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  • Dieter Melhorn shares some thoughts on the Lake Wateree striper bite.

    March 03 at 6:23am

    Pawleys Island resident Morgan Ray caught her first fish earlier this week while fishing with her mom in a saltwater pond in the Litchfield area.

    The 8-year old landed a pinfish on a piece of cut shrimp with her Shakespeare Ladyfish rod-and-reel combo in the early evening on an incoming tide.

    Ray had been fishing with whole shrimp, but she said little fish kept pecking at the shrimp and stealing her bait, so she scaled down the size of her offering. She also followed her mom's advice to not try setting the hook so quickly, and instead let the fish take the bait all the way in, allowing Ray to make a perfect hook-set. She reeled in the fish, her mom captured the moment on photo, and they released the fish to fight another day.

    This begs the question--how many of you have a photo of yourself with the first fish you ever caught?

    Brian Cope
    SC Sportsman Field Reporter

    June 26, 2014 at 9:51pm

    Capt. Robert Olsen of Knot@Work Fishing Charters is putting his clients on a variety of offshore fish off the coast of Charleston. A recent bottom fishing trip in 100 foot of water netted limits of 5 different species of fish, including triggerfish, which bit throughout the day.

    Black sea bass, grouper, and snapper were also plentiful on this trip, and Olsen's crew landed the fish on a variety of cut bait and jigs.

    Olsen has a brand new boat, and fishes out of Shem Creek. He fishes inshore, nearshore, and offshore, and can be reached at 843-442-7724.

    February 28, 2014 at 9:56pm

    The SCDNR holds lotteries each year for turkey hunts on land that is intensively managed for quality wildlife. The demand for these hunts outweighs the opportunities, so hunters enter a lottery, or drawing, and hope to get picked for these great hunting trips.

    Hunters can now apply for these hunts online, as well as through the mail or in person at one of the four regional SCDNR offices.

    The turkey hunts are offered on WMA land, and sportsmen can apply at https://dnrlicensing.sc.gov/dnrlicensingsales/salescategories.aspx and clicking the 'lottery hunt' option.

    For more information, visit http://www.dnr.sc.gov/hunting/drawhunts.html

    Brian Cope
    Borden
    SC Sportsman Field Reporter

    February 28, 2014 at 9:33pm

    The SCDNR will host the 2nd annual Youth Bass Fishing Championship on Lake Murray, March 29th in conjunction with the Palmetto Sportsmen's Classic. Weiigh in will take place at fairgrounds during the Classic.

    Middle schools and high schools are eligible to participate, and can send up to six anglers, who will split into two-man teams. An adult volunteer will be onboard with each team.

    For more information on this tournament, or on youth fishing clubs in general, contact the SCDNR's Lorianne Riggin at 803-737-8483.

    Brian Cope
    Borden
    SC Sportsman Field Reporter

    February 28, 2014 at 9:03pm

    Hunters who would like their deer antlers measured have plenty of options this year. The largest amount of antlers will be scored during the Palmetto Sportsman Classic at the SC State Fairgrounds March 28-30, but the first scoring session will take place March 4 at Hunter's Headquarters in Greenwood. Other scoring sessions are listed below

    2014 ANTLER MEASURING SESSIONS
    Date, time, location, telephone
    • Tuesday, March 4, 2-8 p.m., Greenwood, Hunter’s Headquarters, 1845 Calhoun Rd., (864)-223-1911.
    • Thursday, March 6, 2-8 p.m, Six Mile, Durham’s Grocery, 3210 Walhalla Highway (864) 868-2070.
    •Friday, March 7, 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Bath, Wilson’s Taxidermy, 158 Victory Lane, (803) 593-3357
    • Monday, March 17, 2-8 p.m, Spartanburg, Academy Sports, 100 Peachwood Centre Dr., (864) 216-8960.
    • Wednesday, March 26, 9:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m., Bonneau, Dennis Wildlife Center, 305 Black Oak Road. Please call ahead (843) 825-3387
    • Friday, March 28, noon to 8:00 p.m., Columbia, Palmetto Sportsmen’s Classic, State Fairgrounds, (803) 734-3886
    • Saturday, March 29, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Columbia, Palmetto Sportsmen’s Classic, State Fairgrounds, (803) 734-3886
    • Sunday, March 30, 1:30-6 p.m., Columbia, Palmetto Sportsmen’s Classic, State Fairgrounds, (803) 734-3886
    • Clemson: At DNR Office, 311 Natural Resources Dr., by appointment only during March (864) 654-1671 ext. 16.
    • Columbia: At DNR office, 1000 Assembly St., by appointment only any time of year, (803) 734-8738
    • Florence: At DNR office, 295 S. Evander Dr., Florence, by appointment only during March, (843) 661-4768
    • Garnett: Webb Wildlife Center, 1282 Webb Ave., by appointment only during March, (803) 625-3569
    • Union: At DNR Office, 124 Wildlife Drive, Union, by appointment only during March, (864) 427-5140

    Brian Cope
    Borden
    SC Sportsman Field Reporter

    February 28, 2014 at 8:55pm

    The largemouth bite is hot on the Santee Cooper lakes, and the big ones are just as active as the small ones.

    Brett Collins of Carolina Anglers Team Trail (www.catttrail.com) caught a 10.24-lb hawg at Santee earlier this week while fishing a tournament. Collins caught the bass on a Rat-L-Trap in shallow water and released it after weighing in.

    This impressive catch didn't help Collins enough to win the tournament though, thanks to 5 fish that totaled 32.4 pounds, and bit for Brett Mitchell who won the tournament.

    Brian Cope
    Borden
    SC Sportsman Field Reporter

    February 28, 2014 at 8:43pm

    The SCDNR and South Carolina 4-H are teaming up to put on a shooting sports field day that is open to the public, and free of charge for participants. It will take place on Feb 8 at Palachucola Shooting Range, which is next to the Webb Wildlife Center in Hampton County.

    Firearms safety training will be a big part of this program, but shooting instruction on shotguns, .22 rifles, airguns, and archery equipment will also be provided.

    All guns and equipment, as well as ammo, will be provided, but attendees are welcome to bring their own archery equipment or firearms, though they should not bring ammunition.

    This is a great event for novice shooters of all ages. For more information on this event, contact the SCDNR at the Webb Wildlife Center at 803-625-3569.

    Brian Cope
    Borden
    SC Sportsman Field Reporter

    February 01, 2014 at 12:11am

    Deer season is over, but it is always hog season in South Carolina, and sportsmen and women have more options with hogs than deer. While firearms and bows are options for either animal, hog hunters can also use knives, and can also hunt at night.

    Sumter's Sarah McClam and Chris Warren haven't let the end of deer season stop them from stocking their freezers full of game. On a recent hunt with a few friends, and using dogs and knives, McClam and Warren bagged 10 wild hogs, including 4 over 200 pounds.

    They do their hog-dogging with GPS collars that show the location of all their dogs, who run silent until they happen upon a hog. It's an effective method that they use day or night.

    Brian Cope
    Borden
    SC Sportsman Field Reporter

    January 31, 2014 at 11:53pm

    Twenty-four teams participated in Midlands Striper Club's January tournament on the 18th out of Acapulco Landing, and the teams combined to bring 52 rockfish to the weigh-in. Nine teams came in with a four-fish limit, despite some bad weather conditions.

    Team Gar-Heart, with anglers Shawn Gearheart, Daniel Sullivan, and Matt Halverstadt, won the tournament with four fish weighing 33.88 lbs, including the Nichols Store Big Fish that tipped the scales at 20.07 lbs. Team Rocky Bottom took 2nd place, with Townsend Wessinger, Bill Linse, and Baylon Moore putting 30.30 lbs in the boat, followed by the 3rd place team of Team Catch 22, who weighed in 28.54 lbs.

    For more information on Midlands Striper Club and to see their tournament schedule, visit www.midlandsstriperclub.org.

    Brian Cope
    Borden
    SC Sportsman Field Reporter

    January 29, 2014 at 8:40pm

    Chris Warren with Big Country Outdoors has been trapping in the Sumter County area, and has been having success with beavers, coyotes, raccoons, and bobcats.

    Trapping is not the most popular outdoor adventure in South Carolina, and some sportsmen don't even know an open season exists for it. It lasts about a month each year, and participants must have the proper permit to trap. The permits are available from the SCDNR.

    Trapping helps cut down the number of predators which help keep populations of wild game like deer and quail from being diminished.

    Brian Cope
    Borden
    SC Sportsman Field Reporter

    January 28, 2014 at 9:31pm

    The state's first cormorant hunting season begins this Sunday, Feb 2nd on the Santee Cooper lakes. Participants must be permitted by the DNR, and that isn't as simple as buying a hunting license. Aside from having a valid hunting license, cormorant seekers must have attended one of the SCDNR's training sessions and possess the permit they were issued. This goes for anyone tagging along with folks hunting these birds, whether they are hunting, photographing, or just along for the ride.

    The training sessions focused on identifying the cormorant, which has a few virtual look-alikes that are federally-protected, and the proper disposal of the birds, as well as a number of other guidelines hunters must follow.

    The season lasts about a month, and was put in place to help scale down the overpopulation of the birds, which eat fish at an uncommon rate.

    Brian Cope
    Borden
    SC Sportsman Field Reporter

    January 28, 2014 at 7:58pm

    Wateree anglers will be happy to know that Dutchman Creek Marina will be opening Jan 2. A store and restaurant will serve customers everything from fishing bait to ribeyes, with boat slips and gasoline sales to be added in the near future.

    A store and restaurant operated at Dutchman Creek for many years, but closed several years ago, so folks are ready to see this new venture opening. Stop by after the new year to stock up on fishing supplies and snacks, and to have a home-cooked meal after a long day of fishing.

    Brian Cope
    Borden
    SC Sportsman Field Reporter

    December 30, 2013 at 8:38pm

    Capt. Brian Vaughn of Off the Hook Fishing Charters in Hilton Head said redfishing in the Hilton Head area is all about quality over quantity right now. 'The few fish we got this afternoon were about as nice as they get here in the lowcountry,' Vaughn said after a recent trip.

    Vaughn and his clients are catching bull redfish in the 40+ inch range. To hook into your bull red, call Capt. Vaughn at 843-298-4376.

    Brian Cope
    Borden
    SC Sportsman Field Reporter

    December 30, 2013 at 8:14pm

    Hunt-Fish-Paddle is holding the Lake Wylie Winter Tournament Trail out of Buster Boyd Landing every Sunday through Feb 16th.

    Registration for each tournament is at the ramp from 7 to 7:30 a.m. the morning of the tournament, with blast-off at 7:30. Each tournament ends with a 3:30 weigh-in.

    There is a $60 entry fee, with 100% payback. A $100 big fish prize will be awarded at the end of each tournament, and an Angler of the Year package worth $750 will be awarded at the end of the trail. This is a 5-fish, 14-inch minimum, tournament format.

    To fish in upcoming tournaments, show up to register at the Buster Boyd landing at 7 a.m., or call Mike Stone at 704-915-0942.

    Brian Cope
    Borden
    SC Sportsman Field Reporter

    December 30, 2013 at 12:29pm

    Saltwater fishing licenses in South Carolina have always been good for one year from June 30th of each year. That is about to change, as the SCDNR will begin issuing 365-day licenses which will run expire one year from the date of purchase. The new license sales will go on sale at the beginning of 2014.

    Three-year saltwater licenses will expire on the third anniversary of the purchase, and will also go on sale at the start of next year.

    Brian Cope
    Borden
    SC Sportsman Field Reporter

    December 27, 2013 at 3:02pm

    Anglers and hunters looking for their next vehicle need look no further than Toyota's newly redesigned Tundra, a workhorse that gets the job done in style. Toyota has been making the Tundra since 1999, and they combined their in-house innovation with input from previous Tundra owners to put together the 2014 version of the truck, which leads the full-size class of vehicles in several categories.

    Earlier this fall, Toyota unveiled the 2014 Tundra at Georgia's Barnsley Gardens, an outdoorsman's paradise in the rolling foothills above Atlanta. Highways with sharp turns, steep hills, and a mixture of stop-and-go traffic put the truck through its paces, while the off-road track at Barnsley Gardens gave drivers a taste of what the truck can do in the wild.

    One of the most notable features of interest to outdoorsmen is the Tundra's towing stats. It can tow up to 10,400 pounds, but even more impressive is that the Tundra is the only truck in its class that meets the SAE J2807 towing standard. This is an industry test that involves a complicated series of towing procedures, and while some manufacturers claim their truck's transmission or cooling system meets this standard, they are leaving out part of the story. Every component of the Tundra--the entire truck--is SAE J2807 compliant. No other full size truck can say that. Pulling that pontoon boat, camper, or trailer full of ATVs has never been easier.

    And while its towing capacity makes the Tundra a viable candidate for an outdoorsman's truck (it's possible to forget you're even pulling anything at times), the upgraded audio system, the comfort of the interior and the decreased road noise, along with the smoothness of the Tundra's ride makes this more than just a tow vehicle. The redesigned exterior gives the truck a more aggressive and attractive look, and is sure to turn heads in hunting camp, the interstate, or on main street.

    The Tundra's rear bumper is a unique three-piece design that allows the replacement of one, two, or all three portions. This means Tundra owners with a dinged-up bumper can replace only the necessary piece(s), keeping costs down. The lockable tailgate features and easy-up/easy-down system with no slamming, and can be easily removed.

    The Tundra is available in 5 packages--the SR, the SR5, the Limited, the Platinum, and the new 1794 edition. Three cab styles and three engine options make the Tundra an option for budget-minded outdoorsmen as well as those wanting every available option, and everyone in between.

    The 2014 Tundra is designed and built in the United States and is currently available at Toyota dealers nationwide.

    Brian Cope
    Borden
    SC Sportsman Field Reporter

    December 08, 2013 at 9:35pm

    Chris Warren with Big Country Outfitters said harvesting hogs in the cold weather has been no problem lately, but he has had to make some adjustments in order to accommodate deer hunters and plantation owners.

    'We don't want to run dogs for hogs during daylight because it messes up the deer hunters, and a lot of land owners don't want us to do that. But, they still have a problem with hogs, including that the hogs are eating up all the corn and crops planted for deer,' Warren said. So, Warren and his crew just hunt with dogs in the dark.

    Warren runs silent dogs, who don't bark while searching for hogs. They only begin making sounds once they have a hog bayed or on the run. This is very effective, as many of the hogs are sleeping, so have little chance to get away by the time the dogs are on them.

    Warren encourages land owners with hog problems to call him at 803-840-5184.

    Brian Cope
    Borden
    SC Sportsman Field Reporter

    November 30, 2013 at 3:17pm

    The SCDNR regularly stocks fish throughout South Carolina's waters, and they recently continued the practice at Gallivant's Ferry, stocking 10,000 redbreast bream into the Little Pee Dee River.

    The fingerlings were raised at the Cheraw Fish Hatchery and this is but one installment of over 10 million fish stocked each year throughout the Palmetto State.

    The funding for these stockings comes from taxes on the sale of hunting and fishing equipment at retailers across South Carolina.

    Brian Cope
    Borden
    SC Sportsman Field Reporter

    November 30, 2013 at 2:49pm

    The SCDNR will hold a youth coon hunt Dec 7 in Georgetown. This will be one of nine youth hunts sponsored by a coalition of the SCDNR, the S.C. Coon Hunter's Assn, and the Hell Hole Coon Hunters Assn.

    This, as well as the other eight youth hunts, are open to hunters aged 6-17, with one age bracket of 6-12 yr. olds, and another with 13-17 year olds. All of these events are non-harvest hunts, where points will be scored by dogs treeing coons, as well as their youth handlers being able to identify when his dog strikes and trees.

    For more information on this hunt, call Floyd Lambert at 843-264-8093.

    Brian Cope
    Borden
    SC Sportsman Field Reporter

    November 30, 2013 at 2:37pm
    A comment titled: it's worth it in response to a report titled: A little chilly on the backside

    The redfish don't mind the cold, so it is worth it to get out there and fish. It's going to be cold if I'm not fishing, so I might as well fish and get that tug we are all looking for!

    January 28, 2014 at 9:35pm
    A comment titled: Great idea in response to a report titled: Reciprocating license SC & NC for lake Wylie

    I would love to see that happen, but I don't have much hope of it any time soon. it's not just Lake Wylie, it's any body of water that borders both states. SC and Georgia have reciprocal license agreements with any body of water that borders both states. Virginia and NC have it too. But SC and NC have never been able to come together on it for some reason. I have heard different theories on why that is, but I don't really know the real reason.

    Still, getting your rep involved is the best thing to do. Maybe if enough people do that, it will eventually lead to a change. I hope so. Good on you for taking that step.

    January 28, 2014 at 8:14pm

    looks like a great turnout, good fishing, and a good payout. Thanks for sharing the report with SC Sportsman's readers.

    January 15, 2014 at 4:29pm
    A comment titled: Happy Anniversary in response to a report titled: Anniversary 8 point.

    Way to go Kelsey!

    January 15, 2014 at 4:26pm
    A comment titled: Good info in response to a report titled: new tournament trail

    This is good to see. Even with the downturn in the economy in that past 10 years, bass tournament fishing has continued to grow tremendously. With Cabela's set to open a store in upstate SC this year, it is good to see them bring a couple of tournaments to the area as well.

    January 15, 2014 at 4:24pm
    A comment titled: Yep, it's possible in response to a report titled: What a Fluke!

    Nice catch! It's very possible he swam up the river. It's not all that uncommon to catch saltwater species in bodies of freshwater that are just upstream from salt. Either way--nice catch!

    November 14, 2013 at 7:36pm
    A comment titled: Thanks in response to a report titled: Lake murray Shellcrackers

    Thanks for the tip. if you'd like to share more of them with SC Sportsman readers in an upcoming issue of the magazine, drop me a line at briancope@ftc-i.net

    November 05, 2013 at 9:01am
    A comment titled: Nice Buck in response to a report titled: 'Dagger' buck

    That is a very nice buck. Great photo too.

    October 30, 2013 at 9:20pm
    A comment titled: Freak o'nature in response to a report titled: 9 point Doe

    Every now and then, such things happen! Not many people have shot an antlered doe, so nobody would blame you for mounting the whole thing!

    October 30, 2013 at 9:19pm
    A comment titled: Nice report in response to a report titled: Georgetown Reds

    Thanks for letting us know how the bite is. Good to see all those reds hanging out, and biting :)

    October 30, 2013 at 9:17pm
    A comment titled: Meat! in response to a report titled: 105 lb 7-Point

    Good job Brent; that's the way to put meat on the table!

    October 30, 2013 at 9:14pm
    A comment titled: Nice prize in response to a report titled: Tyler's Cherokee Run 10pt

    Kevin, thanks for sharing the photos with us. Congrats to Tyler! Glad the boys at Cherokee Run took care of you guys.

    October 30, 2013 at 9:13pm
    A comment titled: Quite a rack in response to a report titled: 15 point non typical full velvet buck

    Wow Raymond, that is a very unique rack for sure! Congrats on the kill and thanks for sharing with us.

    October 30, 2013 at 9:11pm
    A comment titled: Nice calling in response to a report titled: Chris's 6 point

    Good job Chris! I guess you have had a few meals from that kill by now :). Have you grunted any more bucks in range since?

    October 30, 2013 at 9:09pm
    A comment titled: Nice to catch and eat in response to a report titled: Lake murray Shellcrackers

    Nice catch! What are they biting?

    October 30, 2013 at 9:06pm
    A comment titled: Way to go in response to a report titled: Denise Seigler

    Nice one Denise! Congratulations and thanks for sharing with the SC Sportsman community!

    October 30, 2013 at 9:04pm
    A comment titled: Nice in response to a report titled: BAGGED MY DADDY\'S BUCK(CHESTERFIELD COUNTY)

    Great job Amy! I'm sure dear ole dad doesn't mind.

    October 23, 2013 at 8:40am
    A comment titled: Nice in response to a report titled: May River Fishing

    Two very nice catches Rebecca! Thanks for sharing. Post the photos to our facebook page for a chance to win a sportsman decal... www.facebook.com/scsportsman

    July 31, 2013 at 2:10am
    A comment titled: Sweet in response to a report titled: Mini Pontoon

    That's an awesome looking boat! You should have gotten him to take you for a spin Teach!

    July 10, 2013 at 10:51pm
    A comment titled: Nice job in response to a report titled: Fishing in Beaufort

    Good job and nice tip on using bream for bait. Keep sending in photos and reports!

    March 19, 2013 at 4:28pm
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