From the depths of December through the cabin fever days of March, many Palmetto State sportsmen decide their plan of choice is to trade time on the water for armchair adventure. Mind you, theres nothing wrong with being a couch potato curled up in front of a fine fire, perhaps with a good fishing book in hand, but when the walls seem to be closing in and some fresh air seems mighty appealing, a session of winter crappie fishing might be just the tonic.
When Sam Johnson of Sumter launches his boat at Lake Wateree before dawn on a cold February morning, he knows he has a number of options when it comes to catching bass. The good news is that very likely, more than one of them will be successful. The downside is that he may have to sort through a few potential patterns to find the right one on any given day.
A covey of pickup trucks nestled in the back of a Duplin County farm field, the beds sporting dog boxes empty but for the musty remaining scent of beagles. But the howls, yips and yelps from the thick piney woods surrounding the field revealed where the kennels occupants were and what they were doing.