Upstate Outdoors Blogs

Follow This Local Pro’s Tips For Catching Late Summer Bass

No stranger to summertime fishing in the south, Bassmaster Elite series angler Marty Robinson from Lyman, South Carolina is a big believer in fishing isolated cover and water inflows wherever he can find them to catch bass when the dog days of summer arrive. Although steady days of rain are often... Read More

Night Crawling For Crappie

With the high heat and humidity we’ve been having lately around the Upstate, it’s hard to get excited at all about the prospect of going fishing. That’s just the way Robert Johnson from Pickens County likes it. Johnson is a self-proclaimed night crawler. He doesn’t mind fishing for crappie in the... Read More

Don’t Treat Your Boat Like A Car

With the boating season in full swing, a lot of boaters are out on our area lakes enjoying the outdoors. Having a reliable, well-maintained watercraft is no accident. One of the biggest mistakes that even veteran boat owners often make is treating the vehicle they drive on the water the same way... Read More

A New Season For Deer Hunters

This month, the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources will begin mailing deer tags to South Carolina hunters as part of the new deer tag system that begins with the 2017 season. The new system has generated a lot of follow up questions to SCDNR personnel who have been diligent both on the... Read More

The Tarpon Bride

Wedding announcements rarely find their way into the Outdoors section of the newspaper, but after much debate, I decided to post this one. The debate was over privacy but also because I loathe writing in first person. A couple of Saturdays ago, I married the perfect woman for an outdoor writer and... Read More

3 Great Upstate Summer Fishing Trips

The summer months of June and July usher in what some consider the “second season” of fishing across the Upstate of South Carolina. Gone are the prospects of pre-spawn or spawn fishing as well as most still, shallow water fishing patterns. What the second season brings to Upstate anglers is deep... Read More

Bow fishing Strikes Balance of Fun and Conservation

Phillip Gentry With fishing season winding down and hunting season not yet cranked up, many outdoorsmen are chomping at the bit for something to do, preferably something where they can avoid the throngs of summer vacationers who are behind every bush and jet skiing in every cove. Even waiting till... Read More

Bream Bedding Late This Year

Phillip Gentry For prospective bream anglers who missed the full moon in May hoping to get in on some bedding bream action, reports have been coming in that you didn’t miss much. The late spring cold fronts in May cooled area water temperatures off considerably and the spawn has been reported as... Read More

Make Adjustments To Increase Fishing Success In Hot Weather

Phillip Gentry The end of May is a tough pill to swallow for many anglers. The weather and water are getting hotter and recreational boat traffic is typically highest between Memorial Day and the Fourth of July. Rather than give up and hang the rods up until fall, anglers who learn to make a few... Read More

Boating Season Kicks Off Memorial Day Week-End

Phillip Gentry While technically there is no official “season” for boating, the Memorial Day Week-end is the traditional start of summer for pleasure boaters looking to celebrate the holiday by getting out on the water. While there’s still a few hours left, it’s worthwhile to run through some pre-... Read More