The past 3 weeks has shown some awesome and encouraging signs as far as our speckled trout stocks are concerned! After a couple of brutal cold winters in 2011 and 2010, the trout have made a fantastic comeback. I have been fishing wednesday mornings for the past 3 weeks and in just a few hours, been able to produce 20-40 trout each outing. Not only are there some good numbers around, but the size of some of these fish have been great. Already for this year I have been able to find a dozen or so fish in the 4# range, and even a couple pushing 6#’s….true lowcountry gators! Live shrimp under a popping float has been deadly, but with the pinfish starting to come around in force, artificials such as the MirroLure 17mr, Zman PaddlerZ, and DOA shrimp are a great choice now. Lately the better trout reports are coming from 4-6ft of water along hard bottom areas and shell rakes. Reds continue to be in a more traditional summer time pattern, meaning on low water targeting structure and on high water finding them on the edges. Flounder are being caught around our inlets as well as in the harbor along structure in 3-8ft of water.
With many of our local boats up in Georgetown for the Gov Cup billfish tournament, we expect some solid reports to start coming in now almost anytime. Until we get those reports, we have still been hearing solid numbers of dolphin anywhere from as shallow as 100ft and as deep as 1800ft. Wahoo continue to be a little sporatic, but with the best reports coming in lately from the southwest banks area and along other areas of the ledge. The blue marlin have been showing up in good numbers as of late, with dozens of reports of fish in the 150-300# size range. Typical for spring, the fish are there and the biggest challenge has been finding a good weather window to coincide with your time off!
Manager – Haddrell’s Point