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Lake Wylie's Night stalkers are scaring Lake Wylie crappie right into the boat
1690 Views - Posted: November 18 at 6:29 pm

When the sun sinks into the western sky, night stalkers begin to prowl. They prepare for the evening onslaught and make careful preparations for their sneak attack on unwary victims. But we’re not talking Jack the Ripper; we’re talking about nocturnal crappie fishermen using lights to catch limits of slab crappie on Lake Wylie, and the fishing is wide open.

Greenville's Wes Howard caught this 40-pound striped bass on Nov. 11 out of Lake Hartwell. Lake Hartwell spits out 40-pound striper for Greenville angler
3377 Views - Posted: November 17 at 7:02 am

Wes Howard of Greenville proved once again that cut bait is king on Lake Hartwell when he landed a 40-pound, 43-inch striped bass from the Seneca River on Nov. 11. Howard was cut bait fishing on the upper reaches of the Seneca River when the big fish hit.

Guide Kevin Davis caught this nice striper from Lake Marion last November. Say thanks for strong bite
50 Views - Posted: November 16 at 9:00 am

Despite the cooling weather in November, the fishing action seems to just simply get better for a variety of species on the Santee Cooper lakes. In addition to good action, the potential for heavyweight fish also increases.

William Attaway likes to put his outboard in reverse to slowly drift catfish baits during the winter. Drift with your outboard in reverse
24 Views - Posted: November 15 at 6:00 am

William Attaway does do some things differently from most fishermen on Lake Monticello, which is one reason he catches a lot of fish. One tactic he often employs when drift-fishing is to use his big outboard motor, in reverse, to keep the boat exactly where he wants as he works around humps, crops and points.

This big Lake Monticello blue catfish hit 89 minutes into a 90-minute wait, proving that patience is a key to catching trophy fish. Anchor for big winter cats
23 Views - Posted: November 15 at 6:00 am

Guide Chris Simpson catches big blue catfish at Monticello by drift-fishing and by anchoring, but if he is targeting big fish for a client, he will usually spend some of his time anchored.

Lake Monticello is a pump-back lake that has a largely undeveloped shoreline and holds plenty of big catfish. Monticello particulars
25 Views - Posted: November 15 at 6:00 am

Lake Monticello is about 6 miles long and covers around 6,700 acres. It was created in 1978 as a pumped storage facility managed by South Carolina Electric and Gas (SCE&G) to provide cooling water for a single-unit nuclear reactor; its outflow goes directly into Parr Reservoir.

Nov. 1 marked the opening of delayed-harvest fishing on a handful of Upstate trout streams that have been heavily stocked by SCDNR with larger-than-average fish. South Carolina trout fishermen ready for delayed-harvest fix in several mountain streams
701 Views - Posted: November 04 at 6:33 am

Karl Ekberg, who owns the Chattooga River Fly Shop in Mountain Rest, looked forward to this past Saturday’s opening of delayed-harvest trout fishing on a handful of Upstate streams the way a lot of hunters look forward to the opening of dove, duck or deer season.

Guide Buster Rush said that catches like this have been the norm and not the exception at Lake Marion over the past several weeks. Deep-brush crappie bite has been unbelievable good on Lake Marion, guide says
758 Views - Posted: November 02 at 9:05 pm

The past several weeks have seen the crappie fishing hit a fall peak on Lake Marion, according to guide Buster Rush.

Guide Chris Simpson said the blue catfish bite on Lake Monticello is the best of any South Carolina lake he fishes regularly. Trophy cats, hot in the cold - Lake Monticello may be South Carolina’s best wintertime fishery for trophy blue catfish
181 Views - Posted: November 01 at 7:00 am

Of the major catfish species in South Carolina the blue catfish seems to be the one that really chows down during the winter. Giant blues typically do that at Lake Monticello from November right on through the cold months.

Crappie Trailers Crappie Trailers
58 Views - Posted: November 01 at 7:00 am

Normally used as an add-on to other crappie lures such as tube jigs or small crappie spinner baits, Crappie Trailers from The Crappie Psychic, LLC feature a beveled design that creates greater bait action and generates more strikes. They can also be used for panfish when attached straight to a small No. 6 long shank hook. Crappie Trailers come in four colors: Chartreuse, White, Crawworm and Flamingo.

According to creator Clyde Folse, the scent will remain on the little soft plastic strips for two or three years. The Crappie Psychic
97 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.

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
1400 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.

Rod Wall thinks his son, Braxton, is a definite asset when the two fish crappie tournaments as a team. Life on the trail
141 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.

Rod Wall said current flow is also a factor in how and where crappie will situate themselves on Greenwood, but of more concern is the timing of the drawdown that Santee-Cooper is using. Greenwood’s water levels are cause of concern
148 Views - Posted: October 15 at 7:00 am

Water characteristics at Lake Greenwood can be a sore subject to crappie anglers. For Rod Wall, who operates a boat-dock construction company, noticing water levels is second nature. In the fall, it’s not of as much concern as the spring.