Definately not trying to jinx us here in the lowcountry, but I just don’t think we could ask for much prettier weather for January than what we have been experiecing! Best part is that the fishing has matched the great weather. Large schools of reds have been all over the shallow water flats, and with water clarity extremely good right now, the sight fishing just could not get a much better for redfish. Smokey Shad ZMAN PaddlerZ and the GULP jerkshad in black bass color have been the hottest baits going right now for us. Not into throwing artificials? Set up with some cut mullet on the same type shallow flat near a good oyster point and hang on. Sheepshead fishing still continues to produce a LOT of double digit fish, with almost all of the larger ones coming from our inshore waters. Heavy structure in 8-20ft of water should be your best bet for tangling into some convicts, and fiddler crabs are still the bait of choice. As a little bit of a side note, I did get a solid report from the jetties the other day where one of our good customers was catching good numbers of black drum on cut shrimp at the end of the jetties where the rocks become submerged leading into the ocean. A falling tide is going to be your best time to target these drum at the points of the jetties, and take a few mud minnows with you as well as there are still some medium sized redfish hanging around in this area as well.
A couple of boats slipped out last week and did a little winter trolling for wahoo, and while there were no big numbers of fish to report, there were a few very nice sized wahoo caught in the 40-60lb range. Just outside the ledge in 200-350ft of water is where they were holding last week. Though not officially an “offshore” report, our closer artificial reefs (lowcountry angler reef, north edisto nearshore,charleston nearshore, etc) have been producing a lot of small to medium sized sheepshead and some black drum in the 14-24″ range. Fiddlers again are the bait of choice, but don’t hesitate to drop some live shrimp down as well on a standard type carolina rig.
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