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Silver king in a kayak?

For every sportfish that swims, there is a size threshold that, when breached, grants the particular species trophy status. Each threshold is dependent upon the fish’s availability as well as it’s status in the piscatorial community.Read More...
August 20, 2012 at 10:00 am

‘Kayak-catting’ around

Kevin Davis’ resume is long and varied. At the top of the list, he’s a fishing guide. He also operates Black’s Camp on the Santee-Cooper lakes, which makes him a hotelier, campground supervisor, bait boy and at times, chief cook and bottle-washer at the on-site restaurant.Read More...
July 23, 2012 at 7:00 am

Dolphin Dave’s favorites

It doesn’t take a leap of faith to believe that a man with a name like “Dolphin” would have a keen interest in the water and in redfish. In the case of Dolphin Dave Hamilton, you’d be correct on both accounts. Hamilton is the manger at Time Out Sport & Ski in Mount Pleasant, and he loves to catch redfish, especially from a kayak. And yes, the name “Dolphin” does appear on his birth certificate — Dolphin Davis Hamilton IV — no less.Read More...
June 01, 2012 at 9:38 am

‘City Limits’ paddling

The spring run of striped bass that makes its way up river from the Santee-Cooper lakes into the Congaree River offers a chance at some prime “city limits fishing” in Columbia that would make even Mike Iaconelli envious. The problem is, the pro bass fisherman and host of the “City Limits Fishing” TV show would never get his bass boat up the Congaree and back in one piece. If you’ve ever driven across one of the bridges that cross the river, the rocks and whitewater below are a power boater’s nightmare.Read More...
May 01, 2012 at 7:00 am

Paddle up an old tom

According to the regulations posted in the S.C. Department of Natural Resources’ Rules and Regulations handbook for 2011-12, it is unlawful to take a wild turkey from a watercraft. Law enforcement officers interpret this relatively straightforward regulation to mean that you have to be out of the water before you can kill a turkey. It does not prohibit turkey hunters from accessing areas to hunt from a watercraft or that you cannot call or attempt to locate a turkey while in a watercraft.Read More...
April 01, 2012 at 7:00 am

Paddle up some slabs

Styles of fishing change over time. Seldom does the way Grandpa did it still prevail. Of all the styles and methods of fishing passed from one generation to the next, the one that has probably seen the most drastic changes is crappie fishing.Read More...
March 01, 2012 at 3:14 pm

Going to the ‘school dance’

Winter is absolutely not an excuse to put away your fishing tackle and paddles. It’s actually a great time to catch schooling fish, so get up and go dancing. Admittedly, fishing in the winter requires more advanced preparation with respect to dressing appropriately. For kayak or canoe anglers, dressing for the weather takes on a whole new meaning. Hardly noticeable, even welcome in the summer, water dripping into your lap from the paddle on a 40-degree day is quite uncomfortable. Likewise, dipping hands and feet in the water, unprotected, can be bitter.Read More...
February 01, 2012 at 7:00 am

Hunting drought ducks

Sitting down to write after pushing back from the Thanksgiving table, I’m afraid I’ve got some bad news for all you duck hunters out there. Last season, the perfect storm formed, allowing South Carolina waterfowlers to have a banner year. The bad news is, this isn’t last season.Read More...
January 01, 2012 at 8:07 am

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