Redfish Fishing in Beaufort, SC

Beaufort, South Carolina Redfish Charters

beaufort redfish charters - inshore redfish caught in beaufort, scThroughout the year I do more redfishing charters than any other by far. This is mostly because there are so many redfish around Beaufort and we can fish for them year round. During many charters we are specifically targeting redfish but we will also catch a number of other species such as speckled sea trout, flounder and even sharks. One of the coolest things about redfishing is that there are so many different ways to catch em. Lets take a look at some of the different styles of redfishing that we have in the Beaufort area.

Sight Fishing for Winter Redfish

beaufort redfish guide - pair of beaufort winter redsDuring the winter months the water temperature drops dramatically thus killing off much of the algae and plankton that would normally give our waters a “dirty” look. Without the algae and plankton the cold waters become gin clear with visibility down to six feet or better. Moreover, the cold water drives the redfish into huge schools on shallow flats. I have seen schools of well over 1000 redfish huddled together in a tight ball and laid up in less than a foot of water! Its one of those things that you really can’t miss when you are out sight fishing the flats. Some of my biggest days redfishing with both spin and fly have come from fishing for the schooling reds and in my opinion it is sight fishing at its best.


Sight Fishing for Tailing Redfish

beaufort tailing redfishFor me the start of spring marks some of the best sight fishing of the year… fishing for tailing redfish. By its very nature it would be hard not to get fired up about chasing after tailing redfish. It is what I like to call “hunting with a fishing rod”! As the flats start to warm up the fiddler crabs come out of their holes and the redfish will come up onto these flats in search of a tasty meal. As the reds dip down to feed on the crabs they expose their tails above the surface thus giving away their position. As opposed to our winter redfishing; here we are generally trying to pick out one individule fish and stalk him as he cruises through the shallows feeding on crabs. I have chased after one fish for over 15 minuites until I had the right shot for a hook up. This style of fishing works great with light spinning tackle, but if you like fly fishing it really is the ultimate hunt.

Estuary Redfishing

inshore beaufort redfishRedfish are amazing creatures of habit and as the tide rises and falls they tend to move in and out with the tide staging up in specific areas to feed. Some of the areas that I like to fish within the inshore estuary would include creek mouths, grass edges and oyster bars. These are areas that provide cover and structure for the fish to hang on while at the same time there is a good flow of water pushing small shrimp, crabs and bait fish through for the reds to feed on. Moreover, while fishing around the creek mouths and grass edges we pick up quite a number of speckled sea trout and flounder.

Bull Redfishing

bull redfish caught in beaufort south carolinaRedfish are very long lived fish… living to be over 60 years old!  In all of that time they continuously grow, I guess thats why the South Carolina state record redfish weighed 75.0 pounds. Now that’s a big red! These big redfish are called bull redfish. The average bull redfish will weigh between 25-40 pounds and they are pound for pound one of the hardest fighting fish in the ocean. During the summer months many of the bull reds caught in South Carolina come from the surf, but as we get into late summer these fish flood the Port Royal Sound to the upper reaches of the Broad River. We also find them on offshore hard bottom areas and around offshore wrecks. Once you find them they are often schooled up which can offer some fast paced action!

For More information about redfishing or to set up a guided redfish charter shoot me an e-mail or give me a call. Captain Charlie

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