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A great time to be on top - You can’t beat May for topwater bass action

May is a great bass-fishing month around South Carolina, and it’s special to me because it’s one of my favorite times to fish a lot of topwater baits. The two months when I catch a lot of fish on topwater are May and September — May because you have a lot of postspawn fish and September because they’re moving up as the water cools.

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No red snapper season for 2016, say federal fisheries managers

Fishermen won’t be allowed to keep any red snapper in the Atlantic Ocean this year, after a May 20 announcement from NOAA Fisheries explaining that the total number of fish removed from the population in 2015 exceeded the allowable catch and discard level — somewhat surprising since there was no open season last year.

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May 25 at 10:29 am
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Try upside-down trick to land big fish

When you bring a really big fish close to the boat, chances are it’s not excited about coming onboard. This is often when they put up their biggest fight, and is also a common time when many anglers lose their biggest fish. One simple tip will help you land more big fish at the boat.

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May 25 at 9:16 am
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Body of missing boater found in Waccamaw River Tuesday

The body of a 17-year-old boater who went missing Monday evening was found just before noon on Tuesday, May 24 on the Waccamaw River. It is currently unknown as to whether the avid outdoorsman, Jacob Causey, drowned or died of injuries sustained when the boat he was piloting crashed into a channel marker.

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May 24 at 10:02 pm
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The Matrix Mini

Chas Champagne wishes it would have been as simple as pointing a futuristic-looking device at one of the most-popular speckled trout soft plastics on the market and reducing the size significantly, like in the 1989 movie “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids.”

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May 22 at 9:00 am
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How to catch those bedding bass

This month, anglers will have no problem locating largemouth bass on lakes as long as they’ll look in shallow coves. It’s not uncommon to see areas that stretch for hundreds of yards just full of bass beds cleared out in weedy coves. It will look like craters on the surface of the moon. 

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May 19 at 7:55 pm
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Marine-grade software updates on your electronics

There was a time when updating your electronics meant buying new units.

We gadget-minded fishermen understood that keeping up with technological evolution meant replacing our fishfinders and navigation units every eight to 10 months.

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May 19 at 9:00 am
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Should life jackets be mandatory for all boaters?

With Memorial Day Weekend right around the corner, the SCDNR would like to remind boaters of the personal floatation device (PFD) regulations. Some boaters, like youth under the age of 12, and anyone operating a personal watercraft, are required to wear their PFDs. Others only need to have them onboard.

Should the law mandate that everyone on a boat be required to wear a PFD?

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May 18 at 9:20 pm
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