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Thank You, Holiday Giveaway 2017

It is that time of year again where we get to thank our most loyal customers for their love and support. This year we are giving away a ‘Gulp Tackle Bag’ (a $29.99 value) every week leading up to Christmas!

That’s right, you have several chances to win and give the gift of fishing to a loved one (or yourself). All you have to do to enter to win is sign up for our monthly newsletter at:

If you are already receiving our monthly newsletter, great! That means you are already entered in the weekly giveaway.

We will announce the first lucky winner on Facebook and Twitter on Friday, November 17 and continue to do so every Friday leading up to Christmas!

Now, about this giveaway:  This Gulp Tackle Bag is the perfect tackle bag for all of your storage needs. It has plenty of interior and exterior pockets meant to hold bait and tools. It’s easy to carry thanks to the padded carry handle at the top. Look no further because this is the only tackle bag you’ll need.


  • 3 medium utility boxes included
  • 4 resealable bait bags
  • Inner flap zippered pocket
  • 2 side exterior pockets with attached tool holders
  • Front organizer pocket with 4 mesh compartments
  • Large exterior back mesh pocket
  • Top padded carry handle

Get Ready for the Shallow Water Fishing Expo 2018

The premier leaders in the fishing industry and some of the top boat manufacturers all in one room!

Top Manufacturers | Pro Staff | New Products | Seminars

Mark Nichols of DOA Lures
C.A. Richardson of Flats Class TV

Don’t Miss Out on a Chance to win the Ultimate Sportsman Raffle (Over $5,000 Value)!

Part of the proceeds will benefit the Coastal Conversation Association of South Carolina.

January 20-21, 2018
Saturday 9am-6pm | Sunday 9am-3pm

How Much:
General Admission is $5 for each day of the event. Children 12 and under attend free. Tickets can be pre-purchased online.

176 Patriots Point Rd., Mount Pleasant, SC 29464

For More Information: contact us on or on Facebook at ‘2018 Shallow Water Fishing Expo‘.

News: How Noise Impacts Fishing

Most anglers know that noise can impact your fishing success. However, there’s a lot more to it than a clanking anchor chain that can spook the fish you’re stalking. Even things like a VHF radio or a stereo can cause nearby fish to move away from your boat. The closing of a cooler lid and even footsteps can ruin your day of fishing by creating a sudden exodus. While we’ve not seen ears on a fish, they do have a keen sense of sound. This sudden sound can cause a reaction from the fish when they hear something out of the ordinary like a rod dropping on the deck or an anchor hitting the deck. That sound goes a long way and in many cases twice as far as it does on land. This rule applies to both inshore and offshore.

Inshore fisherman should cut off the outboard long before getting to the target area. Use the trolling motor and troll slowly and quietly along the banks. Make sure to have your rod and reel in hand, ready to cast. This tactic will minimize the chances of making noise while moving to grab the rod or dropping it. Redfish are more sensitive to noise while Speckled Trout are less sound sensitive. This allows fisherman to troll as a means of locating schools of trout prior to casting unlike being able to troll to locate Redfish. It’s even been thought that some fish can identify the noise of a crab boat gathering nearby as the crabber checks his pots, then the fish move in to feed off the by-catch.

Offshore anglers with inboards have different challenges such as mono line wrapped in the prop. This can spook the fish and decrease the bites. Even the sound of an engine’s harmonic balancer can scare the surrounding fish. Plus, the water disturbance from a boat’s trim tabs and barnacles on the boat bottom will decrease the catch.

It’s safe to say that noise plays an important part in the success of your fishing day. First, use common sense. Check for obvious things like heavy objects that may fall onto the deck or noise producers like radios and big footed passengers. Then minimize the water flow over your trim tabs and hull. Best of all “Think Quiet”.


Making the Best of Fishing for Fall Reds

With the cooler temperatures just around the corner, fishing will change. Fall has always proven to be the best time of year for Redfishing. So recently, we reach out to Perry McDougald of Pogies Fishing Center of Swansboro. Perry is a light tackle guide that specializes in both Redfishing and Kayak fishing. This makes for a great combination for fall and we wanted to get Perry’s take on how he prepares for the coming Fall season.

The first thing that Perry brought up was how the temperature changes will impact the movement and feeding habits of the Redfish. The cooler water will result in the fish increasing their feeding. This is due to coming winter and the reduced presence of bait fish in the months to come. The fish change their feeding patterns to prefer shrimp but will still take artificials. Live shrimp is the lure of the day. The flood tides are a great time to start. This is when most of the bait is in the water and moving. Perry stressed that the Fall is a time of year to look for Redfish in places you might not normally be looking like the middle of channels that will be carrying lots of bait. You’ll also find the fish many times schooling in these deeper creeks and bodies of water.

Fall fishing for Redfish has so many benefits. The cooler weather and less boating activity makes it feel as if you have the fishing all to yourself. Add in the fall backdrop and you have the perfect setting. Factor that with the increased Redfish feeding; it has to the best time of the year. Another aspect that makes it so enjoyable for Perry and other anglers is how the fish move. Since they are more active, it makes sight fishing for them easier. Perry advises to look for pushing water for the moving fish. Looking for the tailfin or dorsal fin popping out of the water is another good sign. It’s important to remember that Redfish commonly feed with their tail at a higher angle than their head. This is one of the reasons the tail many times makes an easy target when sight fishing. Remember they’re always looking for bait like shrimp and other small baitfish. That means they are commonly looking downward, thus protruding their tail and dorsal fins out of the water as they search and move. Once spotted, Perry tells us to cast the bait ahead of the fish then pull the bait just a few feet from the fish as it passes.

Fishing for Redfish in the fall requires a stealthy approach. A quiet boat with a trolling motor or even a push pole are best. The more shallow the draft, the better. A noisy anchor or chain will end your fishing day fast. Moving into the area as slow as you can will be the best tactic. Keep that rod ready and be prepared to cast the moment you see that pushing water of fins cutting through. When all those factors come together…it’s Redfish time.

Written By: Captain Tim Wilson
Contribution By: Perry McDougald


Creating the Perfect Fishing Boat In Your Mind

Most anglers know how to make their fishing boat “perfect”. We think in the lines of a new GPS or maybe additional rod holders. So I recently sat down with my good friend Scott Douglas to discuss this. Scott is an avid offshore fisherman and has fished all over the United States. He is also a sales professional at MarineMax of Wrightsville Beach, NC. I asked Scott to give me the features he believes would be on the “perfect fishing boat”.

Double Rigged Outriggers

The first thing that came to mind would be double rigged outriggers. More lines means more bait and rigs in the water, and with more opportunities to hook up. Next would be multiple power plugs, both front and back to power the electric downriggers and electric reels. Chilling plates in the fish macerator would be a plus to combine with the fish slurry and make a slushy chumming mixture. It also cools the caught fish in your fish box. Multiple live wells would be a must. These are needed to enable us to manage multiple baits and allow having to stop to catch bait less frequent. Then there are the rod holders, lots of them and all around the boat. These would make it easier to clear the lines

Rod Holders

When we get hooked up on that big fish. It would have bolsters along the gunwales to make it comfortable for those guys manning the outriggers or trolling rods. Make sure they fold up so they can easily get out of the way. Comfortable seating is a must. That means cockpit and forward and aft seating. That long ride out and back in can take its toll and make the day less enjoyable. Soft seating and abundant grab bars can make that ride home easy and safer. There should be access doors both starboard and port sides as well as aft for dragging in the big ones that are too heavy to pull over the gunwale. Keeping in mind that our “perfect” fishing boat is a center console, have it designed with plenty of roo

Rigging Station

m around the console. Trying to squeeze around a console when the bite is hot can be a pain and you risk setting the hook. Adequate room enables us to move quickly and safely around the boat for quick access to our rods, and clearing the lines or reeling in the big ones. The console/cockpit area has a top that provides ample shade and hand holding security. Behind the leaning post needs to be a large rigging station with a sink complete with running water equipped with a knife holder. When it comes to electronics, the “perfect” boat will be equipped with a fish finder with high speed recognition, thru hull and 1000 watt transducer. This allows the boat to travel at higher speeds while still effectively tracking the fish below. No slowing down to allow the fish finder to catch up on our perfect boat. A digital radar is a must since it not only reveals large objects such as other boats, but also birds in the air that means bait which means bigger fish nearby. Now for the fun stuff. No “perfect” boat would be complete without the toys. Things like underwater lighting that allows you

Water Mister

To see the bait below and even enables you to see that monster fish your about to land at night. It also looks cool to your friends when you dock at your favorite watering home after a long day of fishing. L.E.D. spreader lights are not only useful, but reduce night glare. Now let’s not forget water misters. You know, those things that spritz water on you from the hard top to keep you cool on those hot days of fishing. A satellite phone is a good addition to any “perfect” boat. You can call the wife from the gulf stream and tell her you’ll be late for dinner or use it to order a pizza. Or how about underwater cameras that interface with your navigation system that could make a Go-Pro look like a 1970’s polaroid? We could even have an A/C unit blowing cool air on the helm area….ummmm, nice. There is an enclosed rod storage cabinet that spray’s soap on our salty rods and reels then rinses them and then finally drying them by blowing warm air on them. Last of all we could have a drone pad on the hard top to secure our fish finding video drone while not in use.

These are just a few things Scott and I came up with for a start and I’m sure you have a list of your own depending on where you fish and what you fish for. Most of these toys are available and in the years to come there’s no telling what we will have at our finger tips to help us fish better and most of all spend more money.

Written By: Captain Tim Wilson with Contribution By: Scott Douglas


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