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Dark-colored flies worked at the surface have been producing a lot of North Inlet redfish just after dawn for fly-fishing anglers. Daylight topwater bite has North Inlet fly-fishing anglers rising early for reds

As the summer heat continues to pound South Carolina, the fall cool-down can’t arrive soon enough. But early risers who don’t mind getting out of bed in the wee hours of the morning can have their cake and eat it, too, because the redfish are pouncing on topwater flies at first light.


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Hilton Head's lagoon is producing plenty of big redfish for anglers using live, very active baits. Lively bait has been key to catching Hilton Head lagoon's bull reds

Bull redfish are easy to come by in Hilton Head Island's lagoon these days, and Capt. Stacy Garbett said the key to battling one is to keep the freshest live bait possible on your hook


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With the right kind of tackle and a lot of help from friends, surf fishermen can target big sharks and have an above-average chances of landing and releasing one. Ride a big shark - Take these tips and youíll be able to tussle with a big shark from a South Carolina shoreline

With the full moon lighting the ocean’s surface, Mike Popovich of Requiem Fishing made his way through the breaking surf in a small kayak, a large baitfish lying in the hull. The baitfish was hooked to a monofilament leader and line that stretched back to his rod and reel, which stood tall in a sand spike on the beach.†


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Slowly wading a flooded grass flat is a great way to approach tailing reds, cast to them and start a fight. Turn the grass red - Itís time for Winyah Bay fishermen to head to the flooded flats

The boat was launched just as the tide began to rise. The full moon, a day away, promised a very high tide, and the destinations were flats where the redfish congregate during those unusual tides. The timing provided a chance to fish the flats with the water both rising into and falling out of the grass.


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Guide Wendell Wilson regularly does battle with big Lake Russell stripers. Striper strategies - Hereís how to target Lake Russellís trophy stripers

In 2012, fishermen began urging South Carolina officials to put in place regulations that would turn Lake Russell, the middle lake of the three major impoundments on the Savannah River, into a trophy striped bass fishery.†


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Guide Preston Harden said August fishing for stripers and hybrids on Lake Hartwell is consistently good because they are consistent in their location and feeding habits. Hartwell heats up - August is not dog days, but striper days

Greet a sunrise on the lower end of Lake Hartwell this month armed with blueback herring and a good graph, and odds are, the hot fishing will rival the heat. On a good day, you’ll be off the water by mid-morning from fish-fighting exhaustion, not heat exhaustion.


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Donít be afraid to fish the thickest patches of water willow when the summer sun is high in the sky. Grass means bass

Brett Collins lives in Ridgeway, S.C., a small town of about 300 just west of Lake Wateree where he’s fished since the 1960s. He’s watched the lake change through the years and said it has become a different fishery since the early 1990s, about the time the water willow arrived.


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The Bass Hopper The Bass Hopper

The Bass Hopper is the widest pontoon in its class at 10 feet long and 54 inches wide. It weighs 150 pounds and is known for its stability. The two person pontoon from Southern Outdoor Technologies features swivel seats, tall side rails to help keep rods and equipment in check, two storage bag containers, molded in drink holders and transom gussetts for added strength. It is made of durable polyethylene construction and rated for up to 3.5 horsepower.


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A crankbait is a great tool to use when fishing for summer bass that have moved out to deep water. Time to crank one up

I have written a lot in the past about fishing crankbaits, but mostly at other times of year, in early prespawn or during the fall when bass are in particularly good patterns to catch them with diving plugs.


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Topwater baits are producing a lot of nice speckled trout in the Little River area in the first hour of so of daylight. Little River-area trout bite has been unexpected but appreciated

Even though the heat has been tough, the inshore bite over the past few weeks has been rewarding anglers in waters close to the South Carolina-North Carolina state line, and it’s not the normal redfish and flounder, either. Speckled trout are surprising anglers, with a few fat sow trout making an appearance, too.††


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Big mullet minnows and soft-plastic shrimp imitations have been a key to taking nice summer redfish in Charleston's Wando River. Big baits lead to plenty of Wando River reds, Charleston guide says

Redfish are biting in the Wando River, and guide Jim Dodge said the key to catching them is to go big on baits and lures. With plenty of mullet in the creeks, Dodge said they are tough to beat as baits, especially when anchoring down and fishing deep water.


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Trout Trailers should be in 100 stores this summer. Trout trailers

Success, as usual in the artificial lure manufacturing business — or anything else, for that matter — †begats success.


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Baylen Moore and guide Townie Wessinger show off the best fish from two limits recently caught in deep water at Lake Murray. Deep-water pattern has taken over, but Lake Murray is still spitting out nice stripers

Hot-weather patterns have set in for Lake Murray striped bass, but that hasn’t slowed down the action for fishermen able to adapt to deep-water patterns. Guide Townsend “Townie” Wessinger has been mauling stripers with live bait in deep water.


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Sharks have been taking a toll on bull reds and sow trout hooked by anglers in the Georgetown area. Beef up and crank down to keep bull reds, sow specks away from sharks

Anyone who hasn’t heard about the rise in shark activity this summer must be stuck at the bottom of a well or completely disconnected from the world. No doubt, the super-hot waters are making a nice home for a gallery of sharks along the Carolinas coast.†


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