Reviews of South Carolinas 2012 deer season were mixed in terms of the quantity and quality harvested. The total harvest dropped about four percent from 2011 levels, but the number of trophy deer taken was excellent in terms of entries into the state record book.
When Cecil Wolfe cranked the outboard, the fisherman with him burrowed into the seat of the big bass rig, ready for a fast ride through the cypress trees around the perimeter of Lake Moultrie. But Wolfe idled slowly only a few hundred yards, shut the big motor down in shallow water next to some heavy cover, dropped the trolling motor and said it was time to fish.
Fishermen who love the smallmouth bass travel widely, from the hills of northern Alabama to the Great Lakes to the wilds of Ontario, to catch their favorite fish. Aficionados of smallmouth do not have as far to go in North Carolina, and among the states hotspots for these game fish is the New River in the northwest corner of the state.
Rick Hiott of Charleston has been guiding trips for redfish for years, and he looks forward to the late summer and early fall season when adult redfish, bull reds, converge on the large marine estuary commonly known as Charleston Harbor.
An angler looking to find a little bit of everything on a late-summer fishing trip could do a lot worse than setting his sights on Hilton Head Island, where great inshore fishing for traditional species exists and where the warm waters of the Atlantic bring in a wealth of scaly summer visitors. To top it off, the waters around the island are considerably off the beaten tourist path compared to the Charleston and Myrtle Beach areas.
While easing away from the Fulcher’s Landing ramp in Sneads Ferry, Allen Jernigan told his fishing party that rain and windy conditions would likely affect the clarity of the water in the places he wanted to search for flounder.
Harvesting a deer may be the most-important aspect of the hunt for deer hunters, but enjoying the venison is also a priority for most. After the harvest, most hunters have a routine for processing a deer; many take it to a processor and check off what cuts or items they want made from the meat.
If Lake Waccamaw was in the Piedmont, you probably couldnt find a parking space at one of its two boat ramps on the weekends. However, the 8,934-acre lake is almost unknown outside of its Columbus County home, largely due to competition from other nearby lakes, rivers and saltwater fishing destinations. It is seldom crowded in comparison to a piedmont reservoir.
Drum up more big reds along the coast this month, or take a buck with a bow on one of North Carolina's best public game lands.