|Paddle up a lunker bass
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With the announcement in January that the Bassmaster Classic will be returning to South Carolina in 2015, a lot of anglers are gearing up for bass fishing. If we could convince Casey Ashley, Marty Robinson, Andy Montgomery and Davy Hite to grow beards, we could paste their photos and likeness on a ton of Walmart merchandise and have our own Bass Dynasty.
In the ranks of the plastic armada, bass fishing is far from a new thing. One might venture to say that bass — whether largemouth, smallmouth or spotted — rank as the No. 1 target for paddling anglers, given the widespread availability of the species and its popularity.
|Striper run is rolling into upper end of Lake Marion
267 Views - Posted: Yesterday at 8:15 am
Fishing success and a net survey by the S.C. Department of Natural Resources confirm the striper spawning run is underway on the upper end of Lake Marion, according to Steve Pack at Pack’s Landing.
|Ashley finishes off Hartwell win in dominating fashion
566 Views - Posted: Yesterday at 5:59 pm
Casey Ashley of Donalds finished a dominating week in dominating fashion on Sunday, bringing home the biggest bag of the day and winning the FLW Tour event on Lake Hartwell by almost 15 pounds.
|Ashley takes commanding lead into final day of FLW Tour event on Hartwell
267 Views - Posted: March 08 at 7:28 pm
Bass pro Casey Ashley of Donalds moved a big step closer to a $125,000 payday Saturday by bringing in the biggest bag of the day on the third day of the FLW Tour event on Lake Hartwell. Ashley will enter Sunday's final round with a lead of almost 10 pounds.
|Ashley leads FLW Tour event at Hartwell at midway point
315 Views - Posted: March 07 at 9:03 pm
Weights were generally lower on Friday’s second day of the FLW Tour event on Lake Hartwell, but that didn’t hurt Casey Ashley of Donalds, who added a 5-fish limit that weighed 15 pounds, 13 ounces, to his leading first-day total to grab a lead of almost three pounds at the halfway point.
|Ashley takes first-day lead in FLW event on Lake Hartwell
774 Views - Posted: March 06 at 6:36 pm
GREENVILLE -- Three pro bass fishermen from South Carolina are in the top 10 after the first day of the FLW Tour event on Lake Hartwell on Thursday, including leader Casey Ashley of Donalds. Ashley brought in a 5-fish limit that weighed 21 pounds, 7 ounces, good for a lead of better than two pounds over Skip Johnson of Goodells, Mich., who had 19-4
|Patches of nice weather bringing out the best in Georgetown reds
166 Views - Posted: March 06 at 11:50 am
From freezing temperatures and sleet one day to cloud-free skies and 70-degree breezes the next, it’s another typical winter along South Carolina coast. On the nice days, Capt. Newman Weaver of Kingfisher Guide Service out of Georgetown is consistently putting fish in the boat consistently.
20 Views - Posted: March 06 at 10:00 am
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|FLW Tour visits Lake Hartwell for 4-day tournament this week
289 Views - Posted: March 04 at 6:00 am
The Upstate will once again play host to 150 pro bass fishermen s and 150 co-anglers when the Walmart FLW Tour visits Lake Hartwell March 6-9. Daily takeoffs will take place at Clemson Marina in Seneca at 7 a.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 7:30 on Sunday. Weigh-ins will be at Clemson Marina at 3 p.m. on Thursday and Friday and at the Walmart in Seneca at 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
|Crappie fishing on Hartwell is so good it's drawing striper guides
786 Views - Posted: March 03 at 4:25 pm
You know the crappie are biting when striped bass guides are taking time off from chasing linesides to go do some perch jerking. Guide Steve Pietrykowski of Fishki Business Fishing Charters said that striper fishing on Lake Hartwell has been slow, but the numbers and sizes of crappie he is catching is more than taking up the slack.
|Battling against the cold
40 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.
|Late-winter fling - Have a fling with Lowcountry redfish as winter begins to wane
138 Views - Posted: March 01 at 7:00 am
Although the weather may be a bit cooler than it is during the summer, guide Chris Chavis makes a good argument why late winter angling for redfish in the backwater creeks and bays surrounding Charleston is often more reliable than spring and summer fishing.
“Most people seem to think our redfishing is only good during the spring and summer,” said Chavis, who runs Fin Stalker Charters. “I can attest that our winter fishery can be phenomenal, with plenty of big redfish and tons of slot fish, and they’re not hard to catch on either artificial or live baits.”
Two factors are in the angler’s favor when searching out coldwater reds: clearer water and the fish’s propensity to bunch together in tight groups from dozens to even hundreds of fish. Finding roaming schools is much easier, and that’s half the battle.
|Crappie in the Crosshairs - Lake Greenwood is long-line trolling paradise in March
143 Views - Posted: March 01 at 7:00 am
Despite some occasional cold and rainy weather, March ushers in the spawning ritual for crappie on Lake Greenwood, and Rod Wall of Ninety Six can think of no better place to spend the month.
The combination of rising water temperatures, crappie that are suspending and good water color is what Wall, a tournament fisherman and former guide, loves to see — not only on the day of competition, but for the remainder of the spring.
“Long-line trolling is a very popular tactic on Lake Greenwood, and now with the water having some color to it, the crappie are starting to suspend,” said Wall. “That puts them right in the crosshairs for anglers who long-line troll for crappie. I believe Lake Greenwood is finally going to get the recognition it deserves as one of the best crappie lakes in the state.”
|Peak slab season? Veteran Clarks Hill guide looking forward to spring crappie fishing
407 Views - Posted: March 01 at 7:00 am
Guiding on Clarks Hill Lake is a business for William Sasser, but crappie fishing takes him back to his childhood. Although most of the business of his guide service and bait shop centers on fishing for stripers and hybrids, it was his ability to catch crappie on the sprawling Savannah River reservoir that got him into guiding.
Sasser believes this could be a very good year for crappie fishing on Clarks Hill, aka Thurmond, an opinion bolstered by South Carolina fisheries biologists. Studies show the 2009 year-class was very strong in numbers, and those fish will reaching slab size this year: 10 to 12 inches long.
In addition, Sasser noted, heavy winter rains have put a lot of water into the Savannah River system.
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