Charleston Fishing Report: February 24, 2017

The warmest weather that I can remember has been terrific for our fishery. Higher than normal water temperatures have made for some productive fishing. I never thought I would say this but there has been a decent trout bite in February! With days filled with sun and 70 degree weather, anglers have to get out there to take advantage.

Having spent the last few months laying low and avoiding dolphins, redfish are transitioning from a
period focused simply on preservation to now becoming predators again. With redfish still in big schools of up to hundreds of fish, the best fishing will be at low tide when you can sight cast to them. These fish are still spooky so stealth is of upmost importance when approaching a school. Oftentimes, it pays to anchor up when you find a school and wait for them to return to you instead of chasing them down.

With these reds being so wary, I try to disturb the water as little as possible and keep my casting to a minimum. When this happens, it’s time to soak some cut bait. I’ll put chunks of frozen mullet or blue crab on size 3/0 circle hooks and just let it sit on the bottom until the redfish swim over it. Put your rod in the rod holder and resist the urge (if at all possible!) to set the hook when you see a fish begin to eat. The circle hook will do all the work for you and when your reel starts to sing you are in business.

As trout become more active, popping corks cast along grass banks and over oyster beds will be a good bet paired with mud minnows. I usually use a 18”-24” leader and a size 1 circle hook. When working the popping cork, always try to keep slack out of your line and when that cork drops just reel to set the hook. You’ll find that the circle hook will rarely miss 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 or email him at

Fishing Club Coupon Specials – February 2017

Welcome to our fishing club! You can expect to receive deep discounts each and every month on your favorite fishing tackle products at prices that are too low for us to list online. Use the coupon code for February on any of the above products in your shopping cart to receive your discounts. Free in-store pickup and free shipping on orders $50 and up. Coupon code only good for online sales, and expires February 28, 2017.

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Fishing Classes & Seminars — March 2017

Bluewater Basics by Haddrell’s Point Tackle Crew

  • March 11 from 8am-12pm or 1pm-5pm
  • Haddrell’s Point Tackle is going to get you into the game of offshore fishing.
  • We are going to spend a half day with you prepping you for everything from rod and reel setups, tackle, rigging ballyhoo, to even taking you on a boat in the harbor to see what your trolling spread should look like.
  • This is a perfect class for the most extreme beginners. We will have you ready to troll in no time!
  • Cost is $95 and you will be provided breakfast/lunch and walk away with some trolling lures rigged and ready! Each class is limited to 8 fishermen.
  • Call us at (843) 881-3644 to sign up or email with any questions.
  • View the flyer for this event.

Spring Lowcountry Redfish Seminar by Capt Geoff Bennett of Charleston Charter Fishing

  • March 14 at 6:00pm (West Ashley location)
  • Learn from one of our local charter captains the patterns of spring time redfish in our lowcountry waters!
  • From what to throw, to where to look, this seminar will certainly leave you with plenty of local information!
  • Free! Please RSVP in advance to or (843) 573-3474

Baitmaster and Bionic Bait Ballyhoo Preorders

We are now taking preseason orders of ballyhoo for 2017. If you want to make sure that you have ballyhoo and dredge mullet for your upcoming offshore season, give us a call at 843-881-3644 (Mt Pleasant) or 843-573-3474 (Charleston)! You prepay by the case to guarantee that you get your bait, and that it is good quality from Baitmasters and Bionic Bait. Both locations can take reservations so feel free to use the store closest to your marina location.


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