• Volume 10 Number 5 - May 2015


    Live bait, artificials and even flies will draw strikes from a hungry cobia.

    Cobia. Just the mention of the great gamefish gets many anglers excited, even more so after the winter has given way to spring, especially in the Lowcountry. 

    Spotted bass have taken over Lake Russell’s bass fishery, and in May, that’s not a bad thing.

    Lake Richard B. Russell has changed dramatically in terms of black bass fishing since its impoundment in 1984. When it first filled up, the lake was great for largemouth bass and had the shallow-water cover for largemouth bass fishing to explode, as well as deep cover to perpetuate the fishery.

    Live blueback herring are a big meal for hungry hybrid bass on Clarks Hill Lake.

    Most anglers, Brad Sasser included, go about fishing for striped bass and hybrid bass the same way. It’s sort of like cousins and half-cousins hanging out together; they live in the same neighborhood, grow up together and get along well, even though they may both share the same parental lineage.

    Find a school of hungry stripers, stay on them, and you can have some of the season’s most-exciting action.

    “Here they come.” 

    Those were the only words the anglers aboard Truman Lyon’s boat needed to hear. The 83-year-old striper guide watched as his graph depicted several fish leaving a mass of stripers clustered near the bottom of Lake Moultrie, moving higher in the water column. His vast experience told him this meant rod-bending action was mere moments away.

    Keep a handful of rods ready whenever you find a big school of baitfish; hungry cobia will be nearby.

    As the spring peaks in the Palmetto State, fishermen looking for an opponent built for pure power and brute force won’t have to venture far past the jetties at Murrells Inlet. Early this month, cobia will arrive just off the sandy shores, and they won’t be little ones looking for a safe haven. 

    May is the month when redfish start hitting topwater baits in the waters around Charleston.

    Kevin Blair fishes the waters around Charleston about 200 days a year, but his favorite days are in May when he can catch redfish on topwater baits.