Charleston Fishing Report: October 1, 2018

Fall has arrived bringing with it cooler weather and shorter days. But don’t put your rods and reels away just yet because we’re about to experience the best fishing of the year! Fishermen will continue to find success with live bait but artificial lures should become increasingly productive. Make time to get out on the water, you will have a blast!

Redfish have been hungrily eating cut and live bait fished on the bottom. Mullet especially are pervasive in our waters and can be easily netted. We’ll rig the bait on an Owner size 3/0 circle hook paired with a carolina rig. You can use this setup on the flats as well as under docks. Just put your rod in the holder and wait for the reel to start screaming as the fish hook themselves.

Artificial lures have started to really work for trout and the traditional paddle tail design has been great. I’ll use a 1/4oz. Trout Eye jighead and tie a loop knot to give the lure even more action. Vary your rate of retrieve as you prospect different spots for pockets of fish. To make your lure even more attractive, try putting a piece of shrimp on the hook. You can use pieces of frozen or live shrimp and it will put a scent trail on your lure that fish find hard to resist.

Even as artificial lures become more effective, keep tossing those popping corks. Live shrimp, mud minnows and artificial shrimp have been working great when suspended about 18″-24″ below the cork on a fluorocarbon leader and an Owner size 1 circle hook. Redfish, trout and flounder alike will eat these baits as they pass by suspended in the water column. Corks have been working best fished along grassy banks at mid and high tide.

With the colder water temperature, redfish are starting to form bigger schools. These large schools make for excellent sight fishing on low tides. On clear days, you can see these redfish swimming in circles with their golden backs flashing in the sun. Use patience when approaching the schools and when you make your first shot make sure to cast to the edges so as not to spook the school. Jerk shad artificial lures rigged on Gamakatsu size 3/0 flutter hooks are the way to go.

See you on the water!

Capt. Geoff Bennett operates Charleston Charter Fishing providing light tackle fishing charters. Clients choose from a full menu of 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 captain@charlestoncharterfishing.com.

Fishing Classes & Seminars — October 2018

 

Fall Redfish Seminar with Capt. Geoff Bennett of Charleston Charter Fishing

  • October 2, 2018 from 6pm-8pm (Charleston/West Ashley location)
  • Capt. Geoff will discuss Fishing for Redfish in the Fall in our Charleston waterways.

Fall Fishing 101 with Haddrell’s Point & St. Croix Rod (Reschedule)

  • October 4, 2018 from 6pm-9pm (Palmetto Boat Sales location)
  • Hurricane Reschedule: Come join the Haddrell’s Point Crew at Palmetto Boat Sales at 1634 Savannah Hwy, Charleston, South Carolina 29407. Randy Hamilton of St. Croix Rods Capt and Brandon Parker from Charleston Silver Fox will be joining us to discuss Fall Fishing in the Lowcountry.
  • Come check out the latest and greatest from Z-Man Baits and New Rods like the Mojo Yak from St. Croix.
  • Call the Shop or Email Simon@haddrellspoint.com to sign up.

Garage Sale!

  • October 20, 2018 from 8am-12pm (Both Mount Pleasant and Charleston/West Ashley locations)
  • Clearing out some older/stagnant items in the shop at prices ready to move!
  • Various items such as inshore/offshore/freshwater tackle all the way to Go Pro stuff, rods, reels, clothing, fishing line and much much more!
  • Stop by to see us at BOTH Haddrell’s locations.
  • Both shops will have different items and we cannot give specifics on items.
  • You must show up to get the deal. ALL SALES WILL BE FINAL!

2018 Kids Fishing Rodeo

  • October 27, 2018 from 9am-12pm (Charleston/West Ashley location)
  • Tag along to a Private, Well Stocked Pond.
  • Cost is $40 and that includes everything you need to catch the fish. Rod, Reels, and Tackle will be provided.
  • This event is open to kids under the age of 16 with accompanying adult.
  • Event is limited to 20 Anglers.
  • Call the Shop 843-573-3474 or email Simon@haddrellspoint.com

Fishing Classes & Seminars — September 2018

 

‘Introduction to Fly Fishing ‘ Class with Capt. John Irwin

  • September 15 , 2018 from 8am-1pm (Mount Pleasant location).
  • These classes are an all encompassing introduction to fly fishing.
  • We will learn two different types of casts:  roll casting and general.
  • A broad range of knots, fly selections, and general fishing knowledge in our area.
  • Lunch will be provided by Haddell’s Point.
  • This class will be $75 and must be paid for in advance.
  • Class is limited to the first 10 people.
  • Call the Fly Shop to sign up at: 843-881-3644.


‘Introduction to Fly Fishing’ Class with Capt. John Irwin

  • September 22 , 2018 from 8am-1pm (Mount Pleasant location).
  • These classes are an all encompassing introduction to fly fishing.
  • We will learn two different types of casts:  roll casting and general.
  • A broad range of knots, fly selections, and general fishing knowledge in our area.
  • Lunch will be provided by Haddell’s Point.
  • This class will be $75 and must be paid for in advance.
  • Class is limited to the first 10 people.
  • Call the Fly Shop to sign up at: 843-881-3644.

Introduction to Fly Fishing with Capt. John Irwin

Come join us for our ‘Introduction to Fly Fishing’ Classes with Capt. John Irwin on September 15 and 22, 2018.

These classes are an all encompassing introduction to fly fishing. Students will learn two different types of casts:  roll casting and general.

We will also cover a broad range of knots and students will have a knowledge of all connections. We will also discuss fly selection as well as general fishing knowledge of our area.

If you want to learn everything you need to know to get started this class is for you!

Classes are from 8am until 1pm at Haddrell’s Point in Mount Pleasant. Lunch will be provided by Haddrell’s Point. Classes must be paid for in advance at our store location in Mount Pleasant. For questions, call 843-881-3644 and ask to speak with the Fly Shop.