About Matthew Winter

Matt Winter is a writer, photographer, editor and designer based in Charleston, S.C. He currently serves as editor for a number of magazines published by The Post and Courier newspaper, including Tideline, a popular boating and fishing publication he founded in 2007. An avid angler and hunter, Matt writes a regular outdoors column for the newspaper.

Reef barges landed upright, mostly intact

By Matt Winter

Published in Tideline magazine, July/August edition

A federal research ship surveying the new S.C. Memorial Reef in late June provided good news to anglers and reef supporters: The two barges that make up the new offshore reef 60 miles southeast of Charleston came to rest on the sea floor upright, with most of their welded-on reef material intact.

Video taken with a remotely operated underwater vehicle (ROV) also showed that the structures were already attracting fish.

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Top tips for offshore fishing

By Matt Winter

Published in Tideline magazine, May/June 2014 edition

TLoffshore1Few local offshore anglers can claim the kind of experience Jason Ward has racked up in (and under) the blue water off Charleston.

Now 37 years old, the James Island software engineer has been big-game fishing off the Lowcountry since he was 6. He’s been running his own offshore boat, a 26-foot Glacier Bay, for the past 16 years, specializing not only in trolling but also scuba diving and spearfishing.

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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.

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.

Lowcountry Fishing and Hunting Guide

By Matt Winter
Published in My Charleston: The Post and Courier’s Guide to Life in the Lowcountry

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Photograph by Matt Winter

You can’t go anywhere around Charleston without running into, over, around or sometimes even through water.

As the locals are fond of saying, Charleston marks the spot where the Ashley and Cooper rivers join to form the Atlantic Ocean.

Saltwater and pluff mud are in our blood. Charleston’s a port town, a beach town, a river town, a seafood town. And it is, without a doubt, a fishing town.

Look around on any weekend and you’ll see boat ramps packed to the gills with trucks and boat trailers. Pass over any of our many bridges and you’ll see a line of center consoles zipping up and down the rivers and creeks.

If you live here or are just visiting — don’t miss out. Get out there and catch ’em up. Here are some tips to help (with a few hunting tips thrown in at the end for you hardcore outdoorsmen and -women). Continue reading

Tips and tricks for Lowcountry bucks

By Matt Winter

Published in Tideline magazine, September/October 2013 edition

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Photograph by Matt Winter

Those Hammond boys sure are serious about deer hunting.

Over their combined decades of rifle and bow hunting, rumors have circulated about how far Don and his son, Scott, are willing to go to outwit old bucks and does. One seemingly tall tale involved placing fake hunters in tree stands so that deer would get used to the shape of a person moving in the trees.

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Monster Cobe

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Monster Cobe

This beast hit a metal knife jig. We knew the cobia were mixed in with spades and everybody threw their favorite lure into the school as it neared the boat. This guy lucked out with a trophy cobe. I think it weighed out at 63 pounds. We caught quite a few more that day, too, though smaller.