All kinds of changes take place for redfish and the anglers target them when spring arrives in the Charleston area. The water temperatures typically hover in the 60s, making for ideal conditions to pursue reds in the shallows. Massive conglomerations of baitfish and shrimp are moving back into the estuaries, and reds are ready to fill up.
The Broad River and springtime cobia are subjects so intertwined that fishermen rarely reference one without mentioning the other. When conditions are right, it seems everyone with a boat is cruising around, scanning the surface or soaking their best baits on the bottom, hoping to hook-up with the bell of the ball, Miss Cobia.
For more than 20 year Monty McGuffin of Westminster has been prowling the woods and waters of the Upstate and beyond as host of The Carolina Outdoorsman television Show. Most of his televised pursuits involve stalking fish, and one particular fish and one particular location have earned him the reputation as a trophy hunter: the oversized largemouth bass of Lake Jocassee.
Fishing Creek Lake is a relatively small body of water, approximately 3,000 acres, downstream from Lake Wylie and upstream from Lake Wateree on the Catawba River chain. It’s so small that some fishermen don’t know much about the lake’s crappie fishing, but those who do keep up with the big-time action.
Perhaps the most underrated and overlooked fisheries at Lake Murray is the shellcracker. Many anglers enjoy the outstanding fishing for striped bass, largemouth and catfish, but often, the average angler knows little about the shellcracker.
May, the fifth month, is the true beginning of warm weather in South Carolina. It’s May Day, with flowers blooming and new life erupting across the state, for horse-racing fans, it’s the Kentucky Derby. But anglers in the Palmetto State chase a different kind of fortune, while wearing less frilly attire. May is the Spanish mackerel derby, a rite of passage along the southern end of the Grand Strand.
Lake Murray shellcrackers and Murrells Inlet Spanish mackerel are two species that make big debuts in May.