South Carolina’s season for harvest of oysters and mussels from State Shellfish Grounds and Public Shellfish Grounds will close on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at one half hour after official sunset, according to South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) officials. Clam season will close on Thursday, May 31, 2018, at one half hour after official sunset.
This time of year, bass fishing can be great across the Carolinas. But it can be frustrating too, depending on many factors. Most largemouth bass have completed spawning, but some late spawners are still out there.
Jim Lasher of Isle of Palms was enjoying a good day of dolphin fishing out of IOP Marina with some coworkers and friend Capt. Ben Floyd of Charleston Fish Finder on May 1, the opening day of grouper season, when Lasher asked Floyd if he thought they’d get a chance to try for the bottom fish. Not long after, Lasher landed the new state record gag grouper, a 54+ pound beast that put up quite a tussle.
Recent changes to state law will extend the period during which striped bass caught in the Santee River system can be kept. The law changes also include additional size/slot requirements for keeper fish.
It’s that time of year when just getting on the water and making a few casts can make an angler feel like Midas turning everything to gold. Inshore anglers have been feeling that for the past week or so up and down the coasts of both Carolinas. If you’re not fishing right now, then you’re missing out.
I am a Taurus bull, so I really love to get on the water in May and chase bass. It is a great fishing month, because there are a lot of fish on the bank that are easy to catch. We’ve finally got stable weather across the Carolinas, and even though some of the months earlier in the year might be better for catching your personal biggest fish, May is probably the most fun for me to go fishing.
When most people smack their lips thinking about a recipe for blackened fish, red drum most often spring to mind. But anglers who fish the waters in and around Surf City are as likely to run across of another color.