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Lowcountry anglers are catching plenty of wahoo offshore Three main steps to catching lowcountry wahoo
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High-speed trolling is the ticket for lowcountry anglers looking for some offshore thrills, and the wahoo are playing along willingly. Maintaining the proper speed, finding schools of baitfish, and using the right combination of planers and lures are all factors in getting and staying on the fish. 

Jeremy Burnham of Mt. Pleasant has caught some big wahoo lately, and he said the abundance of wahoo is as good as it gets. “The wahoo are biting just like they bite in the early spring. This time of year is a lot like the spring as far as how the wahoo are biting, and in how we are catching them. We’ve caught two wahoo over 95 pounds in the past week, and we’ve caught plenty more in the 30 to 65 pound range,” Burnham said.

Anglers Randy Robbins and Kevin Kaylor show off Robbins' king mackerel with Folly Pier manager Joey Crawford Live bait key to drought-ending catch off Folly Pier
484 Views - Posted: Yesterday at 10:51 am

A curse was broken on the Folly Beach Pier south of Charleston when local fisherman, Randy Robbins caught a 35-pound king mackerel 10 days ago, the first such fish caught off the pier in two years.

“I have been chasing king mackerel on piers for over 45 years,” said Robbins, who decided to give Folly Beach Pier a try on Aug. 23 after noticing that the weather and water conditions to be just about right for catching fish. 

Guide Mike McSwain fights a Broad River Smallmouth Top 2 lures for Broad River smallmouth
558 Views - Posted: Yesterday at 7:18 am

The smallmouth bass bite is hot on the Broad River, and the fish are hitting especially well in the afternoons on inline spinners and surface lures. Anglers who don’t mind getting a late start and fishing until just before dark are having plenty of success, especially in the moving water around shoals. 

Mike McSwain of Broad River Smallmouth said the Broad’s water level has been especially low for a few weeks, which he said has made plenty of changes in the river. “You see all this submerged grass,” he said, pointing at large swaths of thick, long grass under the surface. “Just a couple of weeks ago, that was nothing but slick rock, but the water is so low that it has allowed the sunlight to penetrate the water and aid that grass in growing so thick.”

The Spanish mackerel bite is a hot one in the Murrells Inlet area How to catch Murrells Inlet Spanish mackerel right now
335 Views - Posted: September 01 at 4:00 pm

Spanish mackerel are biting in the Murrells Inlet area, and anglers are catching them using two main tactics. Capt. Justin Witten of Ambush Sport Fishing Charters has been putting his clients on plenty of Spanish in a variety of sizes in the past couple of weeks, and he’s been doing it with a combination of high-speed trolling and free-lining live baits.

Witten (843-685-9910) said the Spanish are thick everywhere from the surf to the jetties, and on out to about 5 miles off the coast, and they are feeding heavily. “I’m catching them around sandbars just beyond the surf, around the jetties, and in open water,” said Witten.

Youth hunters have opportunities for unique hunts Youth hunters have opportunities for unique hunts
132 Views - Posted: September 01 at 11:22 am

In cooperation with a number of private landowners and hunt clubs, the S.C. Department of Natural Resources is co-sponsoring a handful of youth-only deer hunts in the state’s Piedmont region this fall, as part of the department’s Take One Make One program.

Youngsters between the ages of 10 and 15 are eligible to apply for the hunts, which will be Oct. 17 on the Brownlee and Johnson farms in Laurens County, on Nov. 7 on Horseshoe Falls Hunt Club in Spartanburg County, on Nov. 14 on Laura Lyn and Chufa Ridge farms in Union County and Broken Arrow Hunt Club in Cherokee County, on Dec. 5 on Yelton Farm in Spartanburg County, on Dec. 12 at the Clinton House Plantation in Laurens County and the Trophy Buck Club in Union County.

Sandra Douglas took this 8-point, 19-inch, 172-pound Bamberg County buck the afternoon of Aug. 19. Early start pays off with trophy buck for Bamberg County woman
12618 Views - Posted: August 31 at 6:00 pm

Sandra Douglas of Olar had an inkling on the afternoon of Aug. 19 that she needed to get to her deer stand a little bit earlier than usual, so she headed out to a box blind overlooking a clover field on the 2,500-acre Bamberg County club where she hunts. It wound up being a trophy buck decision.

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
1350 Views - Posted: August 28 at 11:11 pm

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.

Late afternoons on weekdays have been great times to tackle Lake Hartwell stripers. It's back-to-school time for Lake Hartwell stripers, hybrids
1016 Views - Posted: August 27 at 11:18 pm

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.

SCDNR has scheduled a series of public meetings to discuss a bill in the state legislature that will change deer management in the state. SCDNR schedules seven public meetings to talk about deer legislation
2100 Views - Posted: August 27 at 3:21 pm

The S.C. Department of Natural Resources has scheduled seven public meetings to receive input from hunters concerning legislation the agency supports related to future deer management in South Carolina. 

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
401 Views - Posted: August 26 at 7:54 am

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. 

SCDNR and several organizations are co-sponsoring special deer hunts in the Upstate for mobility impaired hunters. SCDNR announces special Upstate hunts for mobility impaired hunters
265 Views - Posted: August 24 at 8:57 am

Mobility impaired hunters will be treated to a unique opportunity to attend two special deer hunts this year on more than 60 well-managed and exclusive, private tracts of land in the Upstate. The hunts are scheduled for Oct. 23-24 in Cherokee, Spartanburg and Union counties, and on Oct. 30-31 in Laurens and Newberry counties. Applications are being accepted by the S.C. Department of Natural Resources through Sept. 14.

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
844 Views - Posted: August 19 at 7:42 am

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

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
606 Views - Posted: August 17 at 11:57 am

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.

Guide William Sasser said the crawfish/hydrilla on Clarks Hill Lake  bite for striped bass, hybrids and catfish has been a little late this summer, but has finally come on and is one of the most consistent of the year. Clarks Hill's "crawfish bite" for stripers, hybrids has finally kicked in
794 Views - Posted: August 13 at 11:33 am

Fishing weed lines is a no-brainer up north, but few anglers realize that sprawling Clarks Hill Reservoir on the Savannah River along the South Carolina/Georgia border also has plenty of weeds, in the form of hydrilla, that attract tons of fish – particularly  striped bass and hybrids.