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Tarpon Seminar – July 10th 2019

Want to learn more about the KING?! Silver King that is.. Wednesday July 10th at 6:00PM We are hosting a free one hour seminar on tips and techniques to target tarpon in SC waters! Learn rigs, baits, what to look for, and more from Capt Mike Able .. Call us at (843)881-3644 or visit our shop in Mt Pleasant to RSVP today!

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July 2019 Fishing Report

While the weather has been quite hot, it hasn’t slowed the fishing down. Fishermen can try starting early in the morning where they can find fish chasing bait on the surface as well as lighter winds that allow them to sight fish on the flats. Evenings also offer cooler temperatures and a chance to target tailing redfish on big flood tides.

The redfish bite has been great. The large schools of redfish have now split up but you can still find pods of twenty to thirty fish, especially on the flats. Putting a scent trail in the water and an easy meal in front of redfish is a tactic likely to succeed. We usually put live mullet or cracked blue crab on the bottom with enough weight to hold it in place. Use circle hooks in size 3/0 combined with a heavy test line and watch those rods rip over!

The trout bite is getting steadily stronger. We’ve started catching a healthy number of larger trout mixed in with smaller fish. Fishing mud minnows on jigheads is quite effective and lets you get your bait in front of trout in deeper pockets. I use 1/8 oz. or 1/4oz. jigheads. You can use heavier jigheads but make sure their size is not significantly bigger than the bait. Try alternating the speed of your retrieve as you work through an area.

Spanish mackerel are plentiful and are often best found at first light. If you find schools of fish busting bait on the surface, toss reflective casting jigs and reel them quickly through the school. Move your boat gradually around the school; running through a pod of fish will put them down. If you know fish are present but not up top, try trolling Clark Spoons at different depths and different speeds.

See 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 captain@charlestoncharterfishing.com.

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June 2019 Fishing Report

June 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.

Menhaden 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!

The 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.

This 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.

See 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 captain@charlestoncharterfishing.com.

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May Fishing Report

Warm 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!

It’s 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.

Now’s 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 fantastic strikes!

Spanish 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.

Per 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 great fights.

See 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 captain@charlestoncharterfishing.com.

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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.

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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

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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!

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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

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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

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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.

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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.


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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

And MUCH MUCH MORE

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


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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!

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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

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

Rods-
• 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


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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