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Georgetown, Pawleys Island and Debordieu Fishing Charters Report – Summer 2016

It’s been a great Summer in the salt marsh. The weather has been beautiful and the redfish and flounder bite have been as good as ever. We’ve been catching redfish in the shallow water around Georgetown on gulp bait, topwater lures, fly tackle, and on live baits. The trout bite is firing-up now and the best season for fly fishing for reds is upon us. Can’t wait to see what the fall season has in store. Call any time if you’d like to book a trip or talk about fishing charter options around Pawleys, Georgetown, and McClellanville.

Tight lines,

Capt. Jay Nelson

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Winter Fishing Report from Debordieu, Pawleys Island, and Georgetown, SC

Here’s a collection of some of my Lowcountry winter fishing photos from the Debordieu, Pawleys Island, and Georgetown, SC marshes. Winter is a great time to get out for redfishing, bird watching, and oystering. Thanks for stopping by and best wishes in 2016 from Winyah Guide Service.

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Shark Week – Fishing for Sharks, Redfish, Seatrout, & Flounder – Debordieu Beach & Georgetown, SC

The shark fishing seems to heat up each year when Discovery Channel starts airing their shark week series. The redfish, seatrout, and flounder bite around Debordieu and Georgetown have also been great despite the heat. I’ve seen some grown trout in the past couple of weeks! But back to the sharks…I don’t take these powerful fish for granted. Its really cool to catch such large, migratory fish in shallow water. They are a reliable target and there’s several different species you can expect to catch in our inshore waters. Lately, we’ve seen bull sharks, blacktips, blacknose, bonnethead, and sharpnose sharks. If you want to put your kids on a fun hard-fighting fish, then a shark trip is a great idea. The tarpon will also be showing up in better numbers this month. Its not uncommon to catch sharks, tarpon, and reds in the same general area in July, August, and September. Stay tuned for some reports and photos! Here’s some pictures from the past couple of weeks.

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January / February 2015

Hope everyone started their 2015 off right. The fishing this winter has been the best I’ve seen in several seasons. I’m guessing it has to do with warmer temperatures and the availability of baitfish and small crustaceans in our estuaries throughout these colder months. The redfish bite has been great on live bait and artificials. We’ve been putting the jon boat to use more often than the flats skiff so we can gather oysters while we are out fishing. Spring is right around the corner. Hope to see you on the water!

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June Inshore Fishing – Georgetown, SC

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!

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Georgetown, SC Fishing Report & Fishing Charters – Late February Fishing

I’ve got a love-hate relationship with this particular time of year. One day we are working our tails off to catch 3 or 4 fish and then the next day you catch 30. Or one day they call for it to be slick-calm and it blows 25mph and the next day they call for some wind and it is greasy flat. You’ve got to learn to roll with the punches in February and March and make the best of whatever situation you’re dealt. Luckily for Major Higgins, he ended up getting one of those 30-fish days. We found some fish that were happily chomping and even harassing some of the small baitfish that scarcely inhabit the creeks this time of year. The next day, it was so flat that we took my skiff out of the inlet and 8 miles into the ocean for some bottom fishing. We used large artificial baits and weeded out the small black sea bass and were able to bring home some groceries for the kids – they love fish sticks! It was cool bottom fishing out of a skiff on a slick day. We must hve caught 40 sea bass throughout the morning. Click on the pics if you’d like to view them in full size.

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Inshore Fishing Report Georgetown, SC – February 2014

There’s something inside every fisherman, especially a sight-fisherman, that gets really excited by being able to see to the bottom. The colorful sea grass, the huge mullet schools, discarded crab traps and human junk, sandy contours and pot-holes, and occasionally…a redfish or two. Its winter time in our estuaries and the water is crystal clear – you can see it all right now! I’ve been taking advantage of all this clear water to try out my GoPro camera. Most folks use it for video, but the photography capability has been fairly impressive – plus I can take underwater shots. I think this little camera really opens up your options for outdoor photography, especially while on the water. Click on the photos if you’d like to view them in full size.

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Here’s a really cool discovery from the weeekend. I took a picture of this banded oystercatcher on saturday – pretty cool moment in itself – but realized when I got home that I had photographed the exact same migratory bird 23 months ago. It was only a couple hundred yeards from where I first observed it. If you like checking out migratory birds or photographing them, this is an exciting time of year.

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Inshore Fishing in Georgetown, SC – December 2012

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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Here’s a close-up’s…

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Fly Fishing for Redfish in Georgetown, South Carolina – Inshore Fishing Charters

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.

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Fall Inshore Fishing Report – Geogetown, SC – Redfish, Trout, & Flounder

You’ve got to love October…there’s more options for outdoor recreation than one redneck has time for. Do I go sit in a tree stand…catch a college football game…head to the dove field? Lots of tempting options to keep one from making it on the water. If you do find yourself on the water in October, you can bank on some of the prettiest sunrises/sunsets of the year, some great topwater action, giant redfish, and lots of great wildlife viewing. I’m thinking God placed college football, deer hunting, and all of these other temptations in October just to reward the devout fisherman in the fall.

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