• Volume 8 Number 7 - July 2013

    Features

    It’s a long run to the bluewater, but the billfish rewards are often well worth the ride for Charleston anglers

    Charleston may be America’s most complete billfishing destination. That’s a bold statement, perhaps, but there are some definite arguments to support it.

    Pay attention to the thermocline, the location of baitfish and some current to find your summer crappie.

    On any given lake, on any given night, particularly during the summer, there are a limited number of spots where a fisherman can go, tie up the boat and have a reasonable chance at catching a cooler full of crappie.

    From Columbia upstream, the Broad River is a smallmouth fisherman’s paradise.

    Smallmouth bass aren’t the most populous fish in South Carolina, but on the Broad River, the fish is king. Smallmouth have thrived on this river from Columbia upstream since initial stockings decades ago, and they have become the No. 1 target of Broad River anglers.

    Whether it’s panfish, mackerel, sheepshead or flounder, South Carolina’s fishing piers provide plenty of angling opportunities.

    Pier fishing is one of South Carolina’s oldest angling traditions, and July has always been a great month for catching fish from these structures. With the water temperature averaging a balmy 83 degrees, fish like pompano and spot join a host of other species that bite throughout the summer; the majority of tarpon caught off South Carolina piers are also taken in July.

    Crappie, white bass, black bass and catfish are all possibilities for the savvy summertime fisherman at Lake Russell.

    Summertime lock several species of fish into predictable patterns, and that can be a very good thing for fishermen if they adapt their efforts. Lake Richard B. Russell on the Savannah River is certainly no exception, and while crappie are one of the popular and predictable species that provide hot action during July, there are several species available most any given day.

    Heavy tackle and a stout back are among requirements for battling with visiting summer silver kings off Hilton Head and Beaufort

    As water temperatures surge under the sweltering summer sun, tarpon, aka the world’s greatest saltwater gamefish, migrate northward along the eastern seaboard.