Of all the events slated on this year’s Bassmaster Elite Series schedule, none was more concerning than Winyah Bay. Serving as the confluence to numerous rivers, this South Carolina tidal system can be unpredictable and stingy … even when the conditions seem right.
Growing up in Tennessee, tidal fishing was foreign to me unless I read something about it in Bassmaster magazine. All of my tidal experience has come from competing on the Elite Series and I am learning more every chance I get on one of these fisheries. At the Winyah Bay Elite Series tournament in April, I gained a lot of insight but I still have a lot to learn.
From time to time, BASS will introduce a relatively unknown body of water to our tournament schedule. Winyah Bay on South Carolina’s coast was just that.
Overwhelmingly vast, the area serves as a massive estuary, fed by multiple rivers and tidal streams. To prepare myself for the event, I visited Winyah Bay several months in advance — hoping anything I might find would pay off later.