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  • SHEEPSHEAD GATHERING AT R-8

    Once again, Spring Fever is here and the Sheepshead are gathering at R-8. On Wednesday
    I had the pleasure of joining Captain Chuck Griffin of Aqua Adventures Charters on a trip to the
    reef. It was supposed to be a light South wind less than 10 MPH and 2 ft . The weather report missed it by about
    10 mph and 2 feet. It was blowing 20 and it kicked up to a solid 4 foot chop. After a short stop to show Shawn what it would be like on anchor at the reef, we decided to go for it and we charged forward and made our WET way to the buoy. Once we made it to the numbers we searched the screen for high relief and dropped our marker buoy on the structure. Once we had a target we drifted to get our bearings and find the heading. One, Two, Three, anchor runs to try and get a hook in the good stuff and finally we sunk the anchor deep into steel. We came tight and the depth finder was just as we expected, about 43 feet on the screen. Perfect because we knew we were in 50 feet of water. The barge that we were atop is about 7 feet of vertical relief. The first drop connected with a 4-5 lb sheepshead and soon every rod in the boat was doubled over with strong tugs and rod tips pointed towards the water. We boated a handful of convicts and sent them straight to the livewell in preparation for a great meal. A great time was had by all, Once the waves had given us a good beating, we headed inshore to a secret spot that had us dragging smaller sheepshead, black drum, blackfish, and whiting over the rails as fast as we could bait our hooks. We managed 30-40 fish for the day including an over the slot redfish under a dock on the way home.

    Once again a GREAT Trip and a GREAT time with GREAT People!

    You can find Captain Chuck Griffin @ (843) 860-1664 and call him to go
    on your own charter fishing adventure !!

    Get out there and enjoy our South Carolina Outdoors!

    South Carolina Sportsman Field Reporter
    Brian M. Carroll
    Mount Pleasant, South Carolina

    March 27, 2016 at 4:56pm

    November 21, 2015 Travis Limbaker of Mount Pleasant South Carolina had a Trio Double Header. After an hour drive from Mount Pleasant to Trio, SC we entered the property and signed in at the gate. Travis made his way to the stand across the soybean field and I walked down a logging road to a stand deep in a pine thicket. It was just after daybreak as I was settling into my stand when I heard the thunderous crack of a rifle with a solid report. One Down. We texted back and forth to acknowledge the hit. The day was already a success and the sun had barely crested the horizon. Travis got down from his stand and found the buck making sure that his aim was true. It was early so he chose to get back in the stand and see what else would come by. In less than an hour he found himself adjusting his position to make a shot across the field at a large racked buck that was coming through the broomstraw. He first saw the buck at about 350 yards coming towards the field and he quickly prepared for a shot if it became available. 325, 320, 315 and the buck disappeared into the brush. He was gone, vanished, no where to be found. Travis was devastated and sat back in his chair. The sighting had created a whirlwind of excitement that kept him at the edge of his seat. He scanned the field edge in hopes of catching the buck stepping into the field. 'ETERNITY PASSES' ( Actually ~ Just a few short minutes ) and the buck makes his way to the field. Travis is ready for him and when he gets to 275 yards he gently squeezes the trigger. He goes down. The Double Header in Trio is complete.

    Congratulations Travis, on Two Fine South Carolina Whitetails.

    Next time, I want the field stand!

    Brian M. Carroll
    Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
    South Carolina Sportsman Field Reporter

    November 21, 2015 at 8:04pm

    Mike Johnson at The Clinton House Plantation is growing some great looking bucks. Quality Management and making easy access to food sources for the deer has been a huge part of the success.

    It was a rainy Sunday morning, the acorns were falling like rain on a secluded white oak ridge. Hunter Sam Vaughn was watching the hill and noticed movement off to his side. Slowly turning so he wouldn't spook the game, he saw the flicker of a white tail and a deer faded away into the brush. He reached for his trusty Remington .308 and moved into position in hopes that the deer would reappear.

    Seconds later, up from the creek bed jumps a beautiful 8 point buck. He stands still and looks up the ridge towards Sam. The bucks puts his head down and begins to eat acorns and slowly turns broadside. Sam sets his sights on the shoulder of the buck and gently squeezes the trigger. It was a PERFECT shot and the bullet made its mark. The buck jumped and ran just down the hill less than 30 yards into the creek bed.

    Another successful hunt for The Clinton House Plantation and a GREAT TROPHY for Sam Vaughn of Columbia, SC.

    CONGRATULATIONS SAM ! GREAT BUCK

    The buck is being mounted by Hamilton Outfitters Taxidermy and Deer Processing in Easley, SC

    For hunting info contact: Mike Johnson at The Clinton House Plantation : 864-316-1371

    or Taxidermy : Chip Hamilton 864-304-9011

    Brian M. Carroll
    Writer/Photographer
    South Carolina Sportsman

    November 11, 2015 at 12:06pm

    PALMETTO STATE ARMORY is NOW OPEN

    I had the pleasure of joining a group of VIP's visiting the BRAND NEW LOCATION at :
    3365 S Morgans Point Rd, Mount Pleasant, SC 29466
    We walked through the store and had a first hand opportunity to check out the goods. Loads of guns, ammunition, Blinds, Calls, Fishing Equipment, Etc. The store is fully loaded with even more inventory coming in daily. It looks like Justin Kijak ( Store Manager ) and his crew did a great job getting things ready for Mount Pleasant. The doors are NOW OPEN and they are ready for business.

    Keep up the good work guys.

    South Carolina Sportsman Field Representative
    Brian M. Carroll
    Mount Pleasant, South Carolina

    November 12, 2014 at 1:28pm

    Luke Ballam and Trusty FIRST MATE Leanne Lloyd hold a nice Scamp Grouper that was tricked into trying to eat a fluttering diamond jig.

    GREAT FISH & HAPPY BIRTHDAY LUKE !

    South Carolina Sportsman Field Representative
    Brian M. Carroll
    Mount Pleasant, South Carolina

    June 27, 2014 at 11:55am

    http://theoutdoorimage.smugmug.com/OffshoreFishing-1/Offshore-Bottom-Feeders-Gag/42489497_tqt8bP#!i=3346040340&k=dNMDpR3

    June 27, 2014 at 11:50am

    The First GATOR trout of the year are showing up. Using Live Silver Dollar Menhaden on a float.

    Look for a point in the current and send a livey past it with a little slack.

    Disappearing Corks will soon follow.

    Captain Mike Able is working all of the points with his new Maverick Boat and catching some really nice fish.

    Call Captain Mike Able Jr today!

    Able Minded Charters
    843-475-7696

    South Carolina Sportsman Field Representative
    Brian M. Carroll
    Mount Pleasant, South Carolina

    March 15, 2014 at 10:14pm

    John Harden with his new fly rod from Haddrell's Point! Took a break from cleaning up the hunting club to snag a few on the long rod! Pretty work!!

    NICE CAP YOU GOT THERE :)

    South Carolina Sportsman Field Representative
    Brian M. Carroll
    Mount Pleasant, South Carolina

    March 15, 2014 at 10:08pm

    Here are a couple of successful hunters with some Opening Day Birds taken with Lowcountry Mudbuddy.

    Saturday started off with a BANG BANG :)

    Great Shooting BOYS & GIRLS :)

    Go out there and get your gobbler!

    South Carolina Sportsman Field Representative
    Brian M. Carroll
    Mount Pleasant, South Carolina

    March 15, 2014 at 10:04pm

    The Sheepshead are at the REEFS :)

    Get out there and Don't Forget the Oysters :)

    South Carolina Sportsman Field Representative
    Brian M. Carroll
    Mount Pleasant, South Carolina

    March 15, 2014 at 10:00pm

    Captain Addison Rupert is back at it. Catching large quantities of redfish. Regularly stacking up doubles with clients. The fish are stacked up and he is crushing them on a regular basis.

    Here is a RUPERT DOUBLE on a chilly March Morning.

    Call Captain Addison Today~

    843-557-3476
    Captainaddison@lcoa.info

    www.lowcountryoutdooradventures.com

    South Carolina Sportsman Field Representative
    Brian M. Carroll
    Mount Pleasant, South Carolina

    March 15, 2014 at 9:42pm

    HOOT HOOT HOOT ~ Gobbler season is just around the corner. Get out your turkey calls and knock the dust off of your turkey vest. SHAKE IT GOOD FIRST and get the spiders out of it. Wipe off your slate calls and get a fresh batch of diaphragm calls wet. It's just around the corner and if you don't start now you will be RUSTY when opening day swings around the corner.

    GOBBLE GOBBLE GOBBLE....

    South Carolina Sportsman Field Representative
    Brian M. Carroll
    Mount Pleasant, South Carolina

    February 27, 2014 at 10:41am

    It's never too late to practice. That slow period between the end of deer season and the beginning of Turkey Season is a good time to practice. SHOTGUNNING :) You never know when you are going to need those skills sharpened.

    When that first blast from a seated position misses the glowing red head of a spring gobbler, you may be required to back yourself up with that second shot. It could be a gimme, just beyond overhead at 20 yards flying right to left. If you have been practicing with your gun, you may be able to connect and take that gobbler home after all.

    Go out there and bust a few skeet and touch up your skills before you hit the spring woods.

    South Carolina Sportsman Field Representative
    Brian M. Carroll
    Mount Pleasant, South Carolina

    February 27, 2014 at 10:35am

    Captain Mike Able has a NEW Maverick boat and it is making waves on the waterway. Mike Jr. has been on the water since he could stand in it, and has a true passion for fishing. It shows in the way that he works in it, on it, and around it. Managing Haddrell's Point Tackle and Supply most of the time, and spending the rest of his time chartering on the inshore waters of Charleston, SC.

    Captain Mike Able Jr. is an accomplished angler with many tricks up his sleeve for catching fish.

    Give him a call and see for yourself.

    843-475-7696
    Captain Mike Able Jr.
    Able Minded Charters

    South Carolina Sportsman Field Representative
    Brian M. Carroll
    Mount Pleasant, South Carolina

    February 27, 2014 at 10:29am

    Congratulations ~

    Wyatt Russell of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina took this AWESOME Sheepshead from an UNDISCLOSED LOCATION on 02/23/2014. I didn't get an exact weight on the fish yet, but my eye says that she is over 10 Lbs...

    GREAT FISH WYATT!

    South Carolina Sportsman Field Representative
    Brian M. Carroll
    Mount Pleasant, South Carolina

    February 24, 2014 at 9:41am

    When the PIGS come out to play. It's my favorite time of the year. Sheepshead are on the the move and getting ready to jump into the boat. They head offshore to the wrecks and reefs in and around 20 to 75 feet.
    Massive numbers of sheepshead aka 'CONVICTS' because of their black and white stripes, congregate on the reefs. Grab a pint of fiddlers and get your ugly sticks read. They are some hard pullers and they love to steal bait....

    BRING PLENTY OF FIDDLERS :)

    *** They sell them at both Haddrell's Point Tackle and Supply Locations :)

    South Carolina Sportsman Field Representative
    Brian M. Carroll
    Mount Pleasant, South Carolina

    February 24, 2014 at 9:37am

    Early spring is the time of year when PIGS come to mind. They have been eating all of the corn from the deer feeders and messing up deer hunts throughout the season. Now it is time to get them. I like the weather to be cold and the food to be scarce, because it makes them much more predictable.
    You can put corn out and make them come regularly without hesitation.

    Here piggy Piggy = a 5 gallon bucket of corn and a weeks time.

    BAM BAM and there is bacon rolling :)

    Get out there and get some of your own bacon today!

    South Carolina Sportsman Field Representative
    Brian M. Carroll
    Mount Pleasant, South Carolina

    February 24, 2014 at 9:18am

    Redfish are schooled up on the flats getting warm and can be caught using many different methods. Sending a chunk of cut mullet in ahead of the school and allowing the Reds to swim over it will usually produce a strike. Some anglers are sticking it out and having huge success. :)

    What is your method ? Is it working ?

    South Carolina Sportsman Field Representative
    Brian M. Carroll
    Mount Pleasant, South Carolina

    January 28, 2014 at 9:37am

    Captain Mike Able Jr. will be sporting a BRAND NEW Maverick for the 2014 season. Able teamed up with Barrier Island Marine and will be running the Maverick for his charter business Able Minded Charters. Give him a call today and test out the new ride.

    Captain Mike Able Jr. (843) 475-7696

    South Carolina Sportsman Field Representative
    Brian M. Carroll
    Mount Pleasant, South Carolina

    January 28, 2014 at 9:32am

    Salty Sam and the Grub Draggers are at it again.
    Sam Limbaker and his trusty crew David & Tony are out chasing the trout before the snow storm takes over South Carolina. They said that the fish were ON THE BITE. They were fishing the deep holes in the Upper Wando river with Trout tricks and smoky grubs. Throughout the day they boated over 75 quality speckled trout. Here is a photo of two that made it in the live well for a trip to the fry pan.

    South Carolina Sportsman Field Representative
    Brian M. Carroll
    Mount Pleasant, South Carolina

    January 28, 2014 at 9:23am
    A comment titled: Less Difficult that it seems :) in response to a report titled: Head hurts!?!?!?!

    It's a well organized game plan. The Francis Marion is zoned and each zone has its own boundary and different hunting regs. Pick the area that you are going to want to hunt and dive in. Gather up some topos and look at the lay of the land. Figure out which species you are going to hunt and then read up on that zones regulations. I hunt the Francis Marion on the coastal zones and have plenty of opportunity to collect game. :)

    South Carolina Sportsman Field Representative
    Brian M. Carroll
    Mount Pleasant, South Carolina

    January 28, 2014 at 9:16am
    A comment titled: NICE BASS ! in response to a report titled: 7-132013

    GREAT CATCH ! Tell me your secret ?

    July 17, 2013 at 8:52pm
    A comment titled: Cast Net ! in response to a report titled: Coming from florida

    Stop in to Haddrell's Point Tackle in West Ashley on your way into town and ask Scott to get you a good sized Cast Net. He will show you how to throw it. With a little practice you will be catching fresh live shrimp for bait and for eating.

    Haddrell's Point Tackle & Supply
    West Ashley

    47 S. Windemere
    Charleston
    SC
    29407

    Telephone: (843) 573-3474
    Fax: (843) 852-0348
    http://www.haddrellspoint.com

    July 17, 2013 at 8:51pm
    A comment titled: GREAT FISH in response to a report titled: Fishing Is Good As It Gets Off Hilton Head

    Congrats on that TROPHY GAG !! Catching a good one takes alot of effort and you look like you enjoyed every minute of it :)

    June 24, 2013 at 12:35pm
    A comment titled: Great Loooking Flounder in response to a report titled: Flounder and Trout Off the Mt. Pleasant Pier

    GREAT LOOKING FLOUNDER!!

    Nice Work!

    What is the secret weapon ?

    June 24, 2013 at 12:01pm
    A comment titled: MONSTER in response to a report titled: Colleton County Giant Hits the Dust!

    GREAT BUCK!!! That is a BRUISER for South Carolina!

    Congrats!!

    October 28, 2012 at 10:31am
    A comment titled: MONSTA ~ Very Nice! in response to a report titled: 11pounds 24inches

    I have a few farm ponds that I know about in Inman, That is a MONSTER!!! What did you catch her on ?

    I like to throw a BLACK JITTERBUG at night on a bright moon!

    South Carolina Sportsman Field Representative
    Brian M. Carroll

    May 28, 2012 at 10:21am
    A comment titled: GREAT JOB! in response to a report titled: a good morning

    VERY NICE !! Keep up the great work!~

    March 27, 2012 at 11:58am
    A comment titled: GREAT BUCK! in response to a report titled: 7 Year Old Kills First Buck From 200 Yards

    Good shooting.... Keep it up~

    CONGRATS

    January 10, 2012 at 9:32pm
    A comment titled: Lure in response to a report titled: RIGHT OF WAY...RIGHT AWAY

    This powerline is more of a pass through area for us. I usually see them on the edge about a deers length out in the line.... Then they will look both ways and go ahead and cross the line. If you do some scouting look for the most trails crossing completely across the line. Hunt that spot and see what happens. I am sure that they are going to come on across. Try some other areas of the line, where you can see the trails crossing. I am sure that somewhere along that line they are getting by you unaware.

    December 26, 2011 at 8:56am
    A comment titled: HELLO HUGE! in response to a report titled: Chesterfield County MONSTER!

    WOW ! That is a real MONSTER! Tell us more !
    Where and How..I want to get one like that!

    South Carolina Sportsman Field Representative
    Brian Carroll
    Mount Pleasant, South Carolina

    November 09, 2011 at 10:48pm
    A comment titled: That's a HAMMER! in response to a report titled: Buck for Pops 148in 8point

    NICE BUCK!! Can't wait to hear the story about how you did it!

    October 19, 2011 at 7:01pm
    A comment titled: Just like LARGEMOUTHS in response to a report titled: nice ten point

    Just like LARGEMOUTHS....A good place to live is simply a good place to live. That is a fact. Good Bucks will frequent the same haunts year after year, simply because it is a good place to live. If they have everything that they need then they will usually stick around!! GREAT BUCKS!!! Let it rest until next year and do it again!!!

    October 02, 2011 at 10:27pm
    A comment titled: WOW ~ That's alotta sausage!! in response to a report titled: Big Aiken County Pig

    WOW ~ That's alotta sausage!!

    Have you seen him again? What do you think he weighs?

    South Carolina Sportsman Field Representative
    Brian M. Carroll
    Mount Pleasant, South Carolina

    September 25, 2011 at 3:53pm
    A comment titled: VERY NICE BUCK!! in response to a report titled: big-n-nasty (primo)

    Way to go! Let em go let em grow!!

    September 25, 2011 at 3:50pm
    A comment titled: Big 10 Pointer ~ in response to a report titled: Big Ten

    Very Nice Buck ~ Tell us more about the 2:15 hunt?

    Were you expecting the encounter?

    BMC

    September 25, 2011 at 3:48pm
    A comment titled: NICE!!! in response to a report titled: I wish I had some jelly to go with this!

    Apple Jam...

    Enjoy shooting that one, but wipe his mouth before you take any photos!!

    September 06, 2011 at 10:04pm
    A comment titled: good luck with him in response to a report titled: 4 bucks

    you better watch the wind and hunt during the day during the full moon. Or pray that he steps out during the rut, chasing a doe across the power line.

    GOOD LUCK!!

    That's a good one!

    BMC

    September 05, 2011 at 4:07pm
    A comment titled: NICE BUCK in response to a report titled: Ehrhardt, SC

    I was watching him too... Glad you got him!

    That's an AWESOME buck with the bow! :)

    BMC

    September 05, 2011 at 4:04pm
    A comment titled: I will take the front left :) in response to a report titled: Say Cheese. Four nice bucks for this area

    The deer in the front left looks like just the one for me, When can I come sit in the stand with you?

    South Carolina Sportsman Field Representative
    Brian M Carroll
    Mount Pleasant, South Carolina

    September 05, 2011 at 4:02pm
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