There are a lot of things going on as September gets ready to make its debut. It’s the official kick-off of the fall hunting with dove season opening Sept. 1 in both Georgia and South Carolina.
A quick recap of some September hunting dates. Georgiaâ€™s dove season is in three parts this year â€“ Sept. 1-16, Oct. 13-31, and Nov. 22-Jan 15. In South Carolina, the season is also in three segments â€“ Sept.1-Oct. 13, Nov. 10-24 and Dec. 15-Jan 15. Hunting hours are one-half hour before sunrise to sunset daily, except for opening day in Georgia (Sept.1) and the opening three days (Sept 1-3) in South Carolina — when hunting hours are noon to sunset.
Daily bag limit in both states is 15. Check the individual state regulations for all required licenses, permits and HIP stamps.
Keep in mind the heat, September is a hot month with mid-day and afternoon temps often in the 90s. Heat strokes are nothing to mess with, and can be fatal to both hunter and hunting dogs.
More September dates
The Georgia early Canada Geese season opens Sept. 1 and runs through Sept. 30, while the early teal season runs Sept. 8-23. The first of a two-part marsh hen (rail) season runs Sept. 21-Nov. 11.
For South Carolina hunters, the first of a four-part Canada Geese season runs Sept. 1-30, while an early teal season is set for Sept. 15-30.
Georgiaâ€™s archery season for deer opens statewide Sept. 8 and continues through Jan. 13. Primitive weapons and firearms season for deer opens Oct. 14 and Oct. 20, respectively.
More on hunting as the various seasons as they approach.
Sporting Clays event
There is a big sporting clays event on tap for Sept. 12-16 at the Forest City Gun Club.
More than 800 competitors from more than 40 states plus Canada, Jamaica and Columbia are expected to compete at the Ferguson Ave. site for the 2018 National Sporting Clays Association (NSCA) Southeast Regional Championships. The event reportedly is the largest sporting clays competing in North America for 2018.
On the salt
Our saltwater fishing reports this week are about as scarce as they can get, but from the photos we have received from Capt. Judy Helmey (Miss Judy Charters, 912-897-4921), it is obvious the bite is still on both offshore and inshore.
Marvin Metzger who operates Coffee Bluff Marina (912 231-3628), indicated very slow action for anglers fishing out of that area. I did hear during casual conversations with several area anglers that weather conditions, in particular thunderstorms, either forced them back to the docks or greatly shortened their day.
As the photos on this page show, fish are being caught, and the optimism is still running high that September will be produce some excellent fishing. Yearling reds and trout are nearing harvest size, and the flounder action already has been solid.
September will make its debut with some excellent tides through the Labor Day weekend. The main damper is weather, as The Weather Channel is predicting easterly winds and thunderstorms from Saturday through much of next week.
Tides will begin to spring Tuesday relative to the new moon phase (new moon is Sept. 9). By the middle of next week, high tides will be in the eight-foot range, peaking at 8.9 feet both Sept. 8 and Sept.9, then beginning to drop back the following day at 8.7 feet. As mid-month arrives, tides will be back in the six and low seven foot range, and will gradually increase to the mid and high seven foot levels. They are set to reach eight feet again as the month closes out.
As occurs during most spring tides, tidal currents will be swift, widespread muddying may occur and the best fishing limited to slack tide periods, mostly during the highs.
Donâ€™t forget, the 2018 Leukemia Cup Inshore Slam, a fund-raiser for the Georgia Chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) will be held Sept. 14-15 out of the Savannah Yacht Club.
It is actually a one-day tournament, with competing anglers having the option of selecting either of the two mentioned days to record their catches.
The event is a boat tournament with anglers targeting redfish, trout and flounder. The format calls for one each (legal size) of the mentioned species, with the aggregate weight determining the top three boat honors.
There also will be individual angler awards for the heaviest of each species, plus lady angler and youth awards.
Entry fee is $75 per angler and $50 for youth. A mandatory captains’ meeting and registration will be held Thursday, Sept. 13 from 5-6:30 p.m. at the Savannah Yacht Club.
For more information on the event, contact Chris Shantz at 912-414-7037 or email at email@example.com.
John Burke can be reached at 912-655-8505, or by new email at Jovabu32@comcast.net.