Sound & Sea


Blacktip sharks are a big summer treat for anglers wanting to tangle with big fish without spending hours heading offshore. Take a bite of a blacktip
64 Views - Posted: August 06 at 9:00 am

August is one of the hottest months of the year, and with the heat, a good deal of fishing slows down. Many gamefish feed for very short periods of time and then find cool spots to lay low in throughout the heat of the day. The heat doesn’t seem to slow down the shark bite however, and Capt. Rob Bennett of Lowcountry Inshore Charters said one of the best fights anglers can hope for can happen this month when he’s targeting blacktip sharks.

PVC pipes filled with saltwater and frozen, a good cooler and plenty of ice make a good start for a long fishing trip. Time for the big chill
229 Views - Posted: July 06 at 9:00 am

One of the biggest challenges for anglers this month is keeping things cold, starting with food and beverages and ending with the fish they want to haul back to the dock. While many bigger boats have their own ice makers, most everyday anglers don’t have that luxury. Fortunately, they have more options than ever when it comes to coolers and accessories, but once anglers leave the dock, they have to make whatever ice they have last as long as possible. Norm Sutton of Murrells Inlet has learned a few tips that help make his ice last for trips that sometimes include overnight stays on the water.

Knowing the location of color changes, and temperature and current breaks can help locate bluewater species like this dolphin. Purchase an advantage
151 Views - Posted: June 04 at 9:00 am

A  number of pelagic species are biting this month, and with Daylight Savings Time in full swing, anglers have more time on their fishing days. 

Capt. Buddy Bizzell makes cobia his No. 1 target in May when he leaves port at Edisto Beach. Float a turtle this month
335 Views - Posted: May 04 at 9:00 am

May brings a treat for saltwater fishermen. Many inshore and nearshore anglers pine for the fight of an offshore fish but don’t have the proper boat or time needed to venture that far out, but this month, a highly sought-after fish is within reach. It’s cobia time, and anglers from the Grand Strand to the Lowcountry can do battle with this fish, which some anglers call Mr. Brown Suit.

The Cherry Grove and Coquina Harbor areas are great flounder spots in April. Look in warm shallows
305 Views - Posted: April 01 at 7:00 am

April is a transition month for anglers and the fish they pursue, and it’s a great time to seek out the shallowest inshore areas you can find, because that’s where a lot of fish will be. Some of the best fishing this month will be in shallow areas with dark, mud bottoms, both of which combine to make for water that warms up quickly.

Big, dark lures that pull straight and strong hooks are all an angler needs to troll for wahoo. March is prime wahoo time
297 Views - Posted: March 05 at 9:00 am

For Jeremy Burnham, owner of Atlantic Game and Tackle in Mount Pleasant, March means one thing: offshore fishing for wahoo. 

An angler with access to a GPS-controlled trolling motor can keep his boat in place without worrying about dropping anchor or pinning his boat down. Another way to stay put
331 Views - Posted: February 05 at 9:00 am

When boat owners talk, the hottest topic of discussion is usually their motors. In the boating world, motors get all the glory. They get anglers to their favorite fishing spots and back to the landing, so the glory is well-deserved, but that’s little help if you can’t stay on the right spot once you get there. Anchors have had their place on boats long before motors, and even though materials and shapes have changed, an anchor is still basically a heavy object tied to a rope.

Fishermen using underwater video cameras can position their boats directly over structure to find where sheepshead are holding. A fishy candid camera
339 Views - Posted: January 05 at 9:00 am

Capt. Robert Olsen fed a black cable over the side of his boat by hand, announcing, “We’re anchored over livebottom now, and sheepshead are typically here this time of year. You can see the structure and some fish on the depth finder, but let’s get a closer look with the camera.”

Extremely clear winter water and schools of redfish make for a great December combination. I can see clearly now
419 Views - Posted: December 01, 2014 at 7:00 am

Cold weather has been here for a while, and while these chilly days aren’t the most comfortable for anglers, they can provide some great inshore fishing. This time of year typically brings less rainfall than South Carolina has had in months, and along with vegetation that has died or is dying back due to the cold, that means crystal-clear water is usually easy to find. This is a plus for anglers, but not all anglers know how to take advantage of clear water.

Steve Chanilo of Murrells Inlet usually ties on a MirrOlure when he’s on foot, casting in creeks and targeting likely spots in the surf for speckled trout. Forget about the boat
1229 Views - Posted: November 06, 2014 at 9:00 am

The remnants of hot weather have played out, and even though plenty of good fishing remains, many anglers have winterized their boats and stowed their fishing gear until spring. But for many others, like Steve Chanilo of Murrells Inlet Outpost, the trout bite is too hot to keep them away. A growing trend for this month is to pursue trout on foot, focusing on areas that a boat is little to no help anyway. 

October is a tremendous month to catch bull redfish up and down South Carolina’s coastline. Fall fishing is busting out
528 Views - Posted: October 01, 2014 at 7:00 am

Finally, some relief  from the heat. That’s great news for anglers, because fish like the fall weather as much as those pursuing them. Cooler water has been pushing inshore for several weeks, and with some of the coolest nights South Carolina has seen in several months, conditions are right for catching a variety of species both inshore and nearshore. 

The fall flounder bite around jetties can be fantastic, as Capt. J Baisch of Murrells Inlet provides evidence. The lure of the jetties
612 Views - Posted: September 04, 2014 at 9:00 am

Cooler water on the incoming tide turns the fishing from good to great in September, and the hottest action for saltwater anglers is around jetties, submerged rock piles and reefs. And while the air remains hot, the water is definitely cooling off, and that turns on every species of fish along our coast.

Redfish are suckers for shrimp fished on the bottom or suspended above it on a cork rig. Stay on shrimp in August
603 Views - Posted: August 05, 2014 at 9:00 am

It’s no surprise that it’s hot. It’s August, so sweltering days are the norm, and a lot of anglers opt to stay indoors and wait for the fall bite. But ask Capt. Rob Bennett of Johns Island’s Lowcountry Inshore Charters about fishing this month, and you will get a different response. “I love August!” he will reply, followed by, “Fish with shrimp, and you can’t go wrong.”

Speckled trout are one inshore species that will hit a multi-hook rig like the Vudu V-Rig (below). Is one lure not enough?
1334 Views - Posted: July 07, 2014 at 9:00 am

Offshore anglers have used teaser rigs for decades, showing fish like dolphin and billfish multiple lures swimming together. Usually, the most-enticing lure is the only one with a hook, and the lures are arranged in a way to make that the most-likely lure to draw a strike.