Sunday, January 30, 2011

Midlands Outdoors Founder in CCA Tide Magazine

Jeff Dennis, outdoor writer and founder of Midlands Outdoors, Lowcountry Outdoors, and Foothills Outdoors, has a feature in the latest issue of CCA's Tide Magazine. This high-quality magazine is available in print and online. Check out Jeff's article on page 44--Tide Magazine.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Greene's Boat and Motor Bass Trail-Lake Wylie

This weekend marks the first tournament of 2011 of the Greene's Boat and Motor Trail. Tomorrow's tournament will be located on Lake Wylie, and anglers will use the South Point Access landing. The 2011 Trail will feature six 1-day tournaments and a 2-day Classic. The 2010 Greene Trail paid back over $40,000 to anglers, and director Brett Collins says this year is looking even better.

This trail is run as a partnership with Collins' Carolina Anglers Team Trail, so check out the website for more information and the full 2011 schedule for both trails.

PhotoProvidedByCATT: Tournament director Brett Collins says it's never too early to get a youngster started in tournament fishing.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Fishin' in the Cold

Have any of you guys been fishing in the cold? John Riggs of Columbia hasn't let the weather keep him off the water. John likes to fish for smallmouth bass in the Congaree and Broad Rivers, and has been out on some of the coldest days this month. He's had success with small crankbaits and plastic crawdads with a small profile. Tossing these lures into areas of river with little current, and in the direct sunlight, has paid off for him.

John fishes from an Old Town canoe, and is a frequent contributor to the forum, where he is known as TheRiggsRunThroughIt. He stresses the importance of wearing a PFD on the water, especially this time of year, as a dunk in the river can leave you helpless in no time.

Don't let the cold keep you indoors--the fish still have to eat, so entice them with a meal or two.

PhotosByJohnRiggs: Riggs shows off a Broad River smallie.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011 blogger wins award

Frabill is the world's largest producer of live bait containers and aeration products. Frabill also supplies other accessories to fishermen like dip nets of all sizes, all purpose waterproof gloves, and foul weather gear. Since 1938 Frabill has been gaining trust among anglers who want can-do products. Since Frabill makes live bait handling a priority it makes sense that they conducted an essay contest for outdoor writers to discuss why live bait is the way to go. On January 13 Frabill announced that Larry Ross of won first place with his article, "Love it or hate it, Live bait is usually the Ticket to Success." The article appeared in the Anderson Independent newspaper and Ross collected the $1000 first place award, and distinguished himself among his peer group of outdoor communicators. Congratulations Larry - well done!

PhotoByLarryRoss: Two youngsters bait up with a wiggling worm
PhotoProvided: Larry Ross in the Foothills

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Winyah Bay Heritage Festival

 The Winyah Bay Heritage Festival is taking place this weekend in Georgetown, and MidlandsOutdoors stopped by the festival today. The SCDNR has the Take One, Make One trailer which allows kids to simulate a shooting and fishing experience. Fishing guides are also on hand giving classes on how to throw a cast net and talking about fishing the Winyah Bay and other inshore areas of Georgetown County and the Grand Strand.

Decoy carvers, painters, and other artists are there in big numbers, and if you like old, new, and unique waterfowl decoys, you'll be in heaven at this festival. There are decoy ducks, swans, geese, and many other birds for show and sale.

One of the most exciting parts of the festival is the Dixie Dock Dogs competition which allows dogs to show off their retrieving skills in a large pool. The dogs have to stay put until their masters give them the command to go, and with that signal, the dogs leap from a platform into the pool to retrieve their dummies. You can learn more about the Dixie Dock Dogs by visiting their website. And to learn more about the Winyah Bay Heritage Festival, visit

PhotosByBrianCope: Waterfowl hunting plays a major role in the lives of Winyah Bay area outdoorsmen, so it is fitting artwork dealing with waterfowl has a big role in the Winyah Bay Heritage Festival.

VideoByBrianCope: Watch this clip to see a little bit of what the Dixie Dock Dog competition is all about.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Midlands Striper Club Awards

Midlands Striper Club named their annual award winners on January 8th at Saluda Shoals Park. Leesville's Lee Thomas, 6-time Angler of the Year at the cllub, presented the 2010 Angler of the Year award to Rick Kellemeyer of Chapin. This was the first Angler of the Year award for Kellemeyer. Kreg Frady of Leesville took the runner-up spot, and Chapin's Van Cook finished third.

Debbie Alewine of Rock Hill was named Lady Anger of the Year, and Weston Thomas of Lexington won the club's Youth Angler of the award. This marks the fifth straight year Thomas has won the award, a first for the club.

The Big Fish of the Year award went to Terry Caulder of Little Mountain, for his 20 lb, 7 oz fish he caught on March 20.

Team Catchall won Team of the Year, with Team Wildman taking the 2nd spot, followed by Team Gar Hart.

100 members and guests attended the awards ceremony, and they were all treated to a catering by Shealy's BBQ of Batesburg-Leesville. The club's next meeting will be held Tuesday, Feb. 8 at The Flight Deck Restaurant in Lexington. Guests are encouraged to attend.

PhotosCourtesyMSC: Lady Angler of the Year Debbie Alewine accepting her award from her husband. Angler of the Year Rick Kellemeyer is presented his plaque. Weston Thomas poses with the Youth Angler of the Year award, presented by Kreg Frady.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Screaming War Bird Wins Grand American

The 2011 Grand American Overall Winner has been crowned, and the honor goes to Screaming War Bird, a female treeing walker. The walker hails from Indian Trail, NC and is owned by Garrett Shearin and Josh Griffin.

Randy Steadman and Sam Drain of Kinport, TN took 2nd place with Ironman's Crank. Bowman, SC is home to the 3rd place finisher, Drain's Little Jake, owned by Sam Drain.

The Grand American, held annually in Orangeburg, is the nation's largest coon hunt. 402 dogs competed this year (50 more than competed last year) and estimates show that this year's crowd topped 30,000 folks.

Read more at South Carolina Sportsman Magazine's website here. Screaming War Bird is the 2011 Overall Winner of the Grand American.

Friday, January 7, 2011

DHEC Warns Against Eating Fish from Catawba River System

Yesterday the Dept. of Health and Evironmental Control warned South Carolinians against eating more than a moderate amount of fish from the Catawba River System, which includes Lakes Wylie and Wateree, as well as the Catawba River, and the Fishing Creek and Cedar Creek Reservoirs.

The fish in these waters are polluted with PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls), a cancer-causing material. These materials were once used in industrial settings but were banned by the federal government decades ago. Unfortunately the materials remain in the envirnonment and fish can accumulate PCBs.

DHEC's warning means people should not eat more than one meal of fish per week from this water source. They also warned that largemouth bass and bowfin (mudfish) have higher concentrations of PCBs than do catfish or bream.

PhotoByBrianCope: Mike Spinks shows off a buzzbait bass from Lake Wateree, one of the Catawba River System lakes.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Upland National at The Clinton House

The Upland National Dog Trials will be held at the Clinton House on January 14 - 16 with special events to Benefit the Boykin Spaniel Society (BSS). 'This is a big event for sure, but the Boykin Nationals that are here in March will see competitors from all over the nation,' said Mike Johnson, the manager at the Clinton House. If you want to come see some great dog work in a beautiful setting then come join the fun in Clinton. First up is a pheasant tower shoot on Friday January 14th followed by a country dinner, and on Saturday and Sunday will be the Crazy Quail shoot and retrieve game plus a silent auction with donated items like hunting and fishing equipment. For more information call Bill Crites with the BSS at 803-730-7198 or e-mail him at
PhotoByJeffDennis: Mike Johnson, manager at The Clinton House, works his boykin Tillie in the field