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Speckled trout are suckers for MirrOlures in the backwaters or in the surf, but there are a few adjustments you can make that will increase your catch rate. Make that MirrOlure work on specks as colder weather moves them into the surf
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Hard-bodied baits such as MirrOlures have long been celebrated for their effectiveness in the backwaters of our coastal fisheries, however, they are just as deadly in the surf zone.  While productive right out of the box, a fisherman from Surf City, N.C., known locally as “the trout pro” has been fine-tuning his MirrOlures for more than a decade to maximize his results on trout in the surf.

Guide Buddy Bizzell mines Edisto's "Rocks" are a heaven for bull redfish
827 Views - Posted: October 27 at 9:36 pm

The bull redfish are abundant in the Edisto area, and anglers looking to tussle with them are finding plenty in the creeks, just off the beaches, and all around the near-shore reefs. The biggest concentration, however, is just off the beach in what is known locally as “The Rocks” – the many rock piles littered along the ocean floor about a mile off the beach. 

According to creator Clyde Folse, the scent will remain on the little soft plastic strips for two or three years. The Crappie Psychic
33 Views - Posted: October 27 at 9:00 am

There were days as recently as this summer that a 51-year-old Raceland outdoorsman returned from a sac-a-lait (crappie) fishing trip and removed a secret weapon on his tube jig about a mile from the boat ramp. He did this so no one would get so much as a glimpse of the artificial add-on responsible for putting so many slabs in the ice chest.

Plenty of big king mackerel are there for the taking off the beaches of the Grand Strand. King mackerel bite has been great off the Grand Strand
419 Views - Posted: October 25 at 10:45 am

Since Labor Day, South Carolina anglers have had to deal with roller-coaster weather, but it hasn’t disrupted the king mackerel fishing along the Grand Strand. The bite has been great, with double-, triple- and quadruple-header hookups reported by captains out of Murrells Inlet, including Jay Sconyers of Aces Up Fishing Charters.

Doing some alterations to popular artificial lures might produce a few more trout during the fall season. Don't be afraid to make some adjustments to lures for fall inshore success
410 Views - Posted: October 24 at 5:28 pm

In the Palmetto State, the cool, fall weather brings out anglers from just about every nook and cranny to catch some of the popular coastal fish. Both speckled trout and redfish have food on the brain, and that makes for a perfect opportunity to leave the live bait in the water and stock up with a regiment of artificial baits. Anglers looking to put more fish in the boat can build variations of traditional rigs and unique accessories. 

Catching an inshore slam in the surf is a distinct possibility in October and November, according to guide Joe Dennis, who said the flounder segment of the slam is the toughest to come up with. An inshore slam in the surf is a real autumn possibility, Bonneau guide says
720 Views - Posted: October 23 at 8:01 am

The inshore slam – catching a flounder, redfish and speckled trout on the same trip – is not as easy task any time. Joe Dennis, a fishing guide from Bonneau, feels like October and November present the best chances from to accomplish the feat, and he prefers doing it with his feet in the surf.

Guide Wendell Wilson has been catching plenty of Lake Russell spotted bass lately, and some pretty nice fish. Spotted bass bite has been great on Lake Russell
465 Views - Posted: October 22 at 7:35 am

A hot spotted bass bite has brought the fall fishing season home to Lake Russell in a big way, with lots of spots busting multiple lures at various depths.

To discover how much deeper your engine’s skeg runs than your transducer, park your boat on a level surface and measure the distances. How to keep your electronics from hurting you
52 Views - Posted: October 20 at 9:00 am

“Garbage in, garbage out” was a watchword with computers long before they were integrated into marine electronics. We rarely enter full-blown garbage into our stuff out on the water but expensive problems can stem from not giving some “minor” details the attention they deserve.

Patrick Miller of Liberty and daughter Payton show off the kind of striped bass that are schooling at the surface on Lake Hartwell. Schooling action starting to kick off for Lake Hartwell striper fishermen
1104 Views - Posted: October 20 at 6:53 am

With overnight temperatures moderating, Lake Hartwell fishermen, looking to capitalize on schooling striped bass, are getting what they wish for. Large schools of striped bass and hybrids can be seen from long distances in the mid-lake and lower lake chasing schools of baitfish on the surface.

Guide Joe Dennis looks forward to the opening of striped bass season on the Santee Cooper lakes, finding fish suspended around baitfish. Welcome back, stripers
75 Views - Posted: October 16 at 9:00 am

The striper fishing on both Santee Cooper lakes, closed for four months, opens on Oct. 1, and many Santee Cooper fishermen celebrate it as many would any dove or deer opener.

Fishermen in boats can often run into schools of bull reds feeding off the beach, out of casting range of surf-bound anglers. Bulls just off the beach
98 Views - Posted: October 15 at 7:00 am

Not all mullet run against the beach, and not all reds come to the beach to feed. During the fall, mullet will form large schools in nearshore waters, and bull reds take advantage of the smörgåsbord. Anglers who venture off a little often find themselves in the middle of a bull red feeding frenzy!

Find black drum near the bottom in the fall, and you’ll likely catch speckled trout a few feet above them in the same general area. Find indicator species
81 Views - Posted: October 15 at 7:00 am

As large schools of shrimp invade Murrells Inlet, many species of fish will show up to fatten up before winter arrives. From lesser desired bluefish and ladyfish to the favored speckled trout, redfish, and black drum, shrimp are the primary food source over the fall. When anglers find one of these other species huddled up in a confined place, the speckled trout are usually very close by.

Stay on the move Stay on the move
95 Views - Posted: October 15 at 7:00 am

Fishing for speckled trout in the fall can in South Carolina waters can be extremely productive, but trout often move from spot to spot over the course of a day, and anglers need to be just as mobile.

Rod Wall thinks his son, Braxton, is a definite asset when the two fish crappie tournaments as a team. Life on the trail
61 Views - Posted: October 15 at 7:00 am

Fishing any fishing tournament series can be taxing on an adult’s time. For a teenager, it gets even worse. Juggling school schedules, social calendars and everyday life has its challenges. Add committing to fishing a set number of tournaments and it gets down right tough.