• Volume 10 Number 8 - August 2015

    Features

    The S.C. Department of Natural Resources expects a stable harvest in the midst of a long-term decline in the state’s deer population.

    It’s time to plan and prepare for the 2015 deer season, with the opening of the season in a number of Lowcountry counties only a couple of weeks away. There are bows and guns to be sighted in, shooting lanes trimmed, food plots fertilized and stands to be tidied up.

    Biologists in both Carolinas know how much aquatic vegetation like water willow can mean to a bass fishery. Fishermen need to learn how to make it work for them.

    Brett Collins lives in Ridgeway, S.C., a small town of about 300 just west of Lake Wateree where he’s fished since the 1960s. He’s watched the lake change through the years and said it has become a different fishery since the early 1990s, about the time the water willow arrived.

    Get good bait and a good depth finder and you’re on the way to sampling great August fishing on this sprawling South Carolina reservoir.

    Greet a sunrise on the lower end of Lake Hartwell this month armed with blueback herring and a good graph, and odds are, the hot fishing will rival the heat. On a good day, you’ll be off the water by mid-morning from fish-fighting exhaustion, not heat exhaustion.

    Special tactics, tackle are required to target big sharks from the shoreline.

    With the full moon lighting the ocean’s surface, Mike Popovich of Requiem Fishing made his way through the breaking surf in a small kayak, a large baitfish lying in the hull. The baitfish was hooked to a monofilament leader and line that stretched back to his rod and reel, which stood tall in a sand spike on the beach. 

    Go big on tackle and baits and get ready to do battle with some of South Carolina’s biggest stripers.

    In 2012, fishermen began urging South Carolina officials to put in place regulations that would turn Lake Russell, the middle lake of the three major impoundments on the Savannah River, into a trophy striped bass fishery. 

    A stealthy approach and accurate cast can put you in contact with plenty of super-shallow redfish this month.

    The boat was launched just as the tide began to rise. The full moon, a day away, promised a very high tide, and the destinations were flats where the redfish congregate during those unusual tides. The timing provided a chance to fish the flats with the water both rising into and falling out of the grass.