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Guide Steve Pietrykowski expects crappie fishing on Lake Hartwell to peak in the next two weeks. Guide says Lake Hartwell crappie action should break loose soon
351 Views - Posted: 7 hours ago

Lake Hartwell crappie fishermen had better have all their jigs tied and rigs prepared, because according to Steve Pietrykowski of Fishski Business Guided Fishing, it’s about to break loose.

Darren Hill of Iva caught this 4-pound, 2-ounce crappie from the Upper Rocky arm near Lake Russell this past Sunday. Iva angler brings enormous crappie to the scales at sporting goods store
2609 Views - Posted: 19 hours ago

The Big Crappie Contest at Sportsman’s One Stop in Iva got made a big jump last week when Darren Hill from Iva brought in a 4-pound, 2-ounce black crappie caught from the upper Rocky River arm near Lake Russell on March 20.

SCDNR is holding a series of youth fishing rodeos across South Carolina over the next two months, along with a handful of family fishing clinics. SCDNR schedules youth fishing rodeos, family fishing clinics
468 Views - Posted: Yesterday at 12:09 pm

The S.C. Department of Natural Resources has scheduled a series of 23 youth fishing rodeos and family fishing clinics across South Carolina for April and May for young and old fishermen who would like to be introduced to the basics of fishing.

Chris Oswald of Summerton caught this keeper striper fishing with Andy Pack of Packís Landing. March is big-fish month
157 Views - Posted: March 18 at 9:00 am

If there is such a thing as a normal winter, March is the time when big fish of several species bite the best. Largemouth bass, crappie, catfish and often shellcrackers all get into the mix.

Bryan Starks of Simpsonville caught this 3-pound, 7-ounce crappie on Saturday at a kayak-club event on Lake Russell. Lake Russell produces 3-pound, 7-ounce crappie for paddler
12610 Views - Posted: March 17 at 6:57 am

What was scheduled as a meet-and-greet, bass-fishing outing on Lake Russell turned into a perch-jerking event this past Saturday for several members of the Upstate SC Kayak Fishing Club, including Bryan Starks of Simpsonville, who landed a crappie that weighed nearly 3 Ĺ pounds.

Itís not unusual for American shad to reach several pounds in size before they head up the Cooper River on their spring spawning run. Double up for shad
115 Views - Posted: March 15 at 8:00 am

Shad fishing in the early spring along the eastern seaboard is a “must do” for any angler within driving distance of a spawning river. For anglers really wanting to put a strain on their fishing rods, a tandem rig is the way to go.†

Sizes of leadhead jigs and sizes and styles of soft-plastic grubs or hair jigs can have an effect on how deep they run while being long-line trolled in March. Know when the jig is up ó or down
79 Views - Posted: March 15 at 8:00 am

Tackle-shop owner Mark Danque of Chapin said one tactic that a lot of crappie tournament anglers use is something every serious crappie angler can do to improve their catches, helping them quickly and accurately target crappie when they mark fish on their graph.

Ronnie McKee has turned a love of crappie fishing into a garage business hand-tying hair jigs. Stumpís jigs and flies
47 Views - Posted: March 15 at 8:00 am

In a world full of soft plastics where innovation in crappie jigs are the equivalent of a clip-on tie, a dyed-in-the-wool crappie fisherman has a hard time finding a quality, hand-tied crappie jig.†

Guide Brad Taylor wrestles a Lake Murray crappie out of heavy shoreline cover. Shallow slab sensations
76 Views - Posted: March 15 at 8:00 am

According to guide Brad Taylor, shallow-water crappie action doesn’t last for an extended period at Lake Murray, but it’s sensational when it occurs.

College student John Duarte caught an 8.6-pound bass and 63-pound flathead catfish on back-to-back trips on the Cooper River last weekend. Cooper River makes Coastal Carolina angler's weekend a great one
2867 Views - Posted: March 11 at 9:57 am

John Duarte, who represented Coastal Carolina University in the recent Bassmaster College Classic fishing tournament, was rewarded last weekend for turning down a chance to head for Florida for spring break. Instead of baking in the sun, he landed an 8.6-pound largemouth bass and a flathead catfish that weighed around 63 pounds on back-to-back trips on the Cooper River.

Eddie Watford of Easley caught this monster 61-pound blue catfish from Lake Wateree on a March 7 trip. Easley angler doubles his personal best with 61-pound Wateree blue cat
1251 Views - Posted: March 10 at 8:57 pm

Back when Eddie Watford was a magazine courier, he used to deliver South Carolina Sportsman magazine to outlets across Oconee and Pickens counties, but he never imagined he might one day wind up in the magazine. That changed on March 7 when Watford, who is from Easley, caught a 61-pound blue catfish while fishing Lake Wateree with buddies James Moore from Westminster and Trey Schmuck from Starr.

Despite unusually cold weather and water, Matthew Outlaw has developed a winning pattern for catching crappie on Lake Marion. Upper end of Lake Marion producing some championship crappie
1590 Views - Posted: March 06 at 7:11 am

Crappie fishing on Lake Marion was slowed a bit by the recent extreme cold weather, but as usual, some fishermen figured out how to catch them. Typical for early March, some big crappie are being caught in shallow water in the upper end of the lake.

Danny Gunnells of Honea Path caught this 27-inch, 9-pound brown trout on a Feb. 28 trip to Lake Jocassee with guide Steve Pietrykowski. Honea Path man decks 9-pound brown on Lake Jocassee trip
3542 Views - Posted: March 05 at 11:17 am

First, Danny Gunnells and his wife Claudette caught several 3- to 4-pound trout on a Feb. 28 trip to Lake Jocassee. Then it got better. Fishing with guide Steve Pietrykowski, they put a 7 ľ-pounder over the railing in their new pontoon boat. Then it got better. Gunnells landed a 9-pound brown.†

Cody Gilliland's 32-pound, 4-ounce muskie, weighed on a set of hand scales before being released back into the Broad River, was almost 10 pounds larger than the existing state record. Huge muskie surprises Broad River bass fisherman on kayak float
10416 Views - Posted: March 04 at 7:30 am

When Cody Gilliland tossed his half-ounce football jig with a grub trailer toward a pile of submerged timber along the bank of the Broad River on Feb. 8, he was hoping to catch a hefty largemouth. He got a “largemouth” all right — it just happened to be a member of the pike family, a huge muskellunge.