Ben Franklin was really onto something. Back about 250 years ago, he opined after the fact that the wild turkey was “a more respectable bird” than the bald eagle chosen to become a national symbol.
No, he didn’t suggest that the turkey replace the eagle, just that it was a “true original native” of American, “a bird of courage” that might chase a redcoat soldier out of its farm yard if one dared to enter, while the bald eagle was basically a lazy scavenger.
Lake Marion is not only the largest lake in South Carolina, but its 110,000 acres are undoubtedly some of the most unique along the eastern seaboard due to their complexity and abundance of varied habitat. And the early spring offers prime conditions for some of the year’s best bass-fishing in the cypress- and tupelo-covered wilds of the lake’s upper end.
Saltwater fishermen in both Carolinas have one stretch of water they should both be familiar with, especially when the winter doldrums begin to break up and the water begins to warm, when baitfish that have wintered in the warmer waters of marshes and creeks begin to stir.
And when that happens, redfish that winter in the protected waters around Little River Inlet, from Dunn Sound on the South Carolina side to Shallotte Inlet on the North Carolina side, also begin to stir.
March is a transition month, as winter gives way to spring, and that goes for a lot more than just the weather, bass-fishing for example.
Chase Simmemon of Fair Play, S.C., is a veteran fishermen who does most of his damage on Lake Hartwell, knows that fish are heading to the spawn, but exactly where they are on any given day can be a big question mark.
Unlike many tournament anglers, when Matthew Outlaw of St. Matthews goes crappie fishing, he likes to catch a lot of crappie. So, rather than concentrating on just getting 10 to 12 bites from bigger fish in a full day’s fishing, he’ll go for numbers and cull his biggest fish from them — a strategy that has worked many times.
Deer season is in the rearview mirror, but there’s plenty of turkey hunting action to which to look forward. And we’ve got all the information you need to tag that longbeard.