While the Calendar may say that we are in the heart of winter, the fishing has been more indicative of a late fall bite! Here we are in the middle of January and still seeing a strong trout bite more typical of late November. Zman Slim SwimZ and Glass Minnow Jerk Shads fished in 5-10ft of water along creek mouths, shell rakes, and rock piles has been producing solid numbers of trout in the 14-18″ range. Redfish continue to be found in large schools on the shallow low tide flats, where a live minnow or Gulp! 3″ shrimp are always a deadly and productive choice. Sheepshead, and large ones at that, have been eating up fiddler crabs fished around local bridge pilings and the jetties in 10-20ft of water.
A handful of nice calm days in the past 10days has led to some outstanding bottom fishing reports, including those aboard the Prowess recently that had a great catch of triggerfish all the way up to almost 8pounds! Large sea bass continue to also be found bottom fishing in 60-90ft of water and those anglers who decided to give some winter trolling a shot along the ledge, well they were rewarded with a few wahoo and a decent number of blackfin tunas being caught in 150-250ft.
Manager – Haddrell’s Point Tackle – West Ashley