|Three ways to play the weather for better spring redfish catches
951 Views - Posted: March 26 at 6:55 pm
Late March and early April are transition times for the weather and inshore fishing patterns in the Charleston area. What that means to anglers like Capt. Stephen Fields of Fields Fishing Charters is that the fishing can be just as hot from one day to the next, but it will take some trial and error because what works one day may not work the next. This is typical this time of year because a few days of warm weather are usually interrupted by a cold front, rain or windy weather, all of which have an impact on the fish. Fields said knowing a few strategies will keep anglers on the redfish until the weather becomes more stable.
|Stripers make big appearance in lower Waccamaw River
358 Views - Posted: March 26 at 2:05 pm
From cold nights to hot days, the weather continues to bring unpredictable conditions for anglers, but one faithful participant finally showed up in the lower Waccamaw River over the last few days and in a big way: striped bass.
|Huge black drum, released alive, was likely new state record
3369 Views - Posted: March 23 at 10:39 am
Andrew Demas of Charleston was targeting black sea bass on Sunday, March 15, when he ran out to the Charleston Inshore Reef with his parents, Geri and Bill, to try out their new boat. The big catch of the trip, however, was a huge black drum that would almost certainly have broken the state record had they not released it.
|Nearshore reefs off Grand Strand are full of hungry sheepshead
624 Views - Posted: March 20 at 7:00 am
The ocean is finally heating up in more ways than one. Not only is the water temperature finally creeping above 50 degrees, the sheepshead bite along the nearshore reefs within sight of the Myrtle Beach skyline is hot, with several captains reporting double-digit catches on a frequent basis.
|Sight-fishing for shallow, low-tide reds sticking cranking along at Georgetown
537 Views - Posted: March 18 at 7:30 am
Redfish are in the shallow waters around Georgetown and Winyah Bay, and according to Steve Roff of Barrier Island Guide Service, fishermen are sight-fishing, doing well on sunny days with a little wind.
|Weather is a key factor in catching jetty redfish
70 Views - Posted: March 15 at 8:00 am
A nice, sunny spring day on the water feels good to the fishermen, but even more important, a warming trend can actually improve fishing, especially at the jetties that line Little River Inlet.
|Picture the bottom
93 Views - Posted: March 15 at 8:00 am
From fishing in 8 inches of water for tailing redfish to deep-dropping for swordfish in 750 feet of water, knowing and understanding what is down below is crucial on a fishing trip. Anglers need to invest in a high-definition sounder to produce clean images of the bottom to fully appreciate the possibilities and of course, catch more fish.
|Tips for better slack-tide inshore action
534 Views - Posted: March 11 at 5:03 pm
Experienced saltwater anglers know that the best times to fish are usually when the tide is moving either in or out, but savvy anglers don’t just head to the dock shore when the tide is slack. Although the fishing is tougher, being on the water then doesn’t have to be a total loss. Capt. Rick Percy of Reel Chance Charters in Beaufort has a few tips that will make your slack-tide fishing time more productive.
|For late-winter success, find the food and you'll find the inshore fish
516 Views - Posted: March 02 at 11:03 am
Over the past couple of months, the weather has been a little less than suitable for most anglers, but with good weather right around the corner, fishermen read to beat cabin fever can expect some action. And the best way to find fish will be to find where the bait is – and that’s often much easier.
|Jerk on a jetty red - As winter gets ready to leave and spring to arrive, redfish action cranks up around Little River jetties
90 Views - Posted: March 01 at 7:00 am
After a long winter, fishermen can find a strong fishery cranking into high gear as the spring thaw approaches. For light-tackle anglers familiar with the rock jetties that straddle the North Carolina-South Carolina state line can expect a fantastic redfish bite along the rocky fringes of Little River Inlet.
|Try these four tips to catch more winter sheepshead in South Carolina waters
1104 Views - Posted: February 26 at 6:38 am
The sheepshead bite in the Beaufort area has been pretty hot for anglers willing to put in the time during the cold weather. A fiddler crab jigged straight down beside a bridge piling along with some patience is about all it takes to get a bite from these saltwater panfish, but anglers looking to increase their hookup ratio will see good results if they follow a few tips from John Long of Lady’s Island. Long doesn’t mind dedicating a full day to pursuing sheepshead exclusively, and he’s learned a few tricks over the past few decades.
|Bomber Saltwater Grade Mullet
85 Views - Posted: February 23 at 9:00 am
Give Theophile Bourgeois a new artificial lure with so much upside to it and he’s as happy as speckled trout and redfish chasing tasty mullet.
|North Inlet marshes are full of reds, but not of fishermen
882 Views - Posted: February 20 at 8:29 am
Despite the bitter cold, anglers are taking advantage of a strong redfish bite in the marshes North Inlet are reaping the rewards with daily double-digit catches. And Capt. Tommy Scarborough of Georgetown Coastal Adventures has been right in the middle of the action.
|Mount Pleasant Pier regular sets "ultralight" sheepshead record
2403 Views - Posted: February 16 at 6:01 pm
Gerald Grenier, aka “Jigging Jerry” landed an “ultra-light” pier record sheepshead – a 9-pound, 1-ounce fish – at the Mount Pleasant Pier on Jan. 29.