Outdoors: Back-to-basics fishing

May 16, 2020

It seems the sport of recreational fishing gets more and more complex every day. From expensive sonar units that provide real-time images to expensive high-tech boats and motors — and all the newest fishing gear and gadgets in between — it seems the simple enjoyment of fishing has taken a backseat to bigger and better gear.

Outdoors: Full-moon fever

May 9, 2020

This month’s full moon occurred Thursday, but the effects will be felt through this weekend.

Outdoors: Prime baits for spring striped and hybrid bass

May 2, 2020

While trophy striped bass are frequently caught by anglers using seemingly exotic live baits — like large gizzard shad and 12-inch rainbow trout — the day in and day out choice of live bait for stripers under the 20-pound mark and all hybrid bass is a live blueback herring.

Outdoors: King of the roost

April 18, 2020

The morning sun had just begun to lighten the overhead canopy as fog began to lift from the damp ground and dissipate into the trees. One tree in particular seemed a little more restless than the others as a large mass of its undergrowth shifted slightly.

Oconee opening boat ramps in phases

With its priority remaining on tornado recovery efforts, Oconee County is acting in phases on the governor’s latest COVID-19-related executive order to reopen boat ramps.