Since my last report, the fishing has been strong to say the least. Great catches of redfish, trout, flounder, ladyfish, spanish mackerel, tripletail, and sharks. Chumming up sharks and targeting them with artificial and fly has been a blast. Live baiting has been the most productive inshore with the plethora of menhaden, mullet, and shrimp in our estuary. Deeper structure has been effective on the hottest of days. Spanish have been all over the beachfronts and in the Charleston Harbor. Tripletail have made their annual arrival and have been a sucker for a live shrimp. Flounder have really started to move in, hanging along grass banks, rock piles, dock pilings, and oyster bars. Small menhaden or finger mullet is the bait of choice. The bull redfish have been around the jetties, nearshore wrecks, and further into the Charleston Harbor. Fresh cut shad, ladyfish, and bluefish have worked well. Ladyfish have been thick inshore. They are an exciting species that many overlook. While they may not be great on the plate, they provide drag screaming excitement with light tackle and fly. Tarpon are starting to make an appearance and we look forward to chasing them into the Fall.
It has been awhile since my last report. February and March were filled with rainy and windy days. This limited our good opportunities for the redfishing on the flats. We did have some great days in the mix with flies and lures. Shad fishing this season was on fire. We have stocked up plenty of these oily fish for our upcoming shark season. Lately the weather has been great with temperatures in the 70-80’s. Water temp has reached 70 in most inshore areas and nearshore will not be far behind. We anticipate the cobia will begin they’re migration off our coast any day. The red fishing has been better and better each day. They have been cooperative in creeks, flats, and on structure spots. Live bait, lures, and flies have been productive. The trout bite has really started to heat up. April and May will bring some of the largest trout of the year. The sheepshead bite has been excellent for the last couple weeks and should remain strong. Fiddler crabs and oysters have been the bait of choice. We have caught several small flounder and plan to target them heavily into the early summer. Spanish Macks will also begin to move into our waters very soon. So many options as we come into this time of year. We look forward to the summer fishing!
November has been nothing short of it’s usual reputation for being one of the best months to fish around Charleston. Specks, reds, and sheepshead inshore have all been very cooperative. Nearshore the bull reds and false albacore have made a great showing. Sight fishing on the flats has really begun to heat up. Clear water schools of reds will be our focus throughout the winter. These redfish are perfect targets for the light tackle or fly fishing enthusiast. I look forward to the New Year and wish everyone a Happy Holidays.
The last 2 months have produced some great catches. This is the time of year we look forward to after a long hot summer. As the water temps continues to drop, fish of all species have been hungry inshore and nearshore. Reds, trout, flounder, and sheepshead have been our targets. Bull reds will remain around inlets and sand bars before they’re annual migration offshore sometime in November. False Albies and Bull reds will concentrate over reefs and live bottom from 30-60ft. Flats fishing will only get better into November. Sightfishing clear water reds will be our focus into this winter.
The second part of summer has produced some great fishing in Charleston. Redfish and Sharks have given anglers lots of excitement on lures, flies, and bait.