Cold nights have dropped our inshore water temps down into the mid-lower 50′s, but this is not necessarily a bad thing right now! Cool water temps have our Redfish schooling in large numbers on the shallow low tide flats as they warm themselves in the sun, and are readily taking live minnows and Gulp! shrimp presented to them Sheepshead are also turning on very strong with the colder water. Great reports of sheepshead anywhere from 2-10#’s have been flooding in, with better reports coming from heavy structure located near deep water. Use live fiddler crabs, clam strips, or live shrimp for best results on the tricky sheepshead. Trout reports have tapered off just a hair lately, but some decent numbers are still being found in 6-10ft of water working finesse baits such as the Trout Trick, Zman Streakz in the 3.5″, and of course the always faithful live shrimp fished under a slip float.
Solid bottom fishing reports continue to come in when the wind has allowed the boats to slip out Best part is with the colder weather, most are finding themselves running a shorter distance to get on some good fishing. Sea Bass, triggers, and B-Liners have been found in good size and numbers anywhere from 60-90ft of water using squid, cigar minnows, and an assortment of different style jigs. Only a few boats have slipped out to the deep blue for some trolling recently, but those that did are still reporting back that there are still some nice wahoo hanging around in 150-300ft of water and some blackfin tunas as well in the same depths. Best wahoo reports came from those that went to a more high-speed trolling type of fishing.
Manager – Haddrell’s Point Tackle – West Ashley