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Beaufort, SC March Fishing Report

Thursday, March 19th, 2015

Water temperature is one of the key factors that determines the movements of fish and this is true for the smallest of bait fish all the way up to our apex predators. Overall, I would classify many fish as being either tropical or cold water fish. A good example of a tropical fish would be a snook (not found in South Carolina) as they would die quickly in cold water, whereas stripers would be considered a cold water fish. On the other hand, if you look at a species such as redfish we will see that they are found anywhere from Texas, around the gulf coast and up the east coast from Florida to Virginia so these hardy critters may be considered either warm or cold water fish. In many cases, water temperature will directly coincide with the migration of fish and this may be a north – south migration or even an inshore – offshore migration. Lets look at a few examples: during the winter months many of our flounder and sheepshead migrate from inshore waters to offshore waters primarily because the deeper offshore water offers slightly warmer and more stable water temperatures. An example of a north – south migrator might be the mighty tarpon, these fish visit our waters during mid summer and spend their winters in the tropical waters of south Florida. The point is that each species of fish will react to water temperatures differently and the key for us as fisherman is to study these behaviors and movements to better understand when and where fish will be during different seasons.

Inshore:

We are coming to the end of the winter redfish season. Throughout most of the winter we have been finding the reds schooled up on the flats in huge numbers, but as temperatures start to rise these schools will start to break up and the fish will become more mobile. Moreover, reds that were sluggish to take a bait will be looking for something to eat and readily take a well placed offering. As the fish start to change their behaviors we need to make changes as well. We will still be looking for fish on the shallow flats but also be paying more attention to the grass edges, creek channels and oyster bars with moving current to pitch soft plastics, flies and live baits.

Nearshore Wrecks:

Right now the nearshore wreck and live bottom fishing should be firing off with good numbers of fish and a lot of action! The prime targets on the wrecks throughout March will be sheepshead, sea bass and flounder. In particular, flounder will be staging up on the wrecks in good numbers as they get ready to push back to the estuary. These fish are often overlooked by many anglers but armed with the right tactics and a little patience these fish can provide a great day of fishing. The key thing to remember about flounder is that they will not lay on top of the wrecks…in fact, in many cases they will be 30 feet or more off of the structure. I generally like to drift fish for them dropping buck tail jigs or live minnows on a flounder rig over the slack tide.

January Fishing Report – Beaufort, SC

Thursday, January 1st, 2015

Beaufort RedfishI always find that January is one of my favorite times of the year to fish, especially when it comes to shallow water sight fishing. With cooler water temperatures we will see a dramatic increase in water clarity as most of the algae and plankton dies off. This crystal clear water will allow us to see what we are casting to or “sight fish” thus giving us a bit of an advantage in finding and catching fish…just remember that if you can see the fish they can see you.

Inshore Fishing

Overall, the best action on the inshore waters will come from redfish during this time of the year though there are still a fair number of speckled trout around to give us a little diversity. Many of the other species that we see on our inshore waters during the warmer months have either moved out to deeper water or migrated south for the winter. On the good side however, we have a world class red fishery and some of the most exciting action comes during the cold months! The best redfishing right now can be found on the clear shallow water flats and in most cases the reds will be huddled together in large  schools to keep lots of eyes out for bottle nosed dolphins prowling the flats looking for a redfish snack. It’s not just about finding these fish but also catching them and big schools of fish equals lots of eyes looking out for predators. If one fish sees you the entire school will be alerted so a stealthy approach is paramount. Moreover, you might need to adjust your tactics just a little to elicit a strike by using lighter leaders and smaller baits coupled with long and accurate presentations.

Nearshore, Wreck and Bottom Fishing

Don’t forget about the offshore fishing this month because there is plenty of action out there to keep everyone bowed up. Many of the nearshore wrecks should be getting stacked up with sheepshead as these tasty fish have just moved out of the inshore estuary and are always up for eating well placed crab. Just don’t get frustrated if your bait gets stolen a time or two by these sneaky fish as they have a well deserved reputation for sucking a bait off of the hook without making a bump. I always tell my charter clients to “just be patient” and “keep at it” and we always manage to fool plenty of these bandits by the end of the day! Outside of sheepshead the local wreck sites should also be holding a good number of black sea bass, flounder, bluefish and the occasional bull redfish. As we move out to the live bottom areas look to catch black sea bass, grouper, snapper, triggerfish, porgies and I have even taken a few cobia over the deeper spots during the winter months. With regular cold fronts coming through keep and eye out for clear skies and calm seas. Until next time, Catch em Up!

Beaufort Fishing Forecast for February

Friday, February 1st, 2013

Fishing Forecast Beaufort, SC

Cooler temperatures and clear water generally push most of our inshore fish into deeper water and our offshore fish into a feeding frenzy. This time of the year we look for calm clear days to sight fish the flats or to bottom fish the near and offshore wrecks.

This month’s feature is Lowtide Redfishing

fly fishing for beaufort, sc redfish

As the water temperature drops, redfish will start to school up on crystal clear shallow water mud flats. Flats are areas that have very little bottom contour (flat bottom) over a particular area, and generally offer food and shelter for redfish. During this time it is not uncommon to see schools of 100 or more fish huddled together in a tight area. The main reasons that redfish school up on shallow mud flats in the winter are for protection, warmth, and safety in numbers. During the winter much of the food that dolphins feed on (such as menhaden and mullet) are gone, therefore redfish become a large part of their diet. To keep away from the dolphins redfish will stay in shallow water where the dolphins can’t enter. During midday, mud flats also offer warmth as the sun heats up the dark mud bottom. Finally, by grouping up in a school, redfish have many eyes to look for predators; if one fish sees something out of place it will alert the rest of the school. This is a great time of the year for us to take shots at redfish using both spin and fly fishing gear.

Inshore Fishing

Short days and cooler air drive the water temperature into the low 50s this time of year. Not only does the water become cooler but also crystal clear. As the water cools most fish move into deeper water with the exception of schooling redfish which will huddle together on low tide flats in large numbers. This creates a good opportunity for shallow water sight fishing.

Near and Offshore Wreck Fishing

Some of the best winter time fishing can be done on the wrecks which are located six to twenty miles offshore. On an average day look to catch a variety of fish to include: sheepshead, weakfish, bull redfish, flounder and sea bass. Not only are these fish a lot of fun to catch but also great to eat. Due to the fact that these wrecks are located in open water we generally look for light winds and calm seas to go offshore.

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Beaufort Fishing Forecast for January

Tuesday, January 1st, 2013

Fishing Forecast, Beaufort, SC

Cooler temperatures and clear water generally push most of our inshore fish into deeper water and our offshore fish into a feeding frenzy. This time of the year we look for calm clear days to sight fish the flats or to bottom fish the near and offshore wrecks.

This month’s feature is Trolling for Trout

speckled sea trout fishing in beaufort, sc

For most of the month we will enjoy cool northerly winds and crystal clear waters. This can be a great time to target speckled sea trout in deeper off of oyster bars and more specifically by slow trolling small rapalas and jigs. Just put her in gear, sit back and enjoy the scenery.

Inshore Fishing

Short days and cooler air drive the water temperature into the low 60s this time of year. Not only does the water become cooler but also crystal clear. As the water cools most fish move into deeper water with the exception of schooling redfish which will huddle together on low tide flats in large numbers. This creates a good opportunity for shallow water sight fishing. Given good conditions don’t be surprised to get shots at large schools of fish (sometimes 100 plus fish per school) with light tackle and fly fishing gear.

Offshore Wreck and Bottom Fishing

Some of the best winter time fishing can be done on the wrecks which are located six to twenty miles offshore. On an average day look to catch a variety of fish to include: sheepshead, weakfish, bull redfish, flounder and sea bass. Not only are these fish a lot of fun to catch but also great to eat. Due to the fact that these wrecks are located in open water we generally look for light winds and calm seas to go offshore. We have some of the best bottom fishing in the world and it all comes together in the winter time. It is not uncommon for everybody on the boat to be bowed up on fish all day long…the only question will be “how big is it?”. On our live bottom spots look to catch vermillion and red snapper, grouper, sea bass, cobia, jacks and kingfish.

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Beaufort Fishing Forecast for December

Saturday, December 1st, 2012

Fishing Forecast Beaufort, SC

With shorter days and cooler temperatures most fish are feeding up for the winter and moving to deeper water. With clearing water start to look for clear calm days to sight fish the flats or work the offshore wrecks.

This month’s feature is Schooling Reds

redfishing in beaufort sc

As the days become shorter and temperatures drop the trout and redfish bite will fire off. The redfish will be schooling in huge numbers as they prepare for the upcoming winter months. These fish can feel the cold coming on as the water temperature drops so during late fall you can expect to start catching good numbers of fish as they start to fatten up for winter. The best part is that you don’t have to run far to the fishing grounds, they eat most everything that you put out and did I mention that they are great eating as well…just a little bonus. We use many different tactics to fish for trout and reds; from using live bait, lures, and flies to anchoring on the flats and creeks or sight fishing out of the flats boat.

Inshore Fishing

Can I say “on fire”! This may be the best time of the year to get out and catch inshore redfish. Many fish can be taken by sight fishing the clear shallow flats or by looking for schooling fish pushing around the shell bars. Light spinning tackle and fly rods are the ticket for these guys. There are also good numbers of trout around and quite a few bull redfish in the sound and near the beach.

Wreck Fishing

This is a great time to get out to the near and offshore wrecks. Bull reds and flounder will take over the wrecks this time of year. Also look to catch weak fish and sea bass, snapper and grouper. This is a good time of the year to fish the live bottom areas for big snapper and grouper, jacks and cobia. Large sea bass take over some of the live bottom areas this time of the year. These fish are not only a lot of fun to catch but great to eat as well. If you’re looking for a trip with non-stop action this is it. Due to the fact that these wrecks are located in open water we generally look for light winds and calm seas to go offshore.

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Beaufort Fishing Forecast for November

Thursday, November 1st, 2012

Fishing Forecast Beaufort, SC

As the days become shorter and the temperature slowly drops many fish go into a feeding mode to fatten up for the winter. Some of the best shrimping and fishing of the year is here so let’s sharpen our hooks and mend our nets to get after them.

This month’s feature is Shrimping

beaufort sc shrimping

Coolers and coolers of shrimp! You can boil em, bake em, broil em; put em in a stew…you name it. Shrimp are the fruit of the ocean and we have some of the world’s best shrimping here in our back yards. We generally fish for shrimp by throwing a cast net around the estuary creeks or when the conditions are right we will toss into local deep holes, known as deep hole shrimping. This is a true low country tradition and if you have not had the opportunity to go shrimping I would put it high on the list of things to do.

Inshore Fishing

Bull red fishing is in full swing, these bruisers are everywhere. Look to catch redfish in the 25-40 pound range along good numbers of whiting. Speckled sea trout will be feeding heavily; it’s not uncommon to catch 20-30 trout on a half day trip this time of year. Also look to catch good numbers of red fish as they start to school up on the flats. As the water continues to cool down the deep hole shrimping will be in full swing. Spend a few hours with us catching shrimp the low country way…with a cast net on a pristine fall day.

Wreck Fishing

Bull reds will be all over the wrecks this time of year. Also look to catch good numbers of weak fish (summer trout) and sea bass. This is also one of the best times of the year to fish the live bottom areas for big snapper and grouper, sea bass, jacks and cobia. If you’re looking for a trip with non-stop action this is it. Due to the fact that these wrecks are located in open water we generally look for light winds and calm seas to go offshore.

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Beaufort Fishing Forecast for October

Monday, October 1st, 2012

Fishing Forecast Beaufort, SC

By this time of the year were starting to see our first mild cold fronts which in turn will drive our fall fishing into full swing. The inshore waters are loaded with bait and the fish are taking advantage of this as they begin to feed up for the winter. Weather is less of a factor inshore, and we will still be looking for calm days to venture out towards open water.

This month’s feature is Bull Redfish

beaufort sc bull redfish - monster redfish

When we talk about bull redfish we are referring to the largest of redfish; many weighing over 30 pounds. These bruisers move into our inshore waters after they spawn and are a true trophy fish for any angler. Bull reds are not only sought after for their great size but also for their power as a great fighting bottom fish. This is the last large fish to push into our inshore waters before winter so get out and enjoy a day on the water fishing for the big bulls.

Inshore Fishing

There are still quite a few tarpon around but we will see less of them as the bull redfish move in. Look to catch good numbers of redfish in the 25-40 pound range along with a good numbers of sharks and whiting. This is also a great month to fish the flats for tailing redfish. Moreover, the redfish will be stacked up along the oyster bars and creek mouths.Speckled sea trout will be moving in and feeding heavily; it’s not uncommon to catch 20-30 trout on a half day trip this time of year. Shrimp season is in full swing…if you enjoy eating shrimp, try eating them on the same day that you caught them.

Wreck Fishing

Bull reds will start to take over the wrecks this time of year. Also look to catch good numbers of weak fish (summer trout) and sea bass. This is also one of the best times of the year to fish the live bottom areas for big snapper and grouper, sea bass, jacks and cobia. If you’re looking for a trip with non-stop action this is it. Due to the fact that these wrecks are located in open water we generally look for light winds and calm seas to go offshore.

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Beaufort Fishing Forecast for September

Saturday, September 1st, 2012

Fishing Forecast Beaufort, SC

By this time of the year the water temperature has warmed up significantly and the fishing season is in full swing. July fishing can be summed up in two words, “mixed bag”. There is so much to catch this time of year and the days are so long you may never find yourself at home. Weather is less of a factor inshore, and we will still be looking for calm days to venture out towards open water.

This months feature is Tarpon Fishing

beaufort sc tarpon fishing

The largest and most powerful sport fish migrating through our inshore waters is the mighty silver king. These magnificent fish are sought after world wide for their explosive bites, acrobatic leaps and hard runs. Tarpon are long lived fish, some of the older fish being over 60 years old. Average low country tarpon run in the one hundred plus pound range so when you hook into one of these bruisers I would suggest hanging on for the ride.

Inshore Fishing

If you’re looking to catch a trophy fish this is the time of year to do it. Our inshore waters are holding good numbers of big sharks and tarpon. Look to catch tarpon in the 100 to 150 pound range, these bruisers fight hard and put on a powerful aerial show. This is also a great month to fish the flats for tailing redfish and to work the creek mouths for sea trout and ladyfish. Near shore we have huge schools of spanish mackerel, blue fish and jacks which can be seen from great distances as they push glass minnows to the surface. These fisheries create a good opportunity for those of you who like to toss flies at big fish. Finally, shrimp season has arrived…if you enjoy eating shrimp, try eating them on the same day that you caught them.

Offshore Wreck Fishing

The offshore wrecks are still holding quite a few cobia and king mackerel. Along with cobia and kings expect to catch sharks (some exceeding 200 plus pounds), jacks and various bottom fish. Due to the fact that these wrecks are located in open water we generally look for light winds and calm seas to go offshore.

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Beaufort Fishing Forecast for August

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012

Fishing Forecast Beaufort, SC

By this time of the year the water temperature has warmed up significantly and we’re getting into the dog days of summer. Just because it’s hot don’t think that the fishing will slow down, this is the time of year when we go after the big fish. Weather is less of a factor inshore, and we will still be looking for calm days to venture out towards open water.

This month’s feature is Mackerel

king mackerel caught in beaufort, sc

Kingfish are without a doubt a blast to catch! We call the little guy’s snakes and the big boys smokers, but make no mistake any size king will get your heart racing as it peels off line with blistering runs. These guys are built for speed, and have a set of dentures like a serrated knife set which they use to take pray in open water. Did I mention that they are pretty good to eat as well…you can’t beat grilled or smoked king mackerel.

Inshore Fishing

If you’re looking to catch a trophy fish this is the time of year to do it. Our inshore waters are holding good numbers of big sharks and tarpon. Look to catch tarpon in the 100 to 150 pound range, these bruisers fight hard and put on a powerful aerial show. This is also an excellent month to fish the flats for tailing redfishSight fishing for tailing reds is one of the most exciting inshore fisheries in the low country. Near shore we have huge schools of spanish mackerel, blue fish and jacks which can be seen from great distances as they push glass minnows to the surface. Both of these fisheries create a good opportunity for those of you who like to toss flies at big fish. Moreover, look to catch good numbers of big sea trout, redfish and ladyfish as they feed around the shell bars.

Offshore Wreck Fishing

The offshore wrecks will be holding quite a few cobia and king mackerel. Along with cobia and kings expect to catch sharks (some exceeding 200 plus pounds), jacks and various bottom fish. Due to the fact that these wrecks are located in open water we generally look for light winds and calm seas to go offshore.

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Beaufort Fishing Forecast for July

Sunday, July 1st, 2012

Fishing Forecast Beaufort, SC

With favorable weather conditions our fishing season is well under way. The inshore fishing is only getting better and the offshore bite is still going strong. Moreover, longer days equates to more time on the water. Weather will become less of a factor inshore and we will still be looking for calm days to venture out towards the offshore wrecks.

This month’s feature is Tailing Redfish

Beaufort Redfish - Fly Fishing in Beaufort, SC

Fishing for tailing redfish has got to be one of the most exciting ways to catch fish in the lowcountry, possibly in all of shallow water fishing. This type of fishing combines all fishing skills plus it is very similar to hunting in the way that you stalk the fish. Picture this; you’re on a pristine short grass flat, the water is rising and in the distance you hear water splashing and fish crashing around. As the water rises the splashing gets closer and closer until you look in the distance and see rings of water moving outward form a copper-blue tinged tail. Then another and another…and you realize that you’re in the middle of a hot tailing bite. The only question is can you keep a steady casting hand as your heart races harder with every tail that pops up. This is fishing for tailing reds.

Inshore Fishing

By this time of the year most of the cobia have left the river or are on their way out, but to take their place we have some great shark fishing and the beginning of the tarpon run. This is also a great month to work the flats for tailing redfishSight fishing for tailing reds is one of the most exciting inshore fisheries in the low country. Near shore we have huge schools of spanish mackerel, blue fish and jacks which can be seen from great distances as they push glass minnows to the surface. Both of these fisheries create a good opportunity for those of you who like to toss flies at big fish. Moreover, look to catch good numbers of big sea trout, flounder, redfish and ladyfish as they feed around the shell bars.

Offshore Wreck and Live Bottom Fishing

As cobia leave the sound they move out to the offshore wrecks. In general, the wrecks will hold large concentrations of these fish during this time of year. Along with cobia expect to catch sharks (some exceeding 200 plus pounds), king mackerel, jacks and various bottom fish. The live bottom areas hold a lot of bait this time of year and in turn a good number of game fish. Look to catch quite a few king mackerel and a mixed bag of grouper, snapper and jacks. Due to the fact that these wrecks are located in open water we generally look for light winds and calm seas to go offshore.

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