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Look for redfish in different areas and use different tactics as the weather changes over the next month. Three ways to play the weather for better spring redfish catches

Late March and early April are transition times for the weather and inshore fishing patterns in the Charleston area. What that means to anglers like Capt. Stephen Fields of Fields Fishing Charters is that the fishing can be just as hot from one day to the next, but it will take some trial and error because what works one day may not work the next. This is typical this time of year because a few days of warm weather are usually interrupted by a cold front, rain or windy weather, all of which have an impact on the fish. Fields said knowing a few strategies will keep anglers on the redfish until the weather becomes more stable.


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Striped bass, missing in action most of the winter, showed up in the Waccamaw River over the past 10 days in good numbers. Stripers make big appearance in lower Waccamaw River

From cold nights to hot days, the weather continues to bring unpredictable conditions for anglers, but one faithful participant finally showed up in the lower Waccamaw River over the last few days and in a big way: striped bass.   


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Tom Mann Jr. of Florida holds a 9-pound bass he caught in mid-December on a YamaFrog by Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits. Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits’ YamaFrog

Christmas came early for one of the most-accomplished professional bass anglers in his era.


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Guide Steve Pietrykowski expects crappie fishing on Lake Hartwell to peak in the next two weeks. Guide says Lake Hartwell crappie action should break loose soon

Lake Hartwell crappie fishermen had better have all their jigs tied and rigs prepared, because according to Steve Pietrykowski of Fishski Business Guided Fishing, it’s about to break loose.


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Darren Hill of Iva caught this 4-pound, 2-ounce crappie from the Upper Rocky arm near Lake Russell this past Sunday. Iva angler brings enormous crappie to the scales at sporting goods store

The Big Crappie Contest at Sportsman’s One Stop in Iva got made a big jump last week when Darren Hill from Iva brought in a 4-pound, 2-ounce black crappie caught from the upper Rocky River arm near Lake Russell on March 20.


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SCDNR is holding a series of youth fishing rodeos across South Carolina over the next two months, along with a handful of family fishing clinics. SCDNR schedules youth fishing rodeos, family fishing clinics

The S.C. Department of Natural Resources has scheduled a series of 23 youth fishing rodeos and family fishing clinics across South Carolina for April and May for young and old fishermen who would like to be introduced to the basics of fishing.


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Andrew Demas' huge black drum was a likely state record, but he released it after landing it March 15 on the Charleston Inshore Reef -- before he had a chance to weigh it. Huge black drum, released alive, was likely new state record

Andrew Demas of Charleston was targeting black sea bass on Sunday, March 15, when he ran out to the Charleston Inshore Reef with his parents, Geri and Bill, to try out their new boat. The big catch of the trip, however, was a huge black drum that would almost certainly have broken the state record had they not released it.


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The new Bio-Lume LED light array is a fish magnet that works after dark in either fresh or saltwater. New high-tech night-fishing light

Crossing a bridge over a southern reservoir on a summer night can treat you to a light show that really makes you want to wet a line.  When the bite is on and the word is out, the flooded timber can be dotted with enough lights to look like a field of stars.


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Guide Inky Davis said that plenty of big largemouth bass are moving toward the shallows in Lake Moultrie and Lake Marion. Big bass making big move into Santee Cooper shallows as water warms

Huge largemouth bass in both prespawn and spawning modes are being taken throughout both Lake Marion and Lake Moultrie of the Santee Cooper system.


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Nearshore reefs off the Grand Strand are full of sheepshead, according to Capt. Jay Sconyers of Aces Up Fishing Charters. Nearshore reefs off Grand Strand are full of hungry sheepshead

The ocean is finally heating up in more ways than one. Not only is the water temperature finally creeping above 50 degrees, the sheepshead bite along the nearshore reefs within sight of the Myrtle Beach skyline is hot, with several captains reporting double-digit catches on a frequent basis.


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Dylan Suber of Pelzer caught this 10-pound bass on a 30-year-old crankbait on March 8 in the Saluda River. Pelzer teen gives himself a great birthday present: a 10-pound Saluda River bass

On his 15th birthday, Dylan Suber of Pelzer had the fishing trip of his lifetime, catching a 10-pound largemouth bass from the Saluda River.


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Brian Tyler (left) needed help showing off his amazing five-fish limit of bass weighing 42.3 pounds that came from the Cooper River in an SC BASS Federation tournament on Saturday. Johnsonville angler's Cooper River bag exceeds 42 pounds for five bass

Brian Tyler of Johnsonville set a SC BASS Federation tournament record last Saturday with a five-fish limit from the Cooper River that weighed 42.3 pounds. Tyler destroyed the competition in a qualifying tournament out of Bushy Park Landing with his limit, which averaged better than 8 pounds per fish, featuring an 10.87-pound lunker.


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Chris Oswald of Summerton caught this keeper striper fishing with Andy Pack of Pack’s Landing. March is big-fish month

If there is such a thing as a normal winter, March is the time when big fish of several species bite the best. Largemouth bass, crappie, catfish and often shellcrackers all get into the mix.


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Reds in the waters around Georgetown are getting up on shallow flats on low tide, hitting white, Fluke-style baits. Sight-fishing for shallow, low-tide reds sticking cranking along at Georgetown

Redfish are in the shallow waters around Georgetown and Winyah Bay, and according to Steve Roff of Barrier Island Guide Service, fishermen are sight-fishing, doing well on sunny days with a little wind.


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