While much of the focus this week is on the shrimp baiting season, do not over look a strong inshore bite on reds, trout, and some stud flounder! We have weighed in some great flounder the past week in the 6 to 8# range, with most caught on live mullet or mud minnows fished along the edges of rock piles. Trout have been taking artificials better and better lately, with soft baits such as a Zman PaddlerZ and DOA shrimp being top choices. Don’t hesitate to float a live minnow or shrimp as well for the trout. Look around shell rakes and creek mouths in 3-6ft of water for the trout. Reds are still being found around structure and the mud flats on low water, and on high tide stages, we are still hearing great numbers of “tailers” being found up in the grass. Spanish are still being found at the end of the jetties schooling up in decent numbers, with clarkspoons and small silver jigs being the best baits of choice. Shrimp baiting reports have been hit and miss, with the hottest reports coming in from St Helena sound. Around the harbor, better reports on the shrimp have been coming from up in the rivers vs in the harbor itself. Rain coming in this week should help flush some shrimp back into the harbor.
Wind has been blowing and keeping most boats at the dock, but those that have stuck their heads out have found decent numbers of wahoo and blackfin being found around 140-350ft of water. The bottom side has been producing grouper in the 90-150ft range, and plenty of triggers are still being found in 75-110ft. Keep in mind Black Sea Bass are closed as of Sept 4th. Red snapper will be open this coming weekend only of Sept 21,22,23 with no size limit and 1 per person.
Manager – Haddrell’s Point