If you can get away from college football and out of the deer stand, this is hands-down the best time of year to be fishing in the Lowcountry marshes. The weather has been great and the fish have been in large schools pushing shrimp along the mud banks. Leave the cast net at home (unless you are shrimping), as any artificial bait will be enough to get a reaction from an october redfish. It is also a good time to check out all of the Lowcountry wildlife…we even spotted an albino dolphin this week. From what I can tell, there’s only been a few ever reported in the USA. Pretty rare sight. Keep your eyes peeled out there…never know what you’ll see. Happy fall people .
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Have had some enjoyable days on the water lately! The water is getting quite warm and the best redfish and trout action is in the early morning and late evening when the fish are willing to eat topwater lures. We’ve had to resort to bait-fishing during the heat of the day. The flood tide fishing has been steady and we even had a couple of surprise days where the east wind gave us enough water to access the flat on marginal tides. The fish seem to really cooperate on those tides. The highlight from the last couple of weeks was Gilliam’s 24″ flounder caught on a giant live menhaden. Was excited to hear he is going to have it mounted by Hortman’s Wildlife Taxidermy in Pawleys Island. Jimmy Hortman is a good bud who does great work.
Keep an eye out over the next couple of weeks as our tarpon should really start to show up! Can’t wait.
June has started off pretty well in the marsh. I’ve seen some of the biggest fish I’ve ever seen in the shallows this month. And the chicks have been ruling the creeks this week…I guess it takes a woman to come on board and show the guys how to catch a real fish – ha. Not sure what has these breeder reds roaming the shallows, but I like it!!!! Hopefully they will stick around long enough for us to enjoy for awhile. If you find yourself lucky enough to handle one of these bigger reds, please make sure to spend plenty of time reviving the fish so it can swim away healthy – these are the future of our fishery. We’ve had a couple of bad spawning years and we need to take care of the adult fish that roam our inshore waters so they can produce more fish for seasons to come. Hope everyone’s summer is off to a nice start. See you on the water!
Great week of fishing here in coastal South Carolina as we transition into June. The low water action has been steady for redfish, trout, and flounder and we had several nights of flood tides for tailing redfish. I’ve been trying to incorporate plenty of scenic photos from our recent outings. My goal is to remind folks that it isn’t the fish that make a trip on the marsh so enjoyable…it is more about getting to experience a place that hasn’t been spoiled by the hands of man. Thank goodness we had landowners who saw the importance of protecting these marshlands for future generations to enjoy. I don’t think we realize how lucky we have it sometimes. With that being said, I think I’ll go fishing…see y’all on the water.
Its been too long since I added a blog post, but I took some time off in April to chase turkeys and spend some time with family. April was a great month! Now that May is in full swing, we’ve been back on the water regularly and the fishing has been excellent. The bait has shown up and the fish are really aggressive. During our saturday trip, every fish was caught on either a hard lure or soft plastic…didn’t have to think about live bait for a change. This is one of my favorite times of year to fish. Hope to see ya’ll on the water.
Spring is coming – it aint here yet – but its coming. We’ve had several warm fronts, firing the fish up for a day or two, and then a cold front blows in and shuts them down again. The warm days have been really great though…I’ve seen tailing fish on a couple of trips this week and some new bait showing up. We’ve caught fish on DOA soft plastics, paddle tail grubs, jerk baits, and live mud minnows recently. Aside from the fishing, the wildlife viewing is supurb in March/April. There are tons of migratory birds making their way back north…I’ve seen way more ducks during March than I saw during duck season…and the bald eagles are everywhere!!! Last year, April marked the return of the bait and the fishing absolutely went nuts – the redfish bite was amazing. Let’s hope this April provides more of the same. Stay tuned…
Holy ice chunks – its freezing outside – they’re even calling for snow today and tomorrow. It wouldn’t be the worst thing to see some snow on the beach and some powder in the palmetto trees. Hopefullly, we’ll get a decent dusting, everybody can build snowmen for a day, and then go back to 60 degrees for the weekend. I’ve been pretty slack about updating my blog since the Holiday season as we’ve been immersing ourselves in some other local outdoor activitites throughout the month, but there’s still fish to be caught if you don’t mind putting on an extra layer. The fish are in a typical winter pattern right now, hanging a little deeper, where the water temp is more stable. If you are willing to dredge some deeper holes and fish some structure, then you can expect to have a productive day using gulp baits, hard lures, and live mud minnows. The fly guys have even scored some fish while dredging deeper spots. Best wishes in 2014 and I hope to see you on the water.
Happy Holidays y’all. Seems like whenever we can find time on the water between all of the Holiday activities, we get rewarded with some pretty solid fishing action. Given the warm start to the winter season, the trout are still abundant, and willing to pounce on grubs and hard lures. The redfish have formed their winter schools and the sight-fishing has been great on the days where you can get some clear/sunny skies during the right tide stages. There’s also been a lot of black drum mixed into our catches. If you can get the time, the Holiday season is one of the best times to fish. Not to mention, the wildlife viewing and sunsets are really great in December…there’s always something pretty to rest your eyes on out in the marsh. Hope to see you out there. Merry Christmas!
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If you can get the weather, November is arguably the best month for low tide fly fishing…actually not arguably…it is the best month for low tide fly fishing. We lucked-up on several days of light winds and high sunshine last week and the fishing was really great. Was fortunate enough to have my friend Tucker Blythe up from Charleston for a day of throwing gurglers and surface fies. The water clarity was really good, so we were able to get some pretty neat photos. Also had my regular fly client, Dr Chris, out for some good fly fishing. He even bailed out of the skiff and stalked a couple of nice reds that were working way up in the skinny water. He caught them on a rattle shrimp pattern that he had been working on.