Sound & Sea


Held without bail? Great!

Even though they vary in size and quality, spinning reels are some of the most-basic fishing tools for both inshore and offshore anglers, no matter what species is being targeted. But there are actually two distinct versions of this reel; bailed spinning reels are the most common to see in South Carolina waters, but bail-less versions are becoming more popular.

February 05 at 9:00 am

Add noise to winter lures

Fishing can be tough in the winter. Aside from the cold air temperatures that keep many anglers off the water, the lower water temperatures also slow things down for most fish, including their appetites. They still have to eat, but they eat less often and will conserve energy by passing on the chance to chase down a lot of meals. 

January 01 at 7:00 am

How to rock a speck

Ask Steve Chanilo of Murrells Inlet Outpost what he’s fishing for this month, and he’ll sound like a broken record. That’s because he believes in the “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” approach. What worked in December last year, and the year before that is working again this year, and that is catching trout along the jetties.

December 05, 2015 at 9:00 am

Just stuff a cork in it

Most anglers’ first memories of fishing involve a cork with some type of live bait dangling beneath it. For the fish, this meant the bait was in the strike zone instead of getting buried in the mud, but to the angler, it meant being able to tell whenever a fish was biting. 

November 05, 2015 at 9:00 am

Time for lures over bait

Ask any saltwater angler in South Carolina to choose his or her favorite fishing month, and a good many will tell you October is the one they look forward to all year. No matter what your favorite fish is, the chance of catching good numbers are high this month. The influx of shrimp and baitfish, the cooling of the water and air and the seasonal migration of fish between offshore, nearshore and inshore combine to give anglers some of the hottest saltwater action they’ll see.

October 05, 2015 at 9:00 am

Time to turn tail on reds

September is a great month for stalking tailing redfish, no matter what part of coastal South Carolina you’re fishing. It’s typically the last good month of fishing for reds this way, and for a number of reasons, it often produces the best tailing redfish action of the year. This September should be no different.

September 07, 2015 at 9:00 am

Take a bite of a blacktip

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.

August 06, 2015 at 9:00 am

Time for the big chill

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.

July 06, 2015 at 9:00 am

Purchase an advantage

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. 

June 04, 2015 at 9:00 am

Float a turtle this month

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.

May 04, 2015 at 9:00 am

Look in warm shallows

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.

April 01, 2015 at 7:00 am

March is prime wahoo time

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

March 05, 2015 at 9:00 am

Another way to stay put

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.

February 05, 2015 at 9:00 am

A fishy candid camera

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.”

January 05, 2015 at 9:00 am

I can see clearly now

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.

December 01, 2014 at 7:00 am

Catching South Carolina speckled trout, without a boat

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. 

“Ambush spots are important this month, and plenty of those are easy to get to while walking or wading, either in the surf or in the inlets and creeks,” Chanilo said. “This is easily my favorite time of year to fish for trout, and these aren’t just run-of-the mill trout; these are 7- to 10-pound fish.”

November 06, 2014 at 9:00 am