Fall has definately fallen and the inshore bite is smokin’ hot! Cooler water temps have led to a tremendous redfish bite right now, with both natural and artificial baits working extremely well. Capt Rick Hiott reported in this morning that there are tremendous numbers of big bull reds around the jetties (he caught 18 bulls in 1.5 hours!) and edge of the shipping channel, with the fish eating on blue crab and large menehaden. Further inshore there are great numbers of 14-30″ reds hanging on the flats at low tide as well as still plenty laying up under docks and along rock piles. Live shrimp, finger mullet, Gulp! shrimp, and ZMAN PaddlerZ have been lethal bait choices to hit the water with. Trout have been hit and miss, where we here great numbers of 20-50 fish one day and the next day the numbers are more like 5-10 fish. Baits of choice have been the usual live shrimp under a popping float, as well as DOA shrimp and ZMAN MinnowZ. Sheepshead have also been chomping hard on fiddlers and clams fished around the jetties and bridge pilings.
While bottom fishing has consisted of the majority of the offshore reports as of late, a good customer of mine Randy Cowart reported in to me this morning that he found some large wahoo (50 and 60#ers) and a sail right on the ledge near the edisto banks a couple days ago. Bottom fishing is still very good at this point, with some beautiful grouper coming in from 130-150ft of water using cigar minnows, butterfly jigs, and live baits. Vermillion snapper continue to prevalent in 80-120ft of water, and with the Nov 1 closure coming soon on the vermillion’s, now is a great time to take advantage of some that action! Large sea bass are still being found anywhere from 70-110ft, as well as some nice triggers around the same depth range.
Manager – Haddrell’s Point