Cold-water redfishing

By Matt Winter

Published in The Post and Courier, Feb. 15, 2014

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Matt Winter with a nice red caught in February.

We had them pretty well hemmed in. Just a few yards up the creek, more than two dozen redfish meandered through the shallows, the blue edges of their tails shining in the clear, sunlit water.

Capt. Tucker Blythe of Grey Ghost Charters had motored and then poled his 19-foot East Cape Vantage to the marshy end of this tidal creek, skimming over water so clear it seemed like we were fishing in an aquarium.

We had pushed up the narrowing waterway as far as we could go, then kept inching forward as the tide came in.

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A walk in the woods, hoping for quail

By Matt Winter

Published in The Post and Courier on Feb. 1, 2014

 

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Photograph by Matt Winter

Few ways remain to hunt quail in this part of the world. Fewer still involve much shooting.

You could wrangle an invitation to a high-end plantation whose owner spends a fortune every year trying to sustain coveys of wild quail. Good luck with that.

You could pay to hunt on a property where managers release pen-raised quail into fields and woods a few hours before you arrive to shoot them. Paying customers at such preserves often don’t need a dog – the pointers and their handler are usually part of the hunt package.

There’s another option, though, one well worth considering. You could head out into the beautiful piney woods of the Francis Marion National Forest on a free, do-it-yourself quail hunt.

Learn how here.