• Volume 11 Number 8 - August 2016

    Features

    Barring another historic rain event, South Carolina deer hunters should expect a good deer season this fall, especially for big bucks.

    August is “go time” for deer hunters in South Carolina, and most are making final preparations for the 2016 season opener. Opening day redefines the phrase “go time” because hunters seeking unpressured deer have more than ample opportunities.

    Feisty, powerful and tasty, it’s hard to beat a spadefish for summer fishing fun.

    Guide Robert McCarley of Georgetown’s Reel Tight Charters hit the water on a crystal-clear, summer morning, making a short jog to an area where he quickly collected a tub of finger-size mullet and a couple dozen jellyball jellyfish, the latter being a favorite food of spadefish, both of which show up as the water temperature climbs in the summer.

    Fishing at this Saluda River reservoir can be excellent for anglers willing to brave the heat for some big bass — shallow and deep.

    Many of the die-hard bass fishermen who call Lake Greenwood home or rank it among their top lakes would likely classify August as their least-favorite month to fish. It’s hot, and the recreational boat traffic reaches a crescendo in the last month of summer vacation.

    Edisto anglers have almost a sure thing this month catching sharks, large and small. The action’s so good you’ll forget it’s dog days.

    Hearing the word “Shark!” screamed may strike fear into the hearts of Lowcountry swimmers, but it is music to the ears of their angling counterparts, especially this time of year when the heat has slowed a lot of fishing action for many species.

    Rob Bennett of Lowcountry Inshore Charters loves to pursue sharks off Edisto Island in the dog days of summer, with blacktips and bonnetheads prime targets in August. The action is often fast and predictable, and it results in some sizable catches.

    Different bass-fishing situations call for different kinds of fishing line. Know which ones fit where.

    Monofilament, fluorocarbon and braided line — options are numerous, and while certain fundamentals definitely guide the decisions; there’s plenty of room for creativity and situation-specific uses. Maybe you’re trying to make a lure do something or not do something; perhaps, the habitat you’re fishing presents a concentrated set of considerations. In any case, understand that line choice can greatly impact your productivity.

    Bulls Bay is a great place to target the underappreciated tripletails, floating, sight-fishing battlers who will gobble down just about anything that drifts past their noses.

    Whether cooling off in the Atlantic or basking under the sun, South Carolina’s coastline creates a perfect getaway to escape the daily grind. For fisherman, there is nothing better than a trip to relieve stress and bring a few fish back home for dinner,. and for anglers looking for a new challenge who can safely navigate the Bulls Bay’s waters, the tripletail is the perfect rival.