Finally a few decent weather days allowed a good number of boats to slip out!! While many decided to drop down and do some bottom bumping, several boats also snuck out and did some trolling for sails. While the reports we got back in on the trolling side were kind of “hero or zero”, the boats that got on the sailfish did really well. Several reports came back in where 5, 6, and even 9 sails were released in a day. Seemed that the better reports were coming from 250-400ft. Those boats that stayed inside on the ledge reported only a few sails but still a pretty decent wahoo bite going on. Reports from the bottom fishing side were fantastic. While the black sea bass fishery is currently closed now, great reports of vermillions(open until Nov 1) and grouper came in from all over the place. Best reports on the Vermillions were from 80-120ft, while the grouper reports ranged anywhere from 65ft out to 180ft of water. Live pinfish continue to be the best bet for grouper baits, but there were also many caught on cigar minnows and jigs.
October has to be unquestionably one of the (if not THE) best times to get out on the lowcountry’s waters. The redfish are absolutely chomping seemingly everything that swims in front of them. Live baits(minnows and shrimp) are always an easy bet for tangling with some reds, but this is the time of year where artificials can be every bit as productive. Gulp! shrimp, jerkshads, Zman PaddlerZ, DOA shrimp, chatterbaits, etc are solid choices. The numbers of fish schooling on the flats at low tide is increasing right now, as well as there are still plenty of reds hanging around structure such as docks and rock piles. The trout bite has become much more consistent, and we are starting to see some pretty good size fish as well in that 18-22″ range. Shell rakes in 4-6ft of water with a good current flow are almost sure bets to hold some fish, with DOA shrimp, Zman MinnowZ, suspending Mirrolures, and Super Spook Jr’s for the early topwater bite will all be solid choices to have in your arsenal for the fall trout bite. And don’t forget fall is also the time of the year when the sheepshead bite turns wide open, and this is when a live shrimp under a float can be just as deadly as the usual fiddler crabs. Target 4-12ft of water near almost any type of heavy structure, and get ready.
***HPT 6-week Sheepshead tournament runs Oct 31 through Dec 11!!! 100% payback!!! Call or stop by either store for more details***
Manager – Haddrell’s Point