• Volume 10 Number 1 - January 2015

    Features

    Pump-back system, smallmouth bass make Lake Monticello’s winter bass fishery an unique one.

    According to plenty of fishermen across South Carolina, one of the better — and often overlooked — winter bass fisheries in the state is Lake Monticello. Their reasons may vary, but a consistent one is the opportunity to catch both largemouths and smallmouths on the same trip.

    Layout blinds set up in fields and along river banks can be very productive when it comes to calling in Canada geese during the late season

    The harvested corn field looked dull and brown against the gray, early morning December sky. Small shapes resembling Canada geese dotted the center of the field, and a handful of coffin-shaped structures barely showed above the stubble of cut corn stalks, seemingly breathing fog into the cold, damp air.

    Layout blinds set up in fields and along river banks can be very productive when it comes to calling in Canada geese during the late season.

    The harvested corn field looked dull and brown against the gray, early morning sky. Small shapes resembling Canada geese dotted the center of the field, and a handful of coffin-shaped structures barely showed above the stubble of cut corn stalks, seemingly breathing fog into the cold, damp air.

    Extensive shallow flats make the huge Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge a top spot for redfish in cold weather.

    In January and February, the expectations of inshore fishermen are usually on the low side, with the major exception of one of South Carolina’s most-favored gamefish. The cold, winter weather brews a fire storm of redfish, and the massive, undeveloped estuary that stretches between Georgetown and Charleston, aka the Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge, is a prime area for harboring large schools of wintering reds. 

    Big swimbaits, floating fly, drop-shot rigs will produce Jocassee’s great bass

    The big swimbait sailed through the air and landed like a dead — or at least stunned — trout on the surface of Lake Jocassee. It lay there motionless for a few seconds while Rob McComas shrugged his shoulders to loosen up and focused on the water around the lure. Then, he began working the swimbait back to the boat, reeling slowly, stopping occasionally to give the line a couple of sharp twitches.

    South Carolina timberdoodles love Belfast WMA’s wet bottomlands around streams

    A few years ago, I found myself along Mud Lick Creek in the heart of the Belfast Plantation WMA, meandering along, looking for game. My female Boykin spaniel, Walter, found the musty scent of woodcock in her nose, and her bobbed tail wagged violently. Her rushed gait told me we were getting close. In a short stretch, she flushed no fewer than 24 woodcock, some  holding so tight, I almost stepped on them as I plodded along.

    When ducks become wary, South Carolina hunters should considered doing something new

    When South Carolina duck hunters take to the water for the short opening segment of the season around Thanksgiving, if the ducks are around, the hunting is relatively easy.