Many anglers aren’t aware of a trade show called ICAST that takes place every year, but they definitely benefit from what happens there. ICAST stands for International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades, and this is the event where tackle manufacturers introduce their new products to the media and to buyers of tackle stores.
While some folks think the summer heat has given the fish lockjaw at Santee, the opposite is actually the case. It’s tough to find a species that isn’t biting on either the upper or lower lake right now, but it certainly helps to go at the right time, to fish in the right places, and to use the proper baits.
The heat has put a damper on the fishing for many folks in a lot of areas across the state, but that’s not the case for bass anglers at Santee, at least not the ones who follow a few tips that the locals are having luck with.
The water level on the Broad River is just right, and so is the water temperature. It’s an all-around great time to fish for smallmouth on almost any stretch of the river, and anglers who don’t mind hitting the river early are catching plenty of fish before the heat even sets in.
Inshore anglers have all seen redfish school up in tight groups and hide out in the shallowest water they can find. It's more common in the winter time when most other fish have left the inshore waters, leaving dolphin without other alternatives for food.
Excellent fishing opportunities abound during the summer on Lake Marion and Lake Moultrie, and one of the most-productive places to be is the Diversion Canal, the stretch of water linking the two lakes that provides sensational catfishing around the clock.
Any time you’re going trout fishing at daybreak, you need to bring a collection of topwater lures. Nothing is more exciting, heart-stopping and on certain days as effective as working topwater lures through likely speckled trout holes.
Fishing with an artificial lure under a popping cork is a popular way of attracting and catching speckled trout. The noise created by the cork draws attention to its location, and once trout see it, they spot the lure. It adds the element of sound to a lure that primarily relies on sight.
Noise — at least the right noise — can attract speckled trout and give your bait or lure a better chance at being eaten. Popping corks are great noisemakers, and they add an extra or sound to live bait or artificial lures equally, as long as they are used as more than just strike indicators.