Upstate Outdoors Blogs

Deer Pre-Season Starts Now

Phillip Gentry While many folks in the Upstate are counting down the days to the start of college football, this Sunday will mark the official two month countdown until the opening day of deer season in the Upstate (Game Zone 2). It’s a little bit longer if you hunt in Game Zone 1 in the mountains... Read More

Catfish On The Go

Phillip Gentry Freshwater anglers who are considering throwing in the towel for the season are missing out on some great eating-sized catfishing through the heat of summer. Water temperatures in the mid 80’s and even higher are not a problem for channel catfish and smaller blues in the 2 – 10 pound... Read More

New Fishing Rules And Regulations Take Effect This Week-End

Phillip Gentry If you are an Upstate anglers, it’s pretty much going to be status quo during this 4th of July week-end. Get up early, try to catch a few fish, get off the lake before the holiday pleasure boat crowd arrives, then maybe get back on the water around dark and see if anything is still... Read More

How To Make Boating Safer?

Phillip Gentry Last week, Larry Rottmann, a contributor to the local Springfield, Missouri newspaper, the Springfield News-Leader, penned an opinion piece suggesting it was time to ban bass boats from public waters. The article was full of rhetoric based on an incident where a large bass fishing... Read More

Find “Air Conditioned” Water To Catch Summertime Fish

Phillip Gentry When it gets hot during the summer, people prefer to spend time somewhere it’s cooler. That could mean up in the mountains, near the water at the beach, or inside where the air conditioner is running. Fish are really not that different. To find cooler water, fish also have several... Read More

Drive-Thru Bait

Phillip Gentry In these United States of America consumers are constantly on the go. To improve customer service while providing convenience for the customer over the years, many businesses developed the “Drive-Thru”. The drive thru allows the consumer to purchase necessary items without having to... Read More

Life Jackets Save Lives

Phillip Gentry Two things stand out vividly in my memory about growing up on the shores of Lake Hartwell during the 1970’s where my family maintained a summer home. The first was an automobile accident where somebody blew through a stop sign resulting in a collision that catapulted 6 year old me... Read More

Yield To Wildlife During Summer Activities

Phillip Gentry With the long suffered winter and the few days that South Carolina gets that passes for spring over, area residents are looking forward to enjoying their summer. For many this includes getting out and about and enjoying the great outdoors from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the sunny... Read More

Getting Back To Your Fishing Roots

Phillip Gentry Many die hard anglers started out in the fishing world by cutting their teeth bream fishing. Bream, which is the colloquial name for a half dozen species of panfish found in most of our area waters, start spawning in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia starting in mid- March... Read More