With water temps pushing up into the mid to upper 60′s this past week, the fish have been responding accordingly. Most consistent action has been on the spotted sea trout, with average reports of 15-20 fish per trip coming in regularly. More important than the numbers of trout being caught is the size we have been seeing. Great numbers of fish in the 20-22″ range have been common, and quite a few fish exceeding 24″s…officially putting you into that “gator trout” category. Creek mouths and shell rakes in 5-7ft of water have been most consistent on the trout, however many of the large breeder trout have also been found in 10-15ft of water near heavy structure. Live baits such as minnows and shrimp are a cant fail, but artificial baits including the 17MR MirroLures and Zman StreakZ have also been producing very well. Reds are in a bit of transition time of the year, meaning while many fish are still schooling up on the shallow flats, there is also some good action to be had fishing docks and rock piles. Cut mullet, live minnows, and Gulp! shrimp have been the baits of choice lately. Sheepshead are scattered about anywhere from inshore dock pilings to our nearshore reefs a few miles offshore, and while fiddler crabs are always a good bait choice for the sheeps, oysters and live shrimp can and will also produce for you as well.
If you are still putting together the odds and ends on your offshore boat right now, you are starting to miss some great action. Great reports of wahoo this week have been flooding in from the Georgetown Hole and SouthWest banks areas, as well as solid numbers of blackfin tuna. Common reports have been boats with 3-5 wahoo per trip and 3-15 blackfin tuna. Try to find a warm water eddy where you are fishing, and you will be in some great fishing. Pull small baits (sea witches and small chuggers) and cedar plugs for the blackfin, and larger lures with medium or large ballyhoo for the wahoo. While with it being spring the water and where to fish can change daily, best reports have been from 150-200ft of water. Many wahoo have been large, with countless wahoo being caught being over 50lbs and quite a few in the 60-75lb range.
Manager – Haddrell’s Point Tackle – West Ashley