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S CAROLINA: Last Chance to Catch Spawning Bream in the Shallows

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

Crappie:
Good to very good. Captain Steve English reports that crappie fishing is improving and will only get better as water temperatures continue to cool. Already water temperatures are a good bit cooler than usual because of cloudy, rainy weather. Fish can be caught around mid-depth brush piles in 10-20 feet of water by anglers using minnows and jigs. Larger fish are being caught in the lower lake, but the numbers are better in the upper lake.

Bream
Good. Captain Steve English reports that the full moon coming up this weekend will probably be the last chance anglers have this year to catch spawning bream in the shallows. Move your boat slowly through the shallows and look for active bream beds to throw crickets to.

Catfish:
Fair. Captain Jim Glenn reports that there has been some improvement in daytime blue cat fishing over the last couple of weeks, and some folks are boating very nice fish both drifting and anchoring. Fish are scattered with some fish being found in the usual deep water for summer and some shallow.

Largemouth bass:
Slow. Captain Jimmie Hair reports that bass fishing is very tough on Santee Cooper, and typically August and September are the slowest months of the year. Very little bass fishing is going on in the lakes and most clubs are fishing the Cooper River right now. By late September and October fishing should improve and fish will make their way to the creeks.

South Carolina
Dept of Natural Resources


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S CAROLINA: Redfish are still biting well on Shrimp, Mullet or Mud Minnows

Monday, August 6th, 2012

The fishing in the Beaufort area continues to be hot. Almost as hot as the daily high temperatures. Most trips are being conducted in the early morning, as the winds are down and the temps at least moderate.

Sea Trout are starting to show everywhere as our shrimp crop grows, along with our finger mullet populations. Most are still under the 14 inch minimum, but should be in the keeper range by later this fall. I’m looking for a banner trout year.

Redfish are still biting well on shrimp, mullet or mud minnows, and a variety of artificials. The nearshore wrecks are producing well, with Weakfish, Spadefish, Blues, Ladyfish, and Jack Crevalle the main targets.

The big Jacks are also being taken in Calibogue Sound right now.A friend reported a school of a thousand fish seen there last week, and he took a 48 inch Jack. What a fight that was.

Tarpon continue to be a main target for charter guides in our area.

Capt. Rick Percy
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S CAROLINA: Put Six Real Nice Sea Trout in the Boat

Monday, April 2nd, 2012

Had a good trip Friday with old client AJ Bland, and his friend Byron. We put six real nice sea trout in the boat, and then went and caught four Redfish to top off the trip.Our water temps continue to rise and the Cobia will show in the sounds shortly. I’m ready to give them a try.

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S CAROLINA: A Local Tells Me Oysters Are Really the Secret Bait

Monday, February 13th, 2012

Lots of folks in the Beaufort area have been targeting Sheepshead the last several weeks.

The bigger fish are in the sound spawning, and are being taken off the bridges and other piling structure. Fiddler crabs are a good bait, but a local tells me oysters are really the secret bait of choice. Drop them to the bottom, and slowly lift a foot or two. If you feel any resistance at all, set the hook. These fish are very light biters, and can be tough to catch. They also are excellent table fare, and put up a great fight on the line.

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S CAROLINA: We Have had Success at All Stages of the Tide

Monday, December 12th, 2011

Have had several trips over the last week or two in the Port Royal Sound area, and the Redfish bite seems to be on the upswing.

We have had success at all stages of the tide, including an excellent day in the grass on a 9 ft tide. The water has cooled off this week and is in the mid to upper 50’s, and the fish seem to have begun schooling better than they were the last month or so. Had a trip last Saturday with a nine year old and his grandparents, and they caught 27 Redfish off one oyster shell that had current moving around the point. All of these fish but one were in the slot limit range of 15 to 23 inches.

This bite, which has been on big mud minnows and big shrimp, should continue through December. The Seatrout bite continues to slow as they hard to find after our winter kill in Jan and Feb.

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S CAROLINA: Three of Us Caught around 30 Trout

Friday, November 11th, 2011

Fishing in our area this fall has been a little different than the normal bite we generally see this time of year.

Our water temps continue to be in the mid 60’s inland, and we still have lots of mullet, and shrimp and menhaden in the estuary. Normally our water temps are a little lower, and the majority of the bait has moved out.

Our Redfish are not in the big schools that will be prevalent as the water temps fall. We are catching them here and there, but the big bites with double digit catch numbers have yet to show.

Did have an excellent trip last week where three of us caught around 30 trout, and a couple of nice Redfish to boot. Most of my Redfish trips have been under the double digit mark, but look for that to change as the weather cools off.

December could turn out to be one of our better months this year.

Capt. Rick Percy
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S CAROLINA: Spoons (Fire Tiger & Silver/Blue) are Good this Time of Year

Monday, November 7th, 2011

Trout: (Slow to fair)
Captain Steve Pietrykowski reports that a few trout are moving shallower as water temperatures cool, but the best pattern is still fishing in 65-80 feet. Spoons are a good choice at this time of year, and fire tiger and silver/blue are good colors.

Black Bass:  (Fair)
Captain Pat Bennett reports that as air and water temperatures drop the fishing is improving. Early and late try topwater lures such as Spooks and Jitterbugs around long points. Also target bass related to shoreline cover proximate to deep water, where they can be caught on shakey head worms, Carolina rigs and spinnerbaits. The first drop-off is often strong. Fish can also be caught on soft plastics fish around bluff walls. Many bass continue to be out in deep, open water following roaming schools of baitfish, but many of these bait schools should make their way up the rivers and creeks as the fall progresses. Water levels continue to drop, so be careful putting in and running on the lake.

South Carolina
Dept of Natural Resources


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S CAROLINA: 74 Degree Water & Hit on a Blue Water Candy (1 oz)

Monday, October 31st, 2011

On Saturday, Capt. Keith Logan of Feedin Frenzy Charters out North Myrtle Beach, SC; Scott Smith of Charlotte, NC; and, Ryan Bright of Dallas TX, went to the Gulf Stream for some Wahoo fishing.

We left Cricket Cove Marina in Little River, South Carolina, at 5:30am and headed to the bluewater. With Capt. Keith at the helm, the seas were 2 to 3 feet about 4 seconds apart on the way out. The Yamaha powered Regulator 26 made 32 knots on the way out. Wow, what a great ride the Regulator is! We arrived at the 100/400 around 7:45 am. The water was “King Green” and 72 degrees, so we put lines out and worked offshore to 285 feet of water. There, we found 74 degree water and had a hit on a Blue Water Candy 1 oz. Bling Skirt with a blue and white head and Cotton Candy skirt with a med ballyhoo on the planer line. It was a 30 pound Wahoo and was boated by Ryan.

We still could not find 78 degree water, so picked up lines and moved to the Black Jack Area, where we found 76 degree water. We put lines back out and trolled offshore looking for warmer water. We got a hit in 303 feet of water on a Blue Water Candy 1 oz. Bling Skirt with a blue and white head and Cotton Candy skirt with a med ballyhoo on the planer line. It was a 50 pound Wahoo and was boated by Scott.

We fished until noon, picked up, and headed home with two nice Wahoo so we could get ready to fish the Fall Brawl on Sunday, out of Ocean Isle Fishing Center. Both Wahoo were caught on Blue Water Candy 1 oz. Bling Skirt with a blue and white head and Cotton Candy skirt with a med ballyhoo on the planer line.

Capt. Keith Logan
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S CAROLINA: Trout – Done Fairly Well on Them with Live Shrimp & Popping Cork Combos

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

Had several trips the last couple of weeks in St Helena Sound area.

The Coosaw River and the Combahee River have started to show some trout. It looks now like we will have a better trout year than predicted by DNR, as we have done fairly well on them with live shrimp and a popping cork combo. It should only get better as the water temps continue to fall.

The Redfish bite has also been very consistent, with the larger Bull Reds in the deep holes on the rocks, and the school fish biting well on the flats. Grass edges with oyster shells have produced good results.

I have also been picking up a flounder or two each trip.

Our bite should continue to improve as we move into the heart of the mullet run.

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S CAROLINA: Lake Murray – Striper Caught 30-80 feet deep with Down Lined Herring

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

Bream:
Very good. Lake World reports that shellcracker fishing remains very strong, but fish have gotten a little harder to locate. Look in 12-15 feet of water and fish worms on the bottom. For bluegill fish around docks or brush in 3-7 feet of water with crickets.

Catfish:
Good. Captain Chris Simpson reports that the daytime bite has really slowed but a hot night bite is making up for it. During the day fish are feeding in 10-30 feet of water, but at night start out looking in 2-15 feet of water. Target points and humps that will allow you to cover a wide range of depths until you find the most productive zone, which can vary quickly. Cut herring, shrimp, and stink bait are the best baits. A few blues will be caught off of points while targeting channels. Be careful not to anchor in open water at night, and if you do have plenty of lights so that your boat will be highly visible.

Striped Bass:
Good. Lake World reports that striper are being caught 30-80 feet deep with down lined herring on the lower end of the lake, particularly over open water humps. Some days fish will also feed on the surface – particularly on cloudy days pull some free lined baits over the deep water. Trolling 30-50 feet deep with a variety of lures, including Roadrunners, bucktails and Grandma lures, is also catching fish.

Crappie:
Fair. Captain Brad Taylor reports that the bite has slowed, but he is still doing most of his fishing in the mid-section of the lake around 25 foot brush. The best brush is on main lake drops in the big water. Use your trolling motor to stay over the brush and drop minnows down 12-20 feet.

Largemouth Bass:

Slow. Captain Doug Lown reports that even though fish are still feeding finding catchable fish right now is pretty difficult. You have to work really hard to get a handful of bites. Many fish are suspended and feeding on bait schools, and they can be very hard to target. Fishing shakey head worms around deep points, particularly those with current, is a decent option.

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