The "reef raiders" are back — commercial spear fishermen from Florida who take thousands of pounds of grouper, flounder and other game fish from the artificial reefs placed offshore by the state for casual recreational anglers.

Two or three dive boats per year will spend the summer off South Carolina, out on the water for two weeks at a time, diving the 52 reefs where big scamp and gag grouper lurk and flounder are said to school in layers like pancakes and spear guns make fishing little more than a shooting gallery.

State wildlife officers have asked the federal South Atlantic Marine Fisheries Council to look into the practice, which some say exploits an oversight in the region's fishery laws.

Read more in tomorrow's edition of The Post and Courier.