The weather may be about as inconsistent as it gets here lately, but the fishing certainly is not! A very strong sheepshead bite on fiddler crabs, clams, and live shrimp has been at the top of the fishing list recently with great reports coming in from the jetties, bridge pilings, and almost any other heavy structure that is located near deep water channels. Reds have begun to school up in large numbers on the shallow low tide flats now that the water temps have dropped down into the 50′s, with live minnows and Zman scented Ultra Shrimp being go-to baits. Trout are still being found along shell rakes and grass edges near high tide and will eagerly take soft plastics this time of year…and a great way to locate these schools of trout is to slowly troll 4″ paddle tail grubs down the bank until you get “bit”. Once you find a couple fish trolling for the trout, begin casting to that area and slowly work your baits along the bottom. More times than not, if you find 2 fish, you will likely find many more.
Now that mother nature has finally allowed some boats to slip out to the bluewater recently, we have had several good reports of boats high-speed trolling for wahoo with good success along the ledge in 150-200ft of water. We are also still hearing of some blackfin tuna being found in the same water depths trolling cedar plugs and and small skirts over ballyhoo. Bottom fishing in 70-90ft has been yielding solid reports of triggerfish and large sea bass, as well as some decent grouper reports using live baits and butterfly jigs.
Manager – Haddrell’s Point Tackle – West Ashley