Saw this bear story in the P&C and wondered how the coastal bear season is going. Will have to check with DNR….
I’ve caught tons of redfish on spinning gear over the years, and back in the day I caught plenty of rainbow trout and brookies on the fly. But until last week, I’d never actually caught a redfish on a fly rod. Of course, in the time it took me to cast to, hook, fight and then land this fish my buddy had already caught and released four or five with spinning gear.
We recently published an in-depth guide to Lowcountry duck hunting in the latest edition of Tideline magazine. Whether you’re hunting on foot, in a boat or on your fancy-pants plantation, we’ve got you covered. Check it out.
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Shot sporting clays with Charleston’s Fourth Thursday Club at Mansfield Plantation this fall. Pretty place.
Story originally published in Tideline magazine in March 2012
By Matt Winter
Capt. Tucker Blythe stands on the bow casting an E.P. Everglades Special. The bright fly line loops back and forth under a brilliant, late-winter sun. Watching closely, you can just see the orange and chartreuse fly whizzing past.
Capt. John Irwin has taken his turn up on the poling platform at the stern of the flats boat. From atop his perch, Irwin’s got a better vantage point. He sees the school up ahead, and gently pushes the boat forward while giving Blythe target updates. “Eleven o’clock.” “Yeah, right by that clump of grass.” “See ’em?” “They’re moving down.”
Originally published in Tideline magazine in November 2011
By Matt Winter
The game has changed.
For as long as most folks can remember, Lowcountry anglers have bundled up in the cooler months, thrown a block or two of frozen squid in the boat and taken a chilly ride off Charleston to catch grouper, snapper and black sea bass.
But the steady drumbeat of tighter regulations on snapper-grouper species has put a chill on such traditions. This November and December, both black sea bass and red snapper remain off the menu for recreational anglers. Federal regulators have closed those fisheries to help stocks rebuild.
So why bother?
“Two trips in a row. Forty-five minutes and we’re done, limited out,” says veteran commercial and recreational angler Paul Godbout. “These big grouper, they’re almost too easy now.”