Sound & Sea


Capt. Buddy Bizzell makes cobia his No. 1 target in May when he leaves port at Edisto Beach. Float a turtle this month
163 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
208 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
167 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
198 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
227 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
345 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 heís on foot, casting in creeks and targeting likely spots in the surf for speckled trout. Forget about the boat
1078 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 Carolinaís coastline. Fall fishing is busting out
386 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
493 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
526 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?
1087 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.†

The better tailing flats for reds are those not too close to popular boat ramps. Hilton Headís other grass
963 Views - Posted: June 05, 2014 at 9:00 am

Folks from all over the world head to Hilton Head every year in search of one thing; golf. Golf courses, condos, shopping centers, jet skis, and likely the greatest concentration of Ohio license plates outside of Ohio pretty much sums up the Hilton Head experience for most visitors. A lesser known fact is that Hilton Head is also home to some of the best tailing redfish flats in the state.

Plenty of big cobia stay around nearshore reefs, never moving into the Port Royal Sound or Broad River during the annual run. Leave the cobia crowd
920 Views - Posted: May 05, 2014 at 9:00 am

Every spring, especially in May, boats and anglers literally line up in the Broad River in hopes of catching a cobia. Commonly weighing more than 50 pounds, cobia are one of the biggest — not to mention tastiest — gamefish to visit South Carolina’s inshore waters, and the annual cobia run draws more and more anglers each year. Is catching a cobia worth dealing with the crowds? Absolutely; but there are much-less crowded alternatives a few miles away where the boats are fewer and the cobia even more plentiful.

Cobia are big, hard-fighting fish that arrive inshore along the South Carolina coast this month. April opens cobia love
1087 Views - Posted: April 04, 2014 at 9:00 am

Many anglers choose to keep their excursions down to a minimum during the colder months. Cold and South Carolina don’t necessarily go well together, so when spring returns, eager saltwater fishermen are not far behind it.†