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Gregg Holshouser, Custom Outdoor Furniture & Restrapping

September 26, 2018 Live Great Outdoors Blog Comments Off on Gregg Holshouser, Custom Outdoor Furniture & Restrapping

Gregg Holshouser, the president of Custom Outdoor Furniture & Restrapping, is a 1984 graduate of the University of South Carolina’s School of Journalism and has been a sports and outdoors writer since 1985, working for newspapers such as The Statesville (N.C.) Record & Landmark, the Northwest Florida Daily News, and The Sun News.

He joined the family business permanently in 1999, and continued his writing career as a freelance sports writer. Gregg, and his sister “Sam” enjoy Living Great Outdoors, and invite you to visit Custom Outdoor Furniture to see how they can make your outdoors great.

Along with being co-owner of Custom Outdoor Furniture, for the past 15 years he has written a weekly fishing report and Outdoors Column for The Sun News, the Myrtle Beach area’s daily newspaper. Check out the current fishing report, posted on the Custom Outdoor Furniture and Restrapping website every weekend, of find us on Facebook.

Challenging Conditions in Latest Tournament

December 8, 2018 Live Great Outdoors Blog Comments Off on Challenging Conditions in Latest Tournament

Middle and high schoolers overcome challenging conditions in latest angler tournament

By Gregg Holshouser
December 07, 2018 03:17 PM,

Updated December 07, 2018 03:17 PM
Cubby Weaver of Coastal Montessori Charter School shows off a 4.58-pound red drum caught during the Student Angler Tournament Trail last Saturday out of Georgetown. Weaver won the Middle School Redfish Division.
Cubby Weaver of Coastal Montessori Charter School shows off a 4.58-pound red drum caught during the Student Angler Tournament Trail last Saturday out of Georgetown. Weaver won the Middle School Redfish Division.

The fall portion of the 2018-19 Student Angler League Tournament Trail has been a challenging one for the middle and high school anglers targeting red drum and largemouth bass.

The trail, dubbed SALTT, features three tournaments each semester of the school year with each staged out of the Carroll Campbell Marine Complex on the Sampit River in Georgetown.

Tropical systems and cold fronts are frequent obstacles to fishermen along the South Carolina coast in autumn, and the young anglers have gotten a full dose this semester.

The Fifth annual SALTT series began with the first tournament on Oct. 20 in rainy and windy conditions. The opener was originally scheduled for Sept. 15 but was postponed by Hurricane Florence.

The second and third events of the semester were staged as fronts moved through the area.

“I’ve been very impressed this year, with the worst-case scenario we’ve had weather-wise, the kids’ attitude dealing with it and still catching fish has been phenomenal,” said SALTT founder and director Rayburn Poston.

The final trail of the semester was held last Dec. 1 with a front packing plenty of rain approaching. Poston made the call to shorten the event, moving weigh-in from 3 p.m. to noon and forcing the anglers to plan fishing around a low tide.

Despite the limited fishing time, numerous quality fish were weighed in.

The Andrews team of Dylan Skippper and Walker McKenzie won the High School Redfish Division with two fish weighing an aggregate of 4.40 pounds, including a 2.33-pounder. No other teams in the division weighed in fish.

Cubby Weaver of Coastal Montessori Charter School, fishing solo, won the Middle School Redfish Division with two fish weighing 8.47 pounds, including the big fish of the division, a 4.58-pounder. Chappell Miller and Owen Powell from Georgetown Middle School finished second with 6.83 pounds. Third place went to Donavan Harris of Conway Middle School and Wyatt Moore of Whittemore Park Middle School with 6.77 pounds.

Conway’s Jacob Martin fished solo and won the High School Bass Division with two fish weighing 5.59 pounds, including the division’s big fish, a 2.92-pounder. Georgetown’s Andrew Ackerman and Jeremy Owens took second with 4.10 pounds while brothers Charlie and Chase Holmes of Conway finished third with one fish at 1.48 pounds.

The Middle School Bass Division was won by Loris Middle School’s Gavin Porter with one fish at 2.08 pounds. Rosemary Middle School’s Keegan Wildeswith was second with one fish at .96 pounds.

This fall the SALTT had 22 schools and over 100 anglers from five counties compete on the trail.

The three SALTT events in the 2019 spring semester are set for Feb. 16, March 16 and March 30.

For more information, visit or contact Poston at 843-902-4274.

• Speckled Studs Tournament: The tournament, coordinated by Capt. Dan Connolly of O-Fish-Al Expeditions in Murrells Inlet, will be held Saturday. Connolly noted 15 percent of the proceeds and all of the raffle funds raised will be donated to the SALTT. For more information on the tournament, call 843-241-7022.

Near-shore reefs bustling with water temperature drop

December 7, 2018 Live Great Outdoors Blog Comments Off on Near-shore reefs bustling with water temperature drop

Photo courtesy of Gul-R-Boy Guide Service
Grand Strand Fishing Report: Near-shore reefs bustling with water temperature drop

By Gregg Holshouser

December 06, 2018 08:24 PM,


Look For: Spotted seatrout, red drum, black drum, flounder, sheepshead.

Comments: What’s happening in local inlets as December arrives? “Trout, trout and more trout,” said Capt. Dan Connolly of O-Fish-Al Expeditions in Murrells Inlet. “(They’re taking) live shrimp and soft plastics. Keep on fishing and catching and moving to spots until you catch some keepers.” Connolly offered good advice to anglers catching numerous trout under the 14-inch minimum size limit and the occasional large, gator trout. “(It’s) important to take good care of the small ones, keep only the medium-size fish, and (take a) picture and release the gators.” Trout have also been the main catch for Capt. Mike McDonald of Gul-R-Boy Guide Service in Georgetown, fishing in the Winyah Bay vicinity. McDonald took a group of three youngsters and two adults and finished with 15 trout, one red drum and a flounder. The crew used plastic grubs fished on 1/4-ounce jig heads, and McDonald said “the color didn’t make any difference.” McDonald was out for a quick, chilly trip Thursday afternoon and noted a water temperature of 50 degrees at South Island Ferry.

Look For: Black sea bass, sheepshead, black drum, bluefish, flounder, weakfish, whiting, croaker.

Comments: With the ocean water temperature dropping to near the mid-50s, look for sheepshead and black drum to begin showing on near-shore artificial reefs in depths of 30-50 feet. “For those that don’t want to venture too far out, you can pick up some good fish on those reefs,” said Capt. Perrin Wood of Southern Saltwater Charters. Plenty of black sea bass, including some keepers above the 13-inch minimum size limit, are available on the same reefs, plus weakfish and flounder. Michael Wallace of the Cherry Grove Pier reported a water temperature of 57 degrees Thursday afternoon, with a few small whiting and black drum being caught this week. Spotted seatrout and weakfish have been landed from the surf adjacent to the piers and on hard-bottom areas close to the beach this week.

Look For: Wahoo, blackfin tuna, king mackerel, dolphin, vermilion snapper, black sea bass, triggerfish, grunts, porgy, amberjack, grouper.

Comments: Capt. Roger’s Wahoo Challenge staged by Ocean Isle Fishing Center has proven that, yes, there is quality wahoo action in the offshore waters in late autumn. The ongoing tournament, which continues through Dec. 31 and has a field of 58 boats, has seen wahoo weighing 97 and 73 pounds brought to the scales at the OIFC. The Quote Boat, headed by Tom Ronner, leads the tournament thus far with a four-wahoo aggregate of 233.5 pounds. Trolling boats are also producing good catches of blackfin tuna. Autumn also brings reef fish in to shallower bottom spots, with good action for grouper, vermilion snapper, black sea bass, grey triggerfish, amberjack, red porgy and grunts available in depths of 50 to 90 feet. “You don’t even have to go out to the Parking Lot right now,” said Wood. Don’t be surprised to find a few cobia currently holding on the same bottom spots. Red snapper are also available but must be released indefinitely in the South Atlantic Region.

Look For: Bream, bass, catfish, crappie.

Comments: “We’re starting to see some good signs of life,” said Ronald “Catfish” Stalvey of Stalvey’s Bait and Tackle in Conway. “I’ve seen some fine, fine bream caught at Red Bluff (on the Waccamaw River).” Stalvey noted the bream were caught in deep water with worms fished on the bottom. On the lower end of the Waccamaw, the Ricefields area continues to be the go-to spot. Bass are hitting crankbaits, spinnerbaits and Texas-rigged craw baits in creek mouths. Crappie action has been good in the area of the river adjacent to Wacca Wache Marina. While the rivers are still high, “at least they are all falling,” said Stalvey.

Prized southern fish shows in local waters

December 1, 2018 Live Great Outdoors Blog Comments Off on Prized southern fish shows in local waters

Bob Seganti and David Kingsland of Pawleys Island caught this juvenile snook in a cast net during a fishing trip in Winyah Bay on Nov. 18. Bob Seganti Courtesy photo
This highly prized south Florida fish is starting to show up in South Carolina waters

By Gregg Holshouser
For The Sun News

November 30, 2018 04:57 PM

Updated November 30, 2018 04:57 PM

The South Carolina coast has a well-established population of migratory tarpon, as the Silver Kings, the king of saltwater sportfish, move up from Florida typically in May as the water warms well into the 70s and head back south sometime in September as fall arrives.

Juvenile tarpon measuring a foot or less are occasionally caught in cast nets in South Carolina estuaries.

That is one renowned species hailing from Florida that frequents South Carolina estuaries from late spring through the summer. Could there be another?

Fishing buddies Bob Seganti and David Kingsland of Pawleys Island are convinced by firsthand experience that there is indeed another highly prized south Florida species showing up in South Carolina estuaries.

The pair went fishing in Winyah Bay about a month ago aboard Kingsland’s 21-foot Sea Hunt, and were cast-netting bait on the bay’s south bank adjacent to the Georgetown Lighthouse.

“We got a mixed bag, shrimp, mullet, perch,” recalled Seganti. “I pulled (the net) out and there were some perch mixed in. I said ‘I don’t think that’s a perch.’ David said ‘That looks like a snook.’ “

Sure enough, there it was, a little 5-6 inch long fish with the upturned lower jaw, protruding out farther than the upper jaw. And then there was the distinct black stripe on the lateral line, thus the snook’s nickname, lineside.

They didn’t think to take a photo before releasing the fish, but Kingsland and Seganti headed out again on Nov. 18 and hit the same area once again for bait. Once again, a juvenile snook showed up in the cast net, and this time they took the time for a photo op.

“There’s no shortage of interesting things that come up in a cast net,” said Seganti. “You never know.”

A quick check with Dr. Joey Ballenger of the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources shows there has been an uptick in the number of snook showing up in sampling done in Palmetto State estuaries by the agency.

S.C. DNR biologists use trammel net sampling and electro-fishing, where electricity is used to stun fish temporarily, to check on what species are present and in what numbers in South Carolina estuaries.

“We do see snook at times in our monitoring program, in low salinity areas in Charleston, Winyah Bay and the Ace Basin,” said Ballenger. “We see some of the larger ones in the fall in our trammel net surveys, to six inches maybe eight inches long.

“This year we’ve seen quite a few of those in Winyah Bay, the Cooper River and Charleston Harbor. They seem to be more frequent and more common this year than any year in the survey.”

Ballenger doesn’t know much about the presence of snook, whether the common snook or swordspine snook, in South Carolina waters, but he’s plans to learn more.

“At least some of them are spawning offshore to where the eggs and larvae are moving in (to estuaries along the coast),” said Ballenger, theorizing where the juvenile snook originate.

“We don’t know a whole lot about the ones that occur here. They seem to be getting more common in our area. We’re collecting data so we can start investigating.”

Ballenger isn’t aware of any adult snook that have been encountered in South Carolina estuaries.

“I’ve never heard of anybody catching any adult snook,” said Ballenger. “All the reports from folks around here have been in cast nets.”
Speckled Studs Tournament

The 3rd Annual Speckled Studs Trout Tournament will be held on Dec. 8 (Saturday) in Murrells Inlet.

The Captains Meeting is set for Friday at 5 p.m. on the Marsh Walk at Murrells Inlet Fishing Center.

Entry fee is $100 with two anglers allowed per boat. Proceeds of the tournament will benefit Student Angler League Tournament Trail (SALTT).

For more information, call 843-241-7022.