Cold water does not always equal a slow fishery here in the lowcountry! January provides a great time of year for the avid fly fisherman to sneak up in the shallows to sight cast to schooling redfish, as those reds will push onto the shallow water mud flats on a sunny day to warm themselves (water temps often will be 4 or 5 degrees warmer on a shallow mud flat as the dark mud absorbs the sunlight). Even if you are not an avid fly fisherman, try taking some live mud minnows or a Gulp! 3″ shrimp on some spinning gear into the shallows, you might be surprised at how well some of these reds will take a bait this time of year. In addition to the shallow water reds, winter brings on a solid sheepshead bite as well anywhere from the jetties, to local bridge pilings, to our nearshore reefs. Live fiddlers are a sure bet for some sheepshead action, but do not overlook a live shrimp or even a shucked raw oyster for bait. Trout begin to get a little lethargic with water temps in the lower 50′s, but can still be found in deep holes at low tide using a finesse style lure and fishing them very slow.
Winds howling from the W lately have kept boats at the dock, but before this string of windy days several boats were able to get out and do a little bottom bumping as well as some high speed trolling along the ledge. Bottom reports in 60-90ft consisted of plenty of sea bass, triggers, and the usual porgies and grunts. High speed trolling produced some wahoo last week, and while I did not hear of any major catch numbers, the fish that were caught were good sized hoos in the 40-60# class.
Manager – Haddrell’s Point Tackle – West Ashley
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