A few warm weather days in January produced not only some good redfish reports and Sheepshead, but surprisingly enough some large trout and even some flounder! Yep, fish cannot read calendars so don’t give up on fishing just because the calendar says it is almost February! Of course large schools of redfish are being found on the shallow low tide flats, and a live minnow or a Zman Slim SwimZ are two great options to throw that are sure to make your reel’s drag sing. Sheepshead continue to eat oysters and fiddler crabs along deep water bridge pilings as well as out on our nearshore artificial reefs. Most impressively has been the number of flounder caught the past week, as out of the norm as it may seem, flounder up to 6pounds have been caught in both the harbor area as well as some of the lowcountry’s saltwater impoundments. Live minnows is of course the cant fail bait for these flatties, but do not hesitate to throw a pearl white jerkshad rigged on the new ‘Trout Eye’ jigheads. Trout, while spotty, are being found with good size fish located in 8-12ft of water along structure and creek mouths.
On the Offshore side, bottom fishing reports still continue to comprise the bulk of the reports, with strong numbers of sea bass and triggerfish being found in 65-90ft of water using squid and vertical jigs. Only had one trolling report the last week, and it was a report of a couple wahoo and amberjack holding right along the ledge in 140-250ft.
Manager – Haddrell’s Point Tackle – West Ashley