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Nearshore reefs off Hilton Head Island have produced a pretty good sheepshead bite over the past week or two. Sheepshead are biting around nearshore reefs off Hilton Head

The sheepshead bite is on fire in the Hilton Head area, and Capt. Rick Percy of Reel Chance Charters said fiddler crabs fished around structure has helped him have his share of 100-fish days this past week. While the fish are definitely around and definitely biting, Percy said anglers still have to find them, and that hasn’t been especially easy lately. Percy said anglers hitting the nearshore reefs and wrecks are having the most productive days.


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Legendary bass and inshore angler Bernie Schultz helped design the Hildebrandt Drum Roller. Hildebrandt Drum Roller

Want a unique and improved spinnerbait on your side when you go redfish fishing for pleasure or for money?


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A Gastonia, N.C., angler landed a 9 1/4-pound brown trout last weekend at Lake Jocassee. Lake Jocassee spits out 9 1/4-pound trout for North Carolina angler

Each spring, die-hard anglers look forward to brown and rainbow trout returning to the main-lake area of Lake Jocassee. The first few weeks of the return are a great time to catch trophy sized trout, and guide Sam Jones said he realized the return was in progress when one of his clients, Tony Hale, of Gastonia, N.C., reeled in a 9-pound, 4-ounce brown trout on Saturday, April 18.


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Patrick Walters and Gettys Brannon of South Carolina won the FLW College Fishing National Championship on Lake Murray last weekend. Gamecocks win FLW College championship on Lake Murray

A team from the University of South Carolina won last weekend’s FLW College Fishing National Championship on Lake Murray with three solid days of fishing and a winning weight of 53 pounds, 2 ounces.


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Retired guide Gene Bell of Rock Hill caught the biggest blue catfish of his life in the Santee Cooper Diversion Canal last Thursday, a 94-pounder. Retired Santee Cooper guide decks 94-pound blue cat in Diversion Canal

Over 40 years of fishing, including 23 years spent as a guide, the biggest catfish Gene Bell managed to wrestle from the waters of Santee Cooper was a 74-pound fish. That all changed on Thursday, April 16 when a 94-pound, 2-ounce blue catfish picked up a piece of cut shad Bell had soaking on the bottom of the Diversion Canal.


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Mike Parrott caught this hefty crappie trolling a jig in one of Lake Wylie's creeks. Longline trolling in Lake Wylie's creeks producing great crappie catches

The crappie fishing at Lake Wylie has been hot and cold this spring – just like the weather – but one crappie fishermen has the formula to produce plenty of action. Mike Parrott of Charlotte, N.C., said that late April is a prime time for longline trolling to find crappie as they move through the creeks, and the fishing is excellent.


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Panoptix’s view can be altered to show depths in colors, making it easy to determine depth of cover, contours and fish at a glance. Almost live TV

One of the most-difficult aspects of teaching fishermen and boaters to interpret conventional sonar screens has been getting them to understand how a screen picture is made.


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Spanish mackerel and bluefish have been ganged up around nearshore reefs out of Charleston and Edisto. Nearshore reefs out of Charleston, Edisto are full of Spanish macks, bluefish

Bluefish and Spanish mackerel are biting around the nearshore reefs out of Charleston and Edisto, and the best way to catch them has been trolling Clark Spoons and deep-running plugs. The Edisto 40 reef has been especially hot lately, but other reefs in the area are also producing.


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Plenty of big, bull redfish have showed up in the waters around Georgetown, apparently following hugh schools of small menhaden. Big, bull redfish make early showing in Georgetown waters

Warmer weather has helped fishermen who have been dragging mud minnows around Cherry Grove and Murrells Inlet for flounder, but the big news along the northern half of South Carolina’s coastline is that the big, bull reds have returned to Georgetown’s waters.


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Blue catfish in the Santee Cooper system will be managed with new creel and size limits beginning April 1. Not singing the blues yet

he big news for April is that the South Carolina General Assembly passed a bill last fall changing how blue catfish will be managed in the Santee Cooper reservoirs, and the changes will take effect April 1.


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The author caught this flounder from a pond along South Carolina’s Grand Strand. How do saltwater ponds come into existence?

Most freshwater ponds require stocking of fish, so how do saltwater species get into ponds along South Carolina’s coast? Every saltwater pond is different than the next, so the answer will vary from pond to pond.


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Richie Boykin is 10-percent of the way to a limit of speckled trout in a saltwater pond. Pond regs match rest of SC’s saltwater

Fishermen targeting saltwater ponds along the coast must abide by the same regulations as those fishing in the ocean, creeks, marshes and inlets.


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Retaining walls along the edges of ponds will hold bait and flounder. Go light for pond fish

When it comes to gear, Mount Pleasant’s Brian Batson said a common mistake fishermen make is using gear that is heavier than it needs to be. He said he cringes every time he sees an angler walking along the shoreline of a saltwater pond with a long, heavy duty surf rod and giant reel spooled with hundreds of yards of line.


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Bear Island WMA is pond paradise

While saltwater ponds are located up and down South Carolina’s coast, one place has a number of highly managed ones that anglers should not overlook.


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