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Fall Inshore Fishing in Georgetown, SC – Sharks and Tailing Redfish

The fishing in Georgetown was DYNAMITE this weekend. The fall season has officially kicked off. We had a good round of flood tides where the fish were tailing happily. They were eager to take a well-placed crab fly. Dr Chris went 5 for 7 on fly Saturday with a version of my chinaback fiddler fly he tied. We also had some shark trips this weekend that were very productive – you couldn’t keep more than one rod in the water at a time before a blacktip had your bait. There’s also some tarpon in the area given that the mullet run is in full swing. This is a great time to fish for trout, redfish, flounder, sharks, and tarpon. Not to mention, the wildlife and bird viewing is at its peak right now. You never know what you are going to see out there on the water in the fall. Yesterday was the last day of the early marsh hen hunting season and we watched a bald eagle take advantage as he snacked on a freshly caught marsh hen!!!

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 Here’s a few more pics I wanted to add…

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Capt Jay Nelson

Lowcountry Tarpon Tournament 2013 – Georgetown South Carolina Tarpon

We fished the Lowcountry Tarpon Tournament last weekend and had a great time. The bite however was a bit slow due to weather. Only 4 fish were caught in the tournament out of 18 boats. Douglas Miller, Cheech Castellvi, Johnny T., and I ended up releasing a fish in the first hour of the tournament and scored 2nd place overall. Congratulations to Capt. Robert Mayer from Georgetown for taking 1st place with 2 tarpon releases on day 1. JR Waits from Charleston also released a fish on day 1. This is a great tournament that benefits local tarpon research conducted by the Bonefish & Tarpon Trust. Please consider fishing the tournament with us next year. www.lowcountrytarpon.com

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Also had a great redfish and flounder trip with the boss-man last week. Bruce Bailey, CEO of Georgetown Hospital System came out with his friend Rudy and caught the slam – redfish, trout, and flounder. Rudy caught some nice trout and a tagged redfish while Bruce took home the big flounder of the day. They also had some shots at tarpon that didn’t materialize. This is the time of the year to be out on the marsh…now through December is prime time for redfish and trout. Hope everyone has a great fall season.

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September Fishing Kicks Off – Trout & Redfish – Georgetown, SC Inshore Fishing

All it takes is for that first college football game to kick off each year…then the marsh decides to wake up. The trout and redfish bite is really great right now and the weather has been perfect for all-day fishing missions. Topwater plugging will be great for the next couple of months as well. If you get tired of redfish, then the sharks and tarpon are good targets in the inlets and bays. There’s also plenty of flounder hanging around. This is the time of year all anglers look forward to. For the next few months, the fishing will be as good as anywhere on the eastern seaboard. By the end of the month, we will be fishing in blue jeans and flannel shirts…enjoying perfect Lowcountry weather and scenery. There’s no college football game in the country that can hold a candle to the beauty of a Lowcountry spartina flat in the fall. Go get on it people!

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Shark Week 2013 Inshore Fishing Georgetown, SC & Snake Hunting with Black River Outdoors

Shark week is one of my favorite times of year…everybody wants to go catch sharks. Had 2 awesome trips where the sharks and redfish were very cooperative. We also saw some tarpon this week, but weren’t lucky enough to get a hook-up. Click on the photos to view them in full size.

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Was also fortunate enough to get out on a paddle trip with Paul Laurent from Black River Outdoors this past week. We paddled some area up the Black River and cruised the banks for snakes. We must have spotted 20+ snakes during the outing. All were non-venomous snakes, except for the nice cottonmouth!!! What a cool a trip. I’d recommend calling Paul at Black River Outdoors and booking a trip.

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Georgetown, SC Inshore Fishing – August 2013

Fishing was really good going into this first week of August. The redfish bite was surprising on Saturday…seems like everywhere we stopped there was a group of happy reds. We also located some diving birds near one of the inlets and decided to fish them for a bit and caught some trout and saltwater catfish. Traditionally, August has been a tough month for fishing because of high water temps and lethargic fish, but the last two Augusts have been great. There are still plenty of good flounder around and the tarpon are being spotted more regularly. While the bite is good, I’m still ready for Sept/Oct fishing. The mullet run will have the tarpon fired-up and the redfish and trout will be chewing as well. See you on the water!!! Click on the images to view them in full size. Thanks for stopping by.

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Family Fishing in Georgetown, SC This Weekend

Took the weekend off and spent some time on the water with my family. Had everyone out there…my wife, brother, and 2 daughters. Fishing was great and so was the weather. Even had time to go look for a tarpon one morning early… was greeted with a pretty sunrise and plenty of hungry sharks, but no tarpon this time. Here’s some photos…

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Here’s some iphone photos from the weekend. I’m going to start making this part of my weekly posts. Just think its nice you can get some cool images without lugging around a full body camera.

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Georgetown, South Carolina Inshore Fishing – June 2013 Update #2

The fishing was still good this week, but the marsh was impacted a fair amount by the storms. The water was a little stained and the bite was a bit slower than what we have experienced in weeks previous. However, we managed some BIG fish over the course of a few days and the flounder bite is really good if you don’t mind covering some ground and pounding the banks with some artificial baits. The week ahead looks great and we have our June flood tides to look forward to this weekend. The tailing fish should be doing their thing. Call me if you are interested in getting out for a flood tide.

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Georgetown, SC Inshore Fishing June 2013

We’ve continued to see good fishing as we transition in to the hot part of the summer. The bait has shown up in mass and the redfish, flounder, and trout are capitalizing on the abundance of mullet and menhaden. There’s been some giant redfish caught lately that I believe show up from the ocean to feed on the new bait. I haven’t seen a tarpon here yet, but there should be a few around and it should be any time that we start targeting them along with sharks and other summer visitors. The first flood tide was pretty good and we have another round of tides coming up late June. If you want to catch a tailing redfish on fly or light tackle, call me about catching one of these flood tides in June or July.

Please click on the photos if you would like to view them in full size…have a good Summer!

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March Redfish & Wild Hogs in Georgetown, South Carolina

Had a fun weekend taking the Wood boys fishing. Things started off slow with the cold temeratures and high water, but as the sun heating things up at mid-day, the action was pretty darn good. Most fish were caught on live minnows from Pawleys Island Outdoors. It won’t be long before the fish get aggressive again and we will be trying out some new lures…specifically the DOA airhead. I used this bait for snook in Everglades last week…very awesome new product from DOA that should prove effective on our redfish, trout, and tarpon.

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On Sunday we headed out to the Waccamaw River for a wild hog hunt. I was pretty much a spectator, but some of my buds get really fired-up about this type of hunting. They use dogs to search high areas in the marsh for bedded-down pigs and then chase them down. The guys had a successful day and managed to harvest 4 pigs. One of them was around 300lbs. Wild pigs are highly invasive and destructive and its a good idea to remove them from your property if possible. If you are succesful in removing them from your property, you will be reqarded with plenty of meat for the BBQ grill.

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Took my first trip to the Everglades last week. Here’s a few pics from the trip. Fished with my buddy Honson Lau from Miami and stayed on an awesome mothership in Whitewater Bay. Check out Blue Moon Expeditions.The weather was really bad (cold and windy), but we made the best of it. We jumped a couple tarpon and caught some snook and reds. We also had a chance to break in Maverick Boats’ new 2014 HPX-V demo boat. What a sweet ride!

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Thanks for looking!

Capt Jay Nelson

Jan 12th & 13th – Winter Red Fishing in Georgetown, South Carolina – Fishing Charters

Had a great weekend on the water with Ryan, Schuyler, Cheech, and Dr McCabe and family. We easily broke the 70 degree mark both days – that always makes for a pretty good January bite. Saturday the sight fishing conditions were perfect with the bright sun and lack of cloud cover. We found a couple LARGE groups of fish cruising on top of the oysters at high water, but they were surprisingly picky. Once the sun warmed the mud a low tide, the fishing started to pick up. On Sunday, Dr McCabe surprised her dad with a fishing trip while he was in town visiting – he had no idea what they were going to do until they drove up and saw my skiff. Mr Poferl was visibly excited as he is an avid walleye fisherman up in Minnesota. Dr McCabe, her dad, and son did a number on the redfish and even landed a bonus flounder – how many of those do you see in January? Hoping this weather holds for awhile!!!!

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