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Cobia have arrived off the Grand Strand in numbers enough to excite charter captains. Cobia make first appearance off Grand Strand; Murrells Inlet captains cash in

Fishermen who have been waiting impatiently for the cobia to show up along the coast will not have to wait any more. This week, the Murrells Inlet charter fleet found several small groups of cobia along the beachfront, and in just a few hours, scored big with several 40- to 60-pound brutes. Grand Strand’s brown derby, as some call it, has begun in time for the Memorial Day weekend. 


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Bluewater fishermen are catching plenty of dolphin in the bluewater out of South Carolina ports. Not only are they ahead of schedule, they're closer to the beach than normal, thanks to meanderings of the Gulf Stream. Early arrival of dolphin has South Carolina fishermen loving the bluewater

Bluewater anglers are getting an early start on the trolling season as both dolphin and wahoo have showed up off the South Carolina coast nearly a month ahead of schedule.


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Brandon Palaniuk tested the Rapala Shadow Rap jerkbait and said it’s a definite winner. Rapala Shadow Rap

Rapala last introduced a jerkbait around 2000.

The Finland artificial lure manufacturer got back in the swim of things in a resounding way, although it was a well-kept secret, during the 2015 Bassmaster Classic on Lake Hartwell near Greenville, S.C.


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Shellcrackers are staging, getting ready to spawn, on Lake Murray as the June 2 full moon approaches. Lake Murray guide expects shellcrackers to spawn by full moon

Lake Murray’s shellcrackers should be heading to their spawning beds within the week, according to guide Brad Taylor of Taylor Outdoors.


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High tide might not be great for targeting redfish, but if all you've got to fish is high tide, you might as well take these tips on catching them. Check out these tips for catching high-tide redfish

Most inshore anglers agree that fishing on a moving tide provides better results than a slack tide, but what do they do when the few hours they have to fish fall during the high end of the tide? Capt. Stephen Fields of Charleston Fishing Company has a few tips for fishing at high tide that can put quality redfish in the boat.


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Guide Mike Glover shows off a nice Lake Murray striper that fell for a Magnum Super Fluke. Topwater striper action taking off at Lake Murray

When Lake Murray guide Mike Glover points to an open-water target and says “There!” it’s time to get a lure airborne in that direction. Most times the lure is still sailing when the fish begin boiling the surface and the when lure lands in the middle of a pack of stripers feeding at the surface, it’s game on!


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Weego’s Professional model is the company’s largest unit, and it’s still practically pocket sized. Portable power

The last time you were miles from anywhere, turned your boat’s ignition key and heard nothing, what did you do?

No, I mean after you ran through the appropriate part of your vocabulary.


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SCDNR is stocking 130,000 striper fingerlings today in two bodies of water to improve state fisheries. SCDNR stocking striper fingerlings today on Catawba River, Lake Wateree

The S.C. Department of Natural Resources will stock 10,000 striped bass fingerlings in the Catawba River at Fort Mill Landing and 120,000 striper fingerlings at Buck Hall Landing on Lake Wateree today.


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Remove a crab’s claws and skirt, cut it into four pieces and hook one of them up for a redfish. Don’t forget cut, live baits

Guide Kevin Blair may love fishing artificials for redfish, especially topwaters, but he doesn’t discount live or cut bait. When reds are being picky, Blair will switch to cut or live bait: shrimp, mullet, mud minnows fiddler and blue crabs. 


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Mark Nutting’s Loco Baitfish is a sparsely tied cobia fly that has a lot of natural movement in the water. Loco Baitfish is a local favorite

Mark Nutting not only guides professionally, he also ties flies commercially. His favorite fly for cobia is a creation of his own, the Loco Baitfish. 


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Careful treatment of a cobia that’s been landed can lead to a successful, live release. Catch-and-release or hook-and-cook?

There is no getting around it, cobia are a tasty fish. A 30-pound fish contains enough thick, pork chop-sized fillets to feed a small crowd, and the flesh is hardy enough to go straight on the grill without added reinforcement. A hot grill, salt, pepper, lemon juice and a good sear on each side is the perfect recipe for a fish that needs little else to garner rave reviews.


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When sight-fishing along the beachfront doesn’t work, nearshore reefs will almost always hold some cobia throughout May. Check the reefs

The beachfront might offer some great sight-fishing for cobia, but there places other than 10 feet of water where cobia can be caught. Often, cobia will trade between the baitfish schools behind the breakers and the gangs of baitfish covering up the reefs just a few miles away. If the beach bash isn’t going, fishermen must be ready to check out the nearshore reefs.


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Putting your cast right on the fish you’re targeting could result in a battle with a trophy cobia. Make strategic casts for trophy fish

Sight-casting for cobia can be exciting, especially multiple fish and some trophy sized individuals are hovering at close range. But when fish are aggressive and ready to eat anything that hits the water, an angler can be disappointed when a 20-pounder takes the bait a few yards away from an 80-pounder fish. 


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Make sure you’ve got a livewell full of baitfish and one on a pitch rig when you approach a pod of cobia. Three-pronged approach

Spring cobia provide willing anglers with some of the best one-on-one action of the year, but fishermen must be prepared to spoon-feed these fish exactly what they want to eat while they are on deck and ready. Carrying the right equipment and having the right options ready to deploy at a second’s notice are critical to accomplishing a quick hook-up on a trophy fish. 


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