A Tutorial in Long-line Trolling for Crappie During the Pre-Spawn on Lake Wateree

A Tutorial in Long-line Trolling for Crappie During the Pre-Spawn on Lake Wateree

The first time I went fishing with crappie tournament specialist Will Hinson of Cassatt was a warm-weather trip where we targeted crappie around brush and bridges. There were multi ...

Lake Wylie Thursday Night Tournament Trail April 2 Results

Lake Wylie Thursday Night Tournament Trail April 2 Results

Thanks to tournament director Erwin Gaston for results and information... The 2015 season has begun. The TNTT kicked off last night with 41 boats all ready to get started. It has b ...

Week 13 Bass Tournament Round-Up

Week 13 Bass Tournament Round-Up

Week 13 saw four open/ tournament trail events reported on SCFishingReport.com; an ABA Weekend Series event on Lake Hartwell, two CATT tournaments (Santee and Wateree), and a BFL N ...

42+ Pound (!!!) Bag Caught on Cooper River

42+ Pound (!!!) Bag Caught on Cooper River

The South Carolina Bass Federation had its second tournament of the season today on the Cooper River, and it appears quite likely that a new state record for a 5-fish tournament li ...

30+ Pound Bag Caught(!) – Fish the Fall Lake Murray Results

30+ Pound Bag Caught(!) – Fish the Fall Lake Murray Results

The Fish the Fall Elite Team Trail had its two-day Lake Murray event on Friday and Saturday (March 6 and 7), and it was a good one.  The father/ son team of Mike and Brian Tidwell ...

CBC Lake Wateree Preview/ Pick’ Em Competition to win $25.00/ $1,000.00

CBC Lake Wateree Preview/ Pick’ Em Competition to win $25.00/ $1,000.00

The second Carolinas Bass Challenge – South Carolina Division event of the season is coming up this Saturday on Lake Wateree out of Clearwater Cove. The first event of the year on ...

Week 9 Bass Tournament Round-Up

Week 9 Bass Tournament Round-Up

Week 9 saw six open/ tournament trail events previewed/ reported on SCFishingReport.com, as well as the first week of the "Pick 'Em" contest on this site.  Results and winning patt ...

Lake Greenwood Spring 2015 Fishing Report (Updated April 18)

Lake Greenwood is at 439.1. White Bass and Perch: Good to very good.  Captain Chris Simpson (864-992-2352) reports that most white bass and perch appear to have wrapped up spawning and the fish are starting to group up in larger schools. In the upper half of the lake most fish can be found in 5-12 feet of water, and on the lower end they are mainly in 5-20 feet of water.   Trolling with Roadrunners to locat ...

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Beaufort/ Hilton Head Spring 2015 Fishing Report (Updated April 18)

Inshore: Good. Bay Street Outfitters (843-524-5250) in Beaufort reports that the redfish have split out of their tight schools and they are seeing singles laid in the grass as well as tailing on the short grass flats. The bite has been a little better on the low tide and should continue to improve as the weather warms up. The trout bite has also improved, with most catches coming on Gulp! baits rigged behin ...

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Grand Strand Spring 2015 Fishing Report (Updated April 18)

Inshore: Perry’s Bait and Tackle (843-651-2895) in Murrells Inlet reports that each day more and more keeper-sized flounder are being caught and weighed in at the store. The incoming tide has been best fishing mud minnows on the bottom, and fish will only get bigger as the spring progresses. Anglers continue to limit out on slot-sized spottails in the creeks, but there is not a consistent trout bite – altho ...

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Santee Cooper Spring 2015 Fishing Report (Updated April 18)

Lake Marion is at 75.6, just over a foot below full pool, and Lake Moultrie is at 75.3, a couple of inches below full pool. Crappie: Good. Captain Steve English (843-729-4044) reports that crappie fishing remains strong on both lakes, and his boat has been catching 50-60 fish per day. While basically all of the fish appear to be post-spawn, not all of the fish have left shallow water yet. However, fishing b ...

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Lake Monticello Spring 2015 Fishing Report (Updated April 18)

Catfish: Fair to good.  Captain Chris Simpson (864-992-2352) reports that, overall, the bite for both big fish and numbers of fish remains pretty good. The most productive pattern has been anchoring on humps and points that allow anglers to fan cast baits from 10 to 40 feet of water. Cut herring, shad and white perch cut into small pieces about the size of a mussel are the best baits. Check out SCFishingTac ...

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Lake Wateree Spring 2015 Fishing Report (Updated April 18)

Lake Wateree is at 97.7% of full pool. Largemouth Bass: Good to very good. Tournament angler Dearal Rodgers (803-223-1117) reports that bass fishing remains strong on Lake Wateree, but with a lot of fish now post-spawn and finicky the bite is not as strong as it was a few weeks ago. Overall there are still a few fish pre-spawn, a lot of fish spawning, and a lot of fish post-spawn, and soft plastics are now ...

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Lake Wylie Spring 2015 Fishing Report (Updated April 18)

Lake Wylie is at 98.0% of full pool. Catfish: Excellent. Captain Rodger Taylor (803-517-7828) reports that catfishing on Lake Wylie is very strong on both ends of the lake. The strongest bite, particularly for blue catfish, may be up the rivers, and on a recent trip Rodger’s boat caught 44 fish up to the 30-plus pound range and had triples on multiple times. They also caught some big flatheads up to 25 poun ...

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Clarks Hill Spring 2015 fishing Report (Updated April 18)

Clarks Hill is at 329.92. Black bass: Good to very good. Buckeye Lures in Augusta reports that the favorite time of year for bass fishing on Clark’s Hill has arrived and the blueback herring are starting to spawn off the points.   While there are still some fish bedding, the majority of bass are on the points with the herring, and they can be found all over the lake from the dam to all the way up the Little ...

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Lake Russell Spring 2015 Fishing Report (Updated April 18)

Lake Russell is at 474.56 and surface water temperatures are in the 64 degree range. Crappie: Good to very good.  Guide Wendell Wilson (706-283-3336) reports that anglers can catch a lot of small and medium-sized crappie by trolling 1/16th ounce curly tail grubs in the backs of the creeks. This bite has been best early and late, with 8-12 feet of water the target depth range. There are still some pre-spawn ...

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Lake Hartwell Spring 2015 Fishing Report (Updated April 18)

Lake Hartwell is at 659.55 and rising with the recent rains; surface temperatures have dropped back into the mid-60s after hitting the upper 60s a few days ago. Striped and Hybrid Bass: Very good.  Captain Bill Plumley reports that striped bass can be caught with about any shallow technique right now. The herring spawn is on the verge of really getting underway and striper will be feeding on the shallow her ...

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Lake Keowee Spring 2015 Fishing Report (Updated April 18)

Lake Keowee is at 98.1% of full pool. Largemouth and Spotted Bass: Good.  Guide Brad Fowler (864-934-5813) reports that there are still pre-spawn fish on Keowee but they are thinning out, and right now the majority of Lake Keowee bass are spawning or post-spawn. Spawning fish can be found in normal spawning pockets, but spotted bass will also spawn on points, secondary points, and generally deeper than bass ...

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Lake Murray Spring 2015 Fishing Report (Updated April 18)

Lake Murray is at 358.16, and daytime surface water temperatures at the dam are in the low to mid-60s. Striped bass: Excellent. Lake World (803-957-6548) reports that striped bass fishing is wide open right now, and over the last week fish over 20 pounds have been weighed in each day at the store – with a 30-pounder caught on Wednesday. Fish seem to be fatter this year with the proliferation of bait in the ...

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Lake Jocassee Spring 2015 Fishing Report (Updated April 16)

Lake Jocassee water levels are at 97.2% of full pool and water temperatures are around 65 degrees. Bass: Excellent. Jocassee Outdoor Center (864-944-9016) reports that bass fishing is as good as it gets on Lake Jocassee. A 6 pound 2 ounce spotted bass was landed recently, and there have also been reports of big smallmouth and largemouth bass.   About 80% of the bass are pre-spawn or just getting ready to ge ...

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Edisto Island Spring 2015 Fishing Report (Updated March 26)

Thanks to Ron Davis, inventor of The Chatterbait, for this inshore report. Sheepshead: Very good. The sheepshead bite is very good around docks at low tide in 5-15 feet of water. Bits of clams, oysters, and mussels are the top baits. Spottail Bass: Good. The redfish bite has picked up on the flats. Mud minnows are definitely the bait of choice fished on small jigheads or under floats. Creek fishing is still ...

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Charleston Spring 2015 Fishing Report (Updated March 26)

Inshore: Haddrell’s Point (843-881-3644) reports that inshore water temperatures are hovering around 60 degrees, meaning that everything is on the brink of turning on. Sheepshead are being caught around docks and rock piles in 8-15 feet of water on fiddler crabs and live shrimp. Spottail bass have begun to break up out of their large winter schools into smaller packs, and they can be found hanging out under ...

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Lake Hartwell Winter 2014-15 Fishing Report (Updated March 15)

Lake Hartwell is up to 657.99 with water temperatures in the mid-50s some days, and as the lake begins to thaw out the fishing is picking up, too. Feeding activity is still not great but it is headed that way. Striped and Hybrid Bass: Fair.  Captain Bill Plumley reports that as water temperatures are rising striper fishing is also picking up. There are not large numbers of fish being caught yet, but some go ...

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Buckeye Lures Sale

For a limited time http://www.SCFishingTackle.com will be offering a buy 3, get 1 free sale on all Buckeye Lures products (while supplies last). We already offer among the lowest prices on Buckeye products available - Mop Jigs are $3.99, Spot Remover 5-packs are $3.89, etc. - so this is a tremendous chance to save as you stock up for spring. For example, a customer purchasing three ½ ounce Green Pumpkin Mop ...

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