We fish 12 months out of the year!
Summer – is the season when most people plan their fishing trips because it is warm and school is out. The fishing is great in the summer and we have lots of seasonal visitors to the marsh (tarpon, flounder, ladyfish, sharks, etc.). Early summer tends to provide better action than late summer because the water temps have not reached their peek. Extremely hot water will make the fish lethargic. We try to fish the early morning and evening hours in the dog days of summer. My favorite times of the summer season are the flood-tide days that we experience during full moon phases. This is when you pole the boat along the flooded spartina grass flats looking for “tailing” redfish. It is some of the most exciting fishing our marsh offers-up. This is a great time to catch a summer redfish on fly or articial bait. Check with you captain or your tide chart to find out when there is an opportunity to fish the flood tide. Best thing about summer – there is always something willing to put a tug in your line.
Fall – is the absolute best time to go fishing in the Carolina marshes. The shrimp are fully grown and the mullet will be making their mass exodus towards the south. This coupled with cooler temperatures trigger the fish to put on their “feed bags” and throw caution to the wind. September, October, and November provide excellent sight-casting opportunities and fly fishing opportunities. If you want action, this is the time of year to fish! Tarpon fishing is at its peak in September and the trout and redfish will be feeding aggressively through the Holidays.
Winter – is the time when you can stalk large schools of redfish. Redfish will be the primary target from November through March. You will fish with artificial baits and fly tackle exclusively this time of year. Winter is a very exciting time of year to fish because you can expect to put your eyes on hundreds of redfish on any given trip. The water becomes very clear in the colder months and the fish tend to gather up in large schools (10-100+) thus making it prime-time for sight fishing. Due to the concentration of fish in a small area, it is not uncommon to have a day catching over 20 redfish per person.
Spring – is a transitional period in the marsh. I have had some of my best days of fishing and worst days of fishing in the spring. The fishing this time of year is weather-dependant. However, we have a secret bait that makes fishing almost too easy in the spring months. You will have to fish with us to find out. We will continue to target redfish in the spring, but the flounder and trout will begin to make an appearance as well. As the water warms, the action begins to build.
There really isn’t a bad time to fish in the South Carolina marshes. We enjoy every day we get to spend on the water and every season offers a new adventure and challenge.
Red Drum – aka (redfish, spot-tail bass, puppy drum, channel bass)
Redfish is the number one species that we target in Georgetown’s marshes. This is primarily due to their abundance and their willingness to eat 12 months per year. Not to mention they grow up to 20 pounds in the shallows (up to 100 pounds offshore) and will put up a fight that you won’t soon forget. Redfish will eat live bait, cut bait, lures, plastics, and flies.
Trout can also be caught year-round in Georgetown’s marshes. Spring and fall tend to be the best times to pursue trout, but they can be caught throughout the summer and winter months. Trout will readily take top-water plugs and other artificial baits.
Flounder invade the creeks in early spring and stay all the way through fall. They will readily eat artificial baits such as grubs, but they are suckers for small mullet and mud minnows. We catch plenty of flounder while pursuing redfish, but we can target flounder specifically at the customer’s request. Flounder are heralded for their excellent flavor and make great table fare.
Catching a Redfish, Speckled Trout, and Flounder all in one day is considered an “inshore slam” here in the lowcountry marshes. Spring, summer, and fall are great times to go for a slam.
Black Drum are also abundant in Georgetown’s marshes and inshore waters. They are a close relative to redfish and speckled trout and prefer to eat crustaceans and shell-fish. They can grow to 100 pounds, but the drum found in our inshore waters are typically in the 2-10 pound range. They put up a great fight and are often an under-appreciated sport fish.
Bonnethead sharks generally travel in groups of 5-15 and move back into the inshore waters in late spring. They are not harmful to humans and put up a great fight. They typically feed on crabs, shrimp, and small fish and can be a great species to target on warmer summer days. They can be sight-fished and are beautiful to look at when they are tailing.
Tarpon make their appearance each year when the water warms in the summer and stay here through the fall. The great thing about South Carolina tarpon is they are BIG. Many of the tarpon caught in our waters exceed 100 pounds. South Carolina isn’t the tarpon destination that Florida is known for, but these fish can be pursued with success here in our waters.