Bass Fishing

The Mag 12 Buzz Worm

That two different professional anglers can fish a new 12-inch worm completely differently — with both catching solid numbers of quality bass — is a testament to the new Mag 12 Buzz Worm from Mister Twister. 

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Hunting

Get a grip on bow torque

In layman’s terms, torque is defined as a rotational force or the twisting of an object. While there are some cases where more torque is desirable — such as the output of your vehicle’s engine — the handle of your bow is NOT one of them. 

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Freshwater Fishing

Spawning trout are a fall adventure for Carolina anglers

In late September, autumn eases into the mountains with the first dull-red coloring of sourwood, dogwood and sumac leaves. Joe Pye weed, ironweed, asters, goldenrod and oxeye daisies brighten fields, pastures and roadsides in a dazzling array of colors: deep purple, lavender, pale blue and bright yellow. Tart fox grapes and fragrant muscadines hang in heavy clusters from ropey vines. Ripe hickory nuts, buckeyes and acorns spatter the forest floor. Mountain peaks and ranges, once obscured by summer haze, stand out clear and distinct as far as the eye can see.

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Bass Fishing

What’s next for stripers?

Striper fishing opens Oct. 1 — the keeper season, that is — on the Santee Cooper lakes, but no legislation has been passed to update current, long-standing regulations. Many anglers were hoping for new regulations by the fall opening, but good news regarding the health of the striper fishery is available. 

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Deer Hunting

Delay doe harvests until December

Every year, hunters look to kill a nice buck to add to their trophy collection and to put a load of fresh venison in the freezer. And every hunter looks to supplement his venison stock and control his local deer herd with a handful of doe harvests as well. 

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Redfish

Kayak safety for ocean fishing

Part of the fun of tackling big fish from a kayak is fishing with your friends and reliving the experience when telling the story. The first part, fishing with friends, is a key part of safety and the second, reliving the experience when telling the story, means having a safe and successful trip. The U.S. Coast Guard has minimum standards for required safety equipment in kayaks, and it has a longer list of suggested safety equipment.

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Hunting

Take sporting clays seriously in preseason

Being a successful hunter for some is the ability to get their game into shooting range. For some wildlife species, a fail-safe plan must be followed in the strict sense to get the opportunity to close the deal. For deer, squirrels and turkeys, having a firm rest and a steady trigger finger are the tricks of the trade. But for ducks, doves and other feathered, flying creatures, a high-level of skill is needed to bring home the protein. With the arrival of duck season in a few weeks, it’s a perfect time to practice at the local sporting clays range. 

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Redfish

Handling large fish for release

The fall fishery off Oak Island for kings and red drum is a fishery for large fish, some of which must be released. Many fishermen keep king mackerel to eat, and that is good as they are very weak after being fought to a kayak and their odds of healthy survival are not good. On the other hand, red drum may be weak after the fight but have a high survival rate if handled properly and not held out of the water too long for pictures. 

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Sidebars

Perfect artificial shrimp retrieve and feel the thump

Everything living in or out of the water loves the sweet taste of shrimp, and speckled trout, redfish and flounder can’t let one of these scrumptious critters pass by without trying to make a snack out of it. While a full bucket of live shrimp is tough to beat, an angler who can retrieve an artificial shrimp the correct way will start repurposing their live shrimp for a big pot of Lowcountry boil. 

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