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Fishing and hunting in South Carolina has a $1.5 billion economic impact

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A new report says that fishing and hunting in the palmetto state is big business, to the tune of more than one billion dollars.

Steve English is a fishing guide out on Lake Moultrie and Marion, "I crappie and bream fish and bass fish on occasion, but the crappie and bream, especially crappie, keep me busy."

English is one of the more than 40 thousand people who earn a living in the fishing and hunting industry in South Carolina, "I own the boat storage facility right here at the canal, and I figured that when the economy kind of dropped, mine would drop as well, but it stayed about the same."

According to a recent report from the Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation, Fishing and Hunting has a $1.5 billion economic impact in the state of South Carolina each year.

English says that's a lot of money, but, "now you spread $1.5 billion over all the different fish camps, and over all the fishermen, and it sounds like a lot. You spread it out over all those people, over all the state, and some places have seen more benefit than others."

George Williams is one of the many people spending time and money doing what they love, "first time I come down here it was 72, I think it was." He travels to the Santee Cooper lakes regularly from his home in Six Mile, South Carolina, "I've been coming back every year except that year I had to stay out for open heart surgery."

According to the department of natural resources, freshwater fishing is the number two outdoor activity in South Carolina, behind only beach swimming and sunbathing.

If you would like to hit the water and catch some fish of your own, visit the SCDNR website below, or contact a local fishing guide who can show you the ropes to bringing in a big catch.

DNR Fishing Website... http://www.dnr.sc.gov/fishing.html

Steve English Fishing Guide Service... http://www.fishingwithsteveenglish.com/

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