Sound & Sea


Extremely clear winter water and schools of redfish make for a great December combination. I can see clearly now
72 Views - Posted: December 01 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
537 Views - Posted: November 06 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
170 Views - Posted: October 01 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
262 Views - Posted: September 04 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
344 Views - Posted: August 05 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?
622 Views - Posted: July 07 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 Head’s other grass
695 Views - Posted: June 05 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
677 Views - Posted: May 05 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
741 Views - Posted: April 04 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. 

Speckled trout are cold-sensitive, and it appears that most of South Carolina’s fish survived two blasts of cold weather in January. Battling against the cold
578 Views - Posted: March 03 at 9:00 am

In recent years, South Carolina anglers have enjoyed some of the best speckled trout fishing ever, in terms of both numbers and size. A driving force was several mild winters since the last fish kill in January 2011, combined with behavioral changes in anglers. 

The winter of 2014, however, has not been as mild, leaving many anglers and guides concerned. 

“When fishing for reds is tough, seatrout can be a big day-saver, allowing me to put clients on a lot of fish consistently” said Capt. Owen Plair of Bay Street Outfitters in Beaufort.

One thing almost all fishing gudies have in common is a love for being on the water and catching fish. A guide to guiding
383 Views - Posted: February 01 at 7:00 am

Few saltwater anglers have not thought at one point or another about becoming a guide. This is especially true on days when the fishing is more than just a little good and everything comes together perfectly. The thing is, not every day on the water is perfect, the fishing is not always good and the ability to make things happen on days such as that is what sets guides apart from most other fishermen. As with any job, becoming a successful guide takes hard work and dedication, to be a great guide, it takes one more ingredient: passion.

With the popularity of artificial lures on the rise among saltwater anglers, manufacturers are regularly introducing new soft-plastic baits that will catch a variety of species. Artificial ‘intelligence’
865 Views - Posted: January 06 at 9:00 am

Saltwater anglers up and down the South Carolina coast know how to deal with poor visibility. Stained inshore water is the norm most of the year, so if not using bait, your lure of choice needs to have something that will help the fish find it, like a heartbeat or a fish-attracting odor, but when the temperature drops, the water clears and the game changes.

A degenerative eye condition that robbed him of his sight doesn’t keep Rhett Connelley of Orangeburg from enjoying shrimping. Not caught in the net
1184 Views - Posted: December 05, 2013 at 9:00 am

Everyone faces obstacles in life, some greater than others. Often, overcoming them is a matter of having the passion to do or achieve something in spite of the difficulties. The bigger the obstacle, the more passion required to surmount it.

Helping young fishermen learn the ropes often involves a lot more than just catching fish. Teaching is joy of fishing
424 Views - Posted: November 01, 2013 at 7:00 am

One thing most accomplished fisherman have in common is the fact that at some point, someone took the time to teach them about the sport. The lessons could have come in the form of first-hand knowledge handed down at a tender age or through other outlets.