• Sound & Sea

    Rod Thomas of Capt. Ponytail’s Guide Service (right) took part in Charleston’s MIlitary Appreciation Day in 2015, taking an active-duty military member fishing.

    Take a soldier fishing

    Groups continue to serve, honor our military
    November 12, 2016 at 9:00am
    Drifting live baits behind your boat while casting lures can prove too much for some gamefish to stand.

    Catch more fish with this live bait/artificial lure strategy

    Don’t be afraid to fish combo of offerings
    October 12, 2016 at 9:00am
    The Rattling VuDu Shrimp has a built-in rattle chamber that attracts saltwater fish.

    Make a joyful noise - Certain lure sounds can actually call in fish

    Noise can be a good thing for attracting fish
    September 12, 2016 at 9:00am
    Sheepshead are often caught around pier pilings, but they’re a tough species to hook.

    Don’t forget pier fishing

    Ocean structures can be great summer spots
    August 01, 2016 at 7:00am
    Ethanol-free gas is more expensive and harder to find than fuels that are a mixture of ethanol and gasoline.

    Mixing fuels is a no-no

    Try to burn a full tank at a time, mechanic says
    July 05, 2016 at 9:00am
    This speckled trout is a keeper, but just barely. If you are in doubt, it’s always safer to throw it back.

    Portable rulers you carry

    Forget your golden rule? Use these to measure
    June 05, 2016 at 9:00am
    Guide Robert McCarley said spadefish are among the strongest of all saltwater panfish; they get to nice sizes around nearshore reefs.

    Go to the reef, in spades

    Spadefish are great, nearshore summer targets
    May 05, 2016 at 9:00am
    A little preventive maintenance goes a long way to keep your trailer on the highway and your boat running on the water after a winter of idleness.

    Fix it before it breaks

    Trailer, boat maintenance is on spring to-do list
    April 01, 2016 at 7:00am
    Fingertip controls are part of the Mercury Skyhook digital anchoring system.

    Don’t anchor out again

    Skyhook eliminates need to grab the bottom
    March 05, 2016 at 9:00am
    Spinning reels without bails don’t take much time to master, and they’re easier to use than models with bail wires.

    Held without bail? Great!

    Bail-less spinning reels are less of a hassle
    February 05, 2016 at 9:00am
    Rick Percy of Reel Chance Charters caught this winter trout on a Norton Sand Eel fished on a Rockport Rattler jighead.

    Add noise to winter lures

    If fish aren’t hungry, you have to trigger strikes
    January 01, 2016 at 7:00am
    The disappearance of live bait as fall ends leads to artificials taking a lot more trout in December.

    How to rock a speck

    Jetties are great December spots to battle trout
    December 05, 2015 at 9:00am
    Capt. Garrett Lacy caught this redfish on a D.O.A. shrimp fished under a popping cork.

    Just stuff a cork in it

    Popping corks key weapons for inshore fish
    November 05, 2015 at 9:00am
    These monster Grand Strand specks were all fooled by topwater lures.

    Time for lures over bait

    October artificials are often more-productive
    October 05, 2015 at 9:00am
    Flood tides brought on by full and new moon phases send redfish up on flooded flats, where fishermen can sight-cast and catch them on spinning and fly tackle.

    Time to turn tail on reds

    High, full-moon tides lead to tailing action
    September 07, 2015 at 9:00am
    Blacktip sharks are a big summer treat for anglers wanting to tangle with big fish without spending hours heading offshore.

    Take a bite of a blacktip

    Sharks provide plenty of hot summer action
    August 06, 2015 at 9:00am