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  • Check out the Harry Hampton Hunting and Fishing Expo in Spartanburg, SC this weekend- August 27-29 at the Spartanburg Expo Center. The Expo will be open from 1pm to 7pm on Friday; from 10am to 7pm on Saturday; and 11am to 5pm on Sunday. The event will feature a 4,000 gallon mobile aquarium, Sammy Schrimsher's famous whitetail exhibit, hunting, fishing and outdoors seminars and fun for the entire family. There will be hunting and fishing equipment, boats, ATVs and more for show and sale. DNR will have an exhibit and mobile educational trailer with BB shooting ranges.

    Admission to the expo is $6 for adults and parking is free. Kids 7-12 are $4 and children under 7 are admitted free.

    Todd Huntley
    Inman, S.C.
    S.C. Sportsman Field Reporter

    August 24, 2010 at 9:45pm

    Lake Bowen has been pretty tough the last few weeks. The Thursday night tournaments are down about 5 pounds. For some anglers, the bass are still biting , but they are not on their normal routine. Topwater bites are on very early in the morning, but most of the time it is over before seven o'clock. Crazy-shads, Zara-spooks, and popper's seem to be working the best. When the sun gets high, fish suspend and some move to the top of brush piles in deep water. Last week in the big fishing tournament, the biggest fish of the year was caught- a monster 8 pound 14 ounce largemouth. There were about 5 fish caught over 5 pounds. Carolina and jig were the main big fish baits in the tournament.

    Todd Huntley
    Inman, S.C.
    S.C. Sportsman Field Reporter

    Todd Huntley
    Inman, S.C.
    S.C. Sportsman Field Reporter

    August 15, 2010 at 8:35am

    Big deer are very fun to see with the velvet racks on the trail cam. You can see what you have on your property that might be shooters. In my club, you must kill at least a 3 1/2 year old buck to be legal. South Carolina is finally growing some nice bucks, thanks to some hard work from clubs that have a strict management program in place. There's something special about sitting in your favorite stand and seeing a 2 1/2 year old buck walk by and to know he will be a nice trophy next year. Please send your deer cam photos in. Good Hunting and let those small bucks walk.

    Todd Huntley
    Inman, S.C.
    S.C. Sportsman Field Reporter

    August 14, 2010 at 8:47pm

    Bowfishing In The South
    My first Bowfishing trip was this week with Riverrat Outfitters at Lake Hartwell and it was very fun. Watching the shad and small game fish in the water at night is great. We had a blast and we had about a 100 shots in 7 hours. Hartwell is known for a lot of small carp in the 2 to 10 pound class. The main thing is you have to cover a bunch of water to see and shoot the numbers. If you want to have some fun and sharpen your shooting skills call Donnie Simpson at 1-864-978-9414

    Todd Huntley
    Inman, S.C.
    S.C. Sportsman Field Reporter

    August 14, 2010 at 7:47pm

    Smallmouth Bass On the Broadriver have been hit or miss the last few weeks due to the rain fall that muddies up the river. Smallmouth bass have been biting topwater baits early in the morning. Try throwing buzzbait, zara spooks, and zoom flukes on the top end of the shoals. When the sun gets high, we go to the bottom. Small dropshot baits like 2 1/2 inch crawfish will get you some bites. When the bait fish are running throw a small swimbait on a jig head- they love it. Are you catching any smallmouth?

    Todd Huntley
    Inman, S.C.
    S.C. Sportsman Field Reporter

    August 04, 2010 at 8:58am

    Catfish on the Broad River is pretty good right now. Take a couple cans of night crawlers and a bag full of pool noodles. Sonny's and Doc's dip bait seems to work the best. One thing I have learned is that you have to play around with the size of pool noodle you use. Bigger noodles will catch big catfish, but if you want to catch a bunch of catfish you need some very small pieces on a couple of your rods. Some times we use pieces up to 3 inches, but sometimes a 1-1/2 inches is the right size. Try yellow, red, and blue noodles and see which one they are biting the best that day. Always take some night crawlers to keep you busy while you are waiting for the bigger catfish.

    Todd Huntley
    Inman, S.C.
    S.C. Sportsman Field Reporter

    July 26, 2010 at 7:29pm

    New bass lures for 2010

    Custom Bass Tackle Norman DLN color River Bream $23.00

    Jerry Rago Baits SKT Swimmer color Light Hitch
    6' Hand cranfted in the U.S.A. MSRP $20.99

    BackStabber Lures Lipless color Red Sexy Stabber MSRP $15.00

    What do you have in your Tackle Box?

    Todd Huntley
    Inman, S.C.
    S.C. Sportsman Field Reporter

    July 18, 2010 at 6:18pm

    Summertime blues can test some of the hardcore fishermen with temperatures reaching in the high 90s and water temperatures in the high 80s to low 90s. Bass fish can break your will and humble your soul. But, if you want to improve your skills and learn as much as you can about this sport, staying on the water is a must. If you look at the guys who caught the most fish day-in an day-out, they have spent a lot of time on the water. I have fished competitions on some of the areas biggest tournament trails, including Jerry Rhyne, Red Man and Hawg Caller. Finishing in the top ten in yearly point standings in all trails was a result of my dedication and time spent on the water. Some of the guys that I used to fish with actually took it to a new level- Jason Quinn, Boyd Duckett, David Fritz, Gerald Swindell, and Marty Stone. These guys fish 5 days a week instead of 3 (like most avid fishermen) and look where they are now- BIG TIME PROs.

    Todd Huntley
    Inman, S.C.
    S.C. Sportsman Field Reporter

    July 15, 2010 at 8:19pm

    Hot weather

    Lakes in the Upstate are slow as molasses, but like all lakes when there's a tournament, somebody always seems to figure them out. Last week at Lake Bowen, it took 18 pounds to win the Thursday night tournament. Two 13 pound sacks filled 2nd and 3rd place spots. Seven pounds won big fish of the night. Most of the fish where caught on carolina rig worms off of deep points, and some caught fish on a shakey head worm. The fish seem to be suspended in the day time, and a small percentage of the bass will move up the last two hours before dark. Deep brush piles seem to work the best at night.
    Lake Cooley fish are schooling early in the morning. Then they are catching them on very small weights in front of a zoom trick worm. When the sun gets high you can beat the banks and catch a few on a floating worm.

    What won your last Tournament?

    Todd Huntley
    Inman, S.C.
    S.C. Sportsman Field Reporter

    July 14, 2010 at 7:11pm

    Deer on salt licks.

    Deer in the Upstate are killing the salt licks. It is time to refresh last year's mineral hot holes. I personally like deer cane. You can put it out after it rains they will start digging a hole within a week. Deer cane does not last like a salt block, but it is a lot easier to carry deep in the woods to your hot spot. Try putting about a half a bag in each stand location. One of the main secrets is to put it in red clay, because it holds the mineral and when it rains it will hold water. Deer will slow down hitting salt lick in October, but the licks create very good trails. You will see deer visiting your licks the whole deer season.

    Good luck Deer Hunting this season.

    Todd Huntley
    Inman, S.C.
    S.C. Sportsman Field Reporter

    Todd Huntley
    Inman, S.C.
    S.C. Sportsman Field Reporter

    July 14, 2010 at 6:58pm

    Broad River Smallmouth

    River bassin' is in hot action. The morning bites are a little slow, but if you can see the fish chasing bait you can catch some nice smalleys. Throw flukes and zara puppy when they are chasing shad. When the sun comes up, try throwing crawfish type baits like tubes,crawfish,and small hair jigs. Bream are plentiful so try red worms or crickets in the calmer water near over hanging trees. Kids will have fun catching them on their summer break. Catfish are biting a little bit early and late in the day. They are biting small pieces of cutbait, and night crawlers. What are you catching in the Broad River?

    Todd Huntley
    Inman, S.C.
    S.C. Sportsman Field Reporter

    June 29, 2010 at 5:14pm

    South Carolina Foothills Bass Anglers

    June Tournament Lake Hartwell

    1st place Derrick Turner Amy Turner 5 fish 11.25
    2nd place Jerry Morgan Mike Garrett 5 fish 9.67
    3rd place David Mabry Donnie Adler 5 fish 9.56
    4th place Stacey James Eric Caddell 5 fish 9.48
    5th place Bobby Wade Jonny Gill 5 fish 6.90

    Big Fish Derrick and Amy Turner 5.22

    New Leaders for the point championship
    David Mabry and Donnie Adler 511
    J McDaniels Mike McDaniels 511

    Hartwell was a tough tournament. The fish bit topwater early in the morning and carolina rig when the sun came up. There are a lot of fish out very deep that roam with the blueback but they are hard to catch. If you hit the right tree line, you can catch a few big fish suspended in the trees.

    Todd Huntley
    Inman, S.C.
    S.C. Sportsman Field Reporter

    June 27, 2010 at 7:25pm

    Broad River smallmouth are biting and it is time to spend a day on the river. Lake fishing has slowed down and the river is heating up. You can get out of the canoe and roam the river hot spots chasing those smallmouth bass. A early bite is good throwing buzzbaits and tiny torpedos on the lower end of the shoals. As the sun gets high, the bass will shift to the moving water where the bait fish are hiding. Zoom super flukes and small spinnerbaits are the ticket. When the action slows down, throw a tube bait and little shakey head worm around the deeper holes. The next few months will be the best time to enjoy the famous Broad river smallmouth. Please practice catch and release. This is a special place and we need to protect it. Send your pictures of your smallmouths.

    Todd Huntley
    Inman, S.C.
    S.C. Sportsman Field Reporter

    June 15, 2010 at 7:55pm

    Lake Blalock: If you are looking for bass, the bite is on in the early morning hours using topwater and wakebaits in the mouth of coves. Up in the day, fish are schooling in the main river channel in 25 feet of water so try throwing Zoom Flukes and small topwater baits. There are bass tournaments every Tuesday. Most every week there will be 20 plus boats fishing. So try your luck.

    Lake Lyman: The bass are in hit or miss mode. Bass are cruising the banks looking for bream and if you hit the right spot, you can hook up a monster bass. Buzzbaits, zoom horny toad, and lite weight jigs seem to work best.

    Todd Huntley
    Inman, S.C.
    S.C. Sportsman Field Reporter

    June 13, 2010 at 7:29am

    At Lake Bowen the water temperature is in the low 80's and a lot of fish are suspended in the main river channel chasing small schools of bait fish. They are busting the water in the mid morning. On calm mornings you can see a lot of schooling fish. Throw small topwater baits and small spoons in the schools. The big fish are still biting and if you pull up on the right place you can catch the 4 to 8 pound bass that Lake Bowen is known for. The offshore bite is not very consistent. One day you can bust them and the next day you are scratching your head. How are you catching the big ones?

    Todd Huntley
    Inman, S.C.
    S.C. Sportsman Field Reporter

    June 11, 2010 at 5:06pm

    Tennessee Triumph
    Kentucky Lake- Paris, Tenn
    June 9- 12

    Todd Huntley
    Inman, S.C.
    S.C. Sportsman Field Reporter

    June 10, 2010 at 8:48pm

    Kentucky Lake The Carolina boy are showing out on the Tennessee Truiph, Kentucky Lake Jason Quinn in 3rd place with 41-14. Jason Williamson 24th place with 35-6. Casey Ashley has 34-8. Marty Robinson round out the 39 spot with 31-5. They are putting South Carolina on the map with some great catches. Hopefuly a few of them will make the top 12 and fish for the big money. They are catching most of the fish on carolina rigs, Texas rigs with big worms, and football jigs on off shore ledges. Some of the leader are throwing big crankbait to.

    Pull for the carolina boys, who is your favorite angler.

    Todd Huntley
    Inman, S.C.
    S.C. Sportsman Field Reporter

    June 10, 2010 at 8:40pm

    Lake Bowen: The bass have slowed down in the last week- most of the fish are biting early in the morning and late in the day beating the banks. Daytime fishing is tough. Most of the bass are suspended and not active. Carolina rig and drop-shots seem to work the best in 8 to 12 feet of water. Crappie are starting to bite at night around the bridges using medium size minnows. Catfish are hanging around hard bottoms that have some rocks around. Night crawlers and small chunks of cutbait will do the trick.

    Broad River smallmouth are starting to heat up with the warm water and you are able to move a lot to find the feeding smallmouth. Zoom flukes and buzzbaits work good right off the main channel. Shakey head worms and a small jig will also produce when they stop hitting topwater baits. If you are looking for a trip of a lifetime right here in the upstate, call Broad River Guide Service. 1-864- 316-4357.

    Todd Huntley
    Inman, S.C.
    S.C. Sportsman Field Reporter

    May 28, 2010 at 9:36pm

    Savannah Boy pulls it out at Lake Clark Hill

    Jason Williamson from Aiken, S.C. wins the Bassmaster elite tournament at Clark Hill Lake, GA May 20th- 23rd, 2010. His four day total was 53-6. Williamson used a mophead jig with Zoom super chuck to cash in on a big pay day of $100,000. Jason caught his fish in the upper end of the lake where his knowledge of the lake helped him win a very tough tournament. Casey Ashley from Donalds, S.C. finished 7th place with 43-2. Ashley said he caught his fish on a fluke, jig, and a topwater bait when the fish were schooling. Marty Robinson finished 20th place with 30-11. Marty used a mophead jig, fluke, and a topwater bait. Congratulations to the Carolina boys for another big day on the water. Photo taken by Todd Huntley. Who will show out at Kentucky lake? Go Carolina boys.

    Todd Huntley
    Inman, S.C.
    S.C. Field Reporter

    May 27, 2010 at 8:14am

    South Carolina Foothills Bass Angler

    Lake Russell May 2010

    1st place JMcDaniels & Mike McDaniels 5 fish 12.82
    2nd place Stacey James & Eric Caddell 5 fish 12.26
    3rd place Stanley James & Derek James 5 fish 11.22
    4th place David Mabry & Donnie Adler 5 fish 11.03
    5th place Jerry Morgan & Mike Garrett 5 fish 8.60

    Big Fish- McDaniels Team 4.20

    Most of the fish were schooling around the main river run around the shoal markers. Spooks and Sammys in clear colors seemed to work, along with flukes and small swimbaits. When the action slowed down, they threw carolina rigs and football jigs.

    McDaniels Team is leading the points can anybody catch them?

    Todd Huntley
    Inman, S.C.
    S.C. Sportsman Field Reporter

    May 22, 2010 at 9:00pm
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    That smell like bacon.

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    What did you do with them?

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    How big is the biggest?
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    WHAT WERE THEY BITTING?

    August 14, 2010 at 7:39pm
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    Did you catch any more?

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    Did he find your corn pile?

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    Yes Green Way Park

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    Where was it?

    Todd Huntley

    August 05, 2010 at 11:43pm
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    Where was it?

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    Did you catch them on live bait?

    Todd Huntley

    July 30, 2010 at 8:34pm
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    Did you catch them on live bait?

    Todd Huntley

    July 30, 2010 at 8:34pm
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    Who is the best captain for a offshore adventure?

    Todd Huntley

    July 30, 2010 at 8:28pm
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    Its awesome

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