Cape Romain Reef action.

    The wind was up, and the rocking of the boat made it difficult to stand as it pounded its way around Cape Romain Reef in late May while we tried our hand at a “reef double.”

    May and early June can be prime time to fish around the artificial reef that, like many others, was established by the S.C. Department of Natural Resources to produce suitable habitat for nearshore species.

    Many different species call the Cape Romain Reef home, but the windy day trip was for just two of them, the reef double of spadefish and cobia, two of the pound-for-pound hardest-fighting fish in the ocean. While the spadefish is more along the lines of a saltwater panfish, the cobia is a beast.

    Jigs and minnows fished vertically around deep brush will get you your slab-crappie fill.

    As the sun cooks the waters over Berkeley County, America’s tastiest freshwater favorite continues to offer anglers an outlet for their prized flesh. Millions of the Santee Cooper lakes’ black crappie have left their shallow-water love nests to frolic again in their normal, deep stomping grounds.

    For some, crappie fishing is over when the last speckled bandit departs the shallow waters around the cypress trees and lily pads. But make no mistake, the post-spawn crappie season in Santee Cooper country is epic — and in more ways than one.

    Find ‘em, see ‘em, fool ‘em and hook ‘em and Lowcountry redfish can be yours.

    Redfish are easy.

    Some freshwater anglers, especially those who focus on cold-water trout, disdainfully quip that “Catching bass is easy; anyone can catch one.”

    It’s true, anyone can catch a black bass in freshwater, and more to the point in our Lowcountry shallows, anyone can catch a redfish — at times. When conditions are right and you find yourself near a school of spot-tail bass, throwing any bait or lure into their midst will get you hooked up.

    Start upstream in freshwater and sample everything the Ashepoo River has to offer on its way to the St. Helena Sound.

    Originating under the moss-draped trees of the black-water swamps outside Walterboro in Colleton County, the Ashepoo River flows approximately 42 miles before emptying into St. Helena Sound. The “middle” river of the ACE Basin, the Ashepoo is also the shortest of the three, but what it lacks in length it more than makes up for in diversity.

    This river is an angler’s dream.

    Robbie Robertson grew up on the edges of the Great Swamp and has fished the Ashepoo his whole life.

    Drift cut bait for blues and channels, anchor up and fan-cast for flatheads at Lake Wylie along the North Carolina-South Carolina border.

    Lake Wylie is about to wake up from sleeper status in terms of being a premier player among South Carolina catfishing lakes.