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Fishing Report Hooked On Miracles (Photos)

Hooked On Miracles was a huge success and now we get to sit back and enjoy all the great pics and memories made. Be sure to check out Trilogy Outdoors Magazine for all the tourney info and here are some great pics of some of the kids that we were blessed to take out fishing prior to the tournament and some of our Key West Boats family members!

August 2nd Hunting Report from 707 Deer Processing

2021 DEER HARVEST REPORT NOW AVAILABLE
As you gear up for the 2022 deer season, here’s a look at how the 2021 season went.
Hunters took fewer deer in 2021 than the previous year, a decrease biologists attribute to a smaller number of hunters.
Fewer coyotes were also killed incidental to deer hunting last year, and there was a slight drop in the number of wild hogs taken.
Hunters surveyed by S.C. Department of Natural Resources for the 2021 deer harvest reported a decrease of 12 percent in the statewide harvest last season. The numbers included an estimated 95,351 bucks and 79,218 does, or a total of 174,569 deer.
That’s down from an estimated 197,893 deer taken in 2020, according to Charles Ruth, SCDNR Big Game Program coordinator.
The decline can be attributed to a decrease in hunter numbers, Ruth said, with hunter numbers dropping about 13 percent in 2021 to coincide closely with the 12 percent decline in deer harvest.
“Explaining why deer hunter numbers were down in 2021 is more difficult,” Ruth said. Hunter numbers had increased about 6 percent during 2020, likely due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the notion that people had more time and flexibility to hunt. On the other hand,
by the fall of 2021 things were returning to normal and people may have opted for non-hunting activities that may not have been possible during the pandemic.
Between 2002 and 2015, the statewide deer population trended down, with the overall reduction in harvest attributable to a number of likely factors, including habitat change, several years of drought, two decades of aggressive antlerless deer harvest, and the complete colonization of the state by coyotes and their propensity to prey on fawns.
Although the harvest is lower now compared with its peak some years ago, South Carolina still ranks near the top among Southeastern states in harvest per unit area. And although the harvest in 2021 decreased, the state’s deer harvest has generally been increasing since 2016. That’s due possibly to less dense coyote populations that occurs naturally following colonization.
Top counties for harvest in 2021 included Anderson, Spartanburg and Saluda in the Piedmont, and Bamberg, Hampton and Orangeburg in the coastal plain, with each of these counties exhibiting impressive harvest rates of more than 10 deer per square mile.
The rest of the 2021 deer harvest survey by the numbers:
Deer harvest by method
145,416 deer taken by centerfire rifles
13,093 deer taken by shotguns
9,601 deer taken by bows
6,460 deer harvested by muzzleloaders, crossbows and handguns
Coyotes and wild hogs
16,298 coyotes taken incidental to deer hunting, a 14 percent decrease from 2020. That continues a seemingly declining trend in recent years what seems to be a declining trend in coyote numbers
27,964 wild hogs killed by deer hunters statewide, virtually the same (28,043) as 2020
Participation and success
115,862 South Carolina residents deer hunted in 202113,729 non-residents deer hunted in the state in 2021.
69 percent success rate reported by hunters
8 million days of overall hunting effort, a significant number that points not only to the availability and popularity of deer as a game species, but to the obvious economic benefits related to this important natural resource. About $200 million in direct retail sales is related to
deer hunting in South Carolina annually.
The complete 2021 S.C. Deer Harvest Report can be viewed at https://www.dnr.sc.gov/wildlife/deer/2021DeerHarvestReport.html
South Carolina Department of Natural Resources
Rembert C. Dennis Building
1000 Assembly Street, Columbia, SC 29201

Hunting Report

Spring is in full effect and the woods have been crowded with hunters and turkeys alike. The new 3 bird limit seems to be making a significant difference with the state of the Eastern Turkey here in SC. Lots of great pictures have come in to us over the last couple weeks. Congrats to all those that have been able to fool a thunder chicken in to range. What’s your choice of calls in the woods? We prefer the Strut Buster diaphragm calls made locally in the Lowcountry. Give them a chance and see if you can decrease that distance between you and that long beard.

What food plot are you gonna be planting for the whitetail? Next couple months are the most important time to get your food plot ready for the traffic of crop eaters and getting your plot established before it’s too late. See you in the woods!

Early Spring Saltwater Report

Inshore

Look for the flounder numbers to start increasing over the next couple weeks as waters start to warm up and watch for the “snot” grass to start floating finally. Concentrate on areas that the water will warm quicker and that will have warm water flowing through during the tide changes. Mud Minnows and artificial baits such as Vuduu Shrimp and various plastic baits on jig heads like the Organized Chaos jigs will entice all the bites you want right now. Also, look for schools of reds in these same locations as they start to move out of the backs of the estuaries looking for a meal. Fresh or frozen shrimp as well as quartered blue crabs are great baits right now and will entice the nose of a hungry red or black drum. In Little River area right now the Speckled Trout are concentrated in the ICW and live shrimp under a cork can land you in a very active bite when you find these large schools of fish located along the banks and around structure.

Nearshore

Its time to head to the nearshore reefs with your fiddlers and fresh shrimp to get in on the incredible bite right now of Black Drum and Sheepshead. Target structure in the 35 to 45ft depth and be prepared to move around until you locate these fish in very large numbers up through April. Also, be sure to have your #1 planers rigged and ready with Clark and Drone spoons to get the kids in on the excitement as the first run of the blues and Spanish Mackerel start to show up on the reefs as well. Try to keep your speed between 4 and 5mph for the best results and get ready to do a lot of work filling up the coolers.

Offshore

The winds have been harsh to say the least, but the catches are great of Blackfin Tuna and Wahoo for those that make it to the break. Be sure to get a surface temp report and go find the warmest water near the break for the best results. High Speed for the wahoo has been exceptional and producing large fish as well as the best numbers. Be sure to try small baits and fluoro for your best chance at tuna this time of the year.

Early Spring Freshwater Report

The rivers along the Grand Strand have been at a great level for some time now and the fishing is on fire. Panfish such as Bream and Shellcrackers can be found in the backs of creeks off the main river and are going to be concentrated on structure for the next month or so. Crickets, worms, and artificial baits will produce some great numbers for next several months as each full moon will bring the fish to the spawning areas.

Bass are starting to move up and off of the beds and now is the time to catch that big girl feeding before or after she lays those eggs. Bed fishing can be great and use any artificial that will get that fish just mad enough to protect those frye and to jump on your line. You can find plenty of fish at the entrance areas to the spawning grounds and working a crank bait, spinner, or a worm will out plenty of bend in the end of your rod. Don’t over look the ricefields right now as many fish try to get in their to spawn and the many ditches leading in can be full of both males and female waiting to move up.

Catfish are going to be best at night and live baits and cut eels will produce on most limbs that are located near some good bottom structure that will be holding bream and other panfish. The bite with rod n reels may not be the best right now but heading into the areas around the rice fields with shrimp and worms can put a nice cooler full of dinner in the boat.

Crappie are going to be found on top of structure in 6 to 15ft of water and trolling beetle spins right now can help you locate the numbers. Switch to live bait after that and get some crappie minnows down on jigs to produce the best numbers along the Waccamaw River.