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The sense of smell that a redfish possesses can lead it to food in dirty water if it's giving off enough scent. How to fight dirty inshore water? Get some smell out there
428 Views - Posted: Yesterday at 8:02 am

Rain is no stranger to spring or spring fishermen, and for coastal anglers, rivers swollen with runoffs can bring slugs of muddy water into inshore areas that can represent a week or more of bad news. But anglers conditioned to these water conditions can still catch fish. 


Capt. Buddy Bizzell and his first mate, Paul Quinn, caught this St. Helena Sound cobia on a tide change, the key window for boating cobia in recent days. Fish the tide changes for St. Helena Sound cobia
258 Views - Posted: May 26 at 8:26 am

Cobia have moved into St. Helena Sound, and anglers are catching them by fishing a variety of cut baits on the bottom. Capt. Buddy Bizzell of Edisto Palmetto Charters has been catching his share, and he said the key is persistence. 


Cobia have arrived off the Grand Strand in numbers enough to excite charter captains. Cobia make first appearance off Grand Strand; Murrells Inlet captains cash in
524 Views - Posted: May 22 at 4:16 pm

Fishermen who have been waiting impatiently for the cobia to show up along the coast will not have to wait any more. This week, the Murrells Inlet charter fleet found several small groups of cobia along the beachfront, and in just a few hours, scored big with several 40- to 60-pound brutes. Grand Strand’s brown derby, as some call it, has begun in time for the Memorial Day weekend. 


High tide might not be great for targeting redfish, but if all you've got to fish is high tide, you might as well take these tips on catching them. Check out these tips for catching high-tide redfish
1210 Views - Posted: May 19 at 7:00 am

Most inshore anglers agree that fishing on a moving tide provides better results than a slack tide, but what do they do when the few hours they have to fish fall during the high end of the tide? Capt. Stephen Fields of Charleston Fishing Company has a few tips for fishing at high tide that can put quality redfish in the boat.


Remove a crab’s claws and skirt, cut it into four pieces and hook one of them up for a redfish. Don’t forget cut, live baits
87 Views - Posted: May 15 at 7:00 am

Guide Kevin Blair may love fishing artificials for redfish, especially topwaters, but he doesn’t discount live or cut bait. When reds are being picky, Blair will switch to cut or live bait: shrimp, mullet, mud minnows fiddler and blue crabs. 


Mark Nutting’s Loco Baitfish is a sparsely tied cobia fly that has a lot of natural movement in the water. Loco Baitfish is a local favorite
42 Views - Posted: May 15 at 7:00 am

Mark Nutting not only guides professionally, he also ties flies commercially. His favorite fly for cobia is a creation of his own, the Loco Baitfish. 


Careful treatment of a cobia that’s been landed can lead to a successful, live release. Catch-and-release or hook-and-cook?
62 Views - Posted: May 15 at 7:00 am

There is no getting around it, cobia are a tasty fish. A 30-pound fish contains enough thick, pork chop-sized fillets to feed a small crowd, and the flesh is hardy enough to go straight on the grill without added reinforcement. A hot grill, salt, pepper, lemon juice and a good sear on each side is the perfect recipe for a fish that needs little else to garner rave reviews.


When sight-fishing along the beachfront doesn’t work, nearshore reefs will almost always hold some cobia throughout May. Check the reefs
68 Views - Posted: May 15 at 7:00 am

The beachfront might offer some great sight-fishing for cobia, but there places other than 10 feet of water where cobia can be caught. Often, cobia will trade between the baitfish schools behind the breakers and the gangs of baitfish covering up the reefs just a few miles away. If the beach bash isn’t going, fishermen must be ready to check out the nearshore reefs.


Putting your cast right on the fish you’re targeting could result in a battle with a trophy cobia. Make strategic casts for trophy fish
35 Views - Posted: May 15 at 7:00 am

Sight-casting for cobia can be exciting, especially multiple fish and some trophy sized individuals are hovering at close range. But when fish are aggressive and ready to eat anything that hits the water, an angler can be disappointed when a 20-pounder takes the bait a few yards away from an 80-pounder fish. 


Make sure you’ve got a livewell full of baitfish and one on a pitch rig when you approach a pod of cobia. Three-pronged approach
44 Views - Posted: May 15 at 7:00 am

Spring cobia provide willing anglers with some of the best one-on-one action of the year, but fishermen must be prepared to spoon-feed these fish exactly what they want to eat while they are on deck and ready. Carrying the right equipment and having the right options ready to deploy at a second’s notice are critical to accomplishing a quick hook-up on a trophy fish. 


The author caught this nice crappie at an Upstate Kayak Fishing Club event this spring. Pull out that big club
128 Views - Posted: May 11 at 9:00 am

One of the questions most-often asked by kayak anglers new to the sport or new to an area is “How can I get started?” or “How can I connect with other kayak anglers and learn how and where to fish?” 


Spanish mackerel are a popular nearshore gamefish that will cover nearshore waters along the South Carolina coast. Five tips for catching more Spanish mackerel
1959 Views - Posted: May 07 at 12:30 pm

The warming weather and returning glass minnows have brought schools of hungry Spanish mackerel to waters just outside Charleston Harbor. Capt. Mike Able of Able Minded Charters is one guide who spends plenty of time targeting them, and he offered five tips to help fishermen put more fish in the cooler. 


Guide Chris Chavis said clear, moving water will attract big spawning specks into Charleston area rivers and creeks over the next two weeks. Finding clear water is key to catching Charleston's spawning specks
677 Views - Posted: May 05 at 9:10 am

Fishermen around Charleston are pining for clear water as speckled trout have made their way back into creeks to spawn, and guide Chris Chavis said some of the biggest trout of the year will be looking for the best spawning grounds over the next two weeks. Knowing what they’re looking for is the first step to finding them.


Capt. Buddy Bizzell makes cobia his No. 1 target in May when he leaves port at Edisto Beach. Float a turtle this month
159 Views - Posted: May 04 at 9:00 am

May brings a treat for saltwater fishermen. Many inshore and nearshore anglers pine for the fight of an offshore fish but don’t have the proper boat or time needed to venture that far out, but this month, a highly sought-after fish is within reach. It’s cobia time, and anglers from the Grand Strand to the Lowcountry can do battle with this fish, which some anglers call Mr. Brown Suit.


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