• Hunting

    How to catch more stripers on Lake Murray

    The striper bite is hot on Lake Murray, especially for anglers who follow these tips from Capt. Brad Taylor.

    Catch Bulls Bay's trout and redfish with these tips

    “We’ll give this area about 10 minutes and if we don’t get any action, we’ll move on to the next spot. The fish are definitely here, but that recent storm and king tide has them real moody, so we’re not going to spend too much time in any one place if we don’t get a bite pretty quick,” said Capt. Garrett Lacy of Mt. Pleasant.

    December 31, 1969 at 6:00pm

    Digital binoculars for night or day

    Binoculars have always had a place in my outdoor life. I keep a pair handy in a storage compartment in my boat, in my truck’s console and in my hunting pack.

    December 31, 1969 at 6:00pm

    Don’t quit thinking bass

    Spring spawning for largemouths at Santee Cooper is in the rear-view mirror, but looking forward, the opportunity to catch bass, including trophies, is still a focal point for anglers.

    December 31, 1969 at 6:00pm

    Go long, heavy with tackle for popping-cork rigs

    Throw your popping cork rigs on 7- to 7 1/2-foot medium-heavy spinning gear. The longer rod helps you with greater casting distance and you can achieve greater backcast clearance with the cumbersome rig. This helps prevent accidental snaggings, entanglements and any cast-killing drag.

    December 31, 1969 at 6:00pm

    Keep reds, trout from hitting the cork, not the shrimp

    Despite our angling intensions, fish do what they want to do. Case in point; predators — mostly redfish — actually chomping the popping cork.

    December 31, 1969 at 6:00pm

    Southern flounder are left handed

    Flatfish, which lurk on the bottom and have both of their eyes on one side of their head, are widely dispersed throughout the world’s saltwater environments, but they are not all the same.

    December 31, 1969 at 6:00pm

    How to fillet a flounder

    Most anglers can adequately fillet a redfish or speckled trout but flounder are a little confusing. Do we cut two or four fillets, and where do we start?

    December 31, 1969 at 6:00pm

    Get reds on top before they move up on tailing flats

    Tailing redfish is one of the most exciting ways to stretch a line in saltwater. It is often more like hunting because anglers are looking for fish across the grassy flats and stalking ever so stealthily. If sight-fishing in shallow water isn’t enough, throwing surface flies to reds will sure get an angler’s blood flowing. 

    December 31, 1969 at 6:00pm

    Don’t clog up redfish on-ramps around tailing flats

    The flood tides that affect the coastal region provide easy meals for redfish in the marsh. For anglers who have studied how reads move onto the flats, some of the best places catch a red during the tailing tides is in their staging locations in deeper water. But anglers targeting those areas can ruin their future tailing action.  

    December 31, 1969 at 6:00pm

    Practice casting before the tailing redfish tides arrive

    Every year, anglers check tide tables to see when they can target redfish tailing on skinny flats, and opportunities are limited, with only a few days per month when the tide rises above the 5.7 threshold when the sun is out. And shots at fish during the flood can be limited, making casting ability ever-so-important.

    December 31, 1969 at 6:00pm