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Simpsonville's J.D. Desrosiers shows off one of about 80 bass he and two friends caught on a kayak trip down the South Pacolet River last week. South Pacolet gives up more than 80 bass to three anglers on 15-mile float

Bass anglers who are mourning the loss of fish in their livewells need to trade their bass rockets for a kayak and hit one of the Upstate’s big rivers. Last week, J.D. Desrosiers of Simpsonville, his buddy, Kris Moran, and Moran’s son, C.J.., landed more than 80 smallmouth, largemouth and rock bass on a 15-mile float trip down the South Pacolet River.


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Late afternoons on weekdays have been great times to tackle Lake Hartwell stripers. It's back-to-school time for Lake Hartwell stripers, hybrids

Upstate anglers looking for the best back-to-school action can head to the lower end of Lake Hartwell to cash in on schooling striped bass action that has been heating up in the past week.


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Fish a frog bait around shallow grass first thing in the morning to target bass that have moved up and are roaming the shallows, hunting for food. Don’t be caught sleeping

There’s a lot about dawn to like. It’s a quiet time of day, there are not too many things moving around, the world is just waking up.


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Having a variety of lures tied on when you're targeting a specific inshore species increases your odds of finding the one they want on any day. Have plenty of lure options tied on when you take on inshore species

As summer begins to fade and water temperatures begin their annual descent, inshore anglers can get plenty of mileage from a wide variety of species. Success is just a cast away with redfish, flounder and speckled trout all hungry, but often, the catching window is short especially during the tail end of summer. Anglers need to be rigged and ready with a full selection of options to get the best out of the brief opportunities. 


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Live Target Rigged Shrimp Live Target Rigged Shrimp

When Live Target Lures decided it was time for fishermen and fish to fall in love with a soft-plastic shrimp imitation, it turned to R&D dream team leader Victor Cook.


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The international satellite-aided search-and-rescue system is about to take a giant step forward in efficiency. What is Meosar?

Delving into the COSPAS-SARSAT system can quickly have you drowning in alphabet soup.

Governments love acronyms, abbreviations and virtually unknown terminology in general, but bear with me and we’ll spoon through it to reveal a coming improvement that should excite anyone who goes where they might need rescuing.


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Tarpon have shown up in the waters around Georgetown in good numbers over the past week or so after a slow start earlier in the summer. Tarpon move into Georgetown waters in good numbers

The wait is over for anglers around Georgetown who have been looking for tarpon, the pinnacle of many lifetime fishing achievements. The silver kings have arrived and are chomping away


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Guide William Attaway has unlocked the key to catching loads of Lake Monticello catfish. Take a ride on the "midnight express" for more Monticello catfish

Hot weather and great catfish action have always gone hand-in-hand, but the sizzling summer sun sometimes puts a damper on the fun factor. One prescription to cure the summertime blues is to get on Lake Monticello’s midnight express.


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The heat doesn’t seem to bother flathead catfish, which will bite as long as there’s a little current. Dog days can be for cats

August may be known as the dog days, but it’s actually a great time for cats, too, especially the big blues and flatheads of the Santee Cooper. Excellent largemouth and bream action on both lakes also provide opportunities if you know where and how to find them.


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Tiger sharks are common in waters just off South Carolina beaches and are often hooked and landed by surf fishermen. Fish sharks’ travel corridors

When fishing for big sharks from the beach, South Carolina anglers have a lot of choices from Little River to Hilton Head Island.


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Mike Popovich puts the tape on a sand tiger shark that measured almost 8 feet and was caught at night, when serious shark fishermen really like to head to the surf. Fishermen don’t lure sharks to the shoreline, they catch fish that are already there

Stan Warren, who founded Requiem Fishing, said his crew does everything it can to avoid fishing around swimmers — including fishing mostly at night — and he emphasized that his anglers are drawing the sharks into an area, just catching the ones already there.


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Go slow and go light when targeting redfish in extremely shallow, clear water. Stealth is a key

Many anglers sight-fishing for redfish tend to make common mistakes because they’re too anxious about their approach. When cruising around looking for baitfish, anglers often swing their boats into eddies and flats too fast, putting off a large wake and alarming the fish. Fishing shallow-water flats for tailing fish requires patience and determination to approach these fish carefully. It can really pay off if anglers will slow down. 


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Blue crabs are an underutilized and deadly bait for redfish. Please, be crabby about reds

When it comes to live-bait fishing, most anglers think about mud minnows, shrimp, or mullet minnows. Few resort to using crabs, but they can often be the ‘go-to’ baits for fishermen looking to cash in on a limit of redfish. 


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Watching your depth finder closely is a key to pinpointing the depth to drop your bait around feeding stripers. Boat, bait and depth control ensure striper success

When guide Preston Harden excitedly tells one of his fishing parties to “Get ready, here they come,” you’d better be close to your rod, because somebody’s rod — often several rods — are about to take a nosedive. A quick hookset typically ensures that a striper or a hybrid is on the business end. 


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