• Volume 8 Number 6 - June 2013


    Small ponds often hold the best panfishing there is; don’t pass up the chance to explore one.

    The fly rod curved like a limber buggy whip, and the fly line curled lazily over the morning mist rising from the stained water. It propelled the leader and popping bug accurately, dropping softly under the overhanging limbs along the shoreline.

    Find bait, fish the right tide with the right technique and you’ll put South Carolina flounder in your cooler.

    One of the more desirable fish along South Carolina’s coast is the flounder, appreciated by many not only for its fight, but the quality of the fish as table fare. Clayton Crawford of Russellville is one guide to loves to target them, having developed a special affinity for them over the years.

    Understand how tides and wind move water and you’re halfway to hooking up with a redfish in just inches of water.

    Along the South Carolina coast, June marks the real beginning of warm-season angling, and for many, the combination of warm weather and unusually high tides makes for one of the best possible scenarios.

    Different sections of river require different tactics as it rolls from North Carolina to Winyah Bay.

    Flowing out of North Carolina down to Winyah Bay, the Pee Dee River is a mystery to all but the locals who fish it. Some 30 years ago, flathead catfish stocked in North Carolina impoundments upstream escaped and were flushed down the river. It is estimated that over half of the catfish population in this river is comprised of flatheads, while the other half are jumbo-sized blue catfish.

    Live bait and topwater action for Lake Hartwell stripers is unbeatable this month.

    You’ll need eyes in the back of your head when fishing Lake Hartwell for stripers and hybrids this month. The big linesided brutes will circle you like a gobbler getting the high ground, and start boiling and raking the waters surface just as you’ve committed your baits and/or lures in a different direction.

    Learn which species is which and take advantage of the sharks that swim in the Beaufort/Hilton Head area.

    The 24-hour news cycle hypes seemingly every shark attack anywhere in the world that maims or kills some poor soul, fanning an almost universal fear of sharks. When a Great White or an aggressive bull shark is spotted along the coast, within say 100 miles or so of our beaches, we think, “That’s too close; maybe I shouldn’t go in the water.”