Visited my sister on this week in Monks Corner S.C. and fished the Cooper River at Pimplico Thursday for pan fish. Put our 14 ft Jon Boat in at 7:30 am, fished creeks and banks untill noon and had caught one keeper brim. When just about ready to call it a poor day and head home we saw two boats anchored on the side of a bank and watched a few minutes and they were catching large shellcracker at a rapid rate. I guess they felt sorry for us as they were kind enough to invite us to join the shellcracker bed they were on. I have never had such fun fishing as we caught 21 nice, one to two pound shellcracker in just 2 hours. They bent the tip of my brim buster back to the handle on some of the catches. We had the fish cleaned and in the frying pan by 6:00 pm and this was truly a day to remember. Great fishing, great fellowship with my brother-in-law and great tasting fresh fish for a great feast. This was what fishing is all about.
Tadpole, I was beginning to believe you went to the world's greatest fishing hole and came back empty handed. Kinda like blueberries... Until you find them you would swear there ain't none to be had but once you find them, you are ready for some serious business. Go back in March and fish the rice paddy outflows on the outgoing tide for some hot bass and or catfishing action. The water gets warmed up in the shallow mud paddies and comes out with all kinds of edible fauna seeking warmth.
Anybody ever fish black river? That would be an excellent float trip for the FFC. When I was a kid it was loaded with red breast in the Falcon area (between 13 and 95). Up there the mosquitos can get thick too.