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Sheepshead get their names, and nicknames, from their physical attributes: teeth that resemble those in a sheep’s mouth, plus vertical “convict” bars on their sides. Sheepshead specifics
71 Views - Posted: February 15 at 7:00 am

Sheepshead get their name from their dental work, which resembles that of a sheep. They are sometimes confused with black drum because they have a similar shape; both have dark, vertical bars on their sides, and they often inhabit the same areas. The black bars on their body resemble a prisoner’s garb, and along with their expertise at stealing baits, have many people calling them “convicts” or “convict fish.”


Big sheepshead will hang around certain pieces of structure on a reef or wreck through much of the winter, typically a few feet off the bottom, looking for food. Reefs designed to attract fish
45 Views - Posted: February 15 at 7:00 am

From the Little River Reef near the North Carolina-South Carolina border to the Whitewater Reef off Hilton Head Island, plenty of nearshore and offshore reefs lie just off South Carolina’s coast. Many of them will hold sheepshead year-round, and February is a great month to target any of these reefs.


Plenty of big black sea bass are hanging around reefs in 85 to 105 feet of water out of Murrells Inlet. Go deep for best black sea bass out of Murrells Inlet
806 Views - Posted: February 09 at 9:32 pm

Even though the sub-freezing temperatures at dawn keep reminding anglers that winter is still chugging along, the offshore bottom bite is as strong as ever. From legal species to out-of-season throwbacks, bottomfish are feasting right now, and for a local captain out of Murrells Inlet, the black sea bass are as big as ever and about to break the scales.  


Sheepshead average between 1 and 8 pounds in South Carolina waters, but they can get much bigger. Pen up winter sheepshead
131 Views - Posted: February 01 at 7:00 am

A stubborn chill hung in the air, and the anglers aboard Capt. Rick Percy’s boat were anxious for the sun to the same. Percy was watching his depth finder, looking for a certain piece of structure on the Fish America Reef, and finding it, he pushed a button on his trolling motor’s remote control, and reached for the bucket of fiddler crabs.


The Winyah Scarp area of South Carolina's offshore waters has produced some great catches of wahoo the past two weeks. Offshore wahoo bite has been great around Winyah Scarp
805 Views - Posted: January 08 at 6:23 am

The season of giving continues into the New Year for anglers willing to brave the 60-mile journey to the blue waters at the Winyah Scarp, as fishermen are finding monster-sized wahoo and lots of them.


Fish nearshore livebottoms and hold out for big black sea bass before filling your five-fish creel limit. Look for livebottoms, not artificial reefs, for the best Lowcountry black sea bass
817 Views - Posted: December 29, 2014 at 10:00 pm

Black sea bass have been the bane of many trips for anglers fishing off the South Carolina coast; they are usually caught while fishing for other species, and they often bite so prolifically that anglers can have a hard time getting their target species to bite. But these fish are excellent table fare and fun to catch as long as they have some size to them. The secret to getting the big ones, according to Capt. Rob Bennett of Charleston’s Lowcountry Inshore Charters, is to stay away from the artificial reefs.


Plenty of big king mackerel are there for the taking off the beaches of the Grand Strand. King mackerel bite has been great off the Grand Strand
944 Views - Posted: October 25, 2014 at 10:45 am

Since Labor Day, South Carolina anglers have had to deal with roller-coaster weather, but it hasn’t disrupted the king mackerel fishing along the Grand Strand. The bite has been great, with double-, triple- and quadruple-header hookups reported by captains out of Murrells Inlet, including Jay Sconyers of Aces Up Fishing Charters.


Lots of nice king mackerel, including plenty at 25 pounds or better, have shown up just off the beach from Georgetown north to the Grand Strand. Kings following mullet run just beyond breakers from Georgetown north
1338 Views - Posted: September 19, 2014 at 12:52 pm

For the past 10 days, anglers cruising along the beachfront of South Carolina’s northern coastline have been noticing a different crowd of visitors hanging on the outside edge of the breakers. The season’s first mullet has kicked off, a sure-fire sign of the beginning of the fall fishing season, and ready to get started were king mackerel. 


Federal fisheries managers will close the recreational season on several species of porgies, including this knobbed porgy, on Wednesday, Sept. 17, because of overharvest. Feds will close recreational season on several porgy species on Sept. 17
992 Views - Posted: September 15, 2014 at 1:17 pm

Federal fisheries managers announced last Friday that the recreational season for a number of species in the popular porgy family will close on Wednesday, Sept. 17 and not reopen until Jan. 1, 2015.


Bluewater trips out of Grand Strand ports like Murrells Inlet have produced some great wahoo fishing lately. Murrells Inlet captains are finding a great wahoo bite offshore
1617 Views - Posted: September 02, 2014 at 9:18 pm

For most of the summer, Gulf Stream waters have produced their normal mixed results, a scanty bag of the typical favorite targets: wahoo, tuna, king mackerel and amberjack. But the tides are turning for some charter captains, with double-digit wahoo catches on a single trip, and Capt. Shawn Thomas of Murrells Inlet’s Underdog Sport Fishing Charters in the middle of the action.


Philip Jarabeck of Lynchburg, Va., will carry a half-pound lead into Saturday's third round of the FLW Forrest Wood Cup on Lake Murray. Jarabeck replaces his uncle atop FLW leaderboard
991 Views - Posted: August 15, 2014 at 7:37 pm

Atop the leaderboard at the FLW Forrest Wood Cup championship, the hometown and the family didn't change -- just the name. Philip Jarabeck of Lynchburg, Va., caught the biggest stringer of the second day and replaced his uncle, David Dudley -- also of Lynchburg -- in first place. 


Dolphin are one of a double-handful of species biting offshore out of Charleston, many of them bottomfish. Drifting offshore livebottom very productive for Charleston anglers
962 Views - Posted: August 15, 2014 at 8:48 am

Anglers fishing out of Charleston are having a field day offshore over livebottom, and the main species biting changes from day to day and even several times a day, even when anglers are targeting the same spots.


Mate L.A. Riddick watches Capt. Larry Horowitz for a sign that he should release the anchor on the Super Voyager III. Anchors aweigh!
271 Views - Posted: August 15, 2014 at 7:00 am

Anchoring is one of the most important tasks for a successful day of bottom-fishing, because a boat that isn’t properly anchored doesn’t allow fishermen to get their baits to the fish.


African pompano are a great bonus catch on offshore bottom-fishing trips where grouper, snapper and black sea bass are more commonly targeted. Out of Africa
256 Views - Posted: August 15, 2014 at 7:00 am

An African pompano is always an outstanding catch on a party boat. They are excellent eating and are extremely strong fighters.


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