• Carolina Fishing

    Catch-and-release? Yes!

    More and more people are taking up the fine sport of trout fishing, but unfortunately, we aren’t adding new trout streams or growing more trout. Even remote, backcountry trout streams are getting more fishing pressure than ever.

    December 31, 1969 at 6:00pm

    Run-Off wins record purse with Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament victory

    Run-Off ran off with a record $1,161,450 prize Saturday as it scored a wire-to-wire victory at the 59th annual Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament.

    December 31, 1969 at 6:00pm

    Rehab shakes up Big Rock leaderboard with 506-pound blue marlin

    For the second straight day, the 59th annual Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament experienced a major leaderboard realignment as Rehab took over second place in the blue marlin division with a 506-pound catch.

    December 31, 1969 at 6:00pm

    426-pound blue marlin caught on Day 4 of Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament

    Just when it looked as if the fourth day of the 59th annual Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament might end without a blue marlin catch, Floar Plan had the right plan to grab a position on the leaderboard.

    December 31, 1969 at 6:00pm

    Deep doesn’t mean bad

    Summer setting up on Lake Marion and Lake Moultrie is not necessarily a negative for Santee Cooper anglers. We’ll have to adapt to fishing different patterns, some of which will involve deeper water than we fished during the spring.

    December 31, 1969 at 6:00pm

    Inshore, nearshore, offshore fishing on fire in both Carolinas

    When someone says the “fishing is on fire,” that usually means one particular species is biting like mad. But for the past couple of weeks, that’s just been a general statement for coastal anglers in both Carolinas. 

    December 31, 1969 at 6:00pm

    No major changes after Day 3 of Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament

    The 59th annual Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament reached its midpoint with more than half of its record $2,411,650 purse still up for grabs.

    Only 76-of-177 boats entered in the Big Rock elected to fish Wednesday. Anglers who went offshore tallied 14 billfish releases: eight blue marlins, five white marlins and one sailfish. But no blue marlins were boated as the Big Rock first half came to a close.

    December 31, 1969 at 6:00pm

    Headed offshore? Be prepared

    Someone once compared heading offshore without proper safety equipment to skydiving without a parachute. If you need the equipment and don’t have it, or it doesn’t work, the odds are good you’ll never need it again. That’s a strong statement, but very appropriate. Help isn’t always nearby in the Gulf Stream, and if no one knows you’re there, if you can’t contact anyone, help isn’t coming.

    December 31, 1969 at 6:00pm

    Bridled planer rig is a must for small boats

    Most offshore fishermen consider having at least one planer line in their trolling spread. Fish are usually in the upper part of the water column, but they aren’t always feeding at the surface. A planer is the way to get a bait down into the zone where fish may be feeding.

    December 31, 1969 at 6:00pm

    Artificial reef programs benefits marine life

    Artificial reefs are man-made structures laid on the sea floor that provide a foundation for the establishment of productive habitat for marine life. They attract fish and other marine organisms from many levels of the food chain. Many marine species, including sheepshead, utilize these structures at various times of the year for spawning grounds, and as such South Carolina’s artificial reef programs have become an integral part of marine fish recruitment.

    December 31, 1969 at 6:00pm