is a great time of year to be fishing because there are so many
options. The usual suspects, redfish and trout, are plentiful and
active. Sharks are readily available to really give your arms a
workout while ladyfish make your drag scream as they fly
acrobatically through the air. Bait is easily accessible with a quick
toss of a cast net. You just can’t go wrong.
are redfish candy and our waters are teeming with them. Using a
carolina rig, we’ve been fishing with both live and cut menhaden.
Make sure to use a heavy enough weight to hold the bait stationary,
otherwise your rig will tumble along the bottom until it snags. Try
fishing docks and other structure immediately around where you netted
your menhaden, you’ll be sure to find plenty of reds!
popping cork remains the way to go when targeting trout. Fish these
corks in front of creek mouths, along grassy banks and over shell
rakes. Look for places trout can sit and ambush prey. Live shrimp and
mud minnows are very effective but sometimes bait stealers and
snapper bluefish make short work of them. When this happens, I’ll
switch over to a DOA 3″ shrimp in their glow/gold rush color.
has been one of the best years for shark fishing in recent memory.
Bonnethead sharks have been especially thick and you can see their
fins as they slice up and down the banks. We’ve been using carolina
rigs here as well. Chunks of ladyfish or live menhaden work well as
does cracked blue crab. Look to fish areas where there are sharp
changes in water depth.
you on the water!
For over a decade, 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 email@example.com.
weather has arrived and with it comes a host of seasonal species like
shark, ladyfish and bluefish. Our traditional targets, redfish and
trout, are hungry as ever as bait fills our waters. Our fishery is
teeming with life and opportunities for anglers are endless. You have
more reasons now than ever to get fishing!
time to make the most of live bait when fishing for redfish. Menhaden
is a favorite choice whether fished live or as cut bait. We’ve
caught some huge redfish by pitching chunks of menhaden under docks.
You’ll need to use enough weight to hold your bait in place so it
doesn’t drift and get snagged. I use pinch-on split shot that can
be easily adjusted, just add or remove these weights as needed.
the time of year to start thinking about topwater trout action at
first light. 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 as you work
these lures. When that trout hits, resist the temptation to lift the
rod tip and reel the fish tight instead. It’s hard to beat those
mackerel are beginning to show up, 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 know fish are
present but not up top, try trolling Clark Spoons at different depths
and different speeds. Remember to check your leader often as it only
takes catching a few of these teethy fish to cut through it.
usual, sharks have returned to our waters with the warmer water
temperatures. Just watch the shoreline and you’ll see bonnethead
sharks slicing through the water as they seek out prey. These
predators will eat most anything, but chunks of blue crab and live
shrimp can be especially productive. Shark fishing is an easy way to
get younger anglers involved as sharks are usually hungry and put up
you on the water!
For over a decade, 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 athttps://www.charlestoncharterfishing.com/ or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wonderful sunny weather has continued day after day making for awesome fishing conditions. With all this warm weather, it’s no surprise that our fishery is 4-6 weeks ahead of schedule. The water is teeming with bait and anglers can expect April to be a fantastic month of fishing.
large schools of redfish found throughout the winter are breaking up
as these fish become more active. Anglers should think about using
artificial plastic lures that mimic baitfish. One good choice would
be “jerk shad” lures that have become very popular and come in a
variety of colors. I’ve been finding that hues of silver and blue
have been working best and produce even when water clarity is poor.
These lures work best rigged on a size 3/0 flutter hook.
trout bite should really begin in earnest this April. With water
temperatures so warm, it’s hard to believe they won’t become
aggressive feeders before too long. The preferred rig 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 good idea
to start carrying your cast net and see if you can find some finger
mullet. Finger mullet under a cork is just deadly.
perhaps our tastiest fish, are now present and eating. We’ve been
catching them mostly 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
prospect. Flounder will hug the bottom in hopes of ambushing their
prey, so you’ll need to keep that bait down and in their strike
you on the water!
For a decade, 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 email@example.com.
Come sharpen your skills with Capt. John Irwin of Fly Right Charters. John has tons of experience as a fly fishing guide and casting instructor. Whether you’re trying to step into the fly scene for the first time or are trying to hone in your skills, this is the class for you! Class runs from 9-1 on Saturday and costs $75.00 per person. Call 843-881-3644 to sign up today! This Class will be held at the Mt Pleasant location with offsite casting
Join us for a morning of kids teaching kids! Rowland Von See is an avid youth angler that fishes the area everyday he’s not in school! Join Rowland on April 13th from 8:00am-10:00am for a morning talking about inshore techniques such as knots, baits and rigs. He will also cover helpful techniques for casting a rod as well as the cast net! Class is limited to 15 anglers and cost is $40 per angler. Recommended ages from 7-14. Please call or stop by the Mt.Pleasant shop at 843.881.3644 to sign up!
Learn more about Charleston’s great inshore fishery from some of the best charter captains in the area. We are hosting two inshore classes(first class 8-12 and second one is 1-5pm) that go deep into the technicalities of inshore fishing. Each class is limited to 15 anglers and there is a charge of $100 per angler. Breakfast/Lunch will be provided. Please call our Mt Pleasant location to sign up at 843.881.3644
We held this event last year with great success so we’re having it again this year!
Stop by our West Ashley and chat with the Fathom Offshore guys as the discuss how to properly reskirt and rig lures for Offshore Trolling. We will also have an opportunity to pick up some factory 2nd lure heads for a STEAL
Call or Stop by our West Ashley location to sign up today!
One of the warmest Winters on record has our fishery set to get going
early this year. You could even say it never fully turned off as days
in the 70s have kept water temperatures far higher than normal. Bait
fish that are usually nonexistent have been present and kept the redfish
active. Trout should be ramped up and ready to go in March. It’s time
to break out your rods and reels and get ready for a great season!
Having spent the last few months laying low and avoiding dolphins,
redfish are no longer just focused on simply surviving but now on
feeding as well. Low tide will be the best time to focus on big schools
of redfish that can number in the hundreds. These fish are still pretty
wary, so a quiet approach is very important. On many days, it pays to
settle in one spot when you find a school and wait for them to return to
you instead of pushing them away.
When these reds are being spooky, I’ll try to disturb them as little
as possible by keeping my casting to a minimum. This is a time to fish
with bait on the bottom. I’ll put a chunk of blue crab or frozen mullet
on a size 3/0 circle hook and just let it sit until the redfish swim
over it. Make sure the barb of your hook is fully through the bait and
exposed. Place your rod in the rod holder and wait for it to whip over
once the circle hook sets itself!
As trout begin to appear, popping corks cast along grass banks and
over oyster beds will be a good bet paired with mud minnows. I usually
pair a size 1 circle hook with an 18”-24” fluorocarbon leader. While
there is no shortage of options, I use oval shaped corks that are
heavier and can be cast further. When using a popping cork, do your best
to keep slack out of your line and when that cork goes under just reel
to set the hook. You’ll find that the circle hook seldom misses as long
as your line is tight.
See you on the water!
Capt. Geoff Bennett operates Charleston Charter Fishing providing light tackle fishing charters. Clients choose from a full menu of 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
March 13th@6:00pm: Bass frog popper As the days grow longer and warmer our little ditch pickles will be ready to munch on some top water frog action! This fly is more labor intensive than any fly we have tied before but it will be well worth it in the end! Due to this fact though we will be limiting this class to 10 people RESERVE YOUR SPOT TODAY!
Pattern name: Miller Times Frog popper Difficulty: 7/10 Materials needed: -210 thread olive -Gamakatsu B10s 1/0 -Surface Seducer Double Barrel popper, M. Green -Strung Rooster Saddles Fl. Char/white -Chenille, LG Olive/pearl -Sili legs Barred Yellow/gold-blk -Supreme Hair, Olive -Living Eyes , 4mm, Fire
All instruction will be provided for FREE, the materials however will need to be purchased from the shop or brought to the event. Please RSVP by 12:00pm the day of the event.
Join Capt Eric Heiden of Heidenseek Charters as he covers the legality of circle hooks and which fish we HAVE to be using them for. Come sit in on this class to learn the best way to use circle. He’ll cover other topics such as releasing deeper water bottom fish and answer any questions. Please call the shop to sign up for this FREE seminar at our Mt Pleasant location Call (843)881-3644 to sign up today!
Spring can offer a number of things to target, whether it be turkeys in the woods, trout inshore, or sheepshead on the wrecks. Spring can also be a little tricky with the continuous change in weather patterns but one thing that trends is sheepshead on the reefs. Let Capt. Chuck share his expertise with you on when, where, and how to catch fish on the nearshore reefs. Call the shop to sign up at 843.881.3644 *Seminar is FREE (MT PLEASANT STORE LOCATION)