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Charleston Family Fishing

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Charleston Family Fishing

I had hoped the bite would be strong in front of incoming storm system. Turns out it was on! We had our first hit within minutes of starting and it never slowed. The Spedick clan saw heavy action whether we put down whiting, bluefish or menhaden. By the middle of the charter, we had lost count of how many fish had been brought to the boat. Great family fun!

Isle Of Palms Fishing

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Isle Of Palms Fishing

We started the day looking for Tyler’s first redfish. Early in the charter he landed a nice three pound slot red and we were off to the races from there! By the end of the trip, Tyler was boating big boys like a pro. His heaviest red tipped the scales at 12lbs. and longest was 30″. Way to go!

Charleston Fishing Report – June 2024

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What a great time to be fishing here in Charleston! The usual suspects, redfish and trout, are now complimented by a host of seasonal species including spanish mackerel, ladyfish and sharks. Combined with warmer temperatures, the fishing conditions are now superb.

Redfish have been making quick work of any well placed bait. Make sure to carry your cast net and try catching some finger mullet or menhaden. We’ve been having the most success around docks, rock walls, and other structures while fishing live bait. Make sure to use a weight heavy enough to hold the bait stationary, otherwise your rig will slide along the bottom until it snags.

As for trout, it is more of the same. Popping corks remain the way to go. Mud minnows and live shrimp are both performing well. Creek shrimp are starting to be large enough to net and use. If little fish keep picking at your live shrimp, switch over to a D.O.A. 3” artificial shrimp. Their Glow/Gold Rush Belly color has been quite productive.

Anglers targeting flounder have been reporting good numbers being caught. Work mud minnows or finger mullet along the bottom around structures. Move the bait gently along and when you think you have a bite pause a few seconds before setting the hook. We’ve been picking up quite a few flounder with mud minnows under a popping cork as well.

My favorite summer time fish is the ladyfish. With the warmer water temps, ladyfish will fill our waters. These exciting fish will readily eat bait under a popping cork and make your drag zing. Their acrobatic jumps and hard runs make these fish very entertaining. You’ll find them often in some of the same spots that you find trout.

See you on the water!

More Sharks!

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Charleston Sharks

Red hot shark bite prior to the big rains today. Rods constantly whipping over as fresh cut whiting got devoured. Fifteen sharks to the boat. Lost a few that were big enough to snap 60lb. braid!

Kiawah Island Fishing

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Kiawah Island Fishing

Wasn’t sure what we would find on the flats after two days of heavy rain. Even with cloudy water the reds were happy! All fish over slot and Bob’s eleven pounder paced the day. Team aquifer rolls….pour some for Jesus.

Charleston Fishing Report – May 2024

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It’s a perfect time to be fishing! Our waters are now full of bait and fish are actively eating. All summer seasonal species have arrived and when added to our traditional gamefish, provide a whole array of options for an angler. If you haven’t started fishing yet, let’s get going!

Consider making the most of live bait when focusing on redfish. Menhaden are a great choice whether fished cut or alive. We’ve been catching some nice redfish by casting chunks of menhaden under docks. You’ll need to use enough weight to hold your bait steady so it doesn’t slide around on the bottom and get snagged. I use pinch-on split shot that can be easily changed, just add or remove these weights as needed.

Topwater trout action is abundant at first light! Heddon’s Super Spook Jr. in their silver mullet color works great but my go-to is the chartreuse and black. Vary retrieve speeds as you work these lures along grassy banks and over shell rakes. When a fish strikes, reel quickly before raising your rod tip. Hard to do sometimes when a violent explosion erupts around your lure! Once the topwater bite starts to fade, suspended twitch bait lures are a good choice to continue the fun.

Sharks have filled our waters with multiple species like bonnetheads, black tips and sharpnose easily accessible. You’ll start to see the fins of sharks as they cruise along river banks and also find them feasting along drop offs in the harbor and inlets. Blue crab, live shrimp and cut bait all work well on these predators. I favor 7/0 circle hooks. Just put the rods in the holders and wait for them to whip over!

See you on the water!

Charleston Flats Fishing

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Charleston Flats Fishing

Great morning on the flats as we watched large schools of redfish pushing baitfish around. Every time a school would go over our cracked blue crab the rod would whip over! Tons of action with all the reds over slot and the heaviest at 10lbs.

Folly Beach Fishing Charters

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Folly Beach Fishing

First trout of the year! Mud minnows paired with popping corks were the ticket. As the tide fell, the trout stacked up in front of creek mouths waiting to pick off bait. Great action until the water slowed then we moved to docks and worked on redfish. Redfish ate cut mullet as well as mud minows. Spring is here!

Charleston Fishing Report – April 2024

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Spring is here! With days full of sun and temperatures holding in the 70’s, our fishery is quickly evolving with signs of new life. Trout and flounder have entered the mix and anglers now have several species to target instead of simply redfish. Our waters are filing with bait and the fish are ready to go!

When targeting redfish, a great tactic is to throw chunks of fresh blue crab. Blue crab is redfish candy and bait that is rarely turned down. Remove the top of the shell, the pinchers and the legs and cut the remainder down the middle. I use size 3/0 circle hooks and place the hook through the bottom flipper hole. This rig will work under docks, on the flats and anywhere redfish are holding. Put the rod in the rod holder and don’t touch it until the reel is zinging!

The trout bite should begin in earnest this April. With water temperatures rapidly rising, the trout will become aggressive feeders before too long. The preferred rig of live bait under a popping cork is a go to option. Live shrimp is now available and will give you another option than mud minnows. It’s a good idea to start carrying your cast net and see if you can find some finger mullet which are a great choice as well.

Often considered our best tasting fish, flounder are frequently targeted. We’ve been catching them when fishing with mud minnows on the bottom or mud minnows under popping corks. You’ll need to focus on structures when searching for flounder. Old pilings and docks are great places to prospect. Remember that flounder will sit on the bottom in hopes of ambushing their prey, so you’ll need to keep that bait down in the water column.

See you on the water!

Charleston Fishing Charters

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Charleston Fishing Charters

Left Shem Creek and heavy winds quickly ushered us into the ICW. Caught trout with popping corks and mud minnows as the tide fell. Best fishing of the day was on the docks at low tide. Reds bent the rods over as they smoked cut mullet. Great family fun!