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Tarpon & Redfish – Georgetown, Debordieu, & Pawleys Island Fishing Report – August 2015

Every angler loves this time of year. You can catch almost everything that swims in August. The shrimp are stacking up in the creeks and bays and the inshore fish are capitalizing on the abundance of bait. The redfish and flounder bite is great right now, but most guys I know are really trying to catch tarpon while they are around. Yep, August and September are the best months to test your luck with the silver king! There’s plenty of fish around, but getting a bite some preparation and dedication. Hope you all get a shot at a big silver one this year! Stay tuned…

Here’s some shots I got of Capt Newman and Dale during the Lowcountry Tarpon Tournament. Congrats on the win, boys!

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Here’s a few tarpon shots from one I picked off on a solo jon boat mission a couple weeks ago. Made one cast all day to a small school of fish and he slammed it! Sometimes everything just comes together on those solo trips. Here’s a quick video… jon boat tarpon video

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Georgetown South Carolina Tarpon Fishing – August 2014 Report

I’ve been really bad about posting updates and reports lately, but the fishing has been great. August has been all about tarpon!!! The silver kings showed up in great numbers this month and we’ve had fun chasing them around the Georgetown inshore and offshore waters. The highlight of the month was Robert Walker’s first tarpon ever…the 13 yr old whooped the 80lb fish all on his own in 45mins. It was a great day for angler and guide. We’ve done a few redfish trips but the focus will remain on tarpon for the month of september. As soon the as the season’s first cold fronts push through in October, things will shift back to redfish and seatrout. The fly fishing and spin fishing will be great throughout the fall months. This is truly the best time of the year. See you on the water!

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June & July Inshore Fishing Report Georgetown, SC

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.

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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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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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Halloween Weekend 2012 – Georgetown / Pawleys Island, SC Fishing & Marsh Hen Hunting

Fishing has been good lately – even following the windy storm conditions. The water clarity remains great and the trout and reds are on the feed. If you’ve been planning a trip, now is the time to get on the water. The trout are eating live shrimp, mullet, and topwater lures while the redfish are still targeting mullet for the most part. In the right conditions, the redfish have also been eating topwater plugs. Our best fly fishing conditions for redfish begin this month and we should have some great sight fishing from now through the holidays.

Some friends and I went out on sunday following the passing of Hurricane Sandy. It was windy, but we still had an awesome time. Surprisingly, the water clarity is still great and the trout are hungry. Just goes to show – you can’t catch em sitting on the couch.

The marsh hen hunting has also been good on the flood tides. I say it all the time: these birds truly catch a bad rap. While many shots are easy, they can be pretty sporty if you hunt them the right way. Try using a 20 gauge, 28 gauge, or even a .410. They also are great to eat contrary to rumors. If you eat doves, then there’s no reason you wouldn’t want to eat a marsh hen. We’re lucky to have such an abundance of this particular gamebird.

Click on the images below to view them in full size…thanks and have a good fall season!



Georgetown, South Carolina Fishing – Labor Day Weekend – Reds and Trout

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.


Inshore Fishing in Georgetown, SC – August 2012

Just updating some photos from this week’s outings. The redfish bite has been better than average for August with the cooler temperatures and the bait is really getting thick. The mullet run is just around the corner and that means TARPON. There’s also several good flood tides over the next couple of months. Fishing should be great from now through the Holidays. Lastly, if you are a tarpon angler, please consider fishing the Lowcountry Tarpon Tournament. www.lowcountrytarpon.com – all proceeds go the Bonefish and Tarpon Trust. The tournament will be held September 14th & 15th in Georgetown, SC and Lands End Restaurant and Georgetown Landing Marina have agreed to host. Dr Jerry Ault from BTT will present. It will be an awesome event!

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My mom and daughter with a nice flounder!


Tailing Redfish and Jack Crevalle on Fly – Georgetown South Carolina Fishing

I’ve been off the water for a brief period welcoming our new baby girl Bennett into the world. She’s a catch of a lifetime! Luckily, some friends bailed me out of the house and away from baby duty long enough to get some fishing in on Monday evening. We had a great time catching tailing redfish and jack crevalle on fly rods. The flood tide fishing was pretty good and the fish started tailing fairly hard once the storms started bearing down on us. Fall is  right around the corner and the fishing will be really great all the way through the holidays. Late August/early September will be prime time to catch an inshore tarpon and October/November is when our redfish go nuts. Call me if you are interested in booking a tarpon trip or a fall redfish trip. Click on the images for a full size view. Also check out my photo essay in this month’s Catch Magazine if you get a chance – thanks! See you on the water.



Georgetown, SC Redfish – July 14 & 15, 2012

Had a fun couple of days on the water. Found a good group of tarpon on saturday am, but couldn’t get them to eat live or dead bait, so we moved on and caught some redfish. On Sunday, we had excellent sight fishing all day. The east winds put some clean water in the marsh and we got shot-after-shot at cruising redfish. We didn’t put as many in the boat was we would have liked on Sunday, but the fishing was terrific. Saw some groups of redfish tailing and crawling with backs ouf of the water and Andrew made a great cast after a little practice and put a big fish in the boat. Please click on the images to view them in full size.

I saw piles of small shrimp this week and the redfish and trout seem to really be focusing on them. Time to pull out your shrimp flies and lures. The DOA shrimp has always been effective for me when the fish are eating shrimp. Go to Pawleys Island Outdoors and pick some up.

Please be sure to stop by and check out Black Mingo Outfitters on Front St in Georgetown, SC. They are locally owned and have lots of cool fishing gear from Patagonia, Simms, Howler Bros, and more. We need more businesses like this in town so please support them when you have the chance. It would make a great place to buy birthday gifts for the fisher men/women in your life.

New salty shores coozies are in…got to www.saltyshores.com and check out the swag store. They are cheap and keep beer cold!