Fishing has been red-hot throughout the month of June. The redfish bite in Pawleys Island and Georgetown has been consistent and plenty of flounder have been caught. Summer is an awesome time for topwater redfish and for fly fishing for tailing redfish in the saltwater creeks, estuaries and flooded spartina grass. The tarpon should also show up soon! Stay tuned friends – and tight lines!
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Excellent fishing all week for redfish and trout. Topwater lures, specifically mirrolure top-dogs, have been productive along with DOA shrimp.
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This royal tern was after out topwater plug all morning while trout fishing. Look close and you will notice the leg band placed on this bird. always enjoy coming across banded birds.
Was fortunate enough to have my friends Pace and Barbara this weekend. We visited their son Jake’s spot in the marsh. Jake, you are missed buddy.
Got out with some friends this weekend as well…here we are gathering before dawn for an early morning tarpon hunt.
Saw some nice groups of blue wing teal moving south this week. Hopefully they stick around long enough for the early teal season.
Boy we ate well last night…we caught our first flounder of the 2012 season yesterday and they are here in good numbers for March. As it turnred out, only the smaller fish were interested in live bait. It took a variety of artificial baits to bring in the dinner-fish. We’re enjoying an early spring and the marsh/woods seem to be coming alive earlier than I have ever seen. The high winds of February and early March are behind us and the water temps are skyrocketing due to the resent warming trend. The redfish and flounder are biting – now’s the time to start making plans to get on the water and in the woods.
Had regular client Dan Davis this weekend as well as my buddy Will from Yeti Coolers. The wind blew like crazy all weekend, but the fish were still eager to eat. The redfish are really zeroed-in on shrimp right now, so a DOA shrimp makes a great bait for sight-fishing. We found several schools of fish in clear water and a properly placed DOA would get an easy bite. The fishing should stay dynamite through November – it will get really good if we get some calm weather.
Had another great day with George and Ethel. They fished with me earlier in the month and came back this weekend for their anniversary. The redfish bite was red-hot and the fish seem to be gathering in their fall schools. We saw several small schools of 5-15 fish. The big breeder reds have also made their way into the inlet – this is a great opportunity to cacth a 30+ inch fish in shallow water. Make sure to spend plenty of time reviving these fish as they are the future of our estuaries.
Fished with the Gibbes family this weekend and enjoyed some great weather and great fishing. The redfish bite was pretty good, but didn’t rival the action we had with the tarpon. The fish were rolling and feeding on big mullet – they put on a pretty good show. After hooking a fish briefly, the Gibbes’ didn’t get a tarpon boat-side, but it is safe to say there’s now two more tarpon junkies in South Carolina. The mullet run has begun and the fishing will be excellent straight through the fall.
We went back on Monday morning to try and get on the tarpon again. It seems the weather kept them from feeding or they stayed offshore. We only saw 2 fish roll all morning. However, we were still able to put a nice fish in the air. Unfortunately, she threw the hook on the third jump…but any day you get to see a tarpon in the air is a good one in my book. On the way home, we found some redfish in a little ditch and Stevie snagged a large one. You can’t beat seeing a 10+ pound fish come out of a shallow mud hole. Ended the weekend with family and friends at the swimming pool with some bluegrass music, charcoal grills, and homemade ice cream. I love this time of year!
Last night I had an opportunity to catch up with a couple of good friends and go out in search of some tailing redfish. We had some fair/good action throughout the evening and tried a couple of different fiddler crab patterns that the fish seemed to like. Best part – I actually got to take the bow last night and get my first flood tide fish of the summer. Thanks to good buds who insisted that I stick one on fly last night.
Roger and his crew wanted to catch some sharks on saturday in honor of shark week. The action was slower than I’ve seen since the sharks showed up this summer. I’m guessing the HOT water temps sent the fish up the coast in search of cooler water. The boys stuck it out and ended up landing a nice blacknose shark. The next day the redfish bite was excellent. I was suprised they ate so well since the flood tides have allowed the fish to feed on fiddler crabs in the spartina grass at high tide. Will put a pile of redfish in the boat – we had a great time. Good work Will.
Slipped down to the Mosquito Lagoon in Oak Hill, FL this weekend with friends Douglas and Craig. We had summer-like weather and calm winds which allowed us Lagoon novices an opportunity to do some exploring. We picked at the redfish and landed some nice flounder. We also caught jack crevalle, bluefish, and ladyfish – not glamour-species by any means, but fun to catch on plugs and spoons. We saw some big redfish schools and gigantic trout. You can get to the Lagoon from Georgetown in 6 1/2 hours if traffic cooperates. I recommend this trip to anyone wanting a low-maintenance Florida fishing trip on a budget. Call me if you need contact info for a good charter captains or a place to stay on the Lagoon.