• Volume 8 Number 12 - December 2013

    Features

    Stump-jumping and drifting are productive ways to catch Santee Cooper blue catfish as Christmas approaches.

    Veteran fishermen debate over the best time of year to target blue catfish on the Santee Cooper lakes. Some argue for April, when big blues move shallow to spawn. Others point to June, when blues continually graze on mussel beds. Another argument can be made that February is best, as anglers claim it never gets too cold for blue cats.

    Winter mating season gives hunters their best shot of the year at Palmetto State bushytails.

    As the end of another deer season approaches, diehard outdoorsmen in the Palmetto State can continue their woods play, changing to a much smaller target with its own set of hairy challenges. 

    Choose the kind of hunt you like, and there’s a preserve in South Carolina ready to provide just what you’re looking at.

    The holiday period between Thanksgiving and New Year’s finds families gathering and celebrating their blessings around tables loaded with food — often gathered by family members. 

    Think thick cover and new food sources when targeting South Carolina’s late-season deer.

    As the end of the season approaches, hunting pressure has taken its toll on deer. Many have been killed and most of the rest educated to typical hunter strategies. Blend in cold and sometimes nasty weather, and hunting effort dwindles. Plus, small-game hunting enters the picture, and instead of having to sit still in the cold weather, small-game hunters typically can stay on the move and keep warm much easier. 

    Live or cut bait is the ticket for getting the most out of South Edisto reds, but artificials and flies have their place in an angler’s arsenal.

    It happens to every fisherman at sometime or another. A sick feeling in the pit of a stomach for some, panic for others, and even anger for a select few souls. Yep, the sight of someone anchored up in your favorite spot can cause quite an internal stir, and when it is followed up by someone anchored up on your second favorite fishing spot....

    Trolling hard or soft-plastic baits can put you in touch with plenty of Murrells Inlet specks.

    As the holiday season approaches, Mother Nature brings Murrells Inlet’s inshore anglers an early Christmas present: the speckled trout flurry continues even though the bait bucket is empty.