Lewis G. Brownlee (Elgeebee) is a native South Carolinian, and avid outdoorsman. He is the president of the "Lowcountry Kayak Anglers" club in Charleston, SC.
The sheepshead is a confounding species to the new angler. These master thieves can strip a hook bare in seconds - and leave you with not only stolen bait, but also robbing you of patience! Here are a few tips for catching the wily sheepshead.
It seems to start around mid-January: the urge to take the kayak up to my local river and catch some migrating shad. They are fun to catch, providing awesome rod-bending action and the occasional aerial display. Also, I can keep some shad for the freezer, eventually using them as cut-bait for catching catfish and red drum.
Fall Bite is On! Here in the Lowcountry of South Carolina, the fall fishing season is in full-swing. Falling water temperatures have set the inshore species, such as redfish and trout, into a feeding frenzy as they bulk up for the colder winter months.
Tucked away in South Carolina’s Williamsburg County are a number of hidden gems for kayak anglers – the oxbow lakes and ponds of Wee Tee State Forest.
Catfish is a great species to target in your kayak. One technique I picked up in my years of fishing was something I call “bumping”, and I have found it to be very effective in the canals and rivers that make up the Santee Cooper system.
Easter morning I packed up the Outback and gear, and drove to Moncks Corner, SC for a little shad fishing on the Tailrace Canal.
I have incorporated waders into my fishing outfit, for these colder winter months...
This past Sunday was our local kayak club's monthly "Meet and Fish". Approximately 10 kayak anglers launched at Bushy Park to do a little fishing. It didn't take too long to realize that the trout bite was at full-speed.
Folks were catching them like crazy. There were a few reports of trout exceeding 18" being caught. I hooked two over 14" myself, with a total of five for the day.
All techniques seemed to pay off...popping corks with DOA shrimp, popping corks with live bait, plastics on jigs, trolling, etc.
It was a great day, and even though the reds and flounder didn't make an appearance for me, the trout fishing more than made up for it. I can't wait to get out there again...
I had an opportunity to go up the coast to Virginia Beach, for the second-annual Columbus Day Boondoggle - which was organized by Yakangler and Kayak Fishing Radio. It wasn't a tournament or anything serious - just a chance to meet with other kayak anglers and fish!
I am ready to "Boondoggle" - a weekend of fun, fishing, and fellowship with other kayak anglers.
This is 'technically' my first Boondoggle, as far as traveling goes. The first one I had experienced was here in my hometown of Charleston. I didn't get to go to Chokoloskee, so I made a promise to myself to go to the next one - wherever it may be held.
The people make the Boondoggle. At the Charleston Boondoggle, it was good to finally put faces to user ID's - the fact that they were a friendly-lot made it easy to be comfortable around them. I have discovered that kayak fishing folks are a very easy-going bunch and welcome newcomers with open arms - one thing I love about this sport.
I look forward to meeting you all this weekend in Virginia! Let the Boondoggle commence...