Scott’s Fishing Report — January 25, 2016

 

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Over the last few weeks, we’ve had streaks of rainy and windy conditions. Fortunately in between, there have been pockets of sunny days with temperatures even in the 60s. If you’re like me though, cleaning your rods and reels or working on your boat during nasty weather can only keep you entertained for so long until you are itching to be back on the water fishing. The days are starting to grow noticeably longer and you may find a case of Spring fever is upon you.

So what’s an angler to do in February? The answer is that you need really need to pick and choose your days. Days filled with sun and warmer temperatures can produce some excellent fishing. Right now, a redfish has two priorities: don’t get eaten by a dolphin and try to stay warm. The sun will make the water on the flats a few degrees warmer and redfish congregated in large schools will flood these flats.

Although they will be more likely to eat on these select days, these schools will still be spooky. Often you’ll find anything cast near the schools will send fish fleeing. Make sure you cast wide of the schools and give them plenty of space. You’ll find more success putting out your baits and letting these schools slowly swim back to you.

Once situated, I’ll toss several lines with a combination of cracked blue crab, cut mullet and mud minnows. I rig my baits on a size #3/0 Owner circle hook. About a foot above the hook, I’ll put enough split shot to let me cast the desired distance. A circle hook is designed to catch on the edge of a fishes’ mouth without any additional pressure applied by the angler. Try not to set the hook yourself until that rod is bent over and the fish is taking line – much easier said than done!

These schools of 100-150 redfish produce amazing sight fishing. Fly fishing can be one of the most effective ways to catch fish right now as the flies make a delicate splash when landing. Flies that produce a small silhouette like a clouser minnow are a good choice. You’ll need to be extra stealthy but watching a redfish chase and inhale your fly is just downright addictive.

See you on the water!

For further info and more up to date reports, email Scott Hammond at: shammond@haddrellspoint.com
Or visit Capt. Geoff Bennett’s website: charlestoncharterfishing.com

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

Scott’s Fishing Report — January 04, 2016

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Inshore:

Like much of the country we continue to experience air and water temps well above average, more conducive to October weather, which has led to a fall inshore bite that basically has never shifted to winter! Here we are in January and still seeing a solid trout bite on artificials. Zman Slim Swimz, Trout Tricks, and live shrimp have been hands down the baits of choice for targeting some specks. Fish 4-6ft of water for those school sized fish, and slide out to 8-10ft for the “gators”. Sheepshead have also been a staple lately, with great reports coming in from the jetties as well as around bridges and inshore rock piles. While fiddler crabs are always a go-to for the sheeps, a live shrimp will also prove deadly as can be on large sheepshead during this time of year. Reds have just started to think about forming into larger schools, and are starting to found in better numbers on the low tide flats, presenting some great fly fishing opportunity.

Offshore:

FINALLY a few nice wind days on the big pond recently have led to reports of wahoo and blackfin tuna hanging out along the ledge in 150-200ft. Even a few dolphin were caught mixed in with the wahoo and blackfins. Bottom fishing yielded some incredible catches of b-liners (vermillion snapper), and some monster sized ones at that in 100-120ft of water. In addition, plenty of triggerfish and porgies have been mixed in for a little bit of table fare. Had some fantastic reports on Grouper last week, with some huge scamps and gags being caught, but grouper season is now closed so our focus shifts elsewhere. Saw quite a few release pictures of some giant red snapper being caught and sent back due to our remaining closure on Red Snapper.

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