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The 3rd Annual Lowcountry Tarpon Tournament was held this weekend in Georgetown, SC. My friend Cheech caught his first SC tarpon while fishing the tournament with me and Capt Douglas Miller. The fish was subsequently fitted with a satellite tag by members of the Bonefish & Tarpon Trust. We will get 2 years of locational data from this fish. Very cool stuff. Please visit www.lowcountrytarpon.com and consider participating next year.
Aside from tarpon fishing, the redfish and trout bite is really good right now when conditions allow you to access the right areas. We’ve been catching plenty of them on live shrimp, mullets, mirrolures, doa shrimp, and some on fly. This is without a doubt my favorite time of year.
Here’s some video from the tarpon… Tarpon Video Click Here
Click on the images to view them in full size – thanks for taking a look and have an excellent fall on the water and in the woods!!!
Mullet run in full swing – if you see this, I promise there is a tarpon somewhere close by.
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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!
Had some great fishing this weekend with friends Matt, Perry, & Douglas. We started the weekend off seeing a few rolling tapon – got a bait over to one and was on! Douglas fought this tarpon for over an hour before we got her boatside. Here’s some video of the tarpon action… South Carolina Tarpon Video
We managed some nice flounder, redfish, and trout throughout the rest of the weekend. Here are a few photos from our time on the water. The fishing will be heating up as we approach the fall. The shrimp are getting huge and the mullet run is pretty much beginning. Now is the time to catch a tarpon in South Carolina. We are looking forward to the next several months as they are the pinnacle of Lowcountry fishing.
Had a great time watching Andrew beat his all-time biggest fish record on Friday. Andrew and his dad came down from Columbia, SC to enjoy the 4th of July Holiday. We caught some really nice redfish, but you can tell the increased water temps are starting to take effect on the reds’ willingness to feed. Fortunately, the tarpon have arrived and we will probably spend most of July/August targeting the silver king. We were fortunate enough to put a 100+ pound tarpon in the air on Saturday. Tarpon fever is a serious addiction – don’t start fishing for them unless you have lots of time to devote to this prehistoric fish.
Douglas battling the silver king – a 100+ pound South Carolina tarpon. More of this to come as the season is just beginning!