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    Here, piggy, piggy, piggy

    The weather may seem very similar to December, but January is definitely a transitional month for outdoorsman around the Carolinas — especially the thousands of deer hunters out there. More hunters participate in deer season than all of the other game animals combined. But just because the season is over doesn’t mean the deer rifle should be retired to the gun cabinet. Hunters can continue hunting, targeting a different quarry with large white tusks in the front and a pair of country hams bringing up the rear. 

    January 09, 2014 at 9:00am

    Cool runnings - North Carolina’s out-of-the-way Hyco Lake is a winter paradise, thanks to hot water

    Among outdoors and non-outdoors people, bass anglers are considered, well, a little off kilter.

    January 01, 2015 at 7:00am

    January is big-fish time

    Fishing can still be very good in January on Lake Marion and Lake Moultrie despite the typical cold weather, especially for catfish and stripers. One of the best species for consistent action is catfish; more than one way of finding and catching these fish will work in January.

    January 15, 2015 at 9:00am

    Add noise to winter lures

    Fishing can be tough in the winter. Aside from the cold air temperatures that keep many anglers off the water, the lower water temperatures also slow things down for most fish, including their appetites. They still have to eat, but they eat less often and will conserve energy by passing on the chance to chase down a lot of meals. 

    January 01, 2016 at 7:00am

    Turn to active winter fish

    The sport of kayak fishing has generated a tremendous following whose numbers rank among the fastest growing of all outdoor sports. As a barometer, just pay attention on the highway to the plastic fishing craft adorning the roofs, beds and utility trailers of a large number of travelers in spring, summer and fall.

    January 12, 2016 at 9:00am

    G’town reds are on

    January can bring blustery conditions even to the south. But that doesn’t mean the redfish won’t be biting, and the backwaters around Georgetown are ground zero for winter reds.

    Matt Bellamy of Captain Matt’s Saltwater Charters said winter is prime time to slide into a skinny water creek and land double-digit reds out of the same hole. 

    December 21, 2016 at 3:07pm

    D.O.A. Lures making push into freshwater market

    Ask any angler across the Carolinas to name a top selling soft plastic lure for saltwater, and you’d be hard-pressed to find one that wouldn’t mention D.O.A. Lures. This Florida-based company has been making lures for the saltwater market for many years, and is widely known as the first company to successfully make a soft plastic shrimp, which many other companies have tried to reproduce.

    January 13 at 8:23am

    Prep for winter paddling

    Winter is one of the best times to fish anywhere in the Carolinas. The weather is more stable than spring and fall, and angling pressure and boat traffic are lower. Likewise, a number of fish species readily bite all winter.

    January 14 at 9:00am

    Cool Bubbles

    The Marine Metal Products 8-quart Cool Bubbles bait container is a reliable addition to any angler’s arsenal. This insulated livewell was designed for fresh and saltwater use and the multi-purpose lid has a large opening for easy bait net access, a cutting surface and mounting tabs for tools or tackle. The air pump helps to maintain a constant air temperature and is capable of running approximately 44 hours with 2 alkaline D batteries, making it great for long term use.

    January 09 at 11:27am

    Lake Hartwell crappie bite is a delicate one

    When winter sets in and water temperatures drop below 48 degrees in South Carolina’s Lake Hartwell, stripers, hybrids and black bass pretty much shut down, with a few exceptions. When that happens, according to guide Preston Harden of Commerce, Ga., it’s time to shift gears and go crappie fishing.

    December 21, 2016 at 4:05pm

    Lowcountry reds are there for the picking in early winter

    South Carolina anglers will have no trouble finding redfish in the Lowcountry this month. Getting them to bite, however, will take a little more patience and finesse than at other times of the year. The fish school in large groups through winter; their sheer mass gives them away to even the most-nonchalant angler.

    December 21, 2016 at 4:18pm

    Work Shearon Harris Lake depths for best winter crappie fishing

    Guide Greg Griffin of Holly Springs, N.C., can count on two things in January: falling water temperatures and a consistent, deep-water bite for slab crappie on Shearon Harris Lake.

    December 21, 2016 at 4:00pm

    Rock jetty is the ticket

    North Carolina winters often are unpredictable, but one spot doesn’t seem to be affected much by roller-coaster mercury readings: the Cape Lookout rock jetty.

    December 21, 2016 at 2:53pm

    5 reasons to head to the range after deer season ends

    Sighting in your rifle before deer season makes sense, but hunters can also benefit from sighting their rifles in once deer season is over. Grayson Summers of Spartanburg, S.C., goes through the same steps of zeroing in after deer season ends as he does before opening day — for five main reasons.

    January 10 at 2:46pm

    Winter Wateree means great action on blue catfish

    Winter is a great time for catching blue catfish on South Carolina’s Lake Wateree, and it’s an excellent time for targeting trophy fish, according to guide Rodger Taylor of Rock Hill, S.C.

    December 21, 2016 at 2:50pm

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