Being the avid trout fisherman I am, now is the time of year that I look forward to most! Large “gator” trout are most abdundant in the spring time, and so far 2013 is proving no different. Though the month of May has always been my favorite time for big trout in 22″ plus range, April has already seen quite a nice run of quality fish well over 20″s. Target structure and feeder creeks with a good current flow in 4-8ft of water. Baits such as live shrimp and live menhaden are always a cant fail, but artificials such as the Trout Trick and Zman PaddlerZ can and will also produce many trout. The majority of our redfish have transitioned from large winter schools over to smaller pods of fish, but this means they are readily available to anglers fishing all kinds of habitat. From fishing under docks at low tide, to tailing redfish at high water up in the grass flats, the reds can be found almost anywhere. As always, live minnows and cut mullet are a sure bet but don’t over look artificial baits such as Gulp! Jerkshads, chatterbaits, and DOA shrimp. Bluefish have begun schooling up in the harbor and around the Charleston Jetties, a sure bet for fast action. A #00 clarkspoon or 1/2oz casting jig should be all you need to tangle with these saltwater pirahnas.
The past few weeks on the offshore side, when the wind would allow, yielded some great reports of wahoo and blackfin tuna. Well as of this past week, you can now add a solid Dolphin bite to the hoos and tuna as well. The handful of boats that were able to slip out the past 5 or 6 days with a weather window came back with typical reports of 5-15dolphin per boat, in addition to decent numbers of wahoo and blackfin thrown in the fish box with the dolphin as well. While the blackfin and wahoo have been targeted most in 140-250ft of water, some of the better dolphin reports were out a little deeper in the 400-600ft range….or wherever they were able to find a decent temp break.
Manager – Haddrell’s Point Tackle – West Ashley