Scott’s Fishing Report — April 26, 2016

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Inshore:

Spring has sprung wide open and the fishing has followed in full suit. Large trout are being found in solid numbers fishing live baits and Trout Tricks around creek mouths and shell rakes in 3-10ft of water. Sheepshead is still being caught in great numbers on the nearshore reefs and the jetties using fiddler crabs and sand fleas for bait. Redfish have begun to really transition into a summertime pattern of being found under docks and near structure on lower tides, and they have started to even push up into the grass on high tides where a well-placed jerk shad or Savage Shrimp will surely stretch out your line. Large bull reds have already started show up in solid numbers around the jetties and grillage using chunk mullet or blue crab, and the bonnethead sharks are also a good bet to make your drag scream right now.

Offshore:

The time is NOW! For those of you who enjoy the offshore trolling, do not wait! Great reports of dolphin are already flooding into the store as well as some great numbers of blackfin tunas as well. Dolphin and Blackfin are all being found from 150ft-450ft using cedar plugs and skirted ballyhoo. They are still picking up some wahoo as well along the ledge, and the lure of choice has hands down been the Yo-Zuri Bonita. Congrats to our great customer Joseph Allbritton and the Billistic for releasing a 400-500lb blue marlin yesterday in addition to their box full of tuna!

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

Fishing Classes & Seminars — May 2016

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Offshore Tackle and How to Set It Up by Captain Chuck Griffin

  • May 2, at 6:00pm (Haddrell’s Point, Mount Pleasant)
  • With the offshore bite starting to really heat up we will have Captain Chuck Griffin with us for a night full of offshore experience.
  • Chuck will talk basics about trolling speed, where to, what to look for, and to really dial in to how to rig your tackle. How do you make your leaders?
  • Do I use ballyhoo spring or copper wire? When should I use wire versus monofilament?
  • Captain Chuck will answer questions like these and many more. This is the class for early stage offshore fishermen!
  • Seminar is free of charge but please RSVP to captmike@haddrellspoint.com or (843) 881-3644.

Boca Morris Pass Fly Fishing Club – Spring Tournament 2016

Boca Morris Pass Fly Fishing Club
Spring  Tournament 2016

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April 29- May 1, 2016

This is an open tournament so anyone and everyone is welcome to fish!

General Information:
Cost is $25.00 per angler. Register at either Haddrell’s location by end of business April 28. There will be a cookout and awards on Sunday May 1st starting just after tournament ends (please bring a side dish). Even if you cannot fish please join us for the cookout! We ask for a small donation to help with food costs. There will be more tournaments throughout the year ‘like’ us on Facebook.

Rules:

  • Tournaments emphasize “catch and release” philosophy. All fish must be measured “tip to tip” or “total length” with an accurate measuring device.

  • Results must be posted by start of the cookout on Sunday

  • All techniques must conform to generally accepted fly fishing customs

  • Minimum size for any species is 12 inches

  • Tournament fishing hours start at 6:00am on Friday and end at 1:00pm on Sunday

Eligible Species:

  • Redfish, Trout , Ladyfish, Bluefish, and Flounder

  • Three places will be awarded for each species and one award for the Grand Slam

Grand Slam:

  • Grand Slam is a special designation for catching a minimum of three different eligible species in one tournament day

  • In order to win 1st Place Grand Slam, an angler must have the most cumulative inches in one tournament day

Awards and Cookout:
At Toler’s Cove Marina starting just after fishing time ends. Toler’s Cove is the subdivision on the right as you are headed towards Sullivan’s Island. *There is some room on the fuel dock for us to raft up a few boats but please don’t trailer your boat to the cookout!

Contact Info:
Any questions or concerns please call or email Capt Mike Able at 843.475.7696 (cell) or Captmike@haddrellspoint.com

Scott’s Fishing Report — April 1, 2016

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Inshore:

Spring has sprung and the inshore fishing is hitting wide open! Strong reports of trout, sheepshead, and black drum have been flooding the shop. Trout are being found in 4-7ft of water using a DOA shrimp under a popping cork or live baits under a cork, and even some solid reports of catching trout on topwater have already been coming in. Look for creek mouths and oyster rakes re-directing current for your best chances at some specks. Black drum are being found under docks and all around rock piles, and clam strips are hands down one of the best baits you can use for a black drum. Sheepshead continue to be found around our nearshore reefs and jetties using fiddler crabs, oysters, and live shrimp. Reds are transitioning out of their large winter schools and spreading out in smaller pods around docks, structure, and shallow low tide flats.

Offshore:

By now pretty much everyone is well aware of the fantastic wahoo bite we have been experiencing off of SC in 150-300ft of water, but in addition to some awesome wahoo, some dolphin are already beginning to show themselves offshore and the blackfin tuna are around in decent numers as well…..the time is upon us!!!! Bottom fishing in 70-110ft has still been producing some good bottom catches of large sea bass, triggers, and a smorgasborg of grunts and porgies. Cut squid and the new Savage Squish Jigs are all you need to throw some groceries in the fish box!

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