My wife and I head to Charleston area for either Thanksgiving or Xmas each year; we do the holiday trade-off thing. Last year I tried the Low Country for the first time. I got a 3 day pass and had a great time of it. I went to two different spots:
1.) I spent my first 2 days on the West Branch of the Cooper. I launched out of Pimlico and made my way up-river a touch in the old rice flats.
2.) I spent my last day on the Ashepoo River launching at Brickyard Ferry (near Bear Island WMA) and headed a little down river to the first bend that turns south towards the big oxbow.
Not being from the erea I thought I did pretty good.
While on the WB Cooper I heard many shots up river and could only hope whatever birds were up there would come down to me. Unfortunately they didn't.
While on the Ashepoo, I heard shots to the east on the Edisto (or somewhere in between). About a minute later, what seemed to be at least a hundred birds came right over me in a few waves. Looked to be a mixed bag of Woodies, Gadwall, and maybe Teal. I didn't harvest anything but ripped off a bunch of shots.
I plan to try again this year here in a few weeks. My biggest issue is that I do not have a power or mud boat that I can bring down - rather a canoe.
When it came to the WB Cooper, launching at Pimlico seemed to be just a bit too close to houses for the birds and a bit too much for me to paddle upstream. And as for the Ashepoo, the current was my biggest concern; getting back to the launch. As you locals know, the tide swings can be significant and so can the current.
We will be staying on John's Isl. this year and as you can see, I don't mind traveling a bit to get to a spot. I understand you boys do that as a matter of fact all the time. I plan to bring the canoe again this year but was wondering if anyone would be kind enough to offer any thoughts suggestions on how I could modify my plans this year. One thing I was thinking about was launching at Penny Creek and floating to Willtown Bluff.
Thanks for any input.
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