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Guide William Sasser may be “doing it wrong” by crappie- fishing standards, but Clarks Hill slabs aren’t paying attention.  Clarks Hill guide "doing it all wrong" but still slaying the crappie
722 Views - Posted: 10 hours ago

To an expert crappie fisherman, guide William Sasser is doing it all wrong on Clarks Hill Lake. He’s not spider-rigging with a dozen long poles strategically placed around the boat; he’s using measley 5-foot rods, just hanging the tips over the gunwales. And he’s fishing from a 26-foot, center-console catamaran that looks out of place. Last, instead of slipping up quietly on a likely fishing spot, he motors up and dumps an anchor overboard, hanging the brush pile he intends to fish. But it’s working.


Catfish action can be as hot as the weather on the Santee Cooper lakes, especially in the Diversion Canal. Fish are here, anglers aren’t
46 Views - Posted: July 17 at 9:00 am

Fishing is as hot as the summer sun in July, but the fishing action in terms of angler participation seems to slack off a bit.


Small spinning lures such as Beetle Spins are deadly on Edisto River sunfish, especially redbreasts. Ultralight spinning tackle makes casting easier and makes the fights memorable. Dance a jig for Edisto bass
36 Views - Posted: July 15 at 7:00 am

One of Billy Garner’s favorite ways to catch largemouth bass on the Edisto River is a dying art that many of today’s anglers have never heard of, much less tried. Jiggerpoling, said Garner, is so effective at times that it should probably be illegal. “It isn’t a method that always works,” he said, “but when it’s working, it’s on like gangbusters.”


Redbreast sunfish seem to be recovering on the Edisto River after a few down years, according to fishermen and the SCDNR. Redbreast comeback in full swing
33 Views - Posted: July 15 at 7:00 am

The S.C. Department of Natural Resources stocks redbreast sunfish in several rivers, including the Edisto, which has been stocked annually since 1995.


Billy Garner’s jiggerpoling technique catches plenty of Edisto River largemouth bass, and his wood-strip boats are perfect vessels for that style of fishing. A vote for wooden boats
33 Views - Posted: July 15 at 7:00 am

“You can do anything out of an aluminum boat or fiberglass boat that you can do from a wooden boat,” said Billy Garner of Ridgeville, “but the nostalgia anda beauty of a wooden boat are what attract most people to strip boats.”


Guide Andrew Tubbs’ bait tank is aerated and oxygen infused well enough to keep dozens of herring alive all day during the summer. Bubble up
26 Views - Posted: July 15 at 7:00 am

Keeping baitfish alive is one key to catching stripers and hybrids at J. Strom Thurmond Lake. Guide Andrew Tubbs uses a Ron Vest Super Bait Tank with a 50-gallon capacity to keep up to 12 dozen herring alive all day. The tank has a Rule 500 pump with a power bubbler and an oxygen infuser.


Guide Andrew Tubbs taps the bottom of his boat with a shovel handle to attract the attention of hybrid or striped bass. I hear you knocking
31 Views - Posted: July 15 at 7:00 am

One of guide Andrew Tubbs’s tricks is to tap on the deck of his boat with a shovel handle when hybrids and stripers are biting slowly.


Andrew Tubbs nets a Thurmond Lake striper for Justin Marsh with a rubber-coated landing net. Rubber nets won’t rub fish the wrong way
19 Views - Posted: July 15 at 7:00 am

A rubber net is one of the best pieces of gear to conserve fish and fishing time.


Successful night fishing requires some advance preparation to make sure things go as planned after lights out. Five tips for South Carolina night-fishing trips
1951 Views - Posted: July 10 at 8:30 pm

As summer heat and recreational boat traffic make daylight hours less than hospitable to the serious angler, many turn nocturnal in pursuit of crappie, stripers, catfish and other fish that readily bite after hours. Many also view night-fishing as a traditional summer past-time, spending the night on the water with friends and family sharing time between bites. How you go about night fishing can spell the difference between a successful outing and just losing sleep. Keep these five steps in mind to help insure your success.


Deep brush piles are producing lots of nice crappie at Lake Marion. Summer pattern has Lake Marion crappie fishermen smiling
836 Views - Posted: July 03 at 10:54 am

The crappie on Lake Marion have locked into the summer pattern and lots of fish, including plenty of slabs, can now being caught on deep water brush.


Charles Earp's 12-pound, 2.9-ounce white catfish, caught June 23 at Lake Murray, is in the process of being certified as a state record. White catfish from Lake Murray is new state record
2624 Views - Posted: July 01 at 7:21 am

The S.C. Department of Natural Resources is in the process of certifying as a new state record a 12-pound, 2.9-ounce white catfish caught June 23 by Charles Earp of West Columbia.


Billy Garner of Ridgeville shows off a bragging-sized Edisto River redbreast sunfish, the target of most of his fishing efforts on the blackwater river. Paint the river red - Sunfish are the dominant speces in the freshwater section of the Edisto River, and with good reason
165 Views - Posted: July 01 at 7:00 am

Ask Ridgeville’s Billy Garner about the best month to fish the Edisto River, and he’ll tell you any month with a weekend. But he likes fishing in July because the weather is hot, meaning fewer people are on the river.


The author shows off the kind of fish anglers can expect to catch at Thurmond Lake on a summertime striper/hybrid outing. Hot-weather headliners - When summer arrives, good fishing doesn’t leave as far as Thurmond Lake stripers, hybrids are concerned
110 Views - Posted: July 01 at 7:00 am

The dawning sun winked pink against a pastel sky, promising another hot, humid, windless day. Andrew Tubbs had already launched his boat and was waiting at the dock at Clarks Hill Recreation Park, one of several U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recreational facilities along the more than 1,000 miles of shoreline encircling J. Strom Thurmond Lake.


Guide Bill Plumley refers to birds roosting under bridges as Bridges, birds can bring anglers to better catches of catfish
2309 Views - Posted: June 30 at 9:02 am

Guide Bill Plumley said that fishermen looking to tie into a mess of blue and channel catfish this summer need look no further than the closest bridge overpass. Plumley said that bridges are popular nesting and rearing places for a number of species of birds, and a lifetime of fishing for catfish has taught him that where birds nest over water, there will be catfish down below.


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