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Capt. Rick Percy said great speckled trout fishing has taken off early this fall. Look for moving, clear water to take advantage of Hilton Head trout bite

Artificial lures are the ticket to quality speckled trout in the Hilton Head area right now, and it doesn't seem to matter too much which artificial lure anglers are throwing. The bite is so good at this early stage in the fall, that many seasoned anglers are looking for it to be a banner year, including Capt. Rick Percy of Reel Chance Charters.


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A crankbait that dives to the depth bass are holding can be an effective tool to take suspended fish. September: moving month

Golfers on the pro tour call Saturday “moving day” because it’s the day you’d better make a move if you want to contend for the tournament title. Down here in South Carolina, September is the “moving month” when baitfish and bass start to move from summer to fall.


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Ott DeFoe used a Terminator Weedless Football Jig to win a Bassmaster Open earlier this year. The Terminator Weedless Football Jig

On a hot July day in Knoxville, Tenn., Ott DeFoe was sorting and arranging his fishing tackle while preparing to go fish Bassmaster tournaments at Lake Champlain and the Deleware River.


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Capt. Addison Rupert catches lots of reds on the low end of the tide cycle around wooden structure like docks or bridge pilings. Having trouble finding low-tide reds? Take these two guides' tips

Lowcountry anglers are finding the redfish bite plenty hot, even as the weather is cooling, but one question many anglers wonder is where they can find redfish at low tide.


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Lots of nice king mackerel, including plenty at 25 pounds or better, have shown up just off the beach from Georgetown north to the Grand Strand. Kings following mullet run just beyond breakers from Georgetown north

For the past 10 days, anglers cruising along the beachfront of South Carolina’s northern coastline have been noticing a different crowd of visitors hanging on the outside edge of the breakers. The season’s first mullet has kicked off, a sure-fire sign of the beginning of the fall fishing season, and ready to get started were king mackerel. 


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Minn Kota’s Ulterra offers auto stowing and power trim functions, as well as the ability to virtually anchor a boat in a specific location. Hot new electronics are coming

Here is a look at a cross section of the new electronics coming our way:


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Do your inshore scouting on the low end of the tide cycle to learn where fish-holding structure is located and where there will be sufficient water to fish. Do your scouting on low tide to learn where you need to be, guide says

Inshore saltwater fishing offers a myriad of opportunities to catch fish during all phases of the tide, and while serious anglers may log 20 hours a week and have just about every oyster bed, sand bar and navigable channel in their home waters memorized, fishermen who don’t get on the water as often and aren’t as familiar with the territory can get a quick education from technology and Mother Nature’s lunar fluctuations.


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Guide Rodger Taylor has been catching plenty of big blue catfish at night out of Lake Wateree. After-dark catfish action in Lake Wateree's shallows has been top-drawer

Catfish action has been good at Lake Wateree throughout the summer, but in September, the cats really begin to prowl, especially at night. Guide Rodger Taylor has learned where they’re prowling and has been making big catches of quality fish from very skinny water at night.


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Federal fisheries managers will close the recreational season on several species of porgies, including this knobbed porgy, on Wednesday, Sept. 17, because of overharvest. Feds will close recreational season on several porgy species on Sept. 17

Federal fisheries managers announced last Friday that the recreational season for a number of species in the popular porgy family will close on Wednesday, Sept. 17 and not reopen until Jan. 1, 2015.


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A fish kill took place the weekend of Sept. 6 on Lake Hartwell close to the Anderson Regional Joint Water Authority's intact facility on Six & Twenty Creek. Localized fish kill confirmed on Hartwell after chemical treatment of water

The S.C. Department of Natural Resources has confirmed a fish kill on Lake Hartwell that took place the weekend of Sept. 6 near the water intake facility operated by the Anderson Regional Join Water Authority a few days after chemical treatments of water in an attempt to battle algae blooms believed to be responsible for poor taste and water quality that has plagued Anderson County residents this summer.


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Crappie will be deep but biting through September on Lake Marion, according to guide Buster Rush. Fall fishing is on the way

Fishing takes a step forward in September, with improved action on a variety of species. With even just slightly cooler temperatures, the fishing for largemouth bass improves, especially in terms of topwater schooling action, and these fish begin chasing forage much more aggressively. That means anglers can get more aggressive with their fishing styles.


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Commercial dyes allow fishermen to color their soft-plastic baits in several different  shades, including the ever-popular chartreuse. Jazz it up! Customize colors, flavors

Redfish feed by using both their sense of smell and their. Even though manufacturers have developed almost endless combinations of colors, anglers are always looking for something new to put more fish in the boat.


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A float rig and an Egret V-rig are two ways to fish soft-plastic artificial shrimp. Rigging options

Using artificial and natural baits offers anglers several ways to connect with fish, but the way they are rigged can sometimes make a bigger difference in the number and quality of fish caught.


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Veteran Sparkleberry Swamp angler Ken  Nutter catches most of his crappie from cypress trees along the edges of open water. No need to get lost again

Many of the flooded trees in Sparkleberry Swamp are decorated with license plates, signs and paint markings, showing routes that lead to places only those who placed them know. It’s one way folks have kept their bearings in this swamp for decades, and not too long ago, it was the only way for many. This kept many newcomers out of the swamp, and has led to many boaters — both new and experienced — getting lost over the years.


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