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  • Shellcracker-Lake Murray

    A lot of bream anglers give up the rod-and-reel this time of year, which is a big mistake. The cold mornings aren't so great for shellcrackers on Lake Murray, but once the water begins to warm up, the shellcrackers get really active and will gladly bite a worm dangled underneath a bobber.

    Capt. Doug Lown guides for several species on Lake Murray, with shellcrackers being one of them. He says this time of year, let the sun get up just a tad, then hit the shallow areas--especially the rocky points, with nightcrawlers for bait. Don't be stingy with these worms--Capt. Doug like threading a whole nightcrawler on. This keeps little fish from biting so much, and concentrates your efforts on catching the biggest shellcrackers. Dress in layers because it warms up quickly!

    Brian Cope
    SC Sportsman Field Reporter