|Patches of nice weather bringing out the best in Georgetown reds
119 Views - Posted: March 06 at 11:50 am
From freezing temperatures and sleet one day to cloud-free skies and 70-degree breezes the next, it’s another typical winter along South Carolina coast. On the nice days, Capt. Newman Weaver of Kingfisher Guide Service out of Georgetown is consistently putting fish in the boat consistently.
|Battling against the cold
28 Views - Posted: March 03 at 9:00 am
In recent years, South Carolina anglers have enjoyed some of the best speckled trout fishing ever, in terms of both numbers and size. A driving force was several mild winters since the last fish kill in January 2011, combined with behavioral changes in anglers.
The winter of 2014, however, has not been as mild, leaving many anglers and guides concerned.
“When fishing for reds is tough, seatrout can be a big day-saver, allowing me to put clients on a lot of fish consistently” said Capt. Owen Plair of Bay Street Outfitters in Beaufort.
|Late-winter fling - Have a fling with Lowcountry redfish as winter begins to wane
120 Views - Posted: March 01 at 7:00 am
Although the weather may be a bit cooler than it is during the summer, guide Chris Chavis makes a good argument why late winter angling for redfish in the backwater creeks and bays surrounding Charleston is often more reliable than spring and summer fishing.
“Most people seem to think our redfishing is only good during the spring and summer,” said Chavis, who runs Fin Stalker Charters. “I can attest that our winter fishery can be phenomenal, with plenty of big redfish and tons of slot fish, and they’re not hard to catch on either artificial or live baits.”
Two factors are in the angler’s favor when searching out coldwater reds: clearer water and the fish’s propensity to bunch together in tight groups from dozens to even hundreds of fish. Finding roaming schools is much easier, and that’s half the battle.
|Bulls Bay redfish rewarding patient anglers
281 Views - Posted: February 27 at 8:03 am
|McManus, Dixie Chicken Funament director, loses battle with cancer
147 Views - Posted: February 24 at 6:00 am
Ron McManus of North Myrtle Beach, the co-founder and executive director of the Jim Caudle Artificial Reef Foundation and tournament director of the Dixie Chicken Fishing Funament, died Feb. 13 at his home, finally succumbing to a long battle with cancer.
|Spotted seatrout population estimates on the rise again
94 Views - Posted: February 15 at 7:00 am
The abundance of spotted seatrout in South Carolina waters is calculated from the S.C. Deparatment of Natural Resources’ trammel net survey.
Spotted seatrout is a sub-tropical species vulnerable to cold kills. During the winter of 2000-2001, inshore water temperatures dropped sharply and stayed in the 40s for an extended period of time. As a result, a large proportion of the spotted seatrout population died. Preliminary data from 2009–2010 surveys suggest that a similar, but less severe, kill occurred in January 2010. As a result, SCDNR requested that anglers were refrain from harvesting spotted seatrout for one to two spawning seasons in its “Let’em Spawn, Let’em Live” program.
|Fishing that D.O.A. two ways
104 Views - Posted: February 15 at 7:00 am
Cold-water fishing for speckled trout requires two things: a deep-water presentation and a slow, naturally moving bait. Lure manufacturer Mark Nichols and Charleston guide Jeff Yates would add an additional element to that formula: a D.O.A. shrimp.
Where the two may differ is exactly how to fish the popular bait.
“I’ve seen Jeff’s technique and know it works,” said Nichols. “Like Jeff, I’m a hard-core fisherman, and since the time I invented the bait, I’ve fished it a 100,000 different ways. Carolina-rigging can be phenomenal, too. I’ ve got a lot of guys who will drop a weight down to the bottom and then rig the bait about a foot or 18 inches above it where they can do the same thing: sweep it in the current but let the weight bounce on the bottom and the bait suspends just off the bottom.”
|High-definition sounder gives anglers an edge
67 Views - Posted: February 15 at 7:00 am
For most of the winter and early spring, the nearshore reefs out of Murrells Inlet load up with a mixed bag of species, and sheepshead is one of the tenants.
While the S.C. Department of Natural Resources publishes locations of the reefs and details their specific components — old vessels, steel and concrete rubble, scrap metal and subway cars — new materials are regularly being added to them, and the actual locations of each part of the structure may be still a bit of a mystery.
Some of the reefs look like huge scrap yards, with debris scattered over hundreds of feet or yards in every direction. Because sheepshead will often hold tight to specific pieces of structure, a high-definition depth sounder will give fishermen an edge over traditional sonar devices.
|Braided line is made for sheepshead
62 Views - Posted: February 15 at 7:00 am
Over the past decade, braided line has gained strength in the marine marketplace, and many companies are developing new, improved braids.
Compared to traditional monofilament, braids have their own set of advantages for any angler, especially those chasing winter sheepshead around nearshore reefs.
While the braided line used today is made from synthetic fibers, it is far from a new technology. Braids made from cotton and linen were the first types of fishing line. It wasn’t until 1939 that fishermen began using anything different, as DuPont developed and began marketing monofilament or nylon lines that were less visible in the water. But mono’s low sensitivity, high stretch, memory and some other drawbacks allowed braided line to re-establish a foothold in the market.
|Lots of redfish inshore and around nearshore reefs off Hilton Head
355 Views - Posted: February 13 at 8:50 am
The bite is on in the inshore waters and nearshore reefs around Hilton Head, and Capt. Rick Percy of Reel Chance Charters said getting out on even the cold days has proven fruitful. He is finding big schools of redfish on flats that have not typically held big schools in the past several years, and he’s catching them on Gulp! shrimp.
|Huge schools of redfish easy to find in Charleston waters when weather allows
410 Views - Posted: February 12 at 6:00 am
Cold weather has redfish schooling in huge numbers in the inshore waters around Charleston, and while these fish are wary at times, they will bite throughout the day if anglers offer them the right baits and don't disturb them too much. Capt. Geoff Bennett of Charleston Charter Fishing advises fishermen to tackle these schools with a mixture of natural bait and artificial lures.
|Stop paddling and fish!
109 Views - Posted: February 11 at 9:00 am
Palmetto Paddlers have one thing in common — human-powered means of locomotion. Regardless of how you get there, boat positioning — which doesn’t always include coming to a complete stop — can mean the difference between getting on the fish and being out in dead space.
Unlike most powerboats, where a trolling motor would be a priority piece of gear for boat positioning, kayak anglers typically rely on some type of anchoring system to hold the boat still. Anchoring a kayak is easier said than done. Depending on where the anchor is attached often determines which direction you’ll be facing, particularly if wind or current is involved.
|Sheepshead bite on reefs out of Murrells Inlet has been fantastic
439 Views - Posted: February 08 at 6:00 am
Waves of winter weather have been whacking the coastline for five weeks now, but through the periods of snow, ice and freezing temperatures, South Carolina’s climate is resilient offering pleasant weather and calm seas just a few days later. And it makes for a perfect excuse to slip out into the ocean with a fishing rod in hand to catch a limit of sheepshead, aka convict fish, at the nearshore reefs right when they are putting on the feed bag.
|Free-for-all - Free-lining soft-plastic shrimp can keep your trout season open longer
160 Views - Posted: February 01 at 7:00 am
A typical inshore fishing report in March or April might comment that, “The trout fishing is starting to crank back up” after the winter. Fall reports have touted ample available catches of speckled trout “until the water cools off.”
News flash, folks. Unless an extreme cold snap results in a cold-stun and fish kill, plenty of trout are around to be had through the winter and especially in February — you just need to know where to look for them.
To learn how to find and catch them, you turn to an expert like Jeff Yates of TyJo Knot Charters in Mt Pleasant.
“Once the water temperature drops below 60 degrees, that’s what ushers in what I consider to be the free-lining season, the time I free-line an artificial bait deep and slow,” Yates said. “Prior to that, it’s still live-bait season and all the ways you present live bait, but the way I free-line an artificial bait is different. It’s a subtle presentation that works in part because the trout aren’t moving as fast and because the trash fish that would normally hit the bait first are gone.”
|Reports / Forum|
March 01 at 4:15 am | 44 Views
February 11 at 9:51 pm | 63 Views
February 14 at 10:00 am | 69 Views
Yesterday at 12:38 pm | 7 Views
February 13 at 7:26 pm | 179 Views
February 24 at 12:10 am | 94 Views
February 25 at 11:02 am | 91 Views
February 18 at 1:34 pm | 70 Views
February 10 at 11:12 pm | 66 Views
22 hours ago | 7 Views