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Scott’s Fishing Report — April 17, 2014

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Inshore:

Water temps are steadily on the rise and into the mid 60’s now, and along with that the inshore bite is also on the rise. Trout reports continue to get better and better, with even some people starting to pick up quality trout throwing top water baits such as the brand new yo-zuri 3D pencil baits and Heddon’s chug-n-spook. After the early morning topwater bite a vudu shrimp or live target shrimp fished under a popping float has been deadly on the trout in 5-6ft of water. Reds are breaking out of their large winter schools and being found along structure as well as on the flats, and while a chunk of cut mullet is always a go-to for the reds, the new savage gear shrimp and Zman ultra shrimp have also been deadly for those throwing artificials. Sheepshead reports continue to be strong at our nearshore reefs as well as along bridge pilings inshore using fiddlers and clam strips. Another sure sign that spring is kicking into high gear is the flounder reports starting to come in. Target your flounder during spring around the lowcountry’s many inlets as they begin moving in from offshore into our inshore estuaries.

Offshore:

Spring time typically has offshore fisherman giddy with excitement as the season begins to kick off and they wait for the first few good reports come in before they fuel up and make the journey out. Well wait no longer as we have already had some solid reports of dolphin coming in from 400-1200ft of water, blackfin tuna holding in 130-200ft, and some STUD wahoo coming in from the ledge recently. If you have never tried it, be sure to carry some surface chuggers and vertical jigs out for the blackfins. When the blackfin are feeding on top there is nothing more exciting than watching a 30# tuna explode on a surface plug, and when they sound later in the day vertical jigs become deadly when you can mark the fish 100ft below the surface. In addition to the trolling, many have been doing some bottom dropping on the way home and reporting back great catches of large sea bass and triggers.

Scott Hammond
Manager – Haddrell’s Point Tackle – West Ashley
843-573-3474

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Haddrell’s Point Spring Sale 2014

We are excited to share with everyone in the local community about our upcoming Spring Sale on April 11, 12, and 13.

Come by either Haddrell’s Point location to enjoy the following:

  • Penn and Z-Man representatives will be here all weekend
  • Maverick and Scout Boats will be showing their newest flats skiffs
  • Casting competitions for Fly and Spin, Prizes include Loomis Fly Rods, Penn Rods, and lots of tackle
  • Serving FREE hot dogs and at both locations from 12-2pm

Also, there will be lots of sales that you can take advantage of:  Haddrell’s Point Spring Sale 2014

Stop by and see what we have to offer. We can help outfit you with the perfect tackle.

If you have any questions, feel free to call 843-881-3644.

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Scott’s Fishing Report — March 31, 2014

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I think we can officially say we are done with winter and on to spring judging by the pollen in the air! Another sure sign that spring has sprung is we are starting to see the local redfish break out of their large winter schools and begin scattering out into smaller “pods” of fish, meaning you can start to really target these reds on structure and under docks again much like during the summer months. Trout reports have gradually been on the way up, and though most reports have not constituted large catch numbers (a lot of reports of 6-10fish trips) we have been hearing some good size fish being found in the 18-22” range already…hopefully a sign that april/may will be producing quite a few gator trout for 2014! Flounder reports have still been scattered at best, but once our water temps sustain above 65degrees you can bet the flounder will begin to stack up in our inlets as they push back inshore. Some awesome new lures have recently hit the shelves to target some of these spring fish and you owe it to yourself to come by and check out the new Live Target shrimp as well as some of the new Yo-Zuri topwater baits that will certainly be deadly for spring trout.

Offshore:

It’s time! Yep, trolling reports are definitely on the up-swing as we continue to receive solid reports of blackfin tuna and wahoo coming in from the ledge, especially along the southwest banks and outcrop areas. Cedar plugs and small skirted ballyhoo are your “can’t fail” baits for the blackfin, especially fished well behind the boat (100-200yds). Many of the wahoo have come while fishing ballyhoo for blackfin, but some of the larger fish have been taken while high-speed trolling the ledge with Black Bart San Sal Candy lures, Braid speedsters, and Iland lures rigged with a heavy weighted skirt underneath. Both stores are stocked up on fresh ballyhoo from only the best brands of Bionic, Baitmasters, and Teaser baits!

Scott Hammond
Manager – Haddrell’s Point Tackle – West Ashley
843-573-3474

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Scott’s Fishing Report — March 17, 2014

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Inshore:

Spring is starting to kick into gear and we the fish are starting to show signs of transition as well. Redfish are beginning to slowly break out of the large winter schools and beginning to spread out amongst the lowcountry estuaries as the water temps continue to climb. Trout have begun to show back up in a little bit of shallower water from 5-8ft, with numerous reports of 20+” fish being caught. Surprisingly enough, we have even seen some pictures of a few flounder being caught in the past week….just another sure sign that spring has finally started to descend on the lowcountry.

Offshore:

Early season trolling reports usually mean two main-stay species being targeted: Wahoo and Blackfin Tuna. While only scattered reports of blackfin have been coming in, the wahoo bite has really begun to take off along the ledge with reports 2-8fish days. Try high speed trolling to cover territory to locate the fish initially for best success. Bottom fishing continues to produce some very large sea bass in 60-100ft of water, and the nearshore reefs are still producing some decent reports on the sheepshead and black drum when you can get a bait past the sea bass.

Scott Hammond
Manager – Haddrell’s Point Tackle – West Ashley
843-573-3474

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