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Chum, use heavy tackle, set  your reel's drag tight and fish around structure and you'll catch more sheepshead. Try these four tips to catch more winter sheepshead in South Carolina waters
462 Views - Posted: 10 hours ago

The sheepshead bite in the Beaufort area has been pretty hot for anglers willing to put in the time during the cold weather. A fiddler crab jigged straight down beside a bridge piling along with some patience is about all it takes to get a bite from these saltwater panfish, but anglers looking to increase their hookup ratio will see good results if they follow a few tips from John Long of Lady’s Island. Long doesn’t mind dedicating a full day to pursuing sheepshead exclusively, and he’s learned a few tricks over the past few decades.


Casey Ashley of Donalds, S.C., lands a nice Lake Hartwell bass on the way to winning the Bassmaster Classic. Hometown hero Ashley wins Bassmaster Classic on Lake Hartwell
5995 Views - Posted: February 22 at 6:12 pm

This time, Mighty Casey didn’t strike out. Casey Ashley, a 31-year-old bass pro from Donalds, S.C., hit a homerun on Sunday, fishing on his home water, to the cheers of an adoring, hometown crowd, winning the Bassmaster Classic with a great final-day catch of better than 20 pounds.


Japanese bass pro Takahiro Omori leads the Bassmaster Classic on Lake Hartwell entering Sunday's final day of competition. Omori leads Bassmaster Classic entering final day on Lake Hartwell
603 Views - Posted: February 21 at 7:42 pm

The final day of the Bassmaster Classic on Lake Hartwell is shaping up to be a free-for-all, with a handful of former champions sitting atop the standings with the coveted trophy and $300,000 first-place prize well within their grasp. Takahiro Omori, a Japanese angler who now makes his home in Emory, Texas, caught five fish that weighed 16 pounds, 11 ounces Saturday and claimed the lead going into Sunday’s final round with a two-day total of 31-11.


Casey Ashley enters Sunday's final day of the Bassmaster Classic on Lake Hartwell in fifth place, less than two pounds out of the lead. Ashley bags second-straight solid limit, is fifth entering final day of Classic
1336 Views - Posted: February 21 at 7:29 pm

There’s four fishermen and one bass standing between Casey Ashley of Donalds and the Bassmaster Classic championship. The four fishermen are Takahiro Omori, Dean Rojas, Mike Iaconelli and Randy Howell. The one bass is the big one he hasn't caught yet.


Dean Rojas of Arizona leads the Bassmaster Classic on Lake Hartwell through the first round. Arizona pro burns up frigid Lake Hartwell for first-round Bassmaster lead
1042 Views - Posted: February 20 at 8:14 pm

Doesn’t it just figure that after the coldest day in the history of the Bassmaster Classic, four anglers from warm, sunny climates are sitting atop the standings?


Casey Ashley of Donalds puts a Lake Hartwell bass in his boat in the Bassmaster Classic. Ashley pleased, Montgomery disappointed after Bassmaster Classic opener
1579 Views - Posted: February 20 at 7:53 pm

South Carolina’s two members of the Bassmaster Classic field had widely differing views of how Friday’s first day of the tournament on Lake Hartwell went.


Cold weather has cleared the North Inlet marshes of fishermen, but the redfish are still there and biting up a storm. North Inlet marshes are full of reds, but not of fishermen
592 Views - Posted: February 20 at 8:29 am

Despite the bitter cold, anglers are taking advantage of a strong redfish bite in the marshes North Inlet are reaping the rewards with daily double-digit catches. And Capt. Tommy Scarborough of Georgetown Coastal Adventures has been right in the middle of the action.


Steve Pack and Jacob Chalmers show off the kind of blue catfish that have been biting on the upper end of Lake Marion. Blue catfish bite kicks off in upper end of Lake Marion on rising water
900 Views - Posted: February 20 at 8:08 am

It’s only takes a few inches of rising water for the catfish action to go from okay to great in the upper end of Lake Marion, and according to Andy Pack at Packs Landing, the water is rising and the catfish action is on.


Bass pro Andy Montgomery of Blacksburg was wrapped up like a mummy for Wednesday's final practice day for this weekend's Basssmaster Classic on Lake Hartwell. Bassmaster Classic pros will be fighting the weather as well as Hartwell's bass
813 Views - Posted: February 19 at 4:42 pm

Besides bass and each other, the pro fishermen who kick off competition in the Bassmasters Classic on Lake Hartwell on Friday will have another opponent: Mother Nature.         


Rather than battling the elements out in the main lake, wintertime crappie anglers can find fish stacked up under deep water boat docks that provide both shade and cover for the fish. Forget deep brush, go to deep docks for dead-of-winter Hartwell crappie
608 Views - Posted: February 18 at 6:50 am

According to guide Doug Youngblood, one of the most-productive patterns crappie fishermen can count on in the dead of winter is targeting boat docks in deep water. 


Gerald Grenier's 9-pound, 1-ounce sheepshead set a Mount Pleasant Pier record for ultralight tackle. Mount Pleasant Pier regular sets "ultralight" sheepshead record
2154 Views - Posted: February 16 at 6:01 pm

Gerald Grenier, aka “Jigging Jerry” landed an “ultra-light” pier record sheepshead – a 9-pound, 1-ounce fish – at the Mount Pleasant Pier on Jan. 29.


Darcy Hill locates pools deep in the marsh and backs of creeks where redfish can be isolated at dead low tide, and she catches plenty of fish there. High and dry isn't necessarily bad in fishing for winter reds
2953 Views - Posted: February 12 at 9:12 pm

With winter redfish often moving as far back as they can in creeks to avoid predation from porpoises, they sometimes find themselves trapped in little backwater pools by the receding tide.  


A House bill has been introduced that would change U.S. fuel standards and stop the expansion of E-15. House gets bill to overhaul Renewable Fuel Standards, kill E-15 expansion
51 Views - Posted: February 11 at 4:40 pm

A bipartisan coalition of members of the U.S. House of Representatives introduced legislation on Feb. 4 to overhaul the current Renewable Fuel Standard regulations and its outdated ethanol mandates. 


LIVETARGET's BaitBall lures present fish with images of a number of tiny baitfish swimming in a tight school, the same concept that's made Alabama rigs productive and popular. Are BaitBalls the next step in "multiple baitfish" presentations?
2787 Views - Posted: February 10 at 10:50 pm

Shad, minnows and other baitfish are present in lakes, ponds, and rivers all over the Carolinas, and each spawning baitfish can lay 10s of thousands of eggs annually. According to Scott Lamprecht, a fisheries biologist with the S.C. Department of Natural Resources, only about 15 percent of the hatchlings from those eggs survive long enough to reproduce themselves. The majority fall prey to gamefish early in their life cycle, which is great news for anglers who catch bass with lures that simulate baitfish. 


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