Another great day of folly beach fishing charters. Eric and Fay joined me for the afternoon and we raced against a rising tide. The flats didn’t offer much but the docks sure did! Rods whipped over again and again as reds smoked chunks of cut mullet. It was the first fish that Fay had ever caught! Proof again that even during windy March Charleston fishing can be very rewarding.
With a very low negative tide, we started the charter fishing structure and rocks. We had some nice trout fishing mud minnows on the bottom. Tamisha really upped the game by landing this 14 spot beauty with a popping cork. As the water rose, we got up on the flats and had great action with jerk shad artificial lures rigged on flutter hooks.
The Hamilton party joined me for the third morning this week with our sights set solely on big reds. We had a perfect low tide that would concentrate schools of reds on the flats. Once we posted up and put out chunks of cut mullet, the rods started whipping over! Sharon’s seven pound personal record was the fish of the charter.
Started out the day hunting clean water and good current. Kept our popping corks rolling along with mud minnows underneath. Not much interest at the first two spots but plenty of happy fish at the third. Julie let her cork float way back in the current and it got hit hard! After a couple minutes of fighting the fish against the current, Julie had a four pound trout in the boat. Her new personal best – great job!
A couple months ago, Pierce and I looked ahead at the tide tables to pick the best summer evening to fish massive high tides. The wind was cooperating and we were all set to go. Until the water was well into the grass, we saw nothing until Pierce spotted a huge redfish tail sticking straight out of the water! One perfect cast later we had an explosive strike and a 28″ red in the boat. Great job!
With just a couple reds in the boat, we were looking to pick things up a bit on our morning charter. As low tide exposed lots of structure, we kept working popping corks in the current. Wick got bit and the action let us know it was most likely a flounder. Little did I know it would be a boat record! Wick’s fish weighed in at 6.5lbs and measured 25″. Needless to say, that was the daymaker!
After catching one shark after another, Ryland decided he would like to spend the rest of the charter casting. We switched over to popping corks and mud minnows and let them fly. Constant cork dropping action for the rest of the charter. Ryland showed us how it was done by putting this 18″ beauty in the boat!
With huge tides and muddy water making for some tough inshore fishing, I asked Matthew what he thought about sharks. He replied that catching a shark would make his year. Off we went! Caught bonnetheads, sharpnose and blacktip consistently on cut shad. Needless to say, Matthew was happy!
On a foggy morning, the action started right away as fish crushed cut mullet and blue crab. The first time a rod whipped over I thought it was a small redfish but it turned out to be a 21″ trout. Even better, it was the first fish Laura had caught…..ever! Continued the day catching reds in the 6-8lb. range until it was time to head a home. A great morning on the water!
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!