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February 2017

Charleston Fishing Report – March 2017

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The warmest weather that I can remember has been terrific for our fishery. Higher than normal water temperatures have made for some productive fishing. I never thought I would say this but there has been a decent trout bite in February! With days filled with sun and 70 degree weather, anglers have to get out there to take advantage.

Having spent the last few months laying low and avoiding dolphins, redfish are transitioning from a period focused simply on preservation to now becoming predators again. With redfish still in big schools of up to hundreds of fish, the best fishing will be at low tide when you can sight cast to them. These fish are still spooky so stealth is of upmost importance when approaching a school. Oftentimes, it pays to anchor up when you find a school and wait for them to return to you instead of chasing them down.

With these reds being so wary, I try to disturb the water as little as possible and keep my casting to a minimum. When this happens, it’s time to soak some cut bait. I’ll put chunks of frozen mullet or blue crab on size 3/0 circle hooks and just let it sit on the bottom until the redfish swim over it. Put your rod in the rod holder and resist the urge (if at all possible!) to set the hook when you see a fish begin to eat. The circle hook will do all the work for you and when your reel starts to sing you are in business.

As trout become more active, popping corks cast along grass banks and over oyster beds will be a good bet paired with mud minnows. I usually use a 18”-24” leader and a size 1 circle hook. When working the popping cork, always try to keep slack out of your line and when that cork drops just reel to set the hook. You’ll find that the circle hook will rarely miss as long as your line is tight

See you on the water!

Fly Fishing Charleston

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More Charleston fly fishing as Ciara and her father came aboard to stalk big schools of reds at low tide. Perfect conditions with sunshine and light winds. Found plenty of dense packs of redfish cruising around and some were kind enough to eat our silver/white mullet pattern flies. Great family fishing day!

Charleston Fly Fishing

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Targeted both sides of low tide this morning as David hunted for his first redfish on the fly rod. Water was slick to start and you could see big schools of redfish pushing water. On our first pass through, a six pounder smoked an EP silver mullet fly. Continued to catch more reds on the same fly. Easy as that…..some days it just works out.

Sullivan’s Island Fishing Charters

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Wasn’t sure what to expect as we launched into gusty winds and an extra low tide. The water came up quick and as soon as the flats flooded the bite turned on. The rods whipped over as the reds hit cut mullet along the grass line. By the end of the afternoon, Larry had boated his personal best, a 29″ beauty. 70 degrees and sunny in February didn’t hurt either!