Slightly cooler water and air temperatures have flipped the switch to wide open for many of our inshore fish. Reds have absolutely been crushing mullet as they head out towards the ocean, and therefor anglers have been having great success using live or cut mullet for bait.In addition to the natural bait, the reds have been blowing up on topwater plugs early in the morning and late in the evening when fished near the shallow flats that are holding reds. Trout continue to provide good numbers for anglers looking to bend a rod, though many are still in the juvenile size range of around 12″. Live shrimp, minnows, and DOA shrimp have been the baits of choice for the trout, especially when fished around shell rakes in 3-5ft of water. Flounder have been slightly more inconsistent as of late, with one day hearing great reports and the next day seemingly slow. That being said, live minnows and/or mullet are two of the better baits to fish the bottom for flounder with. If you choose to throw and artificial for an ole flattie, a Gulp! or Zman jerkshad in pearl color is hard to beat. Friday Sept.9 at noon marks the start of another lowcountry shrimp baiting season and many are already geared up to enjoy one of the many fruitful activities this area has to offer. And dont forget that the mullet run HAS begun and our Tarpon bite is as good as it gets for the next week or two. Many reports of 4 and 5 shots a day have been coming in from Bulls Bay and North Edisto.
Bottom fishing and kings have constituted the majority of the offshore reports we have gotten in lately. Great reports on the bottom bumping side included large blackfish, good triggers, vermillions, and some very stout grouper when using live baits on the bottom. Best reports have been anywhere from 75ft out to 150ft of water. Kings have been somewhat slow as compared to years past, but there have still been some decent reports coming from 80-90ft of water. The couple of boats I spoke with that went out trolling the deep blue reported back a still pretty good wahoo bite in 140-200ft of water, and a sailfish biote that has started to warm up around the 250ft to 450ft range.
Manager – Haddrell’s Point