Fishing News and Information


Flooding in Grand Strand raises questions about local fishing

With all the flooding along South Carolina’s coast and inland, how long will it take for the fishing to get back to normal? It’s a question of luxury for many anglers, as a number of other South Carolinians struggle to rebuild great loss from the flood of ’15. Still, it’s a question that is, or will soon be, on the minds of anglers across the Palmetto State.

Capt. Ned Campbell of the Murrells Inlet Outpost in Murrells Inlet said there is really only one way to find out. “It’s going to take some people going and reporting on how they’re doing to really know. We’ve never had flooding of this magnitude, so we don’t have anything to compare it to, but usually when big storms cause flooding even on a smaller scale, it takes a few days for things to get back to normal. It may be three days, or it may even be a couple of weeks,” he said.

October 07 at 6:45 am

Lowcountry angler to compete in 2015 Hobie Fishing World Championship

Dave Jaskiewicz of Charleston is going somewhere he never thought fishing would take him. Shang Lake, China is his destination, along with 46 other anglers from 19 different countries. They will all be competing for the title of World Champion in the 5th Annual Hobie Fishing World Championship, presented by Rhino-Rack and hosted by Hobie Cat Australasia.

Jaskiewicz qualified for the Hobie World Championship earlier this year by winning the IFA Kayak Tour Event that took place in Georgetown, which was designated a qualifier for the World Championship. Jaskiewicz became the sixth American, and 7th member of Team North America, which is joined by one Canadian.

October 06 at 3:45 pm

Time for lures over bait

Ask any saltwater angler in South Carolina to choose his or her favorite fishing month, and a good many will tell you October is the one they look forward to all year. No matter what your favorite fish is, the chance of catching good numbers are high this month. The influx of shrimp and baitfish, the cooling of the water and air and the seasonal migration of fish between offshore, nearshore and inshore combine to give anglers some of the hottest saltwater action they’ll see.

October 05 at 9:00 am

Compact jig is great for mopping up South Carolina's fall bass

With so much fishing pressure on our lakes these days, lots of bass fishermen regularly downsize their baits; it’s become an accepted way to catch finicky fish. The same goes with clear-water situations. Clear water and small baits just go together.

October 04 at 6:45 am

Weather postpones US Open King Mackerel Tournament

The 2015 U.S. Open King Mackerel Tournament Board of Directors announced after much consideration and consultation about weather concerns due to Hurricane Joaquin, have postponed the tournament to October 30th & 31st.  The new tournament schedule will be as follows: registration on Thursday, October 29th from 10am-12midnight at the Southport Marina and fishing on Friday, October 30th from 7am-5pm and Saturday, October 31st from 7am-4pm.  

October 01 at 3:58 pm

Spot-on fall flounder

The spot run each fall causes a lot of excitement along the Grand Strand, and few are immune to the frenzy of the tasty panfish. J Baisch of Fishful Thinking Charters in Murrells Inlet also gets excited about the annual migration, but it’s not because of what’s in front. It’s what’s behind. 

October 01 at 7:00 am

Splash those Georgetown speckled trout

After a long, hot summer, fall has arrived on the calendar, and it true fall conditions should arrive this month. For the inshore angler with a passion for casting lures at grass lines and oyster points, the fun-filled October session is the just what the doctor ordered, because a squadron of speckled trout show up looking to stretch their stomachs on shrimp, mullet and menhaden. Anglers visiting the Georgetown, South Carolina’s third-oldest city, will be more than pleased. 

October 01 at 7:00 am

Stalk fall Santee slabs - Sample Lake Marion’s great fall crappie action

The long rod bowed into a deep, inverted “U” as another slab crappie was swung aboard the boat. Guide Buster Rush grabbed his client’s fish and sized it up.

“This one’s nearly 16 inches long, and is a thick-bodied crappie,” he said. “If we keep this one, we’re limited and done for the day.”

October 01 at 7:00 am

When cool means hot - Fall weather brings Lake Hartwell’s stripers out of deep water and into a big feeding zone

When it comes to filling a cooler with striped bass from Lake Hartwell, October is a tough month to beat. The water temperature falls to a point where the hard-fighting fish seem invigorated, and that’s good news for guides like Steve Pietrykowski of Fishski Business, who fishes hundreds of days a year on the 56,000-acre reservoir.

October 01 at 7:00 am

It’s football (jig) season!

To a lot of people across the Southeast, the arrival of September means high school and college football, and you can count me in that number. I am a football fanatic. As it turns out, I’m a fan of footballs that never see the gridiron; in the fall, I love to fish football-style jigs for bass. 

September 28 at 9:00 am

Spanish mackerel biting spoons in Murrells Inlet

Spanish mackerel are still running just beyond the surf in the Murrells Inlet area, and Capt. Ned Campbell of Murrells Inlet Outpost said Clarkspoons fished with planer boards are all you need for a day of trolling to catch plenty of them.

“You don’t have to go far at all for Spanish right now. You’ll catch plenty of them between the jetties and the three-mile reef,” said Campbell. “Anglers are catching them on multiple spoon rigs on planer boards, and finding the fish is as easy as watching the birds,” he said.

September 28 at 7:00 am

BKB Swim Jigs

A Kansas bass angler is doing more than holding his own on the Bassmaster Elite Series circuit.

September 24 at 9:00 am

New trolling motors solve old boat-handling problems

One of fishing’s truths is that more casts mean more fish in the boat. And anything that eliminates distractions and saves time helps you make more casts and lets you pay more attention to your fishing.

Minn Kota’s new Ulterra motor was designed to do just exactly this.

September 21 at 9:00 am

Find cold water for hot striper action on Lake Russell

With school and deer hunting season in full swing, anglers are finding the boat traffic light and the striper fishing hot on Lake Russell, especially for anglers finding the coolest water and using planer boards to put live herring close to the banks.

Richard Hurley of Greenville said he’s found that fishing during the week is also a good idea, and not just because most folks are working instead of crowding the fishing holes. “During the week, the power company runs a lot more water through the dam than they do on the weekends. This cools the water significantly, and that cool water is where the stripers are,” he said.

September 21 at 7:01 am

Redfish on the Broad River give anglers all they can handle

Danny Rourk has six rivers within an hour’s drive of his home in Beaufort, but he only fishes one of them.

Ditto his buddy, Josh Utley.

Despite having the Beaufort, Chechesee, Colleton, May and Coosaw rivers at their doorstep, the two inshore guides rarely leave their home waters of the Broad River, especially when it comes to targeting redfish in the fall.

September 19 at 10:01 am

Cooling water is good news for Carolina bass anglers

Largemouth bass in lakes all across both Carolinas are starting to move into shallow-water creeks, following the pods of bait that move up once the water begins cooling off this time of year. It's a recipe that can result in stellar fishing for anglers like Clemson University angler Jacob Reome, who said this is the season he looks forward to every year.

"When the air temperatures start dropping at night like it has been lately, that really starts to cool the water down, even if it's still getting warm throughout the day, and that gets the baitfish moving into those creeks and shallow water," Reome said.

September 17 at 1:01 pm

September: a full plate

Fish are biting in the Santee Cooper lakes, but we’re at the time of year when some of the best hunting in South Carolina takes place as well. The very popular alligator season will attract a lot of attention from those with alligator tags on and around the lakes, which are divided into two distinct areas, both known for producing huge alligators.

September 17 at 9:00 am

The one that got away, shouldn't have. Stop crying over lost fish.

Every angler has their story of “the one that got away,” and in some ways, that’s all just a part of fishing. But sometimes, the one that got away wouldn’t have gotten away if not for a crucial  mistake on the angler’s part. Just as likely, it’s because the angler’s equipment is not set up properly.

Capt. Stacy Garbett of Palmetto Lagoon Charters in Hilton Head said the number one reason most people lose fish is because they don’t have their drag set properly. He specializes in putting his clients on bigger than average fish, and he strongly discourages people from bringing their own fishing rods on his charter.

September 16 at 7:01 am