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Two bills making their way through the state legislature would change bag limits for turkey and deer and set a statewide uniform turkey season. Deer, turkey bills making big gains in state legislature
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Two bills working their way through the Legislature this spring could drastically change deer and turkey hunting in South Carolina. Both are backed by the S.C. Department of Natural Resources, and both have broad support from hunter groups and conservation organizations.


Look for redfish in different areas and use different tactics as the weather changes over the next month. Three ways to play the weather for better spring redfish catches
985 Views - Posted: March 26 at 6:55 pm

Late March and early April are transition times for the weather and inshore fishing patterns in the Charleston area. What that means to anglers like Capt. Stephen Fields of Fields Fishing Charters is that the fishing can be just as hot from one day to the next, but it will take some trial and error because what works one day may not work the next. This is typical this time of year because a few days of warm weather are usually interrupted by a cold front, rain or windy weather, all of which have an impact on the fish. Fields said knowing a few strategies will keep anglers on the redfish until the weather becomes more stable.


Striped bass, missing in action most of the winter, showed up in the Waccamaw River over the past 10 days in good numbers. Stripers make big appearance in lower Waccamaw River
395 Views - Posted: March 26 at 2:05 pm

From cold nights to hot days, the weather continues to bring unpredictable conditions for anglers, but one faithful participant finally showed up in the lower Waccamaw River over the last few days and in a big way: striped bass.


Predator-hunting seminars will be among the fare for visitors to this weekend's Palmetto Sportsmen Classic in Columbia. Palmetto Sportsmen Classic begins 31st annual run Friday in Columbia
523 Views - Posted: March 26 at 12:11 pm

It’s fairly easy to describe what the Palmetto Sportsmen Classic has to offer when it returns to the state fairgrounds tomorrow. There will be a swampy guy, a crabby guy, some sharpshooters, a few varmints and lizards, some big bucks and hopefully, some big bass.


Guide Steve Pietrykowski expects crappie fishing on Lake Hartwell to peak in the next two weeks. Guide says Lake Hartwell crappie action should break loose soon
877 Views - Posted: March 26 at 7:00 am

Lake Hartwell crappie fishermen had better have all their jigs tied and rigs prepared, because according to Steve Pietrykowski of Fishski Business Guided Fishing, it’s about to break loose.


Darren Hill of Iva caught this 4-pound, 2-ounce crappie from the Upper Rocky arm near Lake Russell this past Sunday. Iva angler brings enormous crappie to the scales at sporting goods store
5880 Views - Posted: March 25 at 6:52 pm

The Big Crappie Contest at Sportsman’s One Stop in Iva got made a big jump last week when Darren Hill from Iva brought in a 4-pound, 2-ounce black crappie caught from the upper Rocky River arm near Lake Russell on March 20.


SCDNR is holding a series of youth fishing rodeos across South Carolina over the next two months, along with a handful of family fishing clinics. SCDNR schedules youth fishing rodeos, family fishing clinics
681 Views - Posted: March 25 at 12:09 pm

The S.C. Department of Natural Resources has scheduled a series of 23 youth fishing rodeos and family fishing clinics across South Carolina for April and May for young and old fishermen who would like to be introduced to the basics of fishing.


Andrew Demas' huge black drum was a likely state record, but he released it after landing it March 15 on the Charleston Inshore Reef -- before he had a chance to weigh it. Huge black drum, released alive, was likely new state record
3457 Views - Posted: March 23 at 10:39 am

Andrew Demas of Charleston was targeting black sea bass on Sunday, March 15, when he ran out to the Charleston Inshore Reef with his parents, Geri and Bill, to try out their new boat. The big catch of the trip, however, was a huge black drum that would almost certainly have broken the state record had they not released it.


Guide Inky Davis said that plenty of big largemouth bass are moving toward the shallows in Lake Moultrie and Lake Marion. Big bass making big move into Santee Cooper shallows as water warms
1355 Views - Posted: March 22 at 9:32 pm

Huge largemouth bass in both prespawn and spawning modes are being taken throughout both Lake Marion and Lake Moultrie of the Santee Cooper system.


Nearshore reefs off the Grand Strand are full of sheepshead, according to Capt. Jay Sconyers of Aces Up Fishing Charters. Nearshore reefs off Grand Strand are full of hungry sheepshead
639 Views - Posted: March 20 at 7:00 am

The ocean is finally heating up in more ways than one. Not only is the water temperature finally creeping above 50 degrees, the sheepshead bite along the nearshore reefs within sight of the Myrtle Beach skyline is hot, with several captains reporting double-digit catches on a frequent basis.


Dylan Suber of Pelzer caught this 10-pound bass on a 30-year-old crankbait on March 8 in the Saluda River. Pelzer teen gives himself a great birthday present: a 10-pound Saluda River bass
4581 Views - Posted: March 19 at 7:00 am

On his 15th birthday, Dylan Suber of Pelzer had the fishing trip of his lifetime, catching a 10-pound largemouth bass from the Saluda River.


Brian Tyler (left) needed help showing off his amazing five-fish limit of bass weighing 42.3 pounds that came from the Cooper River in an SC BASS Federation tournament on Saturday. Johnsonville angler's Cooper River bag exceeds 42 pounds for five bass
4304 Views - Posted: March 18 at 3:02 pm

Brian Tyler of Johnsonville set a SC BASS Federation tournament record last Saturday with a five-fish limit from the Cooper River that weighed 42.3 pounds. Tyler destroyed the competition in a qualifying tournament out of Bushy Park Landing with his limit, which averaged better than 8 pounds per fish, featuring an 10.87-pound lunker.


Reds in the waters around Georgetown are getting up on shallow flats on low tide, hitting white, Fluke-style baits. Sight-fishing for shallow, low-tide reds sticking cranking along at Georgetown
558 Views - Posted: March 18 at 7:30 am

Redfish are in the shallow waters around Georgetown and Winyah Bay, and according to Steve Roff of Barrier Island Guide Service, fishermen are sight-fishing, doing well on sunny days with a little wind.


Bryan Starks of Simpsonville caught this 3-pound, 7-ounce crappie on Saturday at a kayak-club event on Lake Russell. Lake Russell produces 3-pound, 7-ounce crappie for paddler
12883 Views - Posted: March 17 at 6:57 am

What was scheduled as a meet-and-greet, bass-fishing outing on Lake Russell turned into a perch-jerking event this past Saturday for several members of the Upstate SC Kayak Fishing Club, including Bryan Starks of Simpsonville, who landed a crappie that weighed nearly 3 pounds.


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