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S. CAROLINA: Redfish this Time of the Year is on Topwater Baits

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

Well it looks like we are well into spring and the fishing has been heating up along with the temperature!

I have seen a dramatic change in the behavior of the redfish over the past few weeks. Fish that were schooled up are now breaking into smaller groups and singling off. The fish have also become much more aggressive on the bite and they are feeding quite heavily. Some of this probably has to do with the large amount of bait up on the flats. Flats that were void of bait are now holding everything from crabs to mullet to minnows which has created a fish buffet for the reds. Along with the redfish I have also been catching a few speckled sea trout, flounder and bonnet head sharks. One of my favorite ways to go after redfish this time of the year is on topwater baits. We have been walking zara spooks near the grass edges and catching some very nice fish! Some of the these fish are coming back 3-4 times to get the bait so be patient as it is very easy to pull a topwater lure away from a fish before he can get it down… this is especially true for a redfish as they are more accustom to feeding on the bottom.

Until next time, Catch em Up!

Captain Charlie Beadon
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S. CAROLINA: First School of Fish Just After We Started Poling

Wednesday, January 4th, 2012

We headed out at first light on New Years day looking to sight fish for schooling reds.

It was a bit chilly getting off of the ramp but as we got moving down the river it really wasn’t too bad. The water temperature dropped a few degrees which seemed to slow the fish down a little. We got onto our first school of fish just after we started poling and put the first fish in the boat by 6:45 am… first red of the year; I don’t know for sure, but it would be hard to beat! We went on to catch 15 more over the next few hours and got back to the ramp early.

Until next time, catch em up! Capt. Charlie

Capt. Charlie Beadon
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S. CAROLINA: Found the Redfish Moving Off the Grass Flats

Monday, October 17th, 2011

Fished in St Helena Sound this week, and had excellent luck on the Redfish.

We put 21 in the boat on a 4 hour trip on Wednesday. We fished the last of the incoming tide and the outgoing, and found the Redfish moving off the grass flats around the oyster shells. We had several over the legal slot size of 23 inches.

The bull Redfish bite is also going on strong in the Port Royal Sound with lots of fish in the 25 to 35 pound range. These fish must be returned, so be sure to handle them with care if you go.

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S. Carolina: Casey Crushes Competition at Carolina Clash

Monday, May 16th, 2011
If you did not make it to the Carolina Clash on Lake Murray, then you missed a real nail biter. With the two leaders, Davy Hite and Michael Iaconelli, tied with 58.1 pounds and waiting, Casey Ashley rode in last to crush the competition by three pounds.

Going into Sunday’s final, Iaconelli from Runnemede, NJ, was in second place and Hite from Ninety Six was in seventh place. On the final day’s weigh-in, Hite sat on stage in the “hot seat” as angler after angler challenged Hite’s catch, but failed. When Iaconelli tied Hite, it looked liked there was going to be a “sudden-death fish-off” until Ashley weighed-in his final sack for a total of 61.3 pounds.

Ashley from Donalds was the leader going into the finals on Sunday. Because of the blueback herring spawn, the bass were feeding early on the points. Mainly throwing a Super Fluke, Ashley tenaciously sat on the points that he knew held fish.

Working the points back and forth, Ashley waited on the quality fish to hit. Luckily, the wind held up most of the day, and the bass could not get a good look at the lure. It was late in the morning before Ashley caught his limit, and he continued to put good fish in the boat throughout the day.

This week has been good for Casey Ashley, not only does he get a check for $100,000 and has qualified for the Classic, but he released his six-song demo cd, Release, at the Clash. Not a bad week for Casey Ashley, not a bad week at all.

Capt. Glenn “Teach” Corley
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S CAROLINA: Lake Fishing – Greenwood, Wateree, Monticello & Murray

Thursday, February 17th, 2011

Lake Greenwood

Largemouth Bass: Fair.
Greenwood Bassmaster Stanley Gunter reports that some anglers have been catching bass jigging deep water, but the winning pattern recently has been fishing medium running crankbaits about 8-9 feet down off the banks.

Catfish: Slow to fair.
Captain Chris Simpson reports that the cold weather has the channel catfish congregated in the main river channel. On days when the wind will allow it, try drifting parallel to the channel and in and out of it. On other days, try anchoring in the channel and waiting for the fish. Cut herring, gizzard shad and threadfin shad are the best baits right now.

Lake Wateree

Catfish: Fair to good. Captain Rodger Taylor reports that there can be a pretty good bite for blue catfish drifting cut bait on the mid lake flats in 17-21 feet of water. For bigger fish, head up the river and anchor large cut bait offering in the current.

Crappie: Fair.
Will Hinson of the Southern Crappie Tournament Trail reports that fishing has improved in the last few weeks. Most of the fish are grouped up on the upper end of the lake above Wateree Creek, where they are holding near the bottom in the main river channel. Look in 16-22 feet of water, and fish jigs and minnows about a foot off the bottom.

Largemouth Bass: Slow.
FLW Professional Dearal Rodgers reports that bass fishing remains tough on Lake Wateree – but should improve very soon. Look for fish where steep or long, sloping points intersect the main river channel. Jigs or Carolina rigs worked very slowly may catch fish, and using your graph to work a jigging spoon precisely can also be effective.

Lake Monticello

Catfish: Good.
Captain Chris Simpson reports that the bite for blue catfish in the 10-20 pound range is still good, and for patient anglers big fish are still available. Many shad and catfish remain glued to the bottom, and the most productive depth range has been 50-65 feet. White perch, gizzard shad and even herring are working well, and cutting the bait in cubes about the size of a mussel has been catching the majority of the fish.

Lake Murray

Crappie: Fair.
Captain Brad Taylor reports that rapidly changing weather has hurt the consistency of the bite, and there are some good days and some bad days right now. Overall the most consistent pattern is tight-lining up the rivers around the channel ledges, and the Little Saluda is producing best right now. Fish are spread out at a variety of different depths, and Captain Brad is using jigs, minnows and combinations of the two.

Catfish: Fair.
Captain Chris Simpson reports that the pattern is unchanged from a few weeks ago, but the fishing has gotten much less consistent. Some days are strong, while getting bit on other days is tough. In general 25-50 feet has been the best depth range for numbers of fish, and drifting cut herring is the best pattern. Fish are moving around a lot, so don’t expect to fish the same spot from one day to the next. Jigging a spoon off the bottom while drifting has also been catching a variety of fish, including lots of white perch, some striper, big largemouth and occasional cats.

Striped Bass: Fair.
Lake World reports that striper reports are coming in from all over the lake, with fish being caught from way up the rivers down to the mid-lake area. It’s hard to pattern the fish, and they are being caught from the bank out to 110 feet of water. Down-lined herring, herring fished off planer boards and umbrella rigs are all catching fish.

Largemouth Bass: Slow to fair.
Captain Doug Lown reports that the bite has improved somewhat, and a few people are starting to weigh in heavy sacks in tournaments. The best bite is taking place for about two or three hours early in the morning, and then the fishing is slowing down. At night the bait seems to come up relatively shallow, bringing the bass with it, and then when the sun gets up the bait and bass pull out.

South Carolina
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S. CAROLINA: Piedmont Area Fishing

Friday, January 28th, 2011

Lake Russell

Catfish: Fair.
Guide Wendell Wilson reports that the best bet for catching winter catfish is to fish cut bait on the bottom in 35-40 feet of water in the creek channels. Striped bass: Slow to fair. Guide Wendell Wilson reports that gulls have arrived, but the striper bite has been elusive so far this winter. The most successful pattern is fishing free lined live shiners (because of their durability), and cloudy days will offer the best and most pleasant window to catch fish. On sunny days, temperatures will start off lower because of the lack of cloud cover, and fish may only feed for the first hour in the morning.

Crappie: Fair.
Guide Wendell Wilson reports that crappie are in deep water in the 30-35 foot range, and because most brush piles on Lake Russell are shallower they are relating to bait schools and depth changes instead of brush. Look in the same areas where spotted bass are feeding and fish live minnows.

Black Bass: Fair.
Guide Wendell Wilson reports that the spotted bass pattern remains about the same, but as shad die off numbers will get worse. Fish continue to be bunched up in 20-30 feet of water in coves off the main channel. Look for schools of bait on your depth finder before choosing an area to fish, and then lower a drop shot rig baited with either a medium minnow or a four inch finesse worm to the bottom. Most of the fish are in the 1-2 pound range, and about 90 percent of the bass catch is spotted bass. The best bet for catching largemouth is fishing a jig around brush on steep bluff banks.

Lake Thurmond

Crappie: Good to very good.
Captain William Sasser reports that good sized fish are still feeding well on Clarks Hill, even in the cold. His boat is fishing in the back of mid-lake creeks like Soap Creek and marking fish about 30 feet down over the creek channel in 35 feet of water. Using the trolling motor he is staying over the fish and dropping live minnows to them.

Black bass: Slow.
Buckeye Lures in Augusta reports that bass fishing remains tough. Fish can be caught in ditches on jigs and blade baits, but bites are few and far between.

Striped and Hybrid Bass: Fair to good.
Captain William Sasser reports that fish are not in their traditional winter locations. He is catching his best fish in the lower lake fishing on the bottom with live herring in 50-55 feet of water. Some anglers are pulling planer boards and free lines in the 20 foot depth range, but they don’t seem to be having too much luck. While herring and big striper are in the lower lake near the dam, the upper end of the lake is covered with threadfin shad and small striper and hybrids. However, not much schooling activity has been reported anywhere.

Lake Wylie

Largemouth Bass: Fair.
FLW Professional and Guide Matt Arey reports that, typical for winter, Lake Wylie is fishing like two different lakes. Around the warm water discharge in the South Fork bass are running bait up around rocks, and anglers fishing rocky secondary points are catching fish. In the lower lake the water is very clear, and a shad are dying off in large numbers as water temperatures plummet. Fish are suspended and relating to creek channel bends, main river ledges, and other depth changes. Since these fish are mainly feeding on shad, the best baits will imitate stressed or dying baitfish. Subtle jerkbaits, flukes, crankbaits with a tight wobble such as a #5 or #7 Shad Rap, and Yamamato single tail grubs fished behind a 1/4 or 3/16 ounce jighead will all catch fish. Be sure to work the bait slowly and try an erratic retrieve.

Catfish: Good.
Captain Rodger Taylor reports that something a little different is catching fish this winter. On the southern end of Lake Wylie he is marking large schools of channel cats in open water in the major creeks. Suspending live minnows about 15 feet down has produced outstanding results on his last several trips. For blue catfish, target areas where current is present, which often means the upper lake because of natural current and the warm water discharge from the power plants. The warm water of the Hot Hole is also a bait magnet.

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S. CAROLINA: Schooling Winter Redfish in Charleston

Saturday, January 15th, 2011

Capt. Mark Phelps of Shore Thang Charters says that there is no ice or snow in Charleston and “the fishing is fantastic for schooling winter reds.”

According to Capt. Phelps, on “nice days,” sunny with no wind and with the temperature above 50 degree, the redfish are schooling in groups of 200 plus. It is not unusual to catch between 15-20 redfish a day, and these fish are averaging between four to fourteen pounds.

Capt. Phelps is fishing the high tides on the last two hours of the outgoing and the first two hours of the incoming tides and sight fishing for these schooling fish. Because the water is “gin clear,” Capt. Phelps is looking for “a moving dark mass” to indicate where the redfish are schooling and primarily fishing along the flats near the inter-coastal waterways.

For the most part Capt. Phelps is throwing jerk baits at these schooling redfish. The two main jerk baits are the 4-inch Berkley Gulp in silver mud or the 5-½ inch D.O.A. in Arkansas glow. These baits are fished weedless with little or no weight on a popping cork so as not to “spook” the school.

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S. CAROLINA: Fishing Trends

Thursday, January 13th, 2011

Little River

Cherry Grove Pier reports that cold weather has kept most fishermen off the pier.

Grand Strand

Inshore:
On warmer days anglers report that sight fishing for redfish can be strong. Fish are grouped up in large schools, and they will take live mud minnows or Gulp! artificials. Fish the lower stages of the tide and maneuver towards the skittish fish quietly. A few trout have also been reported caught.

Charleston

Sheepshead (Very good)  Haddrell’s Point reports that sheepshead fishing around bridges and hard structure is in full swing. Fish fiddler crabs vertically on a Carolina rig.

Trout (Good) Haddrell’s Point reports that trout fishing remains strong and bigger 18-22 fish are still being caught. Fish have moved a bit deeper, and anglers should target shell rakes and the mouths of feeder creeks in 5-8 feet of water with live or DOA shrimp and jighead/ grub combinations.

Beaufort

Spottail Bass (Fair)  Bay Street Outfitters in Beaufort reports that cold and windy weather has kept most anglers off the water, but fish are grouped up in very large schools of 300-400 fish. On warmer days there will be excellent sight fishing for redfish as visibility is very good; the trick is getting the fish to take the bait in cold water. Live mud minnows and Gulp! baits are about the best bets for hooking up. Expect better fishing after a brief warm spell than in the middle of a cold snap. Captain Dan “Fishin’ Coach” Utley reports that down in Hilton Head sight-fishing for schooled up redfish was strong before it got very cold. Look for warmer days to cast quarter ounce jigheads and grubs at the fish. Later in the winter, when inshore temperatures have gotten very cold, the bite will slow down.


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S. CAROLINA: Lake Murray White Perch

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010


The White Perch fishing on lake Murray right now is smokin hot!!

If your not out there Perch jerkin , you are seriously missing out on some great action!! Lots of fish to be had, and a really great eatin fish!! 1/2 ounce Berry’s Fex-it spoon is all you need. Buffalo creek up to the rivers is the place to be!! Look for bait balls and the perch, stripers, and Largemouth Bass will all be there!!

I love fishing this time of year! 25 to 35 feet of water seems to be the right depth for really active fish!!

Have a Merry Christmas everyone!!

Tony Alexander
Leesville, SC


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S. CAROLINA: Santee Cooper System Fishing

Thursday, December 9th, 2010


Largemouth bass: Very good.
Captain Inky Davis reports that bass fishing continues to be very strong, with excellent numbers of fish caught as well as some real monsters. The good spawns of the last three, post-drought years combined with abundant native and non-native vegetation appear to be really paying off. Fish have moving shallow just like in the spring, and the only difference is they have come shallow to feed and not spawn! Right now soft plastics and crankbaits are among the best ways to catch fish, and it’s a good idea to be on the lookout for topwater activity.

Bream and crappie: Very good.
Steve English reports that bream and crappie are schooled up 15-20 feet down over brushpiles in 25-35 feet of water. His boat is catching excellent numbers of good sized bream on crickets and crappie on minnows.

Catfish: Fair
Captain Jim Glenn reports that fishing continues to be erratic, and fish have yet to lock into a strong fall pattern. 25-45 feet of water has been the most productive depth, and drifting is working best. To catch numbers of channels or juvenile blues in the 2-6 pounds range downsize to smaller hooks and pieces of cut bait; big blues are finicky right now, probably because of weather and falling lake levels.

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