It may be only the latter part of February right now, but we are definately starting to see a spring time pattern begin to develop in the inshore fishery. Large winter schools of redfish have begun to split off into smaller pods of fish (4-12 fish in a group) and while you may not be on tremendous numbers of fish in a given location, this means in turn though that the reds are readily available in many different types of locations. While many anglers are still targeting fish up the shallow flats, we have been getting some solid reports of reds at the jetties, docks, rock piles, etc. Live shrimp, blue crab, or cut mullet are easy natural baits of choice. If you like to throw artificials, go with a Zman PaddlerZ, gulp jerkshad, or Yo-Zuri HD shrimp. Sheepshead continue to be found around the bridges and rock piles using fiddler crabs, and a more consistent trout bite has started to unfold in the past couple weeks around shell rakes in 4-7ft of water.
A handful of calm weather days allowed several different boats to slip out on the big pond recently. Reports of quality wahoo have come in from around the southwest banks area of the ledge, as well as some blackfin holding around georgetown hole. If you don’t mind a pretty good run down to the south, several different sources have told me this week of a great blackfin bite off of the beaufort/savannah area down around the “triple ledge” and “deli” areas. Pull smaller baits for the blackfin such as the jr sized cedar plugs or small ballyhoo behind a sea witch skirt.
Manager – Haddrell’s Point