Above average air temperatures have kept the lowcountry feeling more like October than like mid-Dec ember, but for the fisherman, it has simply been a dream come true as we continue to experience and fantastic inshore bite right now. Great reports of Trout being caught on artificials such as the Zman Slim Swimz and DOA shrimp have been flooding in with some good sized fish as well. Try trolling or casting your artificials in 3-7ft of water along shell rakes with some water movement. Sheepshead are also on fire right now, readily eating live fiddlers and live shrimp fished around the jetties and other submerged structures in 6-15ft of water. Already done both of these recently with the nice weather? No worry, grab your spinning or fly rod and hit the shallow low tide flats for some sight fishing for Redfish schooling up. A Gulp! Jerkshad or a clouser minnow fly are always “go-to” options for reds in skinny water.
Flat calm seas and mid 70 degree air temps recently allowed all the offshore guys to slip out for some high-speed wahoo trolling and bottom fishing. Numbers on the wahoo being reported back were 2-5 wahoo per boat during a morning of high-speed trolling, and the bottom fishing produced great numbers of triggerfish, b-liners, sea bass, some grouper, and of course the smorgasborg of the usual grunts and porgies.
Store Manager – Haddrell’s Point Tackle – West Ashley