Thursday, February 24, 2011

Lake Wylie CATT

Bass fishing season is in full swing and that means there is a Carolina Angler's Team Trail event near you. Lake Wylie hosted the Feb 19th CATT tournament, which had 26 teams competing. Doug Gilmer and Tom Russell brought home 1st place, finishing with 14+ pounds of largemouth that netted them a $790 paycheck. See more info at South Carolina Sportsman Magazine.

There is plenty of time to get in on the CATT Trail for 2011. It's turning into one of the biggest tournament trails in the state, offering anglers a chance to compete against some stiff competition without too much travel. There are complete trails on lakes Wylie, Santee, Wateree, and Murray, and a CATT Classic Championship at the end of the season. Where is the next stop? Find out at

PhotosByCATT: Bill Brier shows off his 5 lb 9 oz lunker that took the Big Fish award and pushed him into 4th place.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Lake Murray BFL Produces Four 20+ lb Bags

The warming trend the midlands has enjoyed for the past week really turned on the fish for the WalMart BFL tournament held Saturday, March 19 at Lake Murray. The weigh-in, which took place at Dreher Island State Park, saw 4 anglers catch limits of bass that exceeded 20 lbs. Two of those anglers tied for 2nd place with their 20 lb, 5 oz bags. Top spot went to Blacksburg's Jeremy Wilson, with 21 lbs, 6 ozs.

For more information and photos on the tournament, check out the coverage from SC Sportsman at

PhotoByBrianCope: This 8+ pounder was one of several big fish weighed in at the tournament.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

50 Attend Clemson Extension Fishing Meeting

Sign up for email updates concerning fishing in
Clemson Extension's Sandhill Pond.
Clemson Extension has long had a pond used for research at their midlands Sandhill facility in Columbia, and while the pond has never been open to fishing by the public, that could soon change. Stan Perry, who is the Special Projects Director at the Sandhill site, held a meeting at the end of January to speak about the possibility of opening the pond with controlled access. 50 interested anglers attended the meeting, where Perry talked about the issue.

No changes were made at the meeting, but Perry says upcoming announcements will be forthcoming, and may come after addtional surveys with the public are done. To ensure you're up to speed on any updates, sign up for the email distribution list by sending an email to In the subject line, type "fishing list" and include your name in the body of the email.

Friday, February 11, 2011

SCWF Names New Board Members and Chairman

The South Carolina Wildlife Federation has added four board members and announced the election of a new Chairman.

Dan Scheffing resides in the midlands town of Andrews and serves as the Senior Project Manager of Sabine and Waters' Forestry Division, a consulting firm for the forestry and environmental sector. He has been elected as the new Chairman of SCWF.

On  helping SCWF achieve its mission, Scheffing states
“With a life long interest in the natural world - it's been my vocation as well as my avocation - it's an honor and a welcome challenge to be selected to lead the SCWF Board for the next two years.  Association with the oldest conservation group in SC is rewarding and being asked to play a leadership role with that group is humbling.  The challenges around advocating the important issues that face our natural heritage, particularly during very tough economic times, will demand the talents and efforts of the Board and our very capable Staff.  I look forward to being part of that process.”

The news board members are Valerie Carter-Stone of West Columbia; William Fairey of Charlotte, NC; Peyton Sasnett of Columbia, SC; and Ed Wilson, also of Columbia.

The SCWF is the oldest statewide conservation organization, and is looking forward to a successful year-their 80th-with the addition of these new board members.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Guy Harvey Magazine dolphin tagging article

Guy Harvey is well-known as a marine artist, but he is also an advocate for conservation of all ocean species. Whether donating a portion of his profits to a special cause like the Gulf Oil Spill, or the long-term funding of his oceanographic institute in Florida, there can be no denial that he puts an emphasis on financial support of his causes. When the first edition of Guy Harvey Magazine came out, about the time of the opening of Guy Harvey's restaurant in Mount Pleasant, Jeff Dennis knew that the story of S.C.'s local dolphin-tagging guru Don Hammond needed to be told. And the story goes something like this, Hammond's local program is going worldwide and Guy Harvey magazine, which is billed as 'The Art of Ocean Conservation," is helping to raise awareness about dolphin tagging for research purposes. Jeff's story on Hammond's program is posted under the 'conservation' section of the Guy Harvey Magazine website.

PhotosByJeffDennis: Offshore anglers love to fish for dolphin to enjoy fresh mahi mahi when they return to port; This Guy Harvey dolphin print is on the cover of his latest magazine; Don Hammond takes measurements and records data on dolphin that are brought back to the docks to extrapolate the current health trends as they migrate past South Carolina; Guy Harvey Magazine bears the unforgettable signature of the man who advocates conservation for the world's oceans

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Rainy Weather Bad for Quail, Good for Cats

The rainy weather has been the cause of a few canceled quail hunting trips this week, but one good thing that comes from all this rain is that it raises the river levels quickly, and that is the perfect time to set bushlines for catfish. You need a "set hook" permit from the SCDNR, and the rest is simple. A strand of trotline cord or 75-pound test monofilament will get you started. Some folks tie a barrel swivel in between two strands to cut down on twisting. Your hook size is up to you and the size fish you're looking to catch. Some folks use a 6/0, some use hooks made for tuna. Tie onto a flexible tree branch that's overhanging the water--or will overhang it once the river rises. Stick a hunk of cut bait on the hook and drop it in the water.

Set a few lines like that just before dark and check them throughout the night, or first thing in the morning. The catfish love to cruise the shallows as the river rises and the rains knock worms, insects, and small animals like mice into the water. It sounds a little boring to some folks, but when they start checking lines, that changes real quick. Want to make it more exciting? Try it from a kayak, and get ready for hand-to-hand combat!

PhotoByBrianCope: Lee County's Anthony Messier struggles to subdue a 33-pound blue cat caught on a bushline.