Scott’s Fishing Report — April 9, 2012


Coming back in from vacation this week, I had no idea what had gone on recently on our inshore bite. After talking with a dozen or so charter Capts today, I have learned that a pretty good little trout bite kicked in last week. DOA shrimp under a rattle float or live shrimp have been deadly on the trout fished around 3-6ft of water along shell rakes and creek mouths. Sheepshead are still doing well around heavy structure using fiddlers, and though occasionally they have not fed heavily coming off these full mooon tides, we are hearing of redfish being found anywhere from the shallow flats, to under docks, to along rock piles, and yes we are even hearing of reds already tailing up in the grass at high water!


A continued flurry of good fishing in early spring is still being found offshore of SC right now. Still hearing solid reports of wahoo from 140-250ft of water, blackfin tuna in and around 150-200ft, and solid numbers of dolphin have been found anywhere from 180ft out to as deep as 800ft. To make a long story short, the offshore season is officially upon us and good weather is all we need to get out and take advantage of the strong bite! I have spoken with numerous charter boats lately, and while they all seem to have plenty of trips upcoming in May, many have lots of openings still for April as most anticipated the fishing not being as good until the month of May. DayMaker charters and Game Day charters, both out of Ripley, are two great boats to get you out there on some fish while everyone else is waiting for the month to roll over. Water temps are right, time for some bluewater!!!!!

Scott Hammond

Manager – Haddrell’s Point