• Volume 10 Number 12 - December 2015

    Features

    Crappie fishing doesn’t end in South Carolina lakes when winter arrives. In fact, it might get better.

    December signals the end of the calendar year, but not the end of great crappie fishing in South Carolina. The action can be sensational statewide through the cold months if anglers use the correct tactics for specific bodies of water.

    Quack, quack, quack! These five calls are all you need to bring birds into your decoy spread.

    Calling ducks is a skill, an art that very few people master, but it’s one that waterfowl hunters need to know how to do.

    Deer season is slipping away, but these offbeat tactics may help you fill your tag and freezer as hunting time wanes.

    Suddenly, you find yourself in December with no productive deer hunts to remember. October optimism has become December despair, and you are anxious to put venison in the freezer and a positive end to your season. 

    Nearshore livebottom areas along the South Carolina coast are full of big, hungry black sea bass this time of year. Here’s how to find and catch them.

    Many anglers view black sea bass as the scourge of the ocean, mainly because they are so plentiful and eager to bite when anglers are targeting different fish, but others view them as a good source of entertainment — as well as table fare. 

    Find the food they eat when it gets cold and you’ll stand a chance to tag a late-season buck.

    I sat motionless for hours, my breath lifting like steam in the bitterly cold morning air lofting as I waited for something to show. Frost covered everything, blanketing the area like a light dusting of snow. 

    Don’t put trophy bucks on the back burner.

    Deer hunters are funny. Many of them sit in their stands for months, peering through the woods hoping to see a trophy deer.