• Volume 7 Number 1 - January 2012

    Features

    The management of sheepshead in South Carolina may change soon, but the way to catch them should stay the same. Take this guide’s tips and you’ll have more ‘convicts’ for dinner.

    Biologists in South Carolina are coming to grips with the responsibility of regulating sheepshead in state waters, thanks to federal fisheries managers turning that task over to individual states.

    Spinoff of ‘umbrella rig’ is a hit with fishermen targeting largemouth bass

    Since bass pro Paul Elias won a national bass tournament in Alabama a few months ago with a revolutionary freshwater fishing lure, the “Alabama rig” has attracted extreme attention from bass fishermen across the nation.

    Watson-Cooper Heritage Preserve is the throne room for the ruffed grouse in South Carolina.

    The tires of my old truck echoed through the hollows and valleys as we inched our way along the gravel road. It was early January; the cold air of the night lingered on these peaks like a teenager tempting curfew. The sun was rising slowly, its rays creeping along the southern slopes of the ridges, sending warming thermals that melted the frost like a flame to a birthday candle.

    The Hilton Head area offers excellent winter action on redfish in creeks and marshes.

    The crunch of footsteps on a heavy frost at Shelter Cove Marina was something you don’t expect to hear on Hilton Head Island, but it was slippery enough for fishermen who moves slowly and carefully loading their gear into Capt. Steve Ranney’s bay boat.

    Anglers can defeat January’s fishing doldrums by taking on red drum around Harkers Island

    It was evident from the start of the cold January morning at the public ramp next to the Harkers Island Bridge that Bryan Goodwin probably was an extraordinary saltwater fishing guide.

    Outlook for Atlantic bluefin tuna is mixed, but a huge group of fish is about to reach spawning age. You can almost hear North Carolina fishermen cheering.

    Commercial fishermen pursue bluefin tuna in the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian oceans. Bringing as much as $100 per pound at wholesale auctions, they represent the gold bar, the dollar and the euro rolled into one.

    Brunswick, Columbus County hunters have plenty of opportunities to bring home the bacon.

    Jason James of Bolivia and his hunting partner, Sam Smith of Wilmington, climbed out of their vehicles and felt the sting of sleet against their cheeks. Deer season had recently ended, but they still had a strong desire to hunt, so despite the wintry January weather, they decided to take a shot at hunting wild pigs. They had been sitting in stands all morning, but had no luck.

    Hog hunting is a great way to extend the big-game season into January. Here’s how to get a leg up on a great barbecue.

    Hunting season for many Lowcountry sportsmen doesn’t end when the proverbial end-of-deer-season-bell rings an hour after sunset on New Year’s Day. While many have certainly taken advantage of the opportunity to hunt wild hogs throughout deer season, it has, for some, been a side sport. Now, it’s time to focus on hunting pigs.

    The weather might be cold, but this Duke Power reservoir produces some red-hot fishing for bass, crappie and catfish.

    Rarely do fishermen discuss Lake Wylie in the same revered terms used for other reservoirs in the Carolinas: Kerr (Buggs Island), Jordan, Santee Cooper, Clarks Hill.

    The weather might be cold, but this Duke Power reservoir produces some red-hot fishing for bass, crappie and catfish.

    Rarely do fishermen discuss Lake Wylie in the same revered terms used for other reservoirs in the Carolinas: Kerr (Buggs Island), Jordan, Santee Cooper, Clarks Hill.

    ‘The Quarter’ at Saxapahaw provides plenty of fun after deer season ends.

    Alston Quarter is a wild section of land — a half-mile by a half-mile — in Alamance County known to locals as “Austin Quarter” that’s been called “The Quarter” since the 1700s.

    You spent three months listening to them screaming at each other above your head while you were in a deer stand. It’s time for some payback.

    Darrell Gibson was whispering, talking about crow hunting, his lips barely moving, camouflaged from head to toe, blending into his surroundings, when he lifted his crow call to his lips.

    Low-lying swamps, backwaters around Brunswick County’s Town Creek are Ground Zero for paddling up some woodies.

    Suddenly, the low, waking-up buzz of the swamp along Town Creek was pierced by the high-pitched squeal of a wood duck. It announced a trio strafing the decoys with all intentions of landing.