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Humans and pets aren't the only ones who need to be wary of heat exposure in the summer months—higher temperatures also put higher stress on wildlife such as fish.

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August 08, 2016 at 3:01 pm
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Santeeís frog bass

When Clyde Folse of Sumter thinks of fishing in August at Santee Cooper, he thinks of being covered in sweat from head to toe. He also thinks of lily pads, hollow-body frogs and big bass.

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July 29, 2016 at 10:28 am
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Russellís hot cats

For some folks, there are few things better to eat than a mess of fried catfish, and August is the perfect time on Lake Russell to fill a cooler with enough frying-sized cats for several fish fries.

When summer arrives, guide Jerry Kotal of Elberton, Ga., switches gears to catfish because so many people want to stock up for family and community fish fries. And August, he said, is the month that seems to provide some of the best fishing of the year for Russell’s abundant population of channel catfish.

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July 29, 2016 at 10:22 am
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King of flounder castles

Castle Pinckney isn’t tough to spot in Charleston Harbor. The battle-worn structure is a landmark for many reasons, even among anglers. In August, it’s an easy place for anyone craving flounder to catch themselves a meal.

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July 29, 2016 at 10:18 am
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Murrells Inlet Spanish are on

The heat is on in Murrells Inlet this month on both land and sea, and that means it’s time to bait-and-switch Spanish mackerel, pitching baits to big fish.

J Baisch of Fishfull Thinking Guide Service looks forward to the tail end of summer of those mackerel.

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July 29, 2016 at 10:06 am
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The tide turns for Romain reds

While many inshore fisheries slow down when August’s heat peaks, Cape Romain’s redfish are far from taking a break in the action. With tons of baitfish inside the estuaries, redfish never have to look very far to satisfy their hunger, especially near the inlets on rising water.†

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July 29, 2016 at 9:58 am
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Tree a Clarks Hill slab this month

Spring and fall are generally considered prime times to fish for crappie on most lakes, but the sweltering month of August might well be the best time of year to specifically target a 3-pounder on Clarks Hill Lake, according to guide William Sasser of Evans, Ga.

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July 29, 2016 at 9:40 am
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1 secret to hooking more bass on topwater lures

The fog is lifting off the surface of the calm lake, and the sun still hasn’t peaked above the tree line. These are perfect conditions for working a topwater plug near the shore for bass. Nothing is more exciting than calling a bass up to smash a lure on the surface.

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July 27, 2016 at 6:25 pm
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