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Sullivan’s Island Fishing Charters

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Fishing had been steady out of the gates with lots of smaller reds and trout. All that changed quickly when Mark’s cork dropped and the drag started humming! What I thought would be a nice redfish made us all do a double take when it turned out to be a 22″ trout. One of the biggest so far this year. Great job!

Charleston Fishing Charters

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At our first stop, Melissa let me know that she had never cast before much less caught any fish. On her first cast, her popping cork got hit and things just built up from there. After landing many trout, she proved just as skilled with the bigger fish making quick work of sharks too. Great start!

Charleston Fishing Report – June 2023

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Great fishing conditions have arrived! Weeks full of warm temperatures and sunny weather have made our fishery come alive. Bait is everywhere and fish are eagerly chasing it down. Anglers have a full host of options now that our seasonal species have arrived to compliment the traditional targets of redfish and trout. Time to get out on the water!

Fishing for redfish is very productive. Blue crab fished on the bottom is very effective. Remove the shell and legs of a blue crab and cut the body in half. Put a size 3/0 circle hook through the hole where the flipper fin used to be and make sure the hook point is exposed. No need to keep the rod in your hands, instead put it in a rod holder. Once that rod starts to bend, don’t pick it up until the drag starts screaming!

We’ve found consistent trout action on artificials as an alternative to the traditional popping corks. Small plastic artificials that mimic small baitfish have been getting crushed. The Z-man 3 ¾” streakz in smoky shad is an excellent choice. Paired with an 1/8oz. jighead, these lures worked best moved slowly through the water column. Trout will usually hit when you lift them up in a jigging motion.

The flounder bite has been picking up as well. We’ve been catching lots of flounder with mud minnows under a popping cork. Of course, the more traditional method of fishing finger mullet along the bottom around structures is still a prime technique. Move the bait slowly and when you think you have a bite wait a few seconds (if you can) before setting the hook.

My favorite summer time fish is the ladyfish. Ladyfish are becoming increasingly present with the warmer water. These lively fish will smack bait under a popping cork and make your drag zing. Their hard runs and acrobatic jumps make these fish so entertaining. You’ll often catch them in the same spots you target trout.

See you on the water!

James Island Fishing

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James Island Fishing

Finally a day with light winds! Great fishing on the flats where it was easy to see large schools of reds milling about the shell rakes. The reds happily ate both cut mullet and mud minnows throughout the morning. Caught seven over slot redfish including Hayden’s 12 pound bruiser!

Isle Of Palms Fishing Charters

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Isle Of Palms Fishing Charters

With sunny skies, we started the charter with mud minnows and popping corks. Caught some nice legal trout and slot redfish. Then moved over to the docks to try get a big red in the boat. Right away, a rod snapped over as a red smoked cut mullet. Brought him to the boat and had a nice 27″ fish to finish the day!

Charleston Fishing Report – May 2023

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Warm weather has arrived and with it comes a host of seasonal species like Spanish mackerel, shark, and ladyfish. The traditional targets, redfish and trout, feed more aggressively as bait fills our waters. Our fishery is teeming with action and opportunities for anglers are endless. You have more reasons now than ever to get fishing!

It’s time to make the most of live bait when fishing for redfish. Menhaden is a favorite choice whether fished as cut bait or live. We’ve caught some big redfish by pitching chunks of menhaden under docks. You’ll need to use enough weight to keep your bait in place so it won’t drift and get snagged. I use pinch-on split shot that can be easily adjusted and just add or remove these weights as needed.

Topwater trout action at first light has returned! My favorite lure is a Heddon’s Super Spook Jr. in chartreuse and black while an easy fallback is their silver mullet color. Make sure to try a variety of retrieval speeds when working these lures. When that fish hits, resist the temptation to lift the rod tip and reel the trout tight instead. It’s hard to beat those amazing strikes!

Spanish mackerel are beginning to arrive, especially in the harbor, and can be best found at first light. If you find schools of fish slashing across the surface, throw reflective casting jigs and reel them quickly through the school. Alternatively, if you think fish are present but not eating on the surface, try trolling Clark Spoons at different depths and different speeds. Check your leader often as it only takes catching a few of these teethy fish to cut through it.

Per usual, sharks have arrived with the warmer water temperatures. Just watch the shoreline and you’ll witness bonnethead sharks slicing through the water as they seek out prey. These predators will eat most anything, but live shrimp and chunks of blue crab can be especially productive. Shark fishing is a great way to get younger anglers involved as sharks are usually hungry and put up hard fights.

See you on the water!

Kiawah Fishing

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Jeff already had the bug for targeting big redfish and this time he brought his Dad along too. Eating heartily ahead of the big storm system, reds whipped the rods over again and again. Cut mullet was the bait of choice. By the end of the charter, the redfish averaged over ten pounds while David set the bar with a 13 pounder, his biggest fish ever!

 

Charleston Family Fishing Trips

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Started as the tide began to fall and had some luck around docks. Once the tide started rolling the popping corks started dropping! Trout ate both live shrimp and mud minnows with our biggest trout at 3lbs. Headed to the flats where reds were happy to hit cut mullet. Things went so well that Jake even let his dad catch a few. Make Charleston family fishing a part of your next vacation!

Charleston Fishing Report – April 2023

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At the beginning of March, Charleston had begun to shed the effects of Winter. The bite improved noticeably and then two weeks of storms and windy weather slowed things down again. Redfish are available and trout can be found too if you work the right lures. Temperatures will surely rebound in April and with it so will the fishing!

The big schools of redfish found during the winter are breaking up as these fish are more active.  Anglers should consider using artificial plastic lures that mimic baitfish. One good choice would be “jerk shad” lures that have become popular and come in a variety of colors. I’ve been finding that hues of silver and blue have been working great and produce even when water clarity is poor. These lures work best paired with a size 3/0 flutter hook.

The trout bite should really begin in earnest this April. With water temperatures warming, it’s hard to believe they won’t become aggressive feeders before too long. The preferred setup of live bait under a popping cork is hard to beat. Live shrimp is now available and will give you another option than mud minnows. It’s a fine idea to start carrying your cast net and see if you can catch some finger mullet. Finger mullet under a cork is plain deadly.

Flounder are now present and eating. We’ve been catching them usually when fishing with mud minnows on the bottom or mud minnows under popping corks. You’ll need to focus on structure when targeting flounder. Docks and pilings are good places to try. Flounder will stick to the bottom in hopes of ambushing their prey, so you’ll need to keep that bait down and in their strike zone.

See you on the water!

Since 2009, Capt. Geoff Bennett has operated Charleston Charter Fishing providing light tackle charters. Clients choose from a full menu of artificial and live bait fishing options with charters tailored to their desires. USCG licensed and insured, Capt. Bennett is committed to providing a safe and enjoyable charter to anglers of all skill levels and ages. For more information, call Capt. Bennett at 843-324-3332, visit his website at www.charlestoncharterfishing.com or email him at captain@charlestoncharterfishing.com.

 

Sullivan’s Island Fishing

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Sullivan's Island Fishing

Lots of bait in the water! Warmed up redfish heartily eating mud minnnows on jigheads and cut mullet on the bottom. Had good success as the reds came out of the grass and then congregated around docks at low tide. Shorts and T-shirt weather to top it off!