Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Beaver VS. Top Water Frog

This beaver didn't like me casting my weedless frog, but he sure liked eating the lily pads....

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Fishing Video

This is a video of various fishing trips I've made in 2011...

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Sunrift Adventures July Fishing Challenge

I lucked up and won the Sunrift Adventures July Fishing Challenge, an online competition hosted by the South Carolina Kayak Fishing website and sponsored by Sunrift, the premier outfitter of South Carolina's upstate. My prize is a Kayak Essential Package, which includes a bilge pump and some other items that make kayaking safer and more enjoyable.

This largemouth bass helped me win the Sunrift Adventures July Kayak Fishing Challenge

Participating in these monthly challenges is free. All you have to do is be a registered member of the SCKF forum and post photos of your fish throughout the month. For all the details visit SCKF, and for more information on gear for hiking, kayaking, canoeing, and cycling, visit http://www.sunrift.com/.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Wrecking Crew waterfowl video

The Wrecking Crew Guide Service in Lancaster is now booking early season hunts for Canada Geese and migratory teal. Summer scouting is underway and the September early season will be here very, very soon. Senior guide Darly Hodge is a member of the Drake Waterfowl Systems Pro Staff, and son Blake Hodge is the expert duck and goose caller. Blake has also shown an affinity for videography and shares this video review of their most recent season afield.

PhotoByJeffDennis: Daryl Hodge in the foreground in a coffin blind set up in an ag field

PhotoByChipWolfe: Daryl Hodge, Englis Glover, Blake Hodge and Jeff Dennis after the hunt

Thursday, June 16, 2011

S.C. Waterfowl Association - 2011 Update

Dear SCWA Supporters,
I hope everyone is having a great start to the Summer. I wanted to take a moment to provide you with an update the programs of the South Carolina Waterfowl Association.

David J Wielicki - Executive Director

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The nest box checking season is underway. SCWA waterfowl biologist Stuart Cochran and field technician Matt Huggins have started checking nest boxes. The nesting season was off to a great start with good Spring wetland conditions across the state. However, the recent high heat and dry spell could have a negative effect on late nesting and brood survival. We will keep you posted on nesting results. If you are interested in starting a wood duck nest box project give Stuart Cochran a call at 803-600-0742 or email him at scochran@scwa.org.
Waterfowl Population and Habitat Update
Despite our dry conditions the Prairie duck factory is enjoying near record water levels, especially in North Dakota, Southern Manitoba and Saskatchewan. In late July the US Fish and Wildife Service will publish their waterfowl breeding population and habitat survey results. I expect this year to be one of the best since the surveys began. This should result in large Fall flight of waterfowl with a liberal waterfowl season for all four flyways. The MRP Logofinal season dates will be set in late August. I look forward to keeping you posted.
The waterfowl habitat at our Wildlife Education Center is in great shape thanks to the installation of a new irrigation system. We also installed hog proof fencing to keep wild hogs from damaging our waterfowl crops in our major habitat areas. Three weeks ago we released 3,000 mallards at the Center. We are working hard with Frost Waterfowl and project cooperators across the state to release over 40,000 mallards this summer.
Chapter Banquets
Chapter Banquets are right around the corner. Our first banquet is in Columbia on Saturday, August 13 at the Medallion Center. Chairman David Stanley welcomes anyone who would like to attend or make a contribution to the event. He is always looking for more chapter committee members. David and his committee of dedicated volunteers are working hard to achieve number one chapter status for 2011.
The Summerville banquet is set for Saturday, August 27 at the Dorchester Senior Center. Larry Wells and his committee are looking forward to a great event.

For more information about upcoming events or toFour Color SCWAbecome a part of one of our committees, please visit our website!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Midlands Angler Selected for Mepps Fishing Catalog

Bishopville's Joie McCutchen is a big fan of Mepps Aglia lures, especially when fishing for bluegills and shellcracker in local ponds and in the Wateree River. A photo of her with her favorite lure has been selected for the 2013 Mepps fishing catalog. The photo, which features Joie holding up a nice bluegill by the Aglia, caught the eye of Mepps public relations guru Jim Martinsen. About the photo, Martinsen said "Great catch. Pretty girl. Nice background."

Martinsen went on to say that the 2012 catalog has already gone to print, and that Joie's photo will appear in their 2013 catalog. Sign up to get your free copy of the catalog at http://www.mepps.com/, and check out all their nice fishing lures while you're there.

So does everyone agree with Martinsen about the catch, the girl, and the background? Yeah--I thought so....

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Wateree River Bream Fishing

The bream bite on the Wateree River is picking up. After all the recent rains, the water levels of the river fluctuated greatly in a short period of time. With no rain in the last few days, things have calmed down and the river is at a good level for navigating and fishing. The bream are spread out, so when you find a good bream hole, it's best to stay put until the bite forces you to leave. Bedding should pick up soon though and they will be easier to find.

Bluegills and shellcracker are being caught out of holes right next to each other, and they are both biting crickets and worms. Artificial lures like Mepps Aglia Spinners are not particularly effective right now, but a few bigger fish are being caught on such lures. Fish are hitting at depths of 3-6 feet, and when you find some bluegills but aren't catching any shellcracker, go about 18 inches deeper and you should pick some up.

Fish around the inside bends where the current is slacker, and you should find fish around any structure like fallen trees. Pay special attention to the big root balls of toppled trees that are lying in the river.

PhotosByBrianCope: A mixed bag of bluegills and shellcrackers crowds Joie McCutchen's stringer.

Joie shows off this shellcracker she caught on a Mepps Aglia spinner.