|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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?
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.