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Fishermen will be able to catch fewer gag grouper in the South Atlantic next year, but the allowable catch will rise every year after that through 2019. Gag grouper catch will dip, then rise; wreckfish catch will rise, then dip
368 Views - Posted: August 12 at 3:04 pm

NOAA Fisheries has announced annual catch-limit changes for commercial and recreational sectors of gag grouper and wreckfish in the South Atlantic management area, based on population assessments.

Tiger sharks are not uncommon around nearshore reefs off the coasts of the Carolinas, and they can grow to impressive sizes. Watch this close encounter with a big tiger shark off Little River  Video Included
2319 Views - Posted: June 19 at 6:25 pm

Capt. Chris Ossmann of Fine Catch Fishing Charters captured this amazing footage of an 11-foot Tiger Shark while out with a party targeting spadefish.

For catching too many red snapper last year, South Carolina fishermen won't have a season in 2015. Feds to fishermen: No red snapper season in 2015
2425 Views - Posted: June 05 at 2:36 pm

After several years of limited weekend fishing, the South Atlantic Fisheries Management Council announced today that there will be no red snapper season in federal waters in 2015, because the total number of fish removed from the population in 2014 almost doubled the allowable harvest.

Knowing the location of color changes, and temperature and current breaks can help locate bluewater species like this dolphin. Purchase an advantage
149 Views - Posted: June 04 at 9:00 am

A  number of pelagic species are biting this month, and with Daylight Savings Time in full swing, anglers have more time on their fishing days. 

Lots of dolphin and some big ones are cruising the bluewater off the Grand Strand, ganging up on bait schools. Bluewater dolphin bite off Grand Strand has been wide open
1278 Views - Posted: June 02 at 4:30 pm

Throughout the year, certain fisheries fire off with a change in water temperature or some other type of environmental condition. And for offshore anglers, one fantastic change has produced a dolphin bite that has boatloads of the colorful, tasty fish making their way back from offshore locales to docks in the Little River area. 

Bluewater fishermen are catching plenty of dolphin in the bluewater out of South Carolina ports. Not only are they ahead of schedule, they're closer to the beach than normal, thanks to meanderings of the Gulf Stream. Early arrival of dolphin has South Carolina fishermen loving the bluewater
1599 Views - Posted: May 21 at 12:01 pm

Bluewater anglers are getting an early start on the trolling season as both dolphin and wahoo have showed up off the South Carolina coast nearly a month ahead of schedule.

King mackerel have moved in off Grand Strand beaches in huge numbers. Double-digit king mackerel catches are the rule off Grand Strand
1005 Views - Posted: May 08 at 7:50 am

Warm weather is bringing more to Grand Strand visitors than a suntan. The king mackerel have arrived early and in a big way, bending rods everywhere from the beachfront out to 60 feet of water

Mark Chambers, Steve Meyers and Wes Schwabe decked a 110-inch blue marlin from a 24-foot boat on Monday on a trip out of Morehead City, N.C. Crew of small boat decks huge marlin on trip out of Morehead City, N.C.
2597 Views - Posted: May 07 at 7:00 pm

What does a 550-pound blue marlin that measures almost 10-feet long look like inside a 24-foot center-console boat?

Nearshore reefs and livebottoms out of Murrells Inlet have been producing big black drum and a variety of bottomfish. Nearshore bottomfish action explodes out of Murrells Inlet this week
1356 Views - Posted: March 12 at 10:30 am

This week’s break in the cold weather has been just what the doctor ordered for two Murrells Inlet charter captains, who have been putting beat-downs on some bottomfish just a few miles off the beach.

Big, dark lures that pull straight and strong hooks are all an angler needs to troll for wahoo. March is prime wahoo time
292 Views - Posted: March 05 at 9:00 am

For Jeremy Burnham, owner of Atlantic Game and Tackle in Mount Pleasant, March means one thing: offshore fishing for wahoo. 

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
413 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
205 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
1211 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
413 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.