Thursday Night Tournament Trail August 27 Results

Thursday Night Tournament Trail August 27 Results

Thanks to tournament director Erwin Gaston for results and information... The last tournament for this season and you could not ask for a better night to be on the water. It was a ...

Lake Wylie Fishing News and Report (Updated August 21)

Lake Wylie Fishing News and Report (Updated August 21)

Captain Rodger Taylor (803-517-7828) reports that drifting continues to produce good numbers of catfish on Lake Wylie, and he is still catching a pretty good mix of blue and channe ...

Edisto Island Fishing News and Report (Updated August 21)

Edisto Island Fishing News and Report (Updated August 21)

Last month Captain Ron Davis, Jr. (803-513-0143) reported that inshore fishing for redfish and trout was off, but this month he is pleased to report that there has been improvement ...

Thursday Night Tournament Trail August 20 Results

Thursday Night Tournament Trail August 20 Results

Thanks to tournament director Erwin Gaston for results and information... This week was a carbon copy of last week. The winning weight last week was 14.73 pounds and this week was ...

Lake Wateree Fishing News and Report (Updated August 19)

Lake Wateree Fishing News and Report (Updated August 19)

Experienced Lake Wateree catfish anglers know that there are times when the bite is wide open, and catching 50, 60 or more fish in a day is not only possible but likely if you are ...

Lake Monticello Fishing News and Report (Updated August 18)

Lake Monticello Fishing News and Report (Updated August 18)

Lake Monticello is known for being full of catfish, ranging from small to medium eating-sized fish on up to monster blue catfish that would be considered trophies anywhere.  And tr ...

Redfish are willing to feed at low tide, too, in Beaufort

Redfish are willing to feed at low tide, too, in Beaufort

In the most recent Beaufort/ Hilton Head fishing report which was posted on Friday Captain Tuck Scott reported a very strong high tide bite for tailing redfish, but he warned that ...

Charleston Fishing News and Report (Updated August 28)

Inshore: Haddrell’s Point (843-881-3644) reports that there is a fantastic tarpon bite right now, even ahead of the annual mullet migration.  Around most of the area inlets (actually, from Georgetown to Hilton Head) there are excellent reports wherever inlets are feeding into the ocean, particularly in the slews between sand bars and around channel drop-offs.  The baits of choice have been large live mullet ...

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Grand Strand Fishing News and Report (Updated August 27)

Inshore: Perry’s Bait and Tackle (843-651-2895) reports that catches of red and black drum have both been pretty good in the Murrells Inlet area, but although the flounder bite has improved a bit keepers are still somewhat rare.  In the surf anglers are catching a lot of croaker, whiting, spots and a few spottails, and Spanish mackerel are also starting to move back down from the North. Offshore: Georgetown ...

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Lake Jocassee Fishing News and Report (Updated August 27)

Lake Jocassee water levels are at 97.6% of full pool. Trout: Fair.  Jocassee Outdoor Center (864-944-9016) reports that trout remain in a deep pattern, with trolling in about 50 feet of water the most productive depth range.  Spoons are catching a decent number of trout up to about 3 or 4 pounds.  Fish are in the main lake as well as the main river channels. DHEC Fish Advisory – Only one meal per week of la ...

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Lake Wylie Fishing News and Report (Updated August 21)

Captain Rodger Taylor (803-517-7828) reports that drifting continues to produce good numbers of catfish on Lake Wylie, and he is still catching a pretty good mix of blue and channel cats.  Instead of concentrating on the flats or river ledges – which will still probably produce fish – recently Rodger has been catching fish over humps found in major creeks in the middle portion of the lake. 15-25 feet of wat ...

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Edisto Island Fishing News and Report (Updated August 21)

Last month Captain Ron Davis, Jr. (803-513-0143) reported that inshore fishing for redfish and trout was off, but this month he is pleased to report that there has been improvement.  He now rates the redfish bite as “good” and says that on the flats redfish can be caught fishing live shrimp about 18 inches under a popping cork.  The middle stages of the tide have been best, both on the outgoing and incoming ...

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Lake Wateree Fishing News and Report (Updated August 19)

Experienced Lake Wateree catfish anglers know that there are times when the bite is wide open, and catching 50, 60 or more fish in a day is not only possible but likely if you are in the right places with the right bait.  There are also times when catching large numbers of fish in the teens and several in the 20s and 30s is more likely than not.  However, according to Captain Rodger Taylor (803-517-7828) ri ...

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Lake Monticello Fishing News and Report (Updated August 18)

Lake Monticello is known for being full of catfish, ranging from small to medium eating-sized fish on up to monster blue catfish that would be considered trophies anywhere.  And true to expectations Captain Chris Simpson (864-992-2352) reports that right now Lake Monticello continues to live up to its reputation, with an excellent numbers bite as well as a respectable bite for big fish even in the heat of s ...

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Little River Fishing News and Report (Updated August 15)

Cherry Grove Pier (843-249-1625) reports that croaker, whiting and perch are all being caught off the pier in pretty good numbers.  Speckled trout, flounder and sheepshead have also been around, particularly in the morning. No king mackerel have been caught recently, but there have been some good-sized Spanish caught by the live bait fishermen. ...

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Beaufort/ Hilton Head Fishing News and Report (Updated August 14)

With water temperatures usually as high as they will get all year, August can be a tough time to fish in South Carolina.  Luckily for Beaufort-area fishermen, however, even though it’s hot redfish are still feeding very well.  In fact, Bay Street Outfitters (843-524-5250) in Beaufort reports that tailing activity on the flood tide has been very good, and they do not remember a summer month in the past where ...

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Thursday Night Tournament Trail August 13 Results

Thanks to tournament director Erwin Gaston for results and information: Tournament number 20 is in the books with 2 more to go. Our boat numbers have dropped because most are resting up for the champion rounds. Congratulations to the team of Robin Cairco and Mike Buscheu with the win. They brought 5 bass to the scale that weighed in at 14.73 pounds. Second place went to the team of Steve Addington and Bucky ...

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Lake Greenwood Fishing News and Report (Updated August 14)

While on a number of South Carolina lakes fish are deep and topwater schooling activity is virtually non-existent, right now Lake Greenwood anglers report that the best fishing for a number of species is on the surface.  Captain Chris Simpson (864-992-2352) reports that on days when striper are schooling activity can be wide open and catch rates can be very fast.  This bite has gotten strong enough that som ...

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Lake Murray Fishing News and Report (Updated August 13)

Predictably for late summer, Lake Murray striped bass are mainly grouped up on the lower end of the lake.  However, Lake World (803-957-6548) reports that some strange things are happening and early in the morning anglers have been catching striped bass on free-lined live herring. Still, as is typical for this time of year down-lined live herring are catching the greatest numbers of fish, in the 80% range.  ...

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Lake Hartwell Fishing News and Report (Updated August 13)

Typical of late summer Guide Brad Fowler (864-934-5813) reports that the bass bite has slowed down somewhat on Lake Hartwell, but there are still fish to be caught.  In fact, anglers looking to catch numbers of fish should have no trouble catching a ton of bass drop shotting around deep structure, particularly when there is the additional presence of cover such as a brush pile.  The majority of these fish w ...

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Clarks Hill Fishing News and Report (Updated August 12)

A quick look at look at his Facebook page shows that striper and hybrid fishing is still wide open on Clarks Hill for Captain William Sasser (864-333-2000), even though William only rates the bite as an “8” out of 10 compared a 9 or 10 earlier in the summer.  However, parties are still loading the boat with nice stripers and hybrids. Early in the morning his boat is concentrating on 30-foot deep humps on th ...

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Lake Keowee Fishing News and Report (Updated August 12)

While the bass fishing on Lake Keowee has gotten a little bit tougher – like most fishing in South Carolina in August – Guide Brad Fowler (864-934-5813) reports that parties are still having success catching pretty good numbers of spotted bass.  First thing in the morning he reports that over much of the lake there is a decent topwater bite off shallow, flat points, but once the sun gets up you need to be d ...

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Lake Russell Fishing News and Report (Updated August 11)

Lake Russell fishing is pretty strong for early August, but Guide Wendell Wilson (706-283-3336) and Guide Jerry Kotal (706-988-0860) both report that if you want to be catching fish you had better be fishing deep.  Wendell reports that he has been seeing water temperatures as high as 91-92 degrees in the backs of creeks, and probably because of this he has been spending most of his time fishing the depths o ...

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Santee Cooper Fishing News and Report (Updated August 10)

While Captain Jim Glenn (843-825-4239) continues to report that the overall fishery for blue catfish in the Santee Cooper lakes is a bit down from past years, recently his boat has been having successful days for big catfish on both lakes.  He has caught a number of fish in the 30-40 pound range as well as some “teenage-sized” fish while drifting the lakes.  Jim says he has had the most success prospecting ...

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Hilton Head Inshore Fishing News and Report (Update July 14)

Despite the hot air and water temperatures, Captain Dan “Fishin’ Coach” Utley (843-368-2126) reports that inshore action has been strong in the Hilton Head area. Redfish have been hard to locate on high water, but once the tide is leaving the marsh small schools of spottails have been holding around shell banks extending from the shoreline of large creeks. Cut mullet or chunks of fresh menhaden fished under ...

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Thursday Night Tournament Trail July 9 Results

Thanks to tournament co-director Jeremy Cabe for passing on these results... TNTT 7/8/15 BIG FISH TOTAL Place Team WEIGHT WEIGHT 1 Eddie and Eddie Williams 3.90 13.90 2 Brian and Greg Williams 4.23 13.84 3 Shawn Wallace/Matt Queen 4.81 13.10 4 Todd and Isaac Sosesbee 2.94 12.36 5 Steve Addington/Bucky Helms 2.89 11.71 6 Mike Smith/Nick Baker 2.70 11.36 7 Robin Cairco/Mike Buschue 2.20 10.57 8 Mack Lowe/Larr ...

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Clarks Hill Fishing News and Report (Updated July 10)

This afternoon on the telephone Captain William Sasser (864-333-2000) reported to me that the striped bass fishing on Clarks Hill was wide open, but it wasn’t until I looked at the William Sasser Guide Service Facebook page that I saw for myself just how good it has been. In addition to catching excellent numbers of fish they have been catching monsters – proving once again that summer striper fishing on So ...

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Grand Strand Fishing News and Report (Updated July 9)

Georgetown Landing Marina (843-546-1776) reports that they have had some special catches offshore. This week the Landing Lady fished close to the beach and Ford McClary caught his first king mackerel! The fish weighed 25 pounds even. The Christy II crew also had a great day trolling earlier in the week, and they caught two wahoo, four dolphin, four tuna and a king mackerel – and released a sailfish! Closer ...

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Lake Monticello Fishing News and Report (Updated July 8)

Even though tournament angler Andy Wicker only lives 10-15 minutes from his home body of water Lake Monticello, particularly in the spring he does so much tournament fishing on other lakes that he doesn’t get to fish it as much as he would like to. That changes in the summer, though, and he gets to spend a lot of time targeting big bass on Monticello. And Lake Monticello has big bass! While the intense, ear ...

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Lake Russell Fishing News and Report (Updated July 7)

There are probably times when spotted bass won’t eat, but right now is not one of those times on Lake Russell! Guide Wendell Wilson reports that even in the heat of summer his boat is catching good numbers of voracious spots fishing off the sides of long sloping points in 15-20 feet of water. He is concentrating on the main channel, and the best fishing is coming on days when there is current running. While ...

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Lake Hartwell Fishing News and Report (Updated July 6)

In February of this year (around the time that the Bassmasters Classic anglers were dealing with frozen rod guides, icy boat ramps, and more), I remember talking to Captain Bill Plumley (864-287-2120) about what was then a pretty slow striper bite. He told me that he always does better with striper when it’s really hot than really cold, and as Captain Bill predicted the summer fishing for striper is wide op ...

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Thursday Night Tournament Trail July 2 Results

Thanks to tournament director Erwin Gaston for results and information... The Thursday Night Trail is getting a break from the weather for now. It rained all around Lake Wylie but spared getting the fishermen wet. It turned out to be a tough night for bites for most fisherman but for some it was a good night. Congratulations to Todd Auten and Brian “Surfer” New with another win. They were able to find five ...

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Lake Wylie Fishing News and Report (Updated July 3)

Lake Wylie catfish are hitting very well right now, and according to Captain Rodger Taylor (803-517-7828) the key to catching them consistently has been drifting near the river channel. Rodger reports that, as is customary much of the year, the last couple of trips he has started off anchoring in the morning up the river – but this bite has only been “fair.” Once he starts drift fishing cut bait in the midd ...

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Santee Cooper Fishing News and Report (Updated July 2)

It may not be what people think of as traditional crappie season on the Santee Cooper lakes, but that doesn’t mean that anglers who know where to look can’t wear them out even during the heat of the summer. Captain Steve English (843-729-4044) reports that his boat is catching 50-70 crappie per day right now by fishing over brush in 16-24 feet of water with minnows. And contrary to what might be expected, o ...

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Charleston Fishing News and Report (Updated July 1)

Inshore: Haddrell’s Point (843-881-3644) reports that scorching air temperatures have pushed water temperatures well into the 80s, and as a result fishermen are having the best inshore success early and late with the midday bite often being slow. Flounder continue to take live minnows and jerk shad fished in 3-8 feet of water along rocks edges and creek mouths. Redfish are hanging out in the shade underneat ...

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Little River Fishing News and Report (Updated July 1)

Cherry Grove Pier (843-249-1625) reports that water temperatures are around 82 degrees but it has gotten muddy. The catch has been sporadic at best but there have been some whiting, croaker, flounder, spadefish, small bluefish, and lookdowns caught.   A few sheepshead and black drum have also been around. Two weeks ago a 16-and 32-pound king mackerel were caught, but as the water has gotten muddy the king a ...

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Lake Murray Fishing News and Report (Updated July 1)

While Lake Murray may be better known for its striper fishing than its catfish fishery, Captain Chris Simpson (864-992-2352) reports that anglers on his boat have been filling up coolers with channel catfish this summer. The key has been anchoring on points and humps and fan-casting out dip (stink) baits, cut herring, and shrimp in 5-25 feet of water. Channels are voracious feeders in the warmer months and ...

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Lake Greenwood Fishing News and Report (Updated July 1)

Veteran tournament bass angler Stan Gunter reports that the bass fishing has been strong on Lake Greenwood – especially for considering water and 100 degree air temperatures! First thing in the morning it’s worth looking up shallow around docks and seawall and throwing frogs and poppers, but anglers might want to be careful not to let the pursuit of shallow fish keep them from finding the best bite on the l ...

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Lake Wateree Fishing News and Report (Updated June 30)

In mid-June tournament angler Dearal Rodgers (803-223-1117) reported that he and a junior angler had an excellent day bass fishing in the heat of the day – between Noon and 5:00 pm – on Lake Wateree. Dearal reported that they had caught more than a dozen bass over 3 pounds, and he estimated that their best five would have gone 24 pounds or more. A couple of weeks later I asked Dearal if the deep bite that h ...

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Edisto Island Fishing News and Report (Updated June 30)

While fish can still be caught inshore around Edisto Island, Captain Ron Davis, Jr. (803-513-0143) reports that right now the trout and spottail bass (redfish) fishery just isn’t where it was a few years ago. It’s unclear why but the redfish numbers aren’t as good as they used to be, particularly out on the flats. There seem to be a healthy number of small redfish around each fall, but they haven’t been eno ...

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Beaufort/ Hilton Head Spring 2015 Fishing Report (Updated June 5)

Inshore: Bay Street Outfitters (843-524-5250) in Beaufort reports that redfish are chasing shrimp in the creeks. Fish can be caught on shrimp and mullet, with live mud minnows not producing as well but still catching a few fish. On cloudy days there has been some topwater activity early on Zara Spooks and Gurgler flies on the fly rod, and sub-surface ¼ ounce jigheads with Gulp! new penny shrimp have been wo ...

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Charleston Spring 2015 Fishing Report (Updated June 5)

Inshore: Haddrell’s Point (843-881-3644) reports that water temperatures have touched 80 degrees and so the summer bite is on. Spanish mackerel have shown up around the tips of the jetties and inlets, sharks are about as thick as they get, and bull red drum are eating at the jetties as well as in the inlets. Inside the creeks and rivers there is a solid trout bite along shell rakes in 3-6 feet of water usin ...

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Grand Strand Spring 2015 Fishing Report (Updated June 5)

Inshore: Perry’s Bait and Tackle (843-651-2895) in Murrells Inlet reports that lots of flounder have been caught off the Pawley’s Island bridges, and flounder also seem to have made their way about half-way into Murrells Inlet. Some random speckled trout have been caught around Pawley’s Island and in the Inlet, and spottail have been biting pretty well in the creeks. Small finger mullet and menhaden are eve ...

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Little River Spring 2015 Fishing Report (Updated June 5)

Cherry Grove Pier (843-249-1625) reports that water temperatures are 74 degrees on the surface and 72 degrees on the bottom. Whiting, croaker, perch and bluefish (including some big blues up to 2 feet long) have been caught, as well as pretty good numbers of Spanish mackerel. The Spanish mackerel have been about 50% keepers and 50% under-sized. When the water has been very clear pink Gotcha plugs have been ...

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Santee Cooper Spring 2015 Fishing Report (Updated June 5)

Lake Marion is at 75.1 and Lake Moultrie is at 74.9. Crappie: Good. Captain Steve English (843-729-4044) reports that crappie are in a post-spawn/ early summer phase. His boat is catching good numbers of fish – 35-45 per day – fishing minnows around brushpiles in 15-25 feet of water. Bream: Good. Captain Steve English reports that anglers are still catching bluegills in shallow water. If you look around you ...

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Lake Murray Spring 2015 Fishing Report (Updated June 5)

Lake Murray is at 358.1. Striped bass: Good. Lake World (803-957-6548) reports that striper are definitely in the area of the dam and starting to move into a typical summer pattern, but the results of the recent Lake World striper tournament attest that that is only part of the story. Fish were caught all over the lake, with good reports coming from Crystal Lake and someone even fishing up the river. While ...

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Lake Monticello Spring 2015 Fishing Report (Updated June 5)

Catfish: Good to very good.  Captain Chris Simpson (864-992-2352) reports that free-line drifting for numbers of fish has been working very well, and anglers are filling coolers with catfish using that method right now. Both cut herring and shrimp will catch fish. The bite for big fish has also been pretty good. Anchoring on humps and points that allow you to fan cast baits from 10 to 40 feet of water has b ...

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Lake Greenwood Spring 2015 Fishing Report (Updated June 5)

Lake Greenwood is at 439.4. Largemouth Bass: Fair to good. Guide Brad Fowler (864-934-5813), winner of the ABA 2-day tournament on Lake Greenwood last weekend, reports that he spent a lot of time both days trying to find a shallow bite with poppers, buzzbaits and the like and never had a bite. He caught the winning fish by moving to offshore brushpiles that seem to produce each year and fishing crankbaits, ...

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Clarks Hill Spring 2015 fishing Report (Updated June 5)

Clarks Hill is at 329.53 Catfish: Very good. Captain William Sasser (864-333-2000) reports that Clarks Hill catfishing remains very strong, and both channel and flathead catfish can still be found spawning in the rocks around bridges as well as the dam riprap. The best technique is to fish a piece of cut herring on a Carolina rig or a split shot rig, similar to how you would fish a plastic worm, by casting ...

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Lake Hartwell Spring 2015 Fishing Report (Updated June 5)

Lake Hartwell is at 660.00 and water temperatures are up to about 80 degrees. Striped and Hybrid Bass: Very good.  Captain Bill Plumley reports striped bass fishing is very good right now and his boat is catching strong limits of fish daily, mostly on down-lined live herring. Fish can still be caught in the major rivers but they are moving out of these areas and into the main lake; targeting coves and ditch ...

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Thursday Night Tournament Trail June 4 Results

Thanks to tournament director Erwin Gaston for results and information... We had another good crowd turn out last night to take on the Thursday Night Tournament Trail Challenge. The fish did not cooperate as a lot of us would have liked but for some, no problem. Congratulations to Bryan New and Todd Auten with the win. They brought in 5 bass that tipped the scale at 17.27 pounds to take the win. Second plac ...

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Lake Keowee Spring 2015 Fishing Report (Updated June 5)

Lake Keowee is at 97.3% of full pool. Largemouth and Spotted Bass: Good.  Guide Brad Fowler (864-934-5813) reports that first thing in the morning and lasting for about 30-45 minutes there is fairly reliably a good topwater bite on Lake Keowee right now. The fish are not really schooling but if anglers pull up on shallow, flat points and cast their favorite topwater lures they should get bites from fish tha ...

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Lake Jocassee Spring 2015 Fishing Report (Updated June 5)

Lake Jocassee water levels are at 98.9% of full pool. Trout: Fair. Jocassee Outdoor Center reports that trout fishing has been off a little bit, and anglers are not quite sure why the fish are not biting more reliably. Fish are still being caught, but right now a very good day for a few people fishing on a boat would be 3 or 4 fish. Overall the best action is coming trolling minnows and spoons in 25-40 feet ...

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Lake Wylie Spring 2015 Fishing Report (Updated June 4)

Lake Wylie is at 97.5% of full pool. Catfish: Good to very good. Captain Rodger Taylor (803-517-7828) reports that catfishing is strong on both the northern and southern ends of the lake. Catfish typically spawn when water temperatures are in the 78-82 degree range, and with water temperatures entering that range fish are starting to spawn and even a few post-spawn males are beginning to be caught. The spaw ...

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Lake Wateree Spring 2015 Fishing Report (Updated June 4)

Lake Wateree is at 97.6% of full pool. Catfish: Good to very good. Captain Rodger Taylor (803-517-7828) reports that catfish typically spawn when water temperatures are in the 78-82 degree range, and with water temperatures entering that range fish are starting to spawn and even a few post-spawn males are beginning to be caught. The spawn will continue through late June and into July. First thing Rodger is ...

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Lake Russell Spring 2015 Fishing Report (Updated May 14)

Lake Russell is at 473.92. Crappie: Good.  Guide Wendell Wilson (706-283-3336) reports that his boat is catching a lot of crappie right now, but they have generally been running a bit on the smaller side. Perhaps the bigger fish are recovering from the spawn. The best pattern for catching numbers of fish has been fishing around shallow brushpiles in about 15 feet of water, or around laydowns on shady banks ...

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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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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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Thursday Night Tournament Trail August 27 Results

Thanks to tournament director Erwin Gaston for results and information... The last tournament for this season and you could not ask for a better night to be on the water. It was a cool clear bright moon night with just enough breeze to keep the mosquitoes away. The team of Mike Stephens and Mike Smith were able to beat out the rest of the 28 boat field with a total weight of 12.64 pounds. Second place went ...

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