April Fishing Report

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.

The 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.

The 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.

Flounder, 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 zone.

See 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 captain@charlestoncharterfishing.com.


Fly Casting class W/ John Irwin- June 1st 2019

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


Kids Fishing School – April 13th, 2019

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!


Haddrell’s Inshore School -April 6th 2019

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


Proper Lure Re-Skirting and Rigging- April 3rd,2019

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!

(843) 573 3474


Charleston Fishing Report – March 1st 2019

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 captain@charlestoncharterfishing.com.


March 13th Fly Tying Night- Bass Popper

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.


Show us your spread! A comprehensive offshore class – March 16th 2019

This class will cover Offshore A to Z, it will be a great class for everyone, especially new boat owners looking to venture Offshore.

What will be covered:

– Types of Rods and Reels
– Ballyhoo Rigging
– Lures
– Teasers
– What’s Necessary for a Trip
– Where to Go
– What to look for when you’re there


Class is $100

Limited to 16

8 Anglers in the Morning 8AM to Noon
8 Anglers in the Afternoon 1PM to 5PM

Call, email or stop by the West Ashley Location to Sign up!

Phone: 843-573-3474
Email: Simon@haddrellspoint.com


Circle Hooks(Regulation and Proper Use)- March 18th 2019

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!


Diawa Demo Day- March 30th 2019

Stop by Haddrells Point in West Ashley on March 30th and check out the latest and greatest from Diawa!

Representatives will be on hand from there Headquarters.

They will be chatting about

• BG/Saltist/Eliminator
• LT spinning complete line up
• SV Baitcasting
• Saltiga / Saltist conventional
• Exist
• Tanacom/Seaborg/Megatwin

• Harrier
• Proteus
• Saltist Inshore

Reel Features-
• Magseal
• Magseal Ball Bearings
• T-Wing
• LT Concept
• MQ
• Digigear
• Mag-system / Air-break

Demos throughout the day, along with special giveaways.

If you have a question about Diawa Product today will be the day to ask those questions.

Saturday, March 30th, 2019 at 10:00AM – 04:00PM

Haddrell’s Point West Ashley, (843) 573 3474


Reef Fishing w/ Capt. Chuck Griffin- March 5th 2019

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)

Tuesday, March 5th, 2019 at 06:00PM – 07:00PM