Scott’s Fishing Report — March 19, 2012

Inshore:

Trout! Yep, finally starting to get consistent trout report coming in. While we are not hearing too many big catch numbers, the guys that are out targeting trout are now consistently coming back with reports of 5-15 fish, with the majority of the fish in the 14″-18″ range. Zman PaddlerZ, DOA shrimp, live shrimp, and even a good ole mud minnow are all producing for the specks. Reds continue to shift into their warm water pattern and are being found under docks, on the flats, and around structure/rock piles. Live and cut baits are still a no-fail option for the reds, but Gulp! artificials and redfish magic spinners are also producing. Solid reports of sheepshead have been coming in from the jetties and the nearshore reefs, if you can weed through the abundance of black sea bass to get a bait in front of a sheepshead.

Offshore:

After all the awesome reports this weekend coming in from the bluewater, it is only fitting to lead off with the offshore report this week. Unless you have been hiding under a rock recently, then you probably already know that the wahoo bite is going off as this is being written! Reports of 5-10 wahoo per boat have been flooding in this week. Water depths from 150-300ft have been the most consistent, but have heard of them being as deep as 700ft. Most of the Charleston based boats have been fishing to the north around the southwest banks and the georgetown hole area, but we have also heard of good numbers of ‘hoos down around the edisto banks. Good numbers of slinger dolphin have also been reported from the deli area, and blackfin tuna are out there in solid numbers as well along the ledge. Get the boat out of storage and get out there while the bite is smokin’ hot! So far this is turning into one of the best wahoo bites we have seen to kick the season off!

Scott Hammond
Manager – Haddrell’s Point
843-573-3474