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Big Game Kayakin’

At first blush, the thought of big game — at least where a kayak is concerned — conjures up thoughts of one of those guys who tries to hook up with a marlin or sailfish out in the deep blue off of someplace like Hawaii or Coast Rica where the bluewater is within paddling distance of the beach. Read More...
December 01, 2011 at 12:09 pm

Get the jump on woodies

Two things you’ll find in abundance across South Carolina are wood ducks and flowing waterways. Add a stable, low-profile kayak, a shotgun and a box of non-toxic shot and you’ve got the makings of a fine November outing, floating a river, jump-shooting woodies. Setting up a float trip is a matter of doing some homework, negotiating arrangements with a buddy, and making adequate preparation.Read More...
November 01, 2011 at 1:16 pm

The Greer Chain of Lakes: Experience excellent fishing from a kayak

While most anglers merely hope to catch fish on an outing on the water, Bob Beals of Inman expects to catch fish on every foray he makes to one of the Upstate’s water-district lakes. Sometimes referred to as the “Greer Chain of Lakes,” these small reservoirs offer good fishing in close proximity to the metropolitan Greenville/Spartanburg area.Read More...
September 23, 2011 at 12:00 pm

‘Pinching’ early season geese: Paddling can get you plenty of chances

When the prospect of writing a paddling column was tossed around, one of the stipulations was for it to cover both fishing and hunting opportunities from a paddled boat. Kayaks and canoes make great hunting boats. Flanking a deer or turkey into areas where he thinks he’s the safest is child’s play from a kayak. The problem is, game laws do not allow hunters to shoot deer or turkey from any watercraft, so a certain amount of stalking on land is required. Waterfowl hunting is completely different. In years gone by, waterfowlers killed tons of ducks by jump shooting — sneaking along shorelines and creeks, using natural cover to conceal themselves until they were in range.Read More...
August 25, 2011 at 4:03 pm

Kayaks and ‘jaws’: Bulls Bay bonnetheads are the ticket

Sight-casting is probably one of the most exciting ways to fish. It’s similar to stalking deer or jump-shooting ducks, except getting within range with a fishing rod in hand is not even half the battle. Putting the bait in the fish’s path AND getting him to eat it is when the excitement really starts. Try that sitting in a kayak within spitting distance of that fish, and you’ve just entered the world of Justin Carter.

July 26, 2011 at 9:00 am

On 'Broad'-way: Upstate river has it all

The Broad River enters the state of South Carolina as a narrow, rapidly flowing, whitewater stream just north of Gaffney and merges with the Saluda River within casting distance of the I-126 Bridge in downtown Columbia, where it flows into the historic Congaree River.Read More...
June 23, 2011 at 12:08 pm

Botany Bay has plenty for paddlers

In 2008, the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources acquired Botany Bay Plantation, a 4,630-acre tract of land on the northern boundary of Edisto Island adjacent to the North Edisto River. The ecologically and historically significant property had been privately maintained until that time by the former owner, Margaret Pepper. The late Mrs. Pepper preserved the natural integrity of the land which includes maritime forests, salt marsh, tidal creeks, freshwater ponds and hammock islands.Read More...
May 25, 2011 at 12:48 pm

Set sail on the Saluda’s ‘Kayak Corridor’

On May 8, 2009, the 13.55-mile Greenville Hospital System Swamp Rabbit Tram Trail was opened for business. The “Swamp Rabbit Trail,” as it’s known, was an effort by the Greenville County Recreation District to turn “rails into trails” by converting the old Carolina, Knoxville, and Western Railway line into a healthy greenway bicycle/walking path. For the most part, including sponsorship by the Greenville Hospital System, the trailway has been a success and a healthy link between the towns of Greenville and Travelers Rest. It may be a stretch, but this community effort hasn’t gone unnoticed by neighboring counties.Read More...
April 27, 2011 at 1:51 pm

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