• Volume 11 Number 4 - April 2016

    Features

    Call them Mahi Mahi, dorado or dolphin. They’re not porpoises, but they perform so many tricks, a trip offshore this month could be more fun than a day at Sea World.

    Few fish create the dreams of the everyday offshore angler the way dolphin do. Old salts wax poetic about marlin and tuna and sailfish, but Senior Dorado, he’s everyman’s fish. From 70-foot sport yachts to dual-outboard, trailered boats, the dolphin is more than a worthy opponent on the line and a blessing at the table.

    Target Keowee’s spots, largemouths with different tactics as the spawn approaches.

    Lake Keowee. The name brings joy to the heart of some anglers and tears to the eyes of others. For bass fishermen, it can be a mix of both — on the same day, maybe even just an hour or even a few casts apart.

    Be patient, be persistent and be a whole lot of things that spell doom for turkeys.

    Turkey hunting is a character-building sport where creativity and adaptation in the heat of battle determine success or failure or any given hunt. If a hunter adapts successfully, a gobbler may be tagged. If wrong decisions are made, the less-desirable outcome prevails and character building continues. 

    With the spawn at hand, it helps to know when and where to find crappie that are heading to their beds.

    Spring has arrived, and across the south, April is many things to many people, especially when it comes to enjoying blooming trees, shrubs and azaleas, plus South Carolina’s outdoor treasures. For anglers headed to the Lake Marion and Lake Moultrie, the migration of big crappie into shallow waters takes precedences over everything else. It’s time to slay Santee Cooper slabs.

    The lower Saluda River around Columbia offers April anglers with tremendous opportunities to catch trout and striped bass in places many would not expect to find them.

    Rather than packing the truck and making a long drive to the Upstate, the lower Saluda River offers trout fishermen a unique opportunity in the Midlands. Stocked during the winter by the S.C. Department of Natural Resources, the lower Saluda in and around Columbia is filled with quality browns and rainbows.  

    Gobblers that have heard a lot of calls don’t come running the first time you help. Here are some tips for putting the moves on a bird that’s been heavily hunted.

    As the morning began to brighten, the sounds of a new day started to emerge. Crickets faded into chirps from chickadees. Courting frogs merged into the wakening call of the Carolina wren. Charles Hudson and I stood near a giant oak bordering a beaver swamp, listening, when a distant gobble got our attention.