Our truck followed a long, gravel road through the Sumter National Forest near the border of Laurens and Newberry counties. Cutover land lined both sides of the road for more than a mile — prime habitat for cottontail rabbits — and after another half-mile, we found a safe place to park.
It can be argued that most outdoorsmen and women have an ambivalent feeling towards crows. They are loud, obnoxious and irritating. Few things can upset a deer hunt more than a murder of crows right above your head screaming at each other for seemingly hours. Thankfully, there is a solution that is both effective and fun.
Addison Rupert was pointing, trying to get his client to see what he was seeing.
“Look just under that dock and you’ll see a number of redfish under there. Can you see them? Here, try looking through these,” Rupert said, handing his sunglasses to his client on a cold, sunny January day.
For some fishermen, the cold, often nasty weather associated with January may not seem like prime time for swinging slab crappies over the gunwales. They might want to reconsider, because but fast crappie fishing is often the norm at Lake Moultrie, where excellent mid-winter action can usually be found in two distinct patterns.
Lake Wylie, which straddles the border between North Carolina and South Carolina, has developed into one of the premier catfishing reservoirs for both states. Based on research from the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission this already highly productive lake is still in the “boom” stage.
Lake Moultrie will be pumping out slab crappie this month, but you can also head to the Charleston area for hot redfish action.