online store up shortly

July 20th, 2012

The TroutTrick online store will be up and running in the next few days.

Don’t hesitate giving me a call to talk fishing or to order TroutTricks.

Bob Sanders 803-300-2780

It was an incredible discovery. I had anchored on about a 1/2 acre of blowing up trout. This was while scouting on the Chocktawhatchie Bay in Fl when I was guiding down there. I made twenty casts with every conceivable lure, topwater, jerk baits, crankbaits, and all the plastics, flukes, tubes, etc, and the Trout Trick.  I would get about 5 strikes per 20 casts on all the baits except  the TT….. 30 strikes/20 casts. If they missed it or got off, another would grab it. It didn’t take a rocket scientist to realize I had stumbled (nature sent me a miracle)onto something.

The TroutTrick  must be allowed to fall STRAIGHT down to create the reaction bite.   With your rod pointed at the lure, reel in the slack and give a couple of jerks,  then drop the rod tip to allow bait to fall STRAIGHT down again.  In shallow water jerk sideways. The trout will hit it on the fall or pick it up off the bottom, hence your jerk becomes a hookset.  We think the ribs create a vibration saltwater trout home in on.  It is so strong that when you fish through a school of totally negative fish, they will strike with their mouths closed.  Eventually you will foul hook one and realize what is going on.


TroutTrick Online Store Up & Running

April 20th, 2012

Go to to order TroutTricks in 10 or 100 ct bags.  Post a fishing report, esp with pic of trout w/ TroutTrick, of catching ‘em on TroutTricks and let me know.  I’ll send you some TroutTricks.  Get TroutTricks into your local tackle store and I’ll do more.  We’re real excited about this incredible trout lure.

Thanks, Bob

Wayfar Farm Turkey Hunts

January 27th, 2012


November 12th, 2011





“Lures will outfish bait 95% of the time”!   You should see the looks I get from clients, when I make this statement.  But this is a fact.  Think about it.  When you cast out a bait, be it a live shrimp under a cork, cut bait on a Carolina rig or any number of techniques using bait, you’re fishing a small strike zone.  When you throw out a lure, you’re covering a ton of water and if it’s a sinking lure, you’re covering the whole water column.  This in itself is a distinct advantage.
However the larger reason for fishing lures is that fish don’t feed most of the time.  How many times have you been fishing and not gotten a bite?  When fish aren’t biting you can make them bite by employing the reaction bite technique.  The easiest way to explain this is with a spinnerbait.  When fish are actively biting, you can cast and reel a spinnerbait straight back in and catch fish.  Not so when they aren’t biting.  But you can reel a spinnerbait a few feet and then “kill it”, which means to stop reeling and let it helicopter down.  Inactive fish will be triggered into striking a seemingly easy meal.  Really inactive fish will hit with their mouth closed and at times you  will fowl hook them.
On my  charters, we use Trout Tricks, a plastic worm type lure, on a 1/8th ounce jighead.  We cast out, let the lure sink to the bottom, jerk it up a couple of times, and let in fall straight down on a semi slack line. The bite always occurs on the fall.  The rate of fall, about one foot per second, is so critical, that when we fish Zoom Flukes, a bulkier lure, we have to use a 1/4 once jighead to achieve the same rate of fall.
So the next time you go fishing, leave the cast net at home, and try the above.  Or give Capt Bob a call, 803-300-2780, and we’ll whack some fish on artificial lures.

Bob Sanders
Edisto Inshore Charters
Big Fork Farms LLC
Real Estate Sales

For Roy Bullard, one of the best duckhunters I’ve ever had the pleasure of hunting with! For that matter………period.

October 23rd, 2011

Elias’ secret revealed 10/21/2011

If you haven’t been following the FLW Outdoors Live On The Water coverage of the Guntersville FLW Tour Open, go there now and watch the Paul Elias video. Elias rocked 26 pounds yesterday when most of the field struggled, and he’s whacking them again today. His bait? An Alabama rig, which is about the craziest thing we’ve ever seen. The photo to right, from, shows the rig with spinnerbaits, but apparently Elias is using swimbaits.


Bob Sanders
Edisto Inshore Charters
Big Fork Farms LLC
Real Estate Sales



October 21st, 2011

“When the wind blows out the east, the fish bite the least.  When the wind blows out the west, the fish bite the best. When the wind blows out the south, it blows the bait in the fishes mouth.”
Not so at Edisto.  Three days of an east wind moves the ocean inland; and, our water clears.   South and west winds blow across the extensive mud flats between Edisto and Beaufort, muddying up the water.  When this happens, you can usually run way up the creeks and find some clearer water.  The worst thing that can happen is a “frog strangling” rain at  low tide, which muddies everywhere.  Thank you, Cookie Boykin, for explaining this to me, years ago.
So we look, with anticipation, for three days of east wind.  To me, it takes a minimum of 14 inches of visibility to catch trout on artificial lures.  After three days of east winds we often have two to three feet of visibility in greenish water.   And the trout bite is on!  I’m throwing Trout Tricks on 1/8th ounce Owner or Gamakatsu ball type jigheads.  When I get in a school of smaller fish I leave. As one of my mentors, Mr. George Bowman told me, “Son, those bigger fish won’t allow the smaller ones around them”.  Before leaving, however, I throw a Zoom Fluke, on a 1/4 ounce jighead, and usually pick up one or two keepers out of the school of small fish. The bigger plastic will get the bigger bite.
So give Capt Bob a call, 803-300-2780, to get on a great fall trout bite.

Want to catch more trout?

August 27th, 2011

Now that the trout have showed up, I am offering instructional trout fishing trips for one or two people for $350 ($50 off). We will concentrate on locating trout, topwater fishing, and fishing plastics. I also have Trout Tricks for sale for $6.99 per 10 ct, bag or $62 per 100 ct. bag.

Bob Sanders
Edisto Inshore Charters
Big Fork Farms LLC
Real Estate Sales

Edisto Island, S C Trout Have Showed Up

August 24th, 2011

After a fishing season with practically no trout caught, due to a winter kill, the fish that winter offshore have showed up in good numbers. They are full of roe, so we need to release them.
One of the keys for trout is clearer water. I look areas with at least 18 inches of visibility. Most of the trout I’m catching are on small flats with oysters next to a river channel. We are throwing Berkley Gulp 3 inch shrimp and Trout Tricks on one eighth ounce jigheads, jerking the lure up off the bottom and letting it fall in the “creating a reaction bite” technique. To learn more about the reaction bite and trout fishing book a charter with FishingWithBob.
Bob Sanders
Edisto Inshore Charters
Big Fork Farms LLC
Real Estate Sales

Fishing: New Bass Tournament Trail

August 3rd, 2011
Outdoor Channel and 24 Top Pro Bass Anglers Form
Kevin VanDam, Skeet Reese, Mike Iaconelli and Gary Klein among select group to compete in a new game, with new rules and no limits
TULSA, Okla. August 4, 2011 Declaring the creation of a new game, with new rules and no limits, Outdoor Channel, America’s Leader in Outdoor TV, and 24 of the world’s premiere competitive bass fishing anglers have come together to form MAJOR LEAGUE FISHINGTM. This new sports organization will feature competitive bass fishing events designed to bring high-intensity challenges to the competitors and entertainment, as well as insight, to audiences.
Under the new format, anglers will compete with no limit on the number of “legal” fish they can weigh and will not be allowed to begin the events with stored, user-generated GPS waypoints. The anglers will have access to a real-time leader board in their boats, showing them where they rank in the standings at any given time. In another twist, anglers will not be allowed any on-site practice time before MAJOR LEAGUE FISHING events.
“Major League Fishing will offer sports fans a unique way to view bass fishing competitions with production features that go beyond just fishing to focus on the personalities, struggles, strategies, conflicts and emotions of the anglers,” said Outdoor Channel CEO and President Roger Werner. “Outdoor Channel is proud to be involved in this project from the ground floor and we see an outstanding future in this partnership. This latest venture reflects Outdoor Channel’s ongoing commitment to innovative, high-quality content that our core and loyal base of viewers has come to expect from us.”
MAJOR LEAGUE FISHING competitors include household names in the pro fishing industry, including seven Bassmaster Classic champions, eight Bassmaster Anglers of the Year and a three-time FLW champion, in addition to a host of other multiple-time winners of major tournaments. Former Bassmaster Angler of the Year Gary Klein and 2007 Bassmaster Classic champion Boyd Duckett were instrumental in putting together the innovative format.
“It is like nothing we’ve ever done or seen at this level, and I can assure you the anglers are excited about this,” Klein said.
“The format is exciting, and the television production will be top-notch,” Duckett said. “Our goal was to put together a group of the most influential anglers in the business, and we have done that. They understand we’re offering something that will enhance the way the public views our sport.”
Skeet Reese, a former Bassmaster Angler of the Year and Bassmaster Classic champion, called MAJOR LEAGUE FISHING “a new frontier.”
“What your grandfather did, your father did, and what I did last week in tournament fishing has been around for decades,” Reese said. “If you want to see a new, fun and exciting format that will take competitive fishing to a new level, then you’ve got to check out Major League Fishing.”
Jim Wilburn, founder and chairman of the Tulsa, Oklahoma-based Winnercomm production company, has been named general manager of MAJOR LEAGUE FISHING. Don Rucks, a former B.A.S.S. general manager, will serve as the league commissioner.
“I’ve been involved for many years with sporting events of all kinds, and I can honestly say that I’ve never been more excited about a project than I am about Major League Fishing,” Wilburn said. “We have a great concept, and we have the enthusiastic participation of the best anglers in the world. I believe this is going to be extraordinary.”
A weeklong event – the MAJOR LEAGUE FISHING CHALLENGE CUP – will be held later this year. The event will be broken down into episodes and aired in the second quarter of 2012 on the Outdoor Channel.
Tommy Biffle
Denny Brauer
Mark Davis
Boyd Duckett
Brent Ehrler
Edwin Evers
Shaw Grigsby
Greg Hackney
Tim Horton
Michael Iaconelli
Alton Jones
Kelly Jordon
Gary Klein
Jeff Kriet
Aaron Martens
Mike McClelland
Ish Monroe
Takahiro Omori
Jason Quinn
Skeet Reese
Dean Rojas
Marty Stone
Kevin VanDam
Byron Velvick
MAJOR LEAGUE FISHING is a partnership of 24 of the world’s most talented, influential professional bass anglers and the Outdoor Channel. For more information about the new game, with new rules and no limits, please visit:
About Outdoor Channel Holdings, Inc.
Outdoor Channel Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: OUTD) owns and operates Outdoor Channel, America’s leader in outdoor TV, and Winnercomm Inc., an Emmy Award winning production and interactive company. Outdoor Channel offers programming that captures the excitement of hunting, fishing, shooting, off-road motorsports, adventure and the Western lifestyle and can be viewed on multiple platforms including high definition, video-on-demand, as well as on a dynamic broadband website. Winnercomm Inc. is one of America’s leading and highest quality producers of live sporting events and sports series for cable and broadcast television. Winnercomm also owns and operates the patented Skycam and CableCam aerial camera systems which provide dramatic overhead camera angles for major sports events, including college and NFL football. For more information, please visit
BASSMASTER (Bassmaster) and BASSMASTER CLASSIC (Bassmaster Classic) are registered trademarks of B.A.S.S., L.L.C.
Outdoor Channel and America’s Leader in Outdoor TV are registered trademarks of OUTDOOR CHANNEL HOLDINGS, INC.


SCDNR Deer Antler Scoring Report

July 1st, 2011

DNR News

June 27, 2011

State antler records remain at high level this year



The most recent round of white-tailed deer antler scoring conducted by the S.C. Department of Natural Resources revealed 211 new records, including 2 Boone and Crockett qualifiers.

Each spring S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Wildlife Section personnel make a concerted effort to score deer racks throughout the state, with a major scoring session during the Palmetto Sportsmen’s Classic in Columbia. Of the 541 sets of antlers scored this spring, 211 met the minimum score for entry on the state records list including 203 sets of typical and 8 non-typical racks. According to Charles Ruth, Deer/Wild Turkey Program coordinator for DNR, the number of successful entries into the records list this year is the third highest number of entries in 15 years.  Although all of the records were not taken during the 2010 season, 169 were taken during the 2009 or 2010 season. Racks must score a minimum of 125 points typical or 145 points non-typical to qualify for the South Carolina state records list. Records are based on the Boone and Crockett Club scoring system, which measures the mass and symmetry of deer antlers in two categories—typical and non-typical.

The top typical buck was a 172 0/8 inch buck taken by Danny Dillard in Anderson County in October of 2009.  Dillard’s buck is the new Anderson County typical record and qualifies for the Boone and Crockett Club’s All Time Records List. The second highest scoring typical was a 160 5/8 inch Allendale County buck taken by fifth grader Hunter Mock last October.  Mock’s buck will also qualify for the Boone and Crockett Club’s Three Year Awards Period List and is the new Allendale County record typical buck. Netting 158 0/8 points, the top scoring non-typical buck was taken by Allyn Thomasson in Darlington County in December.

South Carolina’s deer herd is in good condition, and after many years of rapid population growth the herd stabilized in the mid-1990s followed by a decreasing trend since about 2002, according to Ruth. Statewide population estimates put the deer herd at about 725,000 animals with an estimated harvest of approximately 225,000 each of the last few years. Although the total deer harvest in South Carolina has been down the last few years, indications from the antler records program are that deer quality remains good.  This would make sense because fewer deer in the population would benefit from increased nutrition.

Aiken County was this years’ top producer of State Record entries with 21. Other top counties included Orangeburg (16), Kershaw (11), and Barnwell and Williamsburg counties each with 10 entries. These results come as no surprise as these counties have historically produced good numbers of record entries.

Although some of the top counties have relatively high deer populations, some of these counties have more moderate numbers. It is important that hunters and land managers understand how the density of deer in an area affects the quality of the animals. Areas with fewer deer typically have better quality animals because natural food availability and nutritional quality is higher. Good nutrition is important in producing good antlers, but deer reproduction, recruitment and survival are also directly tied to nutrition.

As far as all-time leaders at the county level, Orangeburg County remains at the top with 409 sets of antlers on the list. Rounding out the top five counties Orangeburg is followed by Aiken 364, Fairfield 244, Colleton 231, and Anderson with 209 entries.

South Carolina hunters should recognize that harvesting potential Boone and Crockett bucks is not a common occurrence anywhere in the country. This is particularly evident if you consider that there are only about 7,000 white-tailed deer records listed by Boone and Crockett, which includes entries dating to the 1800s. Similarly, the harvest of deer in the United States in recent years has been about 6 million per year. Essentially, the average hunter stands a better chance of being struck by lightning than harvesting one of these record deer. As for the South Carolina Antler Records List, about one in every 800 bucks harvested makes the State Book.

Currently 5,659 sets of antlers (5,445 typical and 214 non-typical) are included on the South Carolina antler records list.

Bob Sanders
Edisto Inshore Charters
Big Fork Farms LLC
Real Estate Sales