weather has arrived and with it comes a host of seasonal species like
shark, ladyfish and bluefish. Our traditional targets, redfish and
trout, are hungry as ever as bait fills our waters. Our fishery is
teeming with life and opportunities for anglers are endless. You have
more reasons now than ever to get fishing!
time to make the most of live bait when fishing for redfish. Menhaden
is a favorite choice whether fished live or as cut bait. We’ve
caught some huge redfish by pitching chunks of menhaden under docks.
You’ll need to use enough weight to hold your bait in place so it
doesn’t drift and get snagged. I use pinch-on split shot that can
be easily adjusted, just add or remove these weights as needed.
the time of year to start thinking about topwater trout action at
first light. My favorite lure is a Heddon’s Super Spook Jr. in
chartreuse and black while an easy fallback is their silver mullet
color. Make sure to try a variety of retrieval speeds as you work
these lures. When that trout hits, resist the temptation to lift the
rod tip and reel the fish tight instead. It’s hard to beat those
mackerel are beginning to show up, especially in the harbor, and can
be best found at first light. If you find schools of fish slashing
across the surface, throw reflective casting jigs and reel them
quickly through the school. Alternatively, if you know fish are
present but not up top, try trolling Clark Spoons at different depths
and different speeds. Remember to check your leader often as it only
takes catching a few of these teethy fish to cut through it.
usual, sharks have returned to our waters with the warmer water
temperatures. Just watch the shoreline and you’ll see bonnethead
sharks slicing through the water as they seek out prey. These
predators will eat most anything, but chunks of blue crab and live
shrimp can be especially productive. Shark fishing is an easy way to
get younger anglers involved as sharks are usually hungry and put up
you on the water!
For over a decade, Capt. Geoff Bennett has operated Charleston Charter Fishing providing light tackle charters. Clients choose from a full menu of artificial and live bait fishing options with charters tailored to their desires. USCG licensed and insured, Capt. Bennett is committed to providing a safe and enjoyable charter to anglers of all skill levels and ages. For more information, call Capt. Bennett at 843-324-3332, visit his website athttps://www.charlestoncharterfishing.com/ or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wonderful sunny weather has continued day after day making for awesome fishing conditions. With all this warm weather, it’s no surprise that our fishery is 4-6 weeks ahead of schedule. The water is teeming with bait and anglers can expect April to be a fantastic month of fishing.
large schools of redfish found throughout the winter are breaking up
as these fish become more active. Anglers should think about using
artificial plastic lures that mimic baitfish. One good choice would
be “jerk shad” lures that have become very popular and come in a
variety of colors. I’ve been finding that hues of silver and blue
have been working best and produce even when water clarity is poor.
These lures work best rigged on a size 3/0 flutter hook.
trout bite should really begin in earnest this April. With water
temperatures so warm, it’s hard to believe they won’t become
aggressive feeders before too long. The preferred rig of live bait
under a popping cork is hard to beat. Live shrimp is now available
and will give you another option than mud minnows. It’s a good idea
to start carrying your cast net and see if you can find some finger
mullet. Finger mullet under a cork is just deadly.
perhaps our tastiest fish, are now present and eating. We’ve been
catching them mostly when fishing with mud minnows on the bottom or
mud minnows under popping corks. You’ll need to focus on structure
when targeting flounder. Docks and pilings are good places to
prospect. Flounder will hug the bottom in hopes of ambushing their
prey, so you’ll need to keep that bait down and in their strike
you on the water!
For a decade, Capt. Geoff Bennett has operated Charleston Charter Fishing providing light tackle charters. Clients choose from a full menu of artificial and live bait fishing options with charters tailored to their desires. USCG licensed and insured, Capt. Bennett is committed to providing a safe and enjoyable charter to anglers of all skill levels and ages. For more information, call Capt. Bennett at 843-324-3332, visit his website at www.charlestoncharterfishing.com or email him at email@example.com.
Come sharpen your skills with Capt. John Irwin of Fly Right Charters. John has tons of experience as a fly fishing guide and casting instructor. Whether you’re trying to step into the fly scene for the first time or are trying to hone in your skills, this is the class for you! Class runs from 9-1 on Saturday and costs $75.00 per person. Call 843-881-3644 to sign up today! This Class will be held at the Mt Pleasant location with offsite casting
Join us for a morning of kids teaching kids! Rowland Von See is an avid youth angler that fishes the area everyday he’s not in school! Join Rowland on April 13th from 8:00am-10:00am for a morning talking about inshore techniques such as knots, baits and rigs. He will also cover helpful techniques for casting a rod as well as the cast net! Class is limited to 15 anglers and cost is $40 per angler. Recommended ages from 7-14. Please call or stop by the Mt.Pleasant shop at 843.881.3644 to sign up!
Learn more about Charleston’s great inshore fishery from some of the best charter captains in the area. We are hosting two inshore classes(first class 8-12 and second one is 1-5pm) that go deep into the technicalities of inshore fishing. Each class is limited to 15 anglers and there is a charge of $100 per angler. Breakfast/Lunch will be provided. Please call our Mt Pleasant location to sign up at 843.881.3644