You’ll notice a couple of changes in this issue of South Carolina Sportsman, changes we hope you’ll like as we try to improve the magazine and bring more content that readers want.

We are debuting a new Fishing Forecast section toward the back of the magazine, actually going back to the way our original Fishing Forecast sections looked when our sister magazine, North Carolina Sportsman, first hit the newsstands back in the 1990s.

Instead of just scratching the surface, reporting in the space of two or three paragraphs the prospects for fishing action on dozens of bodies of water across the Palmetto State, we’re going to concentrate on a handful of destinations that offer fishermen particularly good opportunities for the month in question and cover them in more detail.

Several outdoor writers will provide looks at the best fishing South Carolina has to offer each month. This month, they include black sea bass off Edisto Island, largemouth bass at Lake Wateree, Georgetown redfish, Lake Jocassee trout, Lake Monticello catfish and wahoo out of Little River Inlet. We’ll try to provide a mixture of different species and locales to satisfying the informational needs of every South Carolina angler.

You might say that we’ve gone from a shotgun approach to a rifle approach. We hope we hit your bull’s eye.

The second change is the way we’re presenting the photos that readers send us of fish and game of which you’re particularly proud. We hope to run at least two dozen photos every month of the big flounder, trout, bream and bass you’ve been catching, along with those deer, turkeys, hogs and ducks.

We are taking the Hunting Scrapbook that has been a regular feature for years and adding all of the reader-submitted fishing photographs to make a new Hunting/Fishing Scrapbook. This way, we feel like we can publish more of your hunting and fishing photos year-round. Some months, we’ll probably run more deer, turkeys and ducks, and some months we’ll probably run more bass, crappie, redfish and flounder. Either way, we want to make our readers feel like they can be part of the magazine.

If you have a good digital hunting or fishing photo, please feel free to send it to me, along with plenty of information about the hunter/angler and his game/catch, at We hope to be able to use almost every photo we receive within a couple of months’ time.

So one of our New Year’s resolutions is to provide even better coverage of hunting and fishing in South Carolina. We hope we succeed.