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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
South Carolina's statewide deer herd is on the decline, but the Palmetto State is still a great place to chase whitetails -- as our annual deer-hunting preview explains.