• Volume 10 Number 7 - July 2015


    Fishing live or cut bait on the bottom isn’t exciting, but it will produce some nice bull reds during the summer.

    July is a great month for catching bull redfish in the Lowcountry, and one of the best places to catch them is around jetties, especially in the Charleston area. 

    Flounder, trout, ladyfish and jacks are great summer species for Lowcountry anglers.

    It’s July, and the weather is perfect for cruising Lowcountry waters, casting to our plentiful gamefish. Unfortunately, while the weather is perfect for cruising and casting, it is not necessarily perfect for catching lots of spot-tails, speckled trout and flounder.  

    Topwater, soft-plastics and jigs are just a few of the baits that Lake Murray’s bass will hit when it’s hot.

    It’s known as “The Jewel of South Carolina” and Lake Murray indeed shines with many facets. Located west of Columbia, the lake created in the late 1920s offers tremendous diversity, and as bass pros demonstrated during last year’s Forrest Wood Cup in July, Murray indulges a variety of fishing styles.

    A variety of baits, fished with a variety of techniques, will catch a variety of Santee Cooper catafish.

    Catfishing on the Santee Cooper lakes has morphed into a year-round quest, but summer is tops for as providing the year’s most-diverse catfishing opportunities. Fishing is literally three-dimensional, with blue, channel and flathead catfish all on a great bite. Fishermen can fish shallow or deep, day or night, in either lake or the Diversion Canal, and catch big numbers of cats or big cats.

    Float or paddle the Little Pee Dee and Lumber rivers for great summer panfish fun.

    When the temperature begins to creep into triple digits, many fishermen seek shelter along the veins that run through South Carolina’s Pee Dee region. These black-water streams flow gently along, providing the lifeblood for fauna and folks alike. Swollen tupelo and cypress line the shoreline of this pristine tannic water that many gamefish call home. 

    Pack a bucket of fiddler crabs and fill a cooler with tasty, challenging sheepshead.

    Dead in the middle of the summer, Charleston anglers have something just as hot as the weather to target. Bait-stealing sheepshead are crushing baits and doing battle in around wooden, concrete or steel structures in waters all around the city. It’s time to put a smackdown on a heavy stringer of over-sized striped bandits well within the historic reaches of Charleston.