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Guide Tom Siwarski uses extremely light line and checks it thoroughly when targeting speckled trout in the cold, gin-clear waters of winter. Winter trout require finesse; make sure your terminal tackle is up to the task
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If you’re a fisherman who can tolerate cold weather, now is the time to get on the water, with solid action on speckled trout reported from up and down the South Carolina coast. But with cold weather comes crystal-clear water, so sleek terminal tackle and flawless connections are required for the conditions.

More and bigger speckled trout is one of the rewards for learning how to better use popping corks. Learn tricks to getting more from your popping corks
726 Views - Posted: January 29 at 9:13 am

Popping corks are great tools for attracting trout and redfish, and they are not one-trick ponies, but it takes some know-how to get their full benefit. Capt. Addison Rupert of Lowcountry Outdoor Adventures likes to mix things up when he uses them. Some days, any technique will work, and on other days, Rupert said anglers have to find which method is producing. 

Nice catches of black drum are being reported from Pawley's Island, with most fish in the center of main creek channels. Black drum bite heating up Pawley's Island's relatively small estuary
1621 Views - Posted: January 26 at 12:49 pm

South Carolina fishermen who are ready for some hot saltwater action can get their rods bent over double in a hurry with keeper-sized black drum in the tiny estuaries of Pawley’s Island.

Andy Jonjevic (left) and Australian tourist Chris Hackett teamed up to land this spiny dogfish shark from the Folly Beach Pier. January pier fishing is going to the dogs, the dogfish sharks, that is
1066 Views - Posted: January 18 at 8:39 pm

Don’t let those surf rods collect dust until spring.  Break them out and hit the beach or pier for some awesome fishing for spiny dogfish sharks.  

Rob Beglin tries to set up a cast away from redfish, and long, lighter rods allow him to make longer casts. Lighten up, shape up and gain distance
123 Views - Posted: January 15 at 7:00 am

Often, new anglers casting to wintering schools of reds in shallow water will disturb the fish on the first cast by throwing heavily rigs into the middle of the school. Even though redfish are relaxed in shallow places away from dolphin, they will not fare well when a boat comes barreling in and heavy lures start splashing all over the place. A soft presentation is needed, and anglers need to prepare their gear so that they can cast light lures a very long way. It is a lot like targeting bonefish in a foot or two of super-clear water.  

Johnson Silver Minnows are lures that have caught redfish in all seasons for years. Find ’em with the gold standard
114 Views - Posted: January 15 at 7:00 am

Finding the schools of winter redfish can be easy much of the time, since fish typically frequent the same flats each season. However, they will move from tributary to tributary or from one end of a flat to another during the course of a few tide sequences. 

Not all sheepshead have moved into the ocean around nearshore reefs; there are plenty left inshore, according to Capt. Mike Waller of Kiawah Island. Lowcountry sheepshead bite has been great for inshore fishermen
1319 Views - Posted: January 14 at 8:42 pm

While a lot of Lowcountry anglers are staying warm indoors this month, they are missing some great sheepshead fishing. Capt. Mike Waller of Saltfisher Charters on Kiawah Island said he laughs every time someone asks him, “Do you catch any fish in the winter time?” 

Crappie USA kayak events will reward anglers for a three-fish daily weight and a big-fish pot. Paddle up a paycheck
105 Views - Posted: January 12 at 9:00 am

n mid-November last year, Crappie USA, a major national crappie-fishing tournament circuit based in Benton, Ky., announced that it would add a kayak division to its 2015 tournament events. Fishermen in kayaks will compete only against only kayakers, with the purse being 100 percent of all kayak entry fees for the event, paid to the top three finishers. In addition, 100 percent of a big-fish pot will be paid to the angler who catches the biggest slab.

Cape Romain is a hot spot for great cold-weather redfish action. Romain’s hot/cold reds - When it gets cold, head to the Cape for hot redfish action
236 Views - Posted: January 01 at 7:00 am

In January and February, the expectations of inshore fishermen are usually on the low side, with the major exception of one of South Carolina’s most-favored gamefish. The cold, winter weather brews a fire storm of redfish, and the massive, undeveloped estuary that stretches between Georgetown and Charleston, aka the Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge, is a prime area for harboring large schools of wintering reds. 

Big speckled trout, and lots of them, are being caught around the Murrells Inlet rock jetties. Murrells Inlet rock jetties are hot spot for great speckled trout bite
1549 Views - Posted: December 17, 2014 at 4:16 pm

Diehard Murrells Inlet anglers with a taste for speckled trout can get enough for Christmas dinner in just a short time at the rock jetties guarding the inlet. The bite there is sizzling, with many big, gator-sized fish making up the catch. 

The author caught this 20-inch slot redfish around a dock using a Gulp! mantis shrimp on a 1/8-ounce jighead. The mantis shrimp rig
146 Views - Posted: December 15, 2014 at 7:00 am

Ja Malphrus catches most of redfish around docks with a 1/8-ounce Bass Pro Shops jighead, along with a Gulp! mantis shrimp.  

Productive docks for winter redfish are typically situated near a creek mouth and are surrounded by oyster rakes and spartina grass. Find a dock with character
115 Views - Posted: December 15, 2014 at 7:00 am

When targeting redfish around docks, look for structures that are different from their neighbors. 

A curlytail grub in the Christmas tree color pattern fished on a jighead can be a great lure to troll for speckled trout. Trolling is a great trout tactic
139 Views - Posted: December 15, 2014 at 7:00 am

Bob Matthews of Ladson will use any technique he needs to catch speckled trout, but in December, trolling can be a key to his success.

Redfish in the Charleston area continue to hit a variety of lures and baits, and they're now being found in large schools. Redfish action continues to be good in Charleston-area waters
928 Views - Posted: December 11, 2014 at 9:59 am

The recent cool weather hasn’t put a dent in the inshore fishing around Charleston, according to Capt. Kevin Blair of Charleston Fish Rod Bending Company. In fact, it continues to be excellent.