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Guide Rodger Taylor has been catching plenty of big blue catfish at night out of Lake Wateree. After-dark catfish action in Lake Wateree's shallows has been top-drawer
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Catfish action has been good at Lake Wateree throughout the summer, but in September, the cats really begin to prowl, especially at night. Guide Rodger Taylor has learned where they’re prowling and has been making big catches of quality fish from very skinny water at night.

Federal fisheries managers will close the recreational season on several species of porgies, including this knobbed porgy, on Wednesday, Sept. 17, because of overharvest. Feds will close recreational season on several porgy species on Sept. 17
361 Views - Posted: Yesterday at 1:17 pm

Federal fisheries managers announced last Friday that the recreational season for a number of species in the popular porgy family will close on Wednesday, Sept. 17 and not reopen until Jan. 1, 2015.

A fish kill took place the weekend of Sept. 6 on Lake Hartwell close to the Anderson Regional Joint Water Authority's intact facility on Six & Twenty Creek. Localized fish kill confirmed on Hartwell after chemical treatment of water
988 Views - Posted: Yesterday at 12:38 pm

The S.C. Department of Natural Resources has confirmed a fish kill on Lake Hartwell that took place the weekend of Sept. 6 near the water intake facility operated by the Anderson Regional Join Water Authority a few days after chemical treatments of water in an attempt to battle algae blooms believed to be responsible for poor taste and water quality that has plagued Anderson County residents this summer.

Crappie will be deep but biting through September on Lake Marion, according to guide Buster Rush. Fall fishing is on the way
27 Views - Posted: Yesterday at 9:00 am

Fishing takes a step forward in September, with improved action on a variety of species. With even just slightly cooler temperatures, the fishing for largemouth bass improves, especially in terms of topwater schooling action, and these fish begin chasing forage much more aggressively. That means anglers can get more aggressive with their fishing styles.

Commercial dyes allow fishermen to color their soft-plastic baits in several different  shades, including the ever-popular chartreuse. Jazz it up! Customize colors, flavors
20 Views - Posted: Yesterday at 7:00 am

Redfish feed by using both their sense of smell and their. Even though manufacturers have developed almost endless combinations of colors, anglers are always looking for something new to put more fish in the boat.

A float rig and an Egret V-rig are two ways to fish soft-plastic artificial shrimp. Rigging options
23 Views - Posted: Yesterday at 7:00 am

Using artificial and natural baits offers anglers several ways to connect with fish, but the way they are rigged can sometimes make a bigger difference in the number and quality of fish caught.

Veteran Sparkleberry Swamp angler Ken  Nutter catches most of his crappie from cypress trees along the edges of open water. No need to get lost again
14 Views - Posted: Yesterday at 7:00 am

Many of the flooded trees in Sparkleberry Swamp are decorated with license plates, signs and paint markings, showing routes that lead to places only those who placed them know. It’s one way folks have kept their bearings in this swamp for decades, and not too long ago, it was the only way for many. This kept many newcomers out of the swamp, and has led to many boaters — both new and experienced — getting lost over the years.

Trotlines account for a lot of catfish in Sparkleberry Swamp. Fishermen are limited to one with no more than 50 hooks. Drop me a line
13 Views - Posted: Yesterday at 7:00 am

Setting trotlines is Ken Nutter’s preferred way of catching catfish in Sparkleberry Swamp, but he warns other anglers to know the laws governing these devices. Aside from a freshwater fishing license, anglers also need to obtain a non-game fishing permit from SCDNR.

Mike Spinks’ two-hook bream rig allows fishermen to target shellcrackers on the bottom and bluegill higher in the water column. A bream doubleheader
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Bluegills and shellcrackers are collectively lumped into the category of bream, and these are the favorite target of many Sparkleberry Swamp anglers. Even though these are two different species of fish, they do hang out together, and anglers often catch them both in the same area, especially in shallow water.

The Old Town Predator XL won Best of Show at the ICAST show in mid-July. Paddling to the top rung
14 Views - Posted: September 11 at 9:00 am

For  most fans of the plastic angling armada, July 17, 2014, came and went with little if any fanfare, but it was a day worth remembering. On that day, out of more than 700 products and accessories entered by 253 companies in the New Product Showcase at ICAST, the American Sportfishing Association’s industry trade show, the product that was named  “Best of Show” was a kayak. 

Marc Deschenes said that some bass will relate to brush piles almost year-round, so they're a big part of his fishing strategy. Build brush, bag bass. That's strategy for Summerville fisherman
448 Views - Posted: September 11 at 7:30 am

"I just built this brush pile two days ago," said Marc Deschenes of Summerville, tossing a jig toward a clump of wax myrtle branches he had formed into fishing structure. "Let's see if there is anything..." and then he reared back and set the hook, which began a battle he quickly won against a chunky largemouth bass. Wonder why Deschenes has long been a proponent of creating your own fishing structure? 

Michael Dey, Christin McCrory and Brad Sasser, display  striped bass caught in one stop while fishing this week at Clarks Hill. Summer striper pattern still producing at Clarks Hill  Video Included
532 Views - Posted: September 09 at 7:51 pm

Catching striped and hybrid striped bass through the summer boils down to three things: location, location and location. Guide Brad Sasser of Sasser’s Guide Service in Clarks Hill said he and his partners typically pick up on the down rod/live herring bite in late May when striped bass come off their false spawning runs. It happened this spring, but this spring, the bite never seemed to let off.

Russell Anderson caught this 33-inch redfish when a school passed by the Mount Pleasant Pier recently. Mount Pleasant Pier getting plenty of visits from redfish schools
528 Views - Posted: September 08 at 1:35 pm

With cooling temperatures in recent days, the baitfish are starting to move, and schooling redfish are following them past the Mount Pleasant Pier.

If you want your share of this season's shrimp crop, follow these six tips. Six tips to having a successful shrimping season
2580 Views - Posted: September 05 at 1:19 pm

Shrimp season is one of the most anticipated opening days of the year along the coast, and throughout the 90-day season, from noon on Sept. 12 until noon on Nov. 11, many outdoorsmen shrimp all along the coast. Some of the consistently successful ones have found a few secrets to success that help them catch limits even when others struggle to catch a few.