• Volume 8 Number 11 - November 2013

    Features

    A small decoy spread, good camo and crafty calling can make a small body of water into a duck factory.

    Ethan Amerson of  Timmonsville trudged through knee-deep water, protected by a pair of waders but still feeling enough of the chill to keep him fully in touch with his surroundings. Guided by the faint light of the early morning sky through flooded cypress knees that gave way to a long, narrow clearing of thigh-deep water, Amerson pitched a pair of mallard decoys out and made his way to the spot he wanted to stand, watching his brother, Chuck, toss out two wood duck decoys to his right and friend Scott Rollins of Bishopville putting two teal decoys in the drink to his left.

    Calling, rattling, setting up closer to bedding areas may put that buck in your sights.

    For three years, I hunted this same buck with only fleeting sightings of him — usually in the opening week and during the rut. Not once did I ever have even a remote opportunity to draw my bow. I knew something would have to change or he would die of old age or at the hands of a hunter on an adjacent property.

    Look for spots on deep flats around brush; they’ll hit live minnows or artificials.

    In the elite world of bass fishing, where sparkling, tricked-out bass boats and NASCAR-jerseyed athletes reign supreme, the largemouth bass is king of the castle. 

    Real or plastic, shrimp are the ticket to catching speckled trout in the North Edisto in November.

    On a steel-gray, November afternoon, Rob Bennett of Lowcountry Inshore Charters cruised the lower section of the North Edisto River, checking areas where he’d been catching speckled trout to see which one best fit the level of the rising tide.

    Murrells Inlet gives excellent access to Georgetown Hole and other bluewater hot spots.

    By November, the tourist action has slowed down in Murrells Inlet and the surrounding Grand Strand, but the offshore fishing action is fast and furious.

    Week-long season in November helps control deer population on 7-mile-long barrier island.

    Imagine spending six days on a jungle island; deer-hunting when you have a hankerin’, fishing when you feel like it, and sitting by a campfire at night eating and drinking like some banana republic royalty.