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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Offshore overnighters

By Matt Winter

Published in Tideline magazine, May/June 2013 edition

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Graphic by Matt Winter

Hungry for an adventure like no other?

Pick a night in the middle of a long stretch of calm weather, grab your gutsiest friends, take all the necessary precautions and head out for an offshore overnighter.

Sound crazy? Not so. Seasoned offshore crews do it all the time. They know that many types of fish bite better at night and that many others feed most aggressively at first light, when other offshore crews are just leaving the docks to start a two-hour run to the fishing grounds.

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Talking Turkey

By Matt Winter
The Post and Courier

Scott Hammond, 31, has been calling and hunting wild turkeys since he was 8. He’s bagged about 75 gobblers so far, and tagged out — shot the maximum five birds allotted per hunter per year — each of the past 11 years.

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Scott Hammond

Impressive stuff, considering most Lowcountry hunters would be proud to score just one mature bird each year. Continue reading