<![CDATA[South Side Bait and Tackle - Blog]]>Fri, 11 Aug 2017 14:43:38 -0400Weebly<![CDATA[South Side Spotlight: Dee Oliver]]>Tue, 01 Aug 2017 16:00:00 GMThttp://southsidebaitandtackle.com/blog/south-side-spotlight-dee-oliverDee Oliver
Those of you that frequent the shop on Fridays know that we have a Charleston Legend spending his time here. I thought it would be fun to introduce you to Mr. Dee Oliver. Most of you that have lived in Charleston for a number of years will have no doubt run across him, whether in a shop, on the water, or participating with any of his numerous fishing organizations that he is involved with. Dee has been hooked in many bait and tackle shops, from Reel Johns next to Ye Old Fashioned Ice Cream, Barton and Burwell, Haddrells Point West Ashley, and now us at SSB&T. He was born in West Ashley and lived on James Island most of his life, and now lives out his retirement on Johns Island. 

I asked him today about his love for fishing and his passion for our industry. He explained that some of his earliest memories of fishing involved family. All of his brothers and sisters, parents and grandparents fished. He would go fish with his grandmother and grandfather every Saturday as a kid. He explains with a smile that he loved that family time and learned a lot from them; places,  tackle,  technique. The big difference now is the tackle is a little better. Dee didn't just jump into Reel Johns, his first shop. He was working in construction in his younger years, and wanted something different. He had a fishing school, the Salt Water Sportsman, and his love for the industry brought him there. He loves being involved in the fishing industry and meeting people at the shop. He certainly has some stories to tell. Personally, his addiction to fishing stems from his enjoyment of sharing knowledge of what he has learned and perfected over the years. He loves introducing people to the sport. His presence in this shop is invaluable, both to you as a customer and to me as a shop owner. His knowledge of the Charleston fishing scene is indispensable, from offshore and inshore saltwater to fresh water as well. We are very lucky to have him at SSB&T, plus he is one of the few I know that loves to talk more than me!

A Special Tight Lines to you Mr. Dee! 

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<![CDATA[It's July...where did all the fish go?]]>Thu, 29 Jun 2017 17:46:57 GMThttp://southsidebaitandtackle.com/blog/its-julywhere-did-all-the-fish-goRantowle Creek
Okay, so we are waist deep in the middle of summer. The trout bite has slowed because of our 84 degree water temperature. Most of our traveling species are here. And its freaking hot and only getting warmer. The squid, shrimp and crabs have all shown up, and there is menhaden 20 miles from the inlets and the harbor. So where the hell are the fish? You have to remember that during low tide, a finger creek off the Stono or North Edisto is way hotter than the actual river. Pluff mud and exposed flats during low tide do nothing but absorb the sun. All of a sudden during incoming tide that 89 degree finger creek water turns into 120 degree water when it thins to 5 foot deep. There is no oxygen, and there is no fish. If you are a brave soul fishing during high summer, check your deep holes.The water temp stays cooler, has more oxygen and holds more fish. Tight lines!

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<![CDATA[Healing these broken rods]]>Sat, 08 Apr 2017 16:48:27 GMThttp://southsidebaitandtackle.com/blog/healing-these-broken-rodsPicture
Well, I sure had some news this week here at the shop. April Fools Day had almost come and gone without incident and here I am worried about a trout eye order and my minnows running low. Turned on the USC Gamecocks NCAA Final Four game and my chest starts burning, hard to breathe, and my arms become numb and tingly. And it did not stop. Four hours later I am cooped up in Roper Hospital downtown Charleston after having what the ER doc tells me, in what feels like a dream, a massive heart attack. Now, I am 39. This is not something that I should have to worry about at 39. All I need to worry about is the shop light bill, lunch money for Harrison, gas, and supporting Amanda in her newest project or travels. Well, my body...specifically my heart, thought of something else. I am a busy body. I do not stop. My mind does not stop, never has. I would much rather sit in this shop and chat with customers and open the cash register than dangle my feet off of a dock and listen to the chatter of insects or feel the sun turn my skin tan. Here came Saturday, and my life has to change. I have spent far too much time trying to support my family working 80 plus hours 7 days a week. Heart to self: wake the f*@k up and enjoy the rewards of your struggles! I have to relax. I have no choice. Next time you come in the shop and ask for fiddlers, if I happen to be out, I will tell you I am out of them till Tuesday with a smile. Lesson learned...

A very mellowed tight lines and bent rods,

Kyle

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<![CDATA[Here shrimp, here boy!]]>Mon, 27 Mar 2017 17:09:19 GMThttp://southsidebaitandtackle.com/blog/here-shrimp-here-boyPicture
As Spring quickly approaches, the biggest change in our water temps here in Charleston brings back one of the most used bait by anglers. Shrimp disappear naturally during the winter, and personally I do not use shrimp while they are gone.  Luckily, and surprisingly enough, little brine shrimp began to appear a month and a half early the last week of February.  That being said, these shrimp are no more than an inch and a half. Forget a cast net. If you are going to throw frozen shrimp, you need to cut your bait into pieces that match the ones naturally in the environment. Only an inch and a half. The redfish and trout, and others that eat them, have not seen a full size shrimp in almost 4 months. It is only a matter of time before warming waters help these shrimp grow, and other larger shrimp start showing up. We are lucky to live where we do, and have an abundance of both bait and fish to catch all year.  Be sure to “match the hatch” all year long for continued success. Luckily for the shop, we will also have live shrimp for sale a month and a half early!

Tight Lines and Bent Rods…

Kyle


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