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Angler Frankie Jacobs Holds up a double handful of great Lake Wateree bream caught on a jig and grub. The jig is up for Lake Wateree bream

It’s no surprise to Lake Wateree anglers that bream fishing is great right now. This is the time of year when fish are caught in huge numbers, and with some culling, some excellent limits. Bream are being taken on crickets, worms, Beetle Spins and popping bugs. But when local bream expert Frankie Jacobs hunts these big bream, bull bream discover the jig is up.


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Where's the best place in the country to catch a bass? According to Bassmaster, it's Toledo Bend Reservoir, but six bodies of water in South Carolina are among the magazine's top 100 for 2015. Six SC bodies of water are in Bassmaster's Top 100 for 2015

Six bodies of water in South Carolina have been included in Bassmaster magazine’s list of the top 100 bass-fishing destinations in the United States in its July/August edition.


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Guide Jerry Kotal said fishermen can catch big numbers of catfish by following a few steps in his gameplan. A guide's guide to catfishing by the numbers

Targeting big catfish is the current craze for many anglers, and with good reason, but it’s not the only exciting way to enjoy summertime catfishing. A recent trip with guide Jerry Kotal was a reminder of the intense action enjoyed targeting catfish by the numbers.


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Target summer bull reds on the jetties that line the entrance to Charleston Harbor. Get rockin’ and rollin’ with Charleston Harbor bull reds

July is a great month for catching bull redfish in the Lowcountry, and one of the best places to catch them is around jetties, especially in the Charleston area. 


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Sheepshead make a living feeding on things that attach to pilings and rocks, and Charleston anglers can take advantage of that. Shucking out - Time to shuck out some Charleston convict fish

Dead in the middle of the summer, Charleston anglers have something just as hot as the weather to target. Bait-stealing sheepshead are crushing baits and doing battle in around wooden, concrete or steel structures in waters all around the city. It’s time to put a smackdown on a heavy stringer of over-sized striped bandits well within the historic reaches of Charleston. 


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Fishing early or late in the day is usually the ticket to catching summer speckled trout, which retreat to deep water under the sun’s glare. Have a summer game plan if the redfish don’t work out

It’s July, and the weather is perfect for cruising Lowcountry waters, casting to our plentiful gamefish. Unfortunately, while the weather is perfect for cruising and casting, it is not necessarily perfect for catching lots of spot-tails, speckled trout and flounder.  


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It’s summer, and the catfish action at Santee Cooper is as hot as the weather. Hot Santee cats - Summer catfishing on the Santee Cooper lakes and rivers is as good as it gets

Catfishing on the Santee Cooper lakes has morphed into a year-round quest, but summer is tops for as providing the year’s most-diverse catfishing opportunities. Fishing is literally three-dimensional, with blue, channel and flathead catfish all on a great bite. Fishermen can fish shallow or deep, day or night, in either lake or the Diversion Canal, and catch big numbers of cats or big cats.


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Anglers easing down the Little Pee Dee and Lumber rivers in northeastern South Carolina should run into plenty of sunfish, like this chunky bluegill. Pee Dee’s panfish - Sample the Pee Dee’s summer panfish action

When the temperature begins to creep into triple digits, many fishermen seek shelter along the veins that run through South Carolina’s Pee Dee region. These black-water streams flow gently along, providing the lifeblood for fauna and folks alike. Swollen tupelo and cypress line the shoreline of this pristine tannic water that many gamefish call home. 


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Fishing Fluke-style lures proved to be a great summer tactic on Lake Murray when anglers could find bass crashing schools of bait. Hit Murray’s summer bass lottery - Variety is the spice of life and the way to catch Lake Murray’s summer bass

It’s known as “The Jewel of South Carolina” and Lake Murray indeed shines with many facets. Located west of Columbia, the lake created in the late 1920s offers tremendous diversity, and as bass pros demonstrated during last year’s Forrest Wood Cup in July, Murray indulges a variety of fishing styles.


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Summer bass, like the one landed by paddleboarder Amy Boyer, are waiting in Lakes Hartwell and Murray. And along the coast, redfish are among the options to keep anglers busy.


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Summer bass, like the one landed by paddleboarder Amy Boyer, are waiting in Lakes Hartwell and Murray. And along the coast, redfish are among the options to keep anglers busy.


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Shimano Citica I series Shimano Citica I series

The new Citica I series reels from Shimano feature the toughness provided by a rigid, impact resistant Hagane body, so that angler strength is transformed into cranking power. Shimano’s SVS Infinity braking system provides easy-to-manage centrifugal brake performance for precision casting adjustments and their X-Ship technology delivers smooth retrieves. Long casts can also be achieved with Shimano’s S3D spool for balance and reduced vibration. All four reels weigh in at 7.4-ounces, and will handle from 190 yards of 30-pound test to 80 yards of 65-pound test PowerPro braid.


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Plano Marine Trunks Plano Marine Trunks

Plano’s new Marine Trunks help anglers stay organized so they can focus on catching fish. These trunks were designed to take a beating from the water, salt and sun and can withstand the rigors of real-world use. They feature an O-ring seal to ensure contents stay dry and out of the elements. Buckles and molded ports also make securing your trunks easy with standard tie-down straps and padlocks. Plano Marine Trunks are available in three introductory sizes – 56-Quart Model 161, 68-Quart Model 171 and super-sized 108-Quart Model 191 – and are marine gray and blue.


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Bagley Knocker B Bagley Knocker B

Bagley’s new Knocker B is an extremely effective and easy to use top-water bait that is fun to work for all species of freshwater fish. It has a large BB positioned in the rear section of the lure that produces a loud knocking as the bait is worked across the water’s surface. The Knocker B also comes with super sharp black nickel VMC treble hooks, with the rear treble even boasting a white feather for added enticement to any big bass. The Knocker B is available in sizes of 3/8-ounce (3 ½ inches) or ½-ounce (4 ¼ inches).


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