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May 15, 2009

S.C. fishing proves "Life's Better Outdoors"

South Carolina has it all for anglers of all experience levels.  From saltwater, flat water, to trout streams South Carolina is known throughout the southeast to have some of the best striper, crappie, and catfish fishing to be found. Your perfect day on the water is likely right in your neighborhood, but never more than a couple of hours down the road.  

As the weather continues to get warmer the fish in South Carolina are biting as is evident by the three record breaking or near record breaking fish caught already this spring. On April 3rd, Terry McConnell of Eastanollee, Ga. caught a record breaking 63 pounds striped bass on the Coldwater Creek section of Lake Russell. Not to be outdone, on April 18th Lori Murphy, of Myrtle Beach, caught a 13 pound 5 ounces Atlantic Sharpnose Shark off of Murrells Inlet.  Within the week, on April 24th, a flathead catfish was caught near Murrell’s Inlet that weighed in over 80 pounds.  The current state record for flathead catfish is 79 pounds 4 ounces. Unfortunately, the catfish was never weighed on state certified scales and the enormous catch cannot be documented as a new state record.  

Find a boat ramp or pier/bank fishing opportunity near you. Don’t worry if you don’t have your own fishing tackle. The S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) sponsors 26 Fishing Tackle Loaner sites throughout the state at many state parks.

Don’t miss you chance while the fish are biting. Get out and buy your South Carolina fishing license today by calling 1-866-714-3611, or visiting your local License Sales Agent. Your license purchase is your ticket to catch a memory that will last a lifetime.

It also helps DNR continue to manage the state’s aquatic resources. You help DNR conserve the state’s aquatic resources by buying a South Carolina fishing license. Over 50 percent of DNR’s budget to conserve South Carolina’s natural resources comes directly or indirectly from the sale of hunting and fishing licenses. DNR greatly appreciates your continued support.

DNR protects and manages South Carolina’s natural resources by making wise and balanced decisions for the benefit of the state’s natural resources and its people.

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