Not every hunter has access to private land. With development encroaching on wilderness at an alarming rate, theres less acreage out there available for the hunter who doesnt have the right connections.
Slipping out of Pirates Cove Marina and heading toward Oregon Inlet, Capt. Harold Smith was steering The Spray, his 61-foot sportfisher, through the pre-dawn darkness toward the bluewater, when the radio crackled.
South Carolina sportsmen have a penchant for loving Opening Day, and during the fall, there are many such opportunities in the Palmetto State. With varied deer seasons and dove seasons opening, theres plenty of anticipation in the air. But for many sportsmen, the anticipation of Opening Day of shrimp-baiting season is approached with the same intensity.
In days gone by, crappie fishing was a springtime, single-rod venture aimed at filling a stringer with slabs and a frying pan with tender white fillets. While casting and jigging with a single rod can be extremely effective when fish are holding around shallow, visible cover, finding them in open water where you can barely make out the shoreline, much less fish it, is another challenge.
Some WMAs will be hot this season; others not so much. Local biologists tell what you can expect to find when you step onto public lands this year.