Spring 2014

                                                                                   Spring 2014, FINALLY!

What has been one of the craziest winters since i have been in Charleston is finally relenting and spring is in the air. The water temperature is still in the mid 50's, but will be jumping up soon and along with it will come the spring trout and flounder bite.  Redfish schools are beginning to break up as they move off the flats in search of food and it wont be long until they are tailing in the grass...probably by the next flood tide.  Spring is the beginning of consistently good fishing in the low country with many different ways to target fish.  

A few recent pics...







Winter 2014



                                                                                             Winter 2014



The water temperature is now in the lower 50's and the Reds are grouped up on the low tide flats around creek mouths and oyster banks.  As the tide flows in they will move up closer to the grass line.  On my trips we have been sight casting to the schools using Z-MAN paddle tails on a keel weighted hook and live or cut bait on a 1/8oz. jig head.  With the artificials, the slower retrieve the better.  There are still some Reds to be caught around the docks.  I have been focusing on the ones with shallower water.









Fall 2013

                                                                                                    Fall 2013

The water temperature has cooled down to the mid 70's and the creeks are full of bait.  The Trout bite is starting to pick up and it should be a great fall season.  I am catching them with hard and soft plastics.  The Redfish are still concentrating around structure during the lower tides and tailing in the grass during the flood tides.  Live finger mullet and shrimp are working around docks and oyster banks and then I have been casting jerk shads rigged on a flutter hook to them in the grass.






  

June and July, 2013

                                                              June and July, 2013

Fishing the last couple months has been great, despite the nearly record rainfall and persistent wind.  I have settled into a general summer routine for my charters:  Casting to structure with live bait and Z-MAN plastics for Redfish around low tide as well as sight casting to them on the shallow flats.  Once the tide starts moving in I have been fishing grass lines and current rips for Trout and Reds with artificials or a float.  The topwater bite has been good around sunset and sunrise and the tailing Redfish are everywhere during the flood tides...picky eaters as usual.  Pretty work Scott and Josh Isaack doubling up on these Reds...




Out with Spring, in with Summer!

                                                  Out with Spring, in with Summer!

     Finally the wind has laid down, the water is in the upper 70's and the fishing is consistently good.  The Reds have been tailing in the grass during the flood tides since early April.  Now that the bait is beginning to show up, the Trout and Reds are displaying their typical behavior for this time of year...most importantly eating.  Here are a few pictures:







Winter 2013

                                                                                         Winter 2013

The water temp is in the mid 50's and most of the Redfish have moved to the flats.  While I am still pulling some Reds off the docks, Winter is the time of year to sight cast to large schools in the shallows.  Through late February or early March these fish will be hanging out in less than a few feet of water since it is a little warmer as well as safer from Dolphin.  Even though eating is not their main priority, it is hard for a Red to resist a well placed bait or lure on the edge of a school.  
     Trout are still available and will be in larger groups.  Cover ground until you find the school and then generally the slower retrieve the better.
     Finally, thank you to everyone who went fishing with me last year and helped make it a successful one.  A ton of fish were caught and good times were had on every trip, but I wanted to recognize Paula from Iowa who I think caught the Redfish of the year.  Way to go Paula!



Late Summer, Fall 2012


Fall


The water temperature is cooling off, thus the bite is heating up.   The trout are eating aggressively and beginning to really school up as the winter months loom.  They are being caught in good numbers with soft and hard plastics as well as mud minnows and shrimp.  The redfish are still being pulled off structure, but will soon transition to the warm, safe shallow mud flats.  We have had a few cold fronts push through which has made for breezy days on a few trips, but when the wind has laid down the conditions have been ideal for fishing.



Late Summer

The water temperature is pushing into the upper 80's so I have been focusing on the structure that is close to deeper water for the Reds and Trout.  The top water bite has been good for Trout at sunrise and sunset along with the usual tactics during the day.  The Redfish are tailing in the grass during the flood tides and will be for another couple of months.  It is shaping up to be a great fall, my favorite time to fish the lowcountry.