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Speckled trout are suckers for MirrOlures in the backwaters or in the surf, but there are a few adjustments you can make that will increase your catch rate. Make that MirrOlure work on specks as colder weather moves them into the surf
262 Views - Posted: 14 hours ago

Hard-bodied baits such as MirrOlures have long been celebrated for their effectiveness in the backwaters of our coastal fisheries, however, they are just as deadly in the surf zone.  While productive right out of the box, a fisherman from Surf City, N.C., known locally as “the trout pro” has been fine-tuning his MirrOlures for more than a decade to maximize his results on trout in the surf.


Greenville's Dale Samples killed this 160-pound black bear with archery equipment. Greenville hunter takes bear with archery equipment
790 Views - Posted: October 28 at 9:13 pm

In what will probably be remembered as one of the more dismal bear seasons in recent memory, Dale Samples of Greenville can hold his head high after taking a 160-pound bruin by bow on Sunday, Oct. 19. 


Guide Buddy Bizzell mines Edisto's "Rocks" are a heaven for bull redfish
885 Views - Posted: October 27 at 9:36 pm

The bull redfish are abundant in the Edisto area, and anglers looking to tussle with them are finding plenty in the creeks, just off the beaches, and all around the near-shore reefs. The biggest concentration, however, is just off the beach in what is known locally as “The Rocks” – the many rock piles littered along the ocean floor about a mile off the beach. 


SCDNR is offering a shooting-sports team program for schools across the state. SCDNR offers team shotgun-shooting program for state schools
875 Views - Posted: October 27 at 7:04 am

The S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announces a new shooting sports opportunity for Palmetto State schools.  The DNR Scholastic Clay Target Sports (SCTS) is a team-based youth development program that uses the shotgun sports of trap, skeet, and sporting clays to instill life skills such as discipline, safety, teamwork, ethics, self-confidence and other life values.


Plenty of big king mackerel are there for the taking off the beaches of the Grand Strand. King mackerel bite has been great off the Grand Strand
430 Views - Posted: October 25 at 10:45 am

Since Labor Day, South Carolina anglers have had to deal with roller-coaster weather, but it hasn’t disrupted the king mackerel fishing along the Grand Strand. The bite has been great, with double-, triple- and quadruple-header hookups reported by captains out of Murrells Inlet, including Jay Sconyers of Aces Up Fishing Charters.


Doing some alterations to popular artificial lures might produce a few more trout during the fall season. Don't be afraid to make some adjustments to lures for fall inshore success
424 Views - Posted: October 24 at 5:28 pm

In the Palmetto State, the cool, fall weather brings out anglers from just about every nook and cranny to catch some of the popular coastal fish. Both speckled trout and redfish have food on the brain, and that makes for a perfect opportunity to leave the live bait in the water and stock up with a regiment of artificial baits. Anglers looking to put more fish in the boat can build variations of traditional rigs and unique accessories. 


A court has thrown out a lawsuit that sought to force fuel sellers to better label the controversial E15 fuels that the marine industry says are deadly for outboards and other small engines. Court throws out suit seeking more strict requirements for ethanol pumping
1022 Views - Posted: October 23 at 10:29 pm

The U.S. Court of Appeals of the District of Columbia circuit has thrown out of court the most-recent case involving ethanol labeling, reasoning that the groups bringing the complaint – including the recreational boating industry – don’t have standing because they “cannot show members have suffered or are suffering with an injury that is traceable to the misfueling regulations.”


Catching an inshore slam in the surf is a distinct possibility in October and November, according to guide Joe Dennis, who said the flounder segment of the slam is the toughest to come up with. An inshore slam in the surf is a real autumn possibility, Bonneau guide says
729 Views - Posted: October 23 at 8:01 am

The inshore slam – catching a flounder, redfish and speckled trout on the same trip – is not as easy task any time. Joe Dennis, a fishing guide from Bonneau, feels like October and November present the best chances from to accomplish the feat, and he prefers doing it with his feet in the surf.


Guide Wendell Wilson has been catching plenty of Lake Russell spotted bass lately, and some pretty nice fish. Spotted bass bite has been great on Lake Russell
475 Views - Posted: October 22 at 7:35 am

A hot spotted bass bite has brought the fall fishing season home to Lake Russell in a big way, with lots of spots busting multiple lures at various depths.


A relatively poor hatch this spring and summer won't likely help South Carolina's wild turkey population bounce back from several down years. Turkey hatch is better than 2013, but still poor, SCDNR reports
751 Views - Posted: October 21 at 7:07 am

Following upon the release of discouraging harvest data for the 2014 turkey season, there is at least a glimmer of hope in the poult recruitment for 2014, but not quite enough to jump-start a recover of South Carolina’s statewide flock.


Patrick Miller of Liberty and daughter Payton show off the kind of striped bass that are schooling at the surface on Lake Hartwell. Schooling action starting to kick off for Lake Hartwell striper fishermen
1119 Views - Posted: October 20 at 6:53 am

With overnight temperatures moderating, Lake Hartwell fishermen, looking to capitalize on schooling striped bass, are getting what they wish for. Large schools of striped bass and hybrids can be seen from long distances in the mid-lake and lower lake chasing schools of baitfish on the surface.


Carter Williams, a 13-year-old from Anderson, arrowed this Anderson County buck with a crossbow on Oct. 13. Anderson teen scores on trophy buck with crossbow
7705 Views - Posted: October 16 at 7:27 am

If Robert Williams had his way, his 13-year-old son, Carter, would have been sitting in a different stand when a record-book Anderson County buck went out for a stroll the evening of Oct. 12. Fortunately, Carter Williams really wanted to sit in a ladder stand where he’d seen several deer the previous season, and it worked out in a 140-inch buck.


Dylan Kirby of Ruby killed this huge wild hog with a bow on Monday on the Carolina Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge. Chesterfield County teen arrows enormous hog on NWR
9692 Views - Posted: October 15 at 8:09 am

It’s all downhill from here for Dylan Kirby from the Chesterfield County community of Ruby. That’s what you’d figure since the first bow kill of his hunting career was a wild hog approaching 500 pounds that fell on Monday evening.


Bear hunters can head to the Upstate woods this Friday, Oct. 7, for a week-long still-hunting season, to be followed by a week of dog-hunting. Great mast crop could make it tough on Upstate bear hunters
591 Views - Posted: October 14 at 7:44 am

Conditions may not be the best for hunters, but they’ll still be in the Upstate woods when the still-hunting segment of bear season opens on Friday, Oct. 17, running through Oct. 23 on public and private lands in Game Zone 1.


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