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New pro bass-fishing league formed

Twenty-four of the nation’s top bass anglers have teamed with the Outdoor Channel to form a new professional fishing circuit designed to test anglers’ prowess in putting together patterns quickly.

The Major League Fishing trail will allow anglers to weigh as many legal fish as they catch, but competitors must begin each event without the benefit of user-generated GPS waypoints or practice. Anglers also will fish on surprise venues, meaning they will have to make on-the-water adjustments to catch bass.Read More...
August 11, 2011 at 2:33 pm

Free fly-fishing retreat planned for women battling cancer

Brays Island Plantation in Sheldon will hold a Casting for Recovery retreat Oct. 28-30 for South Carolina women who are in all stages of breast cancer recovery or treatment.

The free retreat will use elements of fly-fishing to promote physical and mental healing. Casting a fly rod provides a gentle exercise for joint and soft-tissue stretching, and fly-fishing provides stress relief for many others.Read More...
August 08, 2011 at 8:18 am

Ashley leads pros into second half of Bassmaster’s All-Star Week

They say Lake Jordan bass go deep in summer, but Casey Ashley proved on Sunday (July 24) just how wrong “they” can be by winning the Bassmaster All-Star Semi-Final his way — in shallow water.

And while any pro likes to win, Ashley was more impressed with the fact that he’d earned a spot in the $100,000 All-Star Championship, which will begin Friday (July 29) on the Alabama River out of Montgomery, Ala.

“Winning’s nice, but that I won today doesn’t really matter,” said the 27-year-old from Donalds, S.C., who had never before competed on Lake Jordan.Read More...
July 25, 2011 at 4:18 pm

Santee Cooper striped bass recovery in progress

The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources' annual Santee Cooper system survey indicates that the waterway’s adult striped bass population is building from historic lows and the prospects for recovery are strong.

In response to the decline in the fishery, the Santee Cooper striped bass stakeholder committee was formed in 2007. Stakeholders represented each legislative district surrounding the system, including tourism officials, fishing tour guides, landing operators, recreational anglers, fishing club members, as well as several legislators, including the late David Umphlett.Read More...
July 18, 2011 at 8:01 am

Proposal threatens reliability of GPS system

Boaters could find navigation more difficult if a proposal by a private company to use radio frequency bandwidth right next to the existing GPS radio bandwidth is granted, a national boater-advocacy group says.

BoatUS believes the proposal, for which a 30-day public-comment period is now under way, would threaten the reliability of the GPS system across the United States.

"This is a remarkably short comment period for an issue that has such dire consequences for America's boaters and every other GPS user in the country," BoatUS Vice President of Government Affairs Margaret Podlich said.Read More...
July 13, 2011 at 2:04 pm

Kayak angler lands, releases potential state-record tarpon

Brad Knight will probably not forget June 24 anytime soon. That spot on the calendar will be special forever, because of an encounter he had with a tarpon in Trenchard’s Inlet near Beaufort.

That’s when the Belton angler managed to hook, land and release a tarpon estimated at around 160 pounds while fishing from his Hobie kayak.Read More...
July 06, 2011 at 10:52 am

Black sea bass bag limit to drop to five fish per angler

The recreational possession limit for black sea bass drops from 15 fish per day to five June 22 as part of the National Marine Fisheries Service’s efforts to prevent progressive shortening of fishing seasons for the black sea bass, gag grouper and vermilion snapper, the National Marine Fisheries Service announced today (June 15).

The minimum size for black sea bass remains unchanged at 12 inches tail length, and the annual quota of 409,000 pounds remains in effect.Read More...
June 15, 2011 at 12:46 pm

FINAL: Casey Ashley clinches second Elite Series win on Lake Murray

Donalds’ Casey Ashley today (May 15) won the Bassmaster Elite Series Carolina Clash on Lake Murray by a handy 3-pound, 2-ounce margin over fellow South Carolinian Davy Hite and New Jersey’s Michael Iaconelli, who tied for second place.

Ashley, who was leading going into the final day, clinched the win with 61-03, while Hiite and Iaconelli each tallied 58-1 over the four-day event.Read More...
May 15, 2011 at 8:43 pm

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