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  • The bass are starting to bed on Lake Keowee, but according to the tournament anglers fishing the March of Dimes Bass Tournament, the fish are still tough to catch.

    Ray Stuart of Anderson won the March of Dimes Tournament with 17.09 pounds and the big fish of 5.42 pounds. Stuart said that he caught several bass on the lower part of the lake with a chartreuse/white spinnerbait by casting to the bank.

    It was only after Stuart moved to the upper part of the lake in 60 degree water that he caught two bedding bass on a Texas rigged white crawfish.

    Several other tournament anglers talked about seeing bedding bass, but said that they “spooked” easily. When the fishermen moved in closer, the fish moved off the beds and did not come back.

    Other anglers that took home a check had bags made up mainly of spots. These fish were caught in the lower lake off points in 30-40 feet of water on blade runners, jig heads, and plastics.

    Most of the tournament anglers agreed that once the bad weather gets out this week, and the waters warm up, “the fishing should be incredible” for the next few weeks for bedding bass.

    South Carolina Sportsman Field Reporter
    Capt. Glenn “Teach” Corley
    captteachcorley@hotmail.com

    March 24, 2014 at 4:56am

    Casey Ashley from Donalds loves to sing as much as he loves to fish, and his favorite song right now is “This Magic Moment.” Ashley won the FLW Tour Majors on Lake Hartwell and netted $100,000 for his effort.

    It was a magic week for Ashley starting out on Day 1 with 21-7 pounds and a fifteen-pound plus bag every day of the tournament. Ashley came into Day 4 with almost a ten pound lead, and he did not disappoint the crowd.

    Ashley weighed in 15-10 pounds (5) on the last day for a four-day total of 68-5 pounds. Ashley’s weight beat second place finisher Andy Morgan from Dayton, TN by almost 12 ½ pounds.

    Day 4 started out with Ashley catching fish on the lower end of Lake Hartwell. By 9:40 a.m. Ashley had his five-fish limit, and by 10:00 a.m. he was culling fish. Ashley said.” I ended up catching my 4-pounder where I’d been fishing all week. When I got the big one, I knew it was game over.”

    Ashley flipped, pitched, and skipped jigs and shaky head rigs around docks with brush piles from 25-40 feet deep. Ashley worked the baits slowly and methodically for the ten bass that he caught, and ended up with two largemouth and three spotted bass.

    All Ashley’s fish were caught this week on a green pumpkin-colored ½-ounce Shooter Lures hand-tied jig with a Zoom Super Chunk Jr. trailer and 1/8 or 1/16 ounce shaky-head rigs with a watermelon candy- or gourd green-colored Zoom Finesse Worm.

    Ashley has a big year still awaiting him because not only is he fishing the FLW Majors, but also the Bassmaster Elite Series. Ashley stated that he hopes to make it to the Forrest L. Wood Cup on Lake Murray in August.

    Anthony Gagliardi from Prosperity was the only other South Carolina pro to finish in the top ten. Gagliardi finished seventh with 9-13 pounds on Day 4 for a four–day total of 43-15 pounds.

    The other top 10 pros finished: 2nd: Andy Morgan, Dayton, Tenn., 20 bass, 53-13 pounds; 3rd: Clent Davis, Montevallo, Ala., 19 bass, 50-9 pounds; 4th: Cody Meyer, Auburn, Calif., 19 bass, 49-14 pounds; 5th: John Cox, Debary, Fla., 16 bass, 48-14 pounds; 6th: Brett Hite, Phoenix, Ariz., 18 bass, 46-14 pounds; 8th: Dan Morehead, Paducah, Ky., 13 bass, 43-14 pounds; 9th: Ryan Davidson, Huntington, W. Va., 16 bass, 41-4 pounds; 10th: Charlie Ingram, Centerville, Tenn., 16 bass, 40-2 pounds.

    South Carolina Sportsman Field Reporter
    Capt. Glenn “Teach” Corley
    captteachcorley@hotmail.com

    March 10, 2014 at 4:58am

    Casey Ashley from Donalds leads the pro anglers for the third day at the FLW Tour on Lake Hartwell.

    With another great day, Ashley weighed-in another good sack of fish of 15-7 pounds (5) and has a three-day total of 52-11 pounds (5). Ashley outdistanced his closest competitor, Clent Davis of Montevallo, AL, by almost ten pounds.

    Because of a three hour fog delay, Ashley said that he did not hook his first bass until 10:40, and he had to “scratch and claw” to catch his fish on a jig and a shaky head. Ashley said that he has had a “magic week,” and he plans to go out there and “pound them tomorrow,” the final day.

    Anthony Gagliardi from Prosperity was the only other South Carolina pro to make it into the top ten. Gagliardi moved into ninth place with 7-8 pounds (5) and has a three-day total of 34-2 pounds.

    Barton Aiken from Greenville, who was in fourth place coming into Day 3, failed to weigh-in any fish and had a three day total of 31-11 pounds. Aiken fell to twelfth place, and will not be fishing on Day 4, but he did receive a check for $12,000.

    On the co-angler side, Dennis Cameron of Travelers Rest had 1-15 pounds (1) and finished up in fifth place with a three-day total of 23-3 pounds. Cameron netted $3000.

    Kevin Gordon of Aiken did not catch a fish on Day Three and finished up in thirteenth place with a three-day total of 17-7 pounds. Gordon netted $1500.

    Dearal Rogers of Camden weighed-in 1-8 pounds (1) and finished up in fifteenth place with a three-day total of 16-9 pounds. Rogers netted $1500.

    And then there were ten. Tomorrow, Sunday, is the last day of the Border Battle on Lake Hartwell, and ten anglers are left. All eyes are on Casey Ashley. Can he work his magic again, one more time?

    South Carolina Field Reporter
    Capt. Glenn “Teach” Corley
    captteachcorely@hotmail.com

    March 09, 2014 at 4:02am

    Casey Ashley of Donalds brought in another good bag of five fish weighing 15-13 pounds to continue his lead at the FLW Tour on Lake Hartwell. This gives Ashley a two-day total of 37-04 pounds and almost a three pound edge over John Cox of Debary, Florida.

    Friday’s anglers were greeted at take-off with horrendous weather which consisted of blustery winds and cold rain. Anglers struggled to get the big bite which limited the days catch. It was not till afternoon when the rains stopped. Ashley said. “It was just nice to tie on a lure without gloves on.”

    Ashley will be joined by two other South Carolina pros that also made the top twenty cut for Day 3 on Saturday. Barton Aiken of Greenville also brought in a good sack of five weighing 15-11 pounds that moved him into 4th place with 31-11 pounds. Anthony Gagliardi of Prosperity had five bass weighing 14-07 pounds for a two-day total of 26-10 pounds and moved into 14th place.

    Three other South Carolina anglers made the top fifty on Day 2 and took home a $10,000 check, but they will not be fishing on Saturday. Brandon Cobb of Greenwood finished 36th and had 13-07 pounds (5) for a two-day total of 22-06 pounds. Jason Quinn of Rock Hill finished 44th and had 3-00 pounds (1) for a two-day total of 21-09 pounds. Jayme Rampey Liberty finished 50th and had 9-05 pounds (5) for a two-day total of 20-06 pounds.

    As far as the other South Carolina anglers fishing on Day 2: 97. Nick Gainey of Charleston had 3-11 pounds (2) for a two-day total of 15-03 pounds; 108. Andy Montgomery of Blacksburg had 3-05 pounds (2) for a two-day total of 14-02 pounds; 119. Chris Heath of North Augusta had 5-03 pounds (3) for a two-day total of 13-07 pounds; 173. Jason Williamson of Wagner had one for a two-day total of 1-13 pounds.

    Three South Carolina co-anglers made the top twenty and will be fishing on Saturday. 4. Dennis Cameron of Travelers Rest had 12-13 pounds (5) for a two-day total of 21-04 pounds. 7. Kevin Gordon of Aiken had 9-10 pounds (5) for a two-day total of 17-07 pounds. 12. Dearal Rogers of Camden had 8-14 pounds (5) for a two-day total of 15-01 pounds.

    Day 3, Saturday, will continue with the top twenty fishing for Sunday’s top ten final. Take-off will be at 7:00 a.m. out of the Clemson Marina, and weigh-ins will start at 3:00 p.m. from the Seneca Walmart. Also at the weigh-in will be the winners of the FLW College Championship that took place on Lake Keowee.

    South Carolina Sportsman Field Reporter
    Capt. Glenn “Teach” Corley
    captteachcorley@hotmail.com

    March 08, 2014 at 4:40am

    FLW pro angler Casey Ashley started off Day 1 of the FLW Tour on Lake Hartwell by singing
    the National Anthem. Ashley ended the day by finishing number 1 with five bass weighing 21-07 pounds.

    Ashley from Donalds was not alone in sharing top ten honors with two other South Carolina
    pros. Jason Quinn from Rock Hill was fourth with five bass weighing 18-09 pounds, and Barton Aiken from Greenville finished ninth with five bass weighing 16 pounds.

    As far as the other South Carolina pros: 36. Anthony Gagliardi, Prosperity, 5 bass, 12-03 pounds; 41. Nick Gainey, Charleston, 5 bass, 11-08 pounds; 49. Jayme Rampey, Liberty, 5 bass, 11-01 pounds; 57. Andy Montgomery, Blacksburg, 5 bass, 10-13 pounds; 92. Brandon Cobb, Greenwood, 5 bass, 8-15 pounds; 106. Chris Heath, North Augusta, 5 bass, 8-04 pounds; and Jason Williamson, Wagner, 0.

    Dennis Cameron of Travelers Rest was the only South Carolina co-angler to finish in the top twenty. Cameron was sixth with five weighing 8-07 pounds.

    Day 1 was a true test for some of the best anglers because of changing weather conditions which included bitter cold, driving rain, and howling winds for the Lake Hartwell fishermen. Weather conditions for Day 2 is looking to be even worse.

    South Carolina Sportsman Field Reporter
    Capt. Glenn “Teach” Corley
    captteachcorley@hotmail.com

    March 06, 2014 at 8:05pm

    The FLW pros have practiced for three days on Lake Hartwell, but all they can talk about is “fishing lousy weather” on the opening days of the tournament.

    “Fishing lousy weather” may consist of cold rains, howling winds, and 30 degree temperatures for the opening days of the tournament. It will definitely separate the fair weather fishermen from the hardcore anglers in a hurry.

    Brent Ehrler, the 2012 FLW winner on Lake Hartwell, said in a recent interview, “… the weather is probably going to be the biggest difference, although the water levels could affect the tournament a little bit.”

    Nick Gainey (see pic), FLW South Carolina pro from Charleston said, “With the weather turning nasty like they are predicting, I think that it is going to be difficult to catch a limit of quality fish.”

    To catch all the fishing action, join the FLW pros at the takeoffs from the Clemson Marina located at 150 Clemson Marina Drive, Seneca on Days 1-3 (Thursday- Saturday) at 7:00 a.m. and on Day 4 (Sunday) at 7:30 a.m.

    The weigh-ins will be at the Clemson Marina on Days 1 & 2 (Thurs. & Fri.) at 3:00 p.m. and at the Seneca Walmart located at 1636 Sandifer Boulevard, Seneca on Days 3 & 4 (Sat. & Sun.) at 4:00 p.m.

    South Carolina Sportsman Field Reporter
    Capt. Glenn “Teach” Corley
    captteachcorley@hotmail.com

    March 05, 2014 at 8:17am

    The tournament anglers fishing on Lake Hartwell report that the bass are still in the prespawn mode, but the good news is that the fish are starting to move up into shallow water.

    Anglers are finding fish on the ledges of creek channels and on humps out in deep water in the mornings anywhere from 20-40 feet deep. They are hooking these fish on Carolina rigs with finesse type worms in morning dawn and green pumpkin or ½ ounce jigging spoons.

    As the water warms up, the bass are coming out of the deep water and starting to converge off the points. The key is to find these secondary points where the bass are concentrated.

    First, try fishing deep running crank baits like a Deep Little-N or shaky head rigs with a finesse, cut tail or trick worm. Then move in closer and cast medium running crank baits like a Shad Rap or a Carolina rig.

    Sometime during the day bass will start moving back into the coves and will usually be found off the shallow side of the banks. Jerk and spinner baits will work if the wind is blowing, and if the there is no wind, switch to a Carolina rig.

    With the days getting longer and the water starting to warm, the bass will start to hold on the banks, and the fishing will only get better.

    South Carolina Sportsman Field Reporter
    Capt. Glenn “Teach” Corley
    captteachcorley@hotmail.com

    February 26, 2014 at 3:35am

    Joe Birchfield of Hendersonville, NC and Chuck Harrison of Brevard, NC won the Cabela’s North American Bass Circuit tournament on Lake Hartwell on February 16 with a five-fish limit weighing 21 pounds, 6 ounces.

    Birchfield and Harrison said that they caught their fish off a point before 9:00 am on a ½ ounce homemade jigging spoon. The winning team netted $5,200 which included $4,000 in cash, a $1,000 Ranger Cup contingency, and $200 from Optima True Blue.

    Coming in with a close second was Russell Davis of Hartwell, GA and Chad Hart of Danielsville, NC with five fish weighing 20 pounds, 10 ounces, which also included the tournament big fish of 6-pounds, 5-ounces.

    Davis and Hart were fishing a creek channel with a fish head spin and a drop shot rig with a finesse seedless watermelon worm. Davis and Hart won $2,000, plus the big fish prize of $800.

    The third place finishers were Bradley Rhodes of Hendersonville, NC and Chris Dorlan of Waynesville, NC with 15 pounds, 12 ounces and they won $1200. Rhodes and Dorlan were casting an umbrella rig along the creek banks in 4-5 feet of water.

    The next Cabela’s North American Bass Circuit’s will be on Lake Lanier in Georgia on March 22.

    South Carolina Sportsman Field Reporter
    Capt. Glenn “Teach” Corley
    captteachcorley@hotmail.com

    February 21, 2014 at 4:12am

    Even though it was a “tough day” of fishing with howling winds and bluebird skies, Roger Padgett of Travelers Rest was still able to pull in the winning fish at the February Jocassee Outdoor Center Trout Tournament.

    Pagett’s brown trout weighed-in at 3.72 pounds and was caught in the Toxaway River. Pagett said that he caught the fish while trolling in 45 feet of water on a #2 flat brass Lucky Jack spoon.

    Last month’s winner, Evans Lalas of Charlotte came in second with a 3.33 pound trout. Lalas’s fish was caught back in the Three Rivers section of the lake while trolling a Dipsy Diver with a brown trout Dream Weaver in 30 feet of water.

    Coming in third was Matt McCeery with a 2.86 pound trout that he caught in the Toxaway River in 35 feet of water on a large minnow.

    The next Jocassee Outdoor Center Trout Tournament will be on March 15. For more information contact the Jocassee Outdoor Center at (864) 944-9016 or www.jocasseeoutdoorcenter.com.

    South Carolina Sportsman Field Reporter
    Capt. Glenn “Teach” Corley
    captteachcorley@hotmail.com

    February 20, 2014 at 3:28am

    The fishing season has started off pretty good for Gerald Granier or aka “Jigging Jerry” of Charleston off the Mt. Pleasant Pier. So far, he has netted a 20-in speckled trout, and the season has just started.

    Last year, Granier finished up the 2013 season with a 24-inch fish, which weighed four pounds, nine ounces, on Dec. 31. This was the largest speckled trout ever taken off the Mount Pleasant Pier.

    Granier says that the trout fishing is slower this time of year because the trout move into deeper water, but this does not mean that you can’t catch them. On warm, sunny days the trout will move back into the grass or under the pier on an afternoon high tide.

    Generally, Granier likes to throw a light colored artificial shrimp pattern this time of year. He will work the lure along the grass and around the oyster beds near the pier, or cast underneath the pier a few feet from the footers.

    After letting the lure drop down, Granier gives the rod a double twitch to get the trout’s attention. Hopefully, a large trout will be waiting to ambush the lure.

    Granier says that the schooling trout are limited this time of the year, but the fish that are caught could be a “wall hanger” or at least big enough for the skillet.

    South Carolina Sportsman Field Reporter
    Capt. Glenn “Teach Corley
    captteachcorley@hotmail.com

    February 07, 2014 at 4:19am

    For most of the anglers fishing the BFL Savannah River Division Tournament on Lake Keowee, it was a tough day on the lake, but for Mick Rhinehart of Pelzer, it was “a pretty good day.”

    Rhinehart had a five fish limit for a total weight of 16-07 pounds, plus the big fish of the tournament weighing in at 8-09 pounds. Rhinehart netted $4315, plus $610 for the big bass, and an extra $1000 just for wearing Typhoon sunglasses, a BFL sponsor.

    Rhinehart said that his day started off with an early bite, and while most of the tournament anglers were fishing deep, he was fishing shallow water. Rhinehart was fishing a creek in less than four feet of water and slow-rolling a Qwik 8 Bait umbrella rig.

    After catching his “good fish” during the first hour of fishing, Rhinehart finished out the day by switching to a drop shot rig with a watermelon green Pro Sinker in 25 feet of water.

    Coming in second was Randy Childers of Anderson who beat out third place finisher Brad Benfield by one ounce with 13-05 pounds. Childers was also fishing the shallow water and said that he caught over ten “keepers” on an E & L jig with a Big Bite Chunk trailer in green pumpkin.

    For Childers second place finish, he won $2157 and followed by Benfield from Demorest, GA, with 13-04 pounds, and he won $1439.

    Johnny Hancox of West Union won the co-angler division with five bass weighing 10-12 pounds to win $2,157. Coming in second was Scott Gardner of Seneca with five bass weighing 10-6 pounds and earning $1,079. Anthony Marks of Spartanburg was third with three bass weighing 7-4 pounds and earning $717.

    The next BFL Savannah River Division Tournament will be on Lake Hartwell on March 15.

    South Carolina Sportsman Field Reporter
    Capt. Glenn “Teach” Corley
    captteachcorley@hotmai.com

    February 05, 2014 at 2:35pm

    Even with the extreme weather that Upstate fishermen have experienced, Lake Hartwell anglers are catching a variety of fish. The key is picking your fishing days when the weather is tolerable and fishing the creeks.

    “They are killing the crappie on Lake Hartwell,” according to Randy Childers of Lake Hartwell Fishing & Marine in Anderson. 'Anglers are catching crappie in the creeks around brush piles in 15-20 feet of water using small minnows on slip floats.'

    “The striper fishing is a little slow because no one is going out,” said Joey Bagwell at the Bait Shop in Townville. “The stripers are back in the creeks and gorging themselves on small baits.” Bagwell reported that small jigging spoons like a Kastmaster in nickel or Berry’s Flex-It spoons in white or chartreuse in 6/10- or 1-ounce are working.

    Bagwell stated that pulling planer boards with blueback herring or small gizzard shad in the creeks along the trees from 20-35 feet of water is also productive.

    “They are also catching big cat fish in creek channels like Six & Twenty Creek,” noted Bagwell. “Anglers are anchoring up in 50-55 feet and hauling them in on bottom rigs using cut herring.”

    So for the die-hard fishermen, there is a variety of fishing available on Lake Hartwell, but you have to pick your days and work the creeks.

    South Carolina Sportsman Field Reporter
    Capt. Glenn “Teach” Corley
    captteachcorley@hotmail.com

    January 31, 2014 at 4:16am

    With weather getting colder and colder, the trout fishing on Lake Jocassee keeps getting better and better. Just ask Evans Lalas of Charlotte who hauled in a 5.80 pound brown trout to win the January Jocassee Outdoor Center Trout Tournament.

    Lalas said it was a tough day of fishing because the trout keep hitting short, and he kept missing fish. Around 11:00, while fishing the Three Rivers area of the lake, Lalas said that he caught the winning fish while trolling five colors of lead core line with a Dream Weaver WD Stizzle.

    Anglers where scattered around the lake, and trolling live, large minnows, Apex, and Sutton spoons in 25 to 60 feet of water. Most of the tournament anglers reported catching several legal fish.

    The other winners included Brent Anders of Pickens with 4.09 pounds and Ron Wilson of Pickens with 3.78 pounds.

    The next Jocassee Outdoor Center Trout Tournament will be on February 15, 2014. For more information go to jocasseeoutdoorcenter.com or call 864-944-9016.

    South Carolina Sportsman Field Reporter
    Capt. Glenn “Teach” Corley
    captteachcorley@hotmail.com

    January 22, 2014 at 3:37pm

    The red fish are schooling in the flats, and Capt. Jeremy Espiritu of Shallow Thoughts is catching these fish two hours before low tide in the intercoastal waters behind Goat Island and the Isle of Palms in Charleston.

    Capt. Jeremy is finding these schooling reds by sight fishing for them while cruising along oyster banks. Not only is he looking for tailing fish, but he is also looking for shrimp popping out of the water or clouds of mud that the reds have stirred up.

    After the school is spotted, Capt. Jeremy says that he throws the lure out in front of the school. After the lure hits bottom, then he gives the lure a slight twitch to get the fishes attention. Then be ready because when the fish hits, it will be a subtle bite.

    Capt. Jeremy says that he is having good luck throwing artificial baits like paddle tail grubs. His favorite bait is a Z-Man Paddle TailZ in smokey shad with a ¼ ounce flat head jig.

    When using live bait, Capt. Jeremy will use cut mullet with a three foot leader attached to a Cajun Thunder float with a small 1/16 ounce split shot just above a circle hook.

    So if a little cold weather does not bother you, and you are interested in doing a little sight fishing for reds in Charleston, contact Capt. Jeremy at www.shallowfishing.com or call him at 843-509-4751.

    South Carolina Sportsman Field Reporter
    Capt. Glenn “Teach” Corley
    captteachcorley@hotmail.com

    January 20, 2014 at 8:33am

    “We got lucky and won!” said Brad McCall of Anderson with his partner Mike Durham of Liberty about winning the Hartwell Cat Chasers Tournament on Lake Hartwell Jan. 4. The team had three catfish that weighed 98.45 pounds and the big cat weighed-in at 38.95 pounds.

    While others were carping about “nearly freezing to death” and frozen equipment not working, the winning anglers were not deterred by the 22 degree weather.

    McCall and Durham caught their winning cats back-to-back after mid-day while fishing in 40 feet of water on the edge of a creek with cut gizzard shad.

    Several big cats were weighed-in, and they were caught on cut blueback herring, gizzard and threadfin shad on bottom rigs. The tournament fishermen reported that they anchored in 40 to 50 feet of water off points and in the creek channels.

    Cold weather catfish fishing is not for everyone, but the advantage is that the cats tend to “bunch up” and even though you don’t catch a lot of catfish, the “good fish” bite.

    For more information about the Hartwell Cat Chasers Tournament Schedule, call Brad McCall at 864-245-3902 or Mike Durham at 864-506-2456.

    South Carolina Sportsman Field Reporter
    Capt. Glenn “Teach” Corley
    Captteachcorley@hotmail.com

    January 07, 2014 at 8:39am

    It’s hard to believe, but it’s a crankbait bass bite on Lake Keowee. Just ask Eric Martin of Seneca and Brock Taylor from Pendleton who weighed-in 19.06 pounds and a big fish of 6.99 pounds at the B &T New Year’s “Eve” Tournament.

    From the results of recent Keowee tournaments, winning anglers were bringing in fifteen to twenty pound bags to get a check. These money winning anglers were catching big bass on shad colored, medium to deep running crackbaits off points and in the creeks.

    With the water temps in the low 50s, you would thing think that the bass are deep. The tournament anglers reported that the bass are in six to twenty feet of water, and it’s an early morning bite with the bass shutting down after 9:00 am.

    Now this is not to say that you can’t catch fish in deeper water and on tradition winter lures, but the tournament anglers said that they were catching “little fish” on pig & jigs, spoons, and shaky head rigs.

    So until a cold weather comes in and pushes the bass deeper, get out on Lake Keowee early and throw medium to deep running crankbaits at them and hold on for the big bite.

    South Carolina Sportsman Field Reporter
    Capt. Glenn “Teach” Corley
    captteachcorley@hotmail.com

    January 03, 2014 at 5:24am

    Jeff Bridges of Indian Trial, NC, won the Jocassee Outdoor Center Trout Tournament with the winning trout weighing-in at 4.42 pounds on Saturday, December 21.

    Bridges caught his winning brown while trolling 25 feet deep with a copper/silver Sutton #44 spoon. Bridges said that he and his partner caught 15 trout that day, and five were “keepers.” “The trout fishing is just now starting to come around,” said Bridges.

    Bridges spent several days practicing for the tournament, and he said that they caught their limit for the last three days. Bridges said they were catching trout from the surface to fifty feet of water on Sutton spoons and blue Apex lures.

    The other winners included: 2nd place, Joseph Reece from Greenville with 3.29 pounds and 3rd place, Benny Beacham from Greer with 3.27 pounds.

    Guide Sam Jones of Jocassee Charters (jocasseecharters.com or 864-280-9056) was also at the weigh-in, and he reported that the trout fishing has been good on Lake Jocassee. “The fish have finally come up shallow,” said Jones “and the fishing will pick up as the weather cools.”

    The next Jocassee Outdoor Center Trout Tournament will be on January 18. For more information go to jocasseeoutdoorcenter.com or call 864-944-9016.

    South Carolina Sportsman Field Reporter
    Capt. Glenn “Teach” Corley
    captteachcorley@hotmail.com

    December 24, 2013 at 2:42pm

    Jim Reese of Greenville proudly displays his big fish at the Striper Kings of Greenville Tournament that was held on Lake Hartwell Saturday.

    Reese’s striper weighed 25.6 pounds and with a total team weight of 55 pounds, his fishing partners, son Scotty Reese and Chris Childs also from Greenville, took the top places to win the tournament.

    The team fished up and down Six and Twenty Creek all day while pulling planer boards with live blueback herring. Reese said that he caught the big striper right after the rain stopped.

    Many of the tournament anglers were also fishing the creeks, and they talked about it being a tough day of fishing. Besides being a cold, wet, and nasty day, the big bites were hard to come by.

    One team stated that they followed a school of stripers near Fair Play Beach, but they only caught one small striper, and they were fishing twelve rods. “The birds were working, and the fish were schooling on top like crazy, but they just wouldn’t hit.”

    Anglers agreed that the stripers were mainly in the mouths of the creeks and that the fish were hitting live blueback herring while pulling planer boards.

    South Carolina Sportsman Field Reporter
    Capt. Glenn “Teach” Corley
    captteachcorley@hotmail.com

    December 17, 2013 at 4:37am

    With a few exceptions, it is pretty much a bottom bass bite on Lake Hartwell. Anglers over the weekend were bringing in catches from bumping or dragging baits on the bottom.

    Anglers were pulling out bass from brush piles, creek channels, and humps while fishing from 15 to 30 feet of water. The best fish were coming from the big water and the Seneca and Tugaloo Rivers around Andersonville Island.

    Carolina, Texas, and dropshot rigs with small or finesse worms produced the best catches in hooking fish. The predominate worm colors were green pumpkin and morning dawn for these bottom hugging fish.

    Others found spinnerbaits and medium running crankbaits worked well while fishing over structure like laydowns or brush piles. Still other anglers were jigging in water 40 and deeper with ¾- and 1-ounce chrome spoons like a Berry Flex-It or Slammer to put fish in the boat.

    Bumping or dragging baits on the bottom and casting towards structure are your best bets to get a limit of fish, but the bigger, quality fish are hard to find.

    South Carolina Sportsman Field Reporter
    Capt. Glenn “Teach” Corley
    captteachcorley@hotmail.com

    December 12, 2013 at 4:11am

    With the warm temperatures last week, the hybrid/striper anglers were out on Lake Hartwell. “The lake is healthy; don’t let anyone fool you. The fishing is good.”

    The fish are scattered from the big water around the Savannah River to the Seneca and Tugaloo Rivers near Andersonville Island. “Find the birds and you can find the fish.”

    The most productive way to catch these fish is on down rods or pulling planner boards or balloons. The hybrids/stripers are holding anywhere from on top to 25-35 feet deep and are hitting blueback herring or gizzard shad.

    “The fish are schooling like crazy,” and some anglers are complaining that “you can’t catch them.” But one bass fisherman complained that he caught four hybrids on a Lucky Craft black/chrome jerkbait before he changed his lure. “I ain’t losing a $17 lure on a ‘trash fish’.”

    For hard bait fishermen, jigging ¼ or ½ ounce Berry Flex-It spoons is working. “Hit ‘em the head; they will eat it.”

    Mostly, anglers are catching “teenagers,” but several 20 pounders have been caught, and the bite is best in the afternoon. So with a nice weather expected for the rest of the week, get on Lake Hartwell for some good hybrid/striper fishing.

    South Carolina Sportsman Field Reporter
    Capt. Glenn “Teach” Corley
    captteachcorely@hotmail.com

    December 11, 2013 at 4:59am
    A comment titled: comment in response to a report titled: Better scope or binoculars

    When I got into serious deer hunting many years ago, I wanted the best scope that I could afford.
    After spending many hours in sporting goods stores comparing scopes, I bought my first Leupold 2x7-40mm. After that, I bought a used rifle with a 3x9-40mm Nikon scope, but I did not like the clarity. I was able to get rid of the Nikon, and I bought a Leupold 3x9-40mm.
    I was like you in that I had a small $100 pair of Nikon binoculars, but was not happy with them for deer hunting. After comparing many brands of binoculars, I bought a pair of Leupold Yosemite 6x30. I now carry my Nikons in my turkey hunting vest.
    In conclusion, always buy the best optics that you can afford, and you will never be sorry. There are better and more expensive optics out there, but the Leupolds were the best that I could afford, and I have not regretted buying any of them. Teach

    September 17, 2013 at 3:24pm
    A comment titled: comment in response to a report titled: Coming from florida

    Ahoy Jason,I have been in Charleston all week and will be getting my reports out as soon as I get home.(Having too much fun to write down here!)Anyway, if you are interested in shrimping, contact Capt. Clif Corley at Edisto Shrimp Boat Charters for charters or trawling for seafood at 843-729-2687 or cmcorley@hughes.net-www.edistoshrimpboatcharters.com. Definitely kid friendly.Teach

    July 18, 2013 at 4:03pm
    A comment titled: comment in response to a report titled: guides

    Ahoy cjc6875,

    Kevin Davis at Black's Camp is one of the best crappie guides on Santee. Contact him at (843)753-2231 or fisherman1370@gmail.com.

    Good fishing,
    Teach

    January 04, 2013 at 5:25am
    A comment titled: comment in response to a report titled: Question

    I presented your question to a DNR Officer and the answer is, “Yes.”

    SC Hunting & Fishing Regulations, Hunting Rules & Regulations, Basic Information on Hunting, p.40
    “Hunting is defined as trying to find, seek, obtain, pursue, or diligently search for game.”

    Because there is a weapon present, all are required to have a hunting license just like bear and raccoon hunters are required to have a license to be on the hunt even though they are not carrying a weapon.

    This is the way it was explained to me.
    Teach

    September 06, 2012 at 12:51pm
    A comment titled: comment in response to a report titled: lake greenwood info please

    I just interviewed Brandon Cobb of Greenwood (for the Oct. issue of SC SPORTSMAN) who won the American Bass Anglers Division-96 Championship Tournament for the 2013 Season on Lake Greenwood August 26 with 5 fish weighing 15.72 pounds. Cobb said that he caught his fish in the middle part of the lake fishing around brush piles, docks, and points on crankbaits, jigs, spinnerbaits and soft plastics anywhere from 2 to 25 feet of water. Cobb said that he did not catch any two fish on the same bait and that he had only netted 2 fish by 11:30.
    I hope this helps. T

    August 29, 2012 at 4:16am
    A comment titled: comment in response to a report titled: lake greenwood info please

    Sorry Chris, I can not help you. I only fished Greenwood once this year and that was back in the spring. I am 75 miles away and do not get any reports about Greenwood.

    August 24, 2012 at 3:46am
    A comment titled: comment in response to a report titled: Foothills Bassmasters One Lure Tournament

    Who says that you can not catch fish on a Pop-R in the summer?

    July 28, 2012 at 4:38am
    A comment titled: Comment in response to a report titled: Kid catches huge bass, Father goes bonkers

    Congratulations on a great catch!

    June 08, 2012 at 4:01pm
    A comment titled: comment in response to a report titled: Catfish

    Are we having a fish fry?

    May 31, 2012 at 5:47am
    A comment titled: comment in response to a report titled: 11pounds 24inches

    That is a nice 'hawg!'

    May 16, 2012 at 4:32pm
    A comment titled: comment in response to a report titled: Lindsay's 9lbs 4oz LargeMouth Bass

    Great catch!

    May 16, 2012 at 4:30pm
    A comment titled: Comment in response to a report titled: Amanda's Lake Jocasse Trout

    Great catch!

    April 30, 2012 at 3:42am
    A comment titled: Comment in response to a report titled: 10 pound lunker

    Good fish!

    March 09, 2012 at 8:12am
    A comment titled: Comment in response to a report titled: Same camera different hogs

    That is a lot of bacon!

    February 20, 2012 at 4:40am
    A comment titled: Comment in response to a report titled: Need some help

    Miracle Six, even though I live in the Upstate, I spend time on HH. To answer your first question, yes you can hunt turkeys on a three day license, but you, 'must possess a valid set of turkey tags...' ( SCDNR Rules & Regulations p.37)
    To answer your second question, let me explain about your dates. You can not hunt public land in March. You can hunt turkeys- Game Zone 6 private land only, Mar.15-May 1. ( SCDNR Rules & Regulations p.29) You can only hunt turkeys in Game Zone 6 on public land from April 1- May 1. ( SCDNR Rules & Regulations p.37)
    I hope that I have answered your questions. Personally, I would suggest that you go fishing. Let me know, and I will give you the names of some of the captains that I use. Teach

    February 14, 2012 at 6:04am
    A comment titled: Comment in response to a report titled: Saluda Lake Landing

    Apparently, with the mild weather that we are having, the fishing has started up early this year. Teach

    February 11, 2012 at 5:28am
    A comment titled: Comment in response to a report titled: Greenhead and hen

    Doubles are always awesome!

    January 25, 2012 at 4:03pm
    A comment titled: Comment in response to a report titled: Family Traditions

    Teaching our children 'Southern Heritage' is what it is all about.

    January 25, 2012 at 4:01pm
    A comment titled: Comment in response to a report titled: new buck limit

    Have not seen anything yet, but you can bet Pat Robertson will have the details when it comes out in the 'Newsbreakers' section of SOUTH CAROLINA Sportsman.

    January 25, 2012 at 4:00pm
    A comment titled: Comment in response to a report titled: savannah river sunrise

    Sunrise in the woods or over water is always memorable. Teach

    January 25, 2012 at 3:56pm
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