• April 2009 - Volume 16, Number 4


    When the water rises and fish move into the bushes, Buggs Island can make bass anglers’ dreams come true.

    If there is a bass-fishing nirvana, it’s got to be Buggs Island Lake in April.

    Eager dolphin are the mainstay of the ultra-productive offshore fishery out of Charleston.

    Finally, it’s the time that bluewater fishermen have been waiting for, to reaquaint themselves with the sound of a screaming reel.

    A Trinity call-maker shares fool-proof ways to put your tag on a gobbler this spring.

    In his shop in Trinity, Greg Longuillo of L&L Custom Calls makes some of the premier custom turkey calls in the country.

    Sumter National Forest is the Upstate’s turkey-hunting mecca. Here’s how one local expert consistently fills his tags.

    Each Saturday morning from 6 to 8 a.m., Upstate outdoor enthusiasts within earshot of WRIX-FM in Anderson can enjoy a lively discussions between the host, visiting outdoors experts and callers on the “Southern Woods and Water” radio show.

    Bonito kick off the nearshore season for Little River area fishermen.

    Nothing cures cabin fever like an intense, rod-bending adventure along the South Carolina coast.

    April is the big kickoff month for Cape Fear trout.

    Lewis Emery, a fishing guide from Wilmington, was scheduled to have taken the marital plunge on March 12.

    Santee Cooper fishes like the good ol’ days during April’s bass bonanza.

    There’s no denying that the bass fishing on the Santee Cooper reservoirs is nothing compared to the “good ol’ days.”

    It’s crappie season. Find out why this expert isn’t going anywhere near the bank to get his limit of slabs.

    The month of April ushers in the spring spawn for crappie. The dogwoods are blooming, and all you have to do is grab a bucket of minnows and suspend them under a cork around just about any decent looking piece of woody cover along the bank. It’s a time when everyone is an expert.

    Need help getting your gobbler? Lowcountry pros share their fool-proof secrets.

    The world of turkey hunting does not contain many sure things. Longbeards are wary, wily and wild. The only pattern they consistently exhibit is to have no pattern in how they respond to a hunter’s calls, setups and strategies.

    The American and hickory shad runs each spring provide non-stop Tar River action.

    The Tar River originates in North Carolina’s piedmont near Roxboro and flows southeast for 140 miles.

    Roanoke River stripers wake up this sleepy town in April.

    Shortly after sliding his boat in behind a big boil and setting up for a drift down the river, Mike Shearin gave the command to bait up and go fishing.

    Hit Kerr's bushes and Cape Fear's hotspots for April bass and specks, respectively.