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Beaufort Fishing Report

Saturday, June 7th, 2014

The fishing has been heating up around Beaufort, SC over the past few weeks! We have been catching a number of redfish, specks and flounder along with some nice ladyfish and bluefish on light tackle around the grass edges and oyster bars back in the estuary. Moreover, the redfish have been tailing up on the flats which has made for some excellent sight fishing on both spin and fly fishing gear. The cobia migration was overall pretty poor this past season and is now coming to an end…I guess that you really can’t go out and keep all of the big spawning fish year after year and expect the fishery to sustain itself (my opinion anyhow), but thats why I have had strict boat limits and been releasing the big females for years. I just wish that others would have been more responsible in that department!! In their place, we have been catching some really nice sized sharks plus a number of whiting and mackerel out in the deeper waters of the sound and I would expect to start catching more black drum and even larger sharks here soon as well. Thanks for reading and until next time, Catch em Up! Captain Charlie

Bonnethead Shark on Fly

July Nearshore Fishing Report

Monday, July 15th, 2013

Nearshore and Wreck Fishing:

As the cobia migrate out the rivers and sounds tarpon will be migrating in to take their place. These fish average over 100 pounds and put up a spectacular fight. Also known as the silver king, tarpon are most well known for their aerial acrobatics when hooked. Along with tarpon we will see some of the best shark fishing of the season. Most of the sharks that we catch range in size from 20-100 pounds and may include species such as bonnetheads, black tips and lemon sharks. On the other hand sharks such as hammerheads, tigers and bull sharks may go over 500 pounds…not for the faint of heart! Around the rivers and off of the beach look to catch good numbers of spanish mackerel by using live bait and trolling tactics. Moreover, if you are looking for a true drag screamer then you might want to head out to catch king mackerel. These fish are most commonly found around the offshore wrecks and live bottom areas and can be caught by bump trolling live bait. As you can see there is no shortage of fishing options right now so let gear up and hit the water. Until next tim, Catch em Up!

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Beaufort Fishing Report for July

Sunday, July 7th, 2013

July Fishing Report

One of the most common questions that I get throughout the year is “are we going to be fishing in saltwater?”. My answer is always “Yes but more specifically we are fishing in a Saltwater Tidal Estuary”. Moreover, the Beaufort and Hilton Head areas are unique in the way that our estuary receives very little freshwater influx and thus we have virtually no brackish water. Basically speaking all of the water that we see moving back and forth each day is tidal water that is flowing to and from the ocean. Our estuary provides food and safety for juvenile fish such as redfish, specked sea trout, flounder and sharks to grow and also provides us with a wonderful playground to enjoy the outdoors and wet a line.

 

Inshore Fishing:

July fishing gives us a real mixed bag of different species to fish for. Our top inshore targets will be redfish, speckled sea trout and flounder. These fish can be caught using a number of techniques to include: walking topwater plugs, jerking soft plastics, jigging, fly fishing and drifting live baits under popping corks. As for redfish, we are at the top of the tailing season which is by far the most exciting way to chase reds! As the high tide spills over marsh grasses and onto hard packed sand the redfish will push in to feed on small fiddler crabs…a redfish in no more than a few inches of water with its nose stuck in the bottom and tail waiving high is quite a sight to see. We will also be seeing schools of ladyfish, jack crevalle and bluefish in shallower water throughout the month. These fish might be feeding on anything from glass minnows to menhaden and can be a blast to catch on both light spin and fly fishing tackle.

Beaufort Redfish

Beaufort Wreck Fishing

Saturday, June 15th, 2013

Nearshore and Wreck Fishing:

The best action around our nearshore waters right now is cobia and shark fishing. These fish generally frequent the same areas so it is not uncommon to have a shark hooked up on one line while fighting a 40 pound cobia on the other. These fish are large and in charge so you had best be prepared if you plan on bringing them boat side. Everything starts with matching your tackle – I use 20-30 pound class spinning and conventional rod combos (larger for big sharks) lined up with 50 pound braid and a beefy monofilament or wire leader. Along with cobia and sharks we will also be catching good numbers of whiting, black sea bass, blue fish and spanish mackerel. What more can I say…everything has sprung to life. Until next time, Catch em Up!

 

Beaufort Fishing Charters - Cobia

Beaufort Inshore Fishing Report

Thursday, June 6th, 2013

As we get deeper into the spring fishing season we will see an abundance of life all around us while out on the water. You might notice that the water clarity has gone from gin clear to “dirty” green-brown…this, in fact is not dirt or mud but rather microorganisms such as algae and plankton that are growing in our warm ocean water. These microbes form the base of the food chain for all other species by providing food for small baitfish and shrimp which in turn provides food for larger fish, birds and even us. I generally look at the warmer months as a time for life to flourish here in the Lowcountry and that in turn can equate to some red hot fishing!

 

Inshore Fishing:

On the inshore waters there is a lot of action right now. The redfish, speckled sea trout and flounder will be on the prowl and feeding heavily around most any “fishy looking area”. When I say fishy, I am talking about spots that have a combination of four things: spartina grass, oyster beds, feeder creeks and moving water. The spartina grass and oyster beds provide cover and/or structure for the fish conceal themselves while the water flowing in and out of the creeks provide a constant flow of food – to – and – from the marsh. As the water moves in and out of the marsh predator fish such as trout, redfish and flounder will hold up to feed on the abundance of baitfish that are moving with the current…its like a baitfish buffet. We will also be catching a number of other species around these same areas to include: bluefish, jack crevalle lady fish and small sharks. Speaking of sharks, June is one of the best months to catch bonnet head sharks in shallow water. These sharks average between 10-15 pounds and are a blast to catch on light spinning rods and even fly fishing tackle. My favorite tactic to catch bonnet head sharks is to quietly pole the boat near them while they are pushing around in shallow water and sight cast using shrimp, crabs and fly patterns.


Beaufort Fishing Guide - Redfish

Beaufort Fishing Report

Friday, May 3rd, 2013

Spring is finally here and with the exception of a possible late cold front we should be moving out of our winter fishing patterns and into our summer patterns. With longer days and raising temperatures the fishing should be firing up on both our inshore and offshore waters. By mid month look for the water temperature to start to hover around 70 degrees and with the warming water there will be plenty of hungry redfish, speckled sea trout and flounder around looking for something to eat. Moreover, by mid April we should see the first of our cobia start to arrive so lets get ready for some red hot action this month!

 

Inshore Fishing:

This is a great time of the year to be an inshore fisherman. The water is still relatively clear so sight fishing is a strong possibility while at the same time the redfish are eating more aggressively plus the trout and flounder are starting to move back into the grass to feed. Need I say more? For the most part I will start to concentrate most of my fishing efforts around the oyster bars and grass edges and especially concentrate on fishy looking areas where there is a lot of moving water…these fish are looking to feed-up right now and the best place to find food is in areas where bait fish are being swept through with the moving current. This is a great time of the year to play around with different types of lures and flies and if you are looking for an explosive bite try working a topwater bait such as a zara spook or gurgler near the grass edges. I have have such explosive surface bites during April that I nearly fell out of the boat!

 

Nearshore and Wreck Fishing:

The nearshore and wreck fish should only continue to get better and better as we move through April. This is one of my favorite months to catch sheepshead and they will be staging up on both the nearshore wrecks and around inshore docks and pilings. If you are looking to catch sheepshead a live fiddler crab on a sharp 2/0 hook is hard to beat. We will also be looking for the arrival of the cobia. These are migratory fish that start to come into our waters around mid April and stay though about July. These are large powerful fish with a veracious appetite and if you plan to tangle with a cobia I would recommend that you beef up your gear to 20-30 pound class spinning and conventional rods. We also catch a good number of cobia on the fly rod, for this I generally use a 10 wt for smaller fish and a 12 wt for larger fish. April is an excellent time of the year to enjoy the outdoors so lets take advantage of the weather and head out fishing!

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Beaufort, SC Fishing Report

Sunday, March 17th, 2013

Beaufort Fishing Report

With a most of the winter season behind us, we should be looking at warmer days and raising water temperatures throughout March. This is one of those times of the year that we generally look at as a transition period. Many of our inshore species such as redfish, speckled sea trout and flounder will start to become more active and the nearshore fishing should only continue to be excellent with sheepshead, bluefish and drum holding over the wrecks and live bottom.

 

Inshore:

Throughout most of the winter we have primarily been sight fishing for schooling redfish in shallow water. Early in the month this pattern should hold true but as temperatures rise these schools should start to break up. Though we will still be looking for large groups of reds we will also start to turn our attention to fishing around the oyster bars and grass edges with moving water. Live bait under popping corks will again be a great choice to hook up with these fish but fan casting with lures and flies will work as well. Along with redfish the specs and flounder should start to get active again…in many cases all three species can be caught in the same spots using the same baits and tactics. The key to inshore fishing this time of the year is to change tactics regularly to keep up with the changing patterns of the fish. For example; you might find that during the colder mornings the fish will be a bit sluggish, thus you will want to work your baits at a snails pace but as you get later into the day the fish will become more aggressive allowing us to cover more water while looking for harder reaction bites.

 

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! One of my prime targets on the wrecks throughout March will be sheepshead. Sheepshead are also known as “convicts” due to their vertical black and white stripes and stealthy bait stealing ability. These fish are a blast to catch and also make for great table fare. The only issue that we have been having in sheepshead fishing this year has been the huge number of black sea bass that have taken over the bottom. In some cases the sea bass have been so thick that catching anything else has become near impossible. Though fun to catch, sea bass are closed to harvest so in most cases when these guys take over it might be best to change locations. Moreover, it never hurts to keep a big minnow or cut bait on the bottom around the wrecks and ledges as there are a good number flounder, grey trout, blue fish and drum out there right now.

With a most of the winter season behind us, we should be looking at warmer days and raising water temperatures throughout March. This is one of those times of the year that we generally look at as a transition period. Many of our inshore species such as redfish, speckled sea trout and flounder will start to become more active and the nearshore fishing should only continue to be excellent with sheepshead, bluefish and drum holding over the wrecks and live bottom.  Inshore: 	Throughout most of the winter we have primarily been sight fishing for schooling redfish in shallow water. Early in the month this pattern should hold true but as temperatures rise these schools should start to break up. Though we will still be looking for large groups of reds we will also start to turn our attention to fishing around the oyster bars and grass edges with moving water. Live bait under popping corks will again be a great choice to hook up with these fish but fan casting with lures and flies will work as well. Along with redfish the specs and flounder should start to get active again…in many cases all three species can be caught in the same spots using the same baits and tactics. The key to inshore fishing this time of the year is to change tactics regularly to keep up with the changing patterns of the fish. For example; you might find that during the colder mornings the fish will be a bit sluggish, thus you will want to work your baits at a snails pace but as you get later into the day the fish will become more aggressive allowing us to cover more water while looking for harder reaction bites.  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! One of my prime targets on the wrecks throughout March will be sheepshead. Sheepshead are also known as “convicts” due to their vertical black and white stripes and stealthy bait stealing ability. These fish are a blast to catch and also make for great table fare. The only issue that we have been having in sheepshead fishing this year has been the huge number of black sea bass that have taken over the bottom. In some cases the sea bass have been so thick that catching anything else has become near impossible. Though fun to catch, sea bass are closed to harvest so in most cases when these guys take over it might be best to change locations. Moreover, it never hurts to keep a big minnow or cut bait on the bottom around the wrecks and ledges as there are a good number flounder, grey trout, blue fish and drum out there right now.  For More information on these topics please check out these links:  http://www.beaufortsportfishing.com http://www.beaufortsportfishing.com/beaufort-fishing-charters-beaufort-fishing-guides-beaufort-south-carolina http://www.beaufortsportfishing.com/redfishing-and-redfish-charters-in-beaufort-sc

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Beaufort Fishing Report | February Fishing Action

Monday, February 11th, 2013

Well, we are smack in the middle of the winter fishing season and you might be wondering what to fish for but not real sure if it’s too cold to get a bite but I can assure you that the fish still bite when it gets cold. In fact, we have been enjoying some really good fishing both inshore and on the nearshore wrecks over the past few months.

Inshore:

Right now our target inshore fishery is by far redfish and they have been biting very well. These fish are still schooled up on the shallow flats which have been providing us with excellent sight fishing opportunities over the past few months. Though we have been doing well with light spinning tackle the fly fishing has been exceptionally good so let’s take a deeper look at what it takes to have success with the fly. The three most important factors to consider while fly fishing for winter redfish are: Tackle, Presentation and Fly Selection. As for tackle; I generally use a 9 foot 8 weight fly rod which is pretty standard for most inshore saltwater fishing. For winter fishing you need to pay special attention to the line and choose one that is specifically designed for cold water fishing (I generally change out my summer and winter lines when the air temperatures start to hover above or below 75 degrees). Additionally, try using as longer leader to keep from spooking these fish in clear water. Presentation is equally important and being proficient with the saltwater quick cast will pay off big in getting the fly to fish quickly before they see you or the boat. In practice; work on dropping the fly at 50-60 feet with no more than three false casts. As for fly selection I generally like to use smaller flies (3-5 inches) with more natural colors such as olive, black and brown because of the ultra clear water clarity…remember the fish can see better in this clear water too!

Nearshore and Offshore Wreck:

Right now the best action around the nearshore wrecks is sheepshead fishing. On the other hand, many of the fish that we would generally like to target during this time of the year have been closed down. These species would include: grouper, red snapper, bee liners and black sea bass…what can I say, there are plenty of them out there but all restricted to harvest. I have always been a very conservative fisherman (as have most of us) but have been left scratching my head as to why many of these fisheries have been completely closed. One backlash that I can see because of these regulations are that they will ultimately put more pressure on the fish that we can still keep such as sheepshead and even inshore fish. In the end, I feel that it will be up to each of us as recreational anglers to stay with in the law considering closed fisheries while still showing restraint with the fisheries that are still open.

Captain Charlie Beadon

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Fly Fishing for Bull Redfish

 

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 Report – Winter Redfish and Sheepshead

Monday, January 7th, 2013

Of all of the changes that we are seeing with the oncoming winter fishing, the one thing that will make the greatest difference in our efforts is the water clarity. Over most of the year we are basically guessing as to whether or not we are casting to fish or lifeless shoreline but throughout the cold season we will generally be able to see the fish before ever making a cast. This is a two way street however…if we can see them then they can surely see us so a stealthy approach will pay big dividends while fishing over the next few months.

 

Inshore Fishing

 

For the most part, over the upcoming months our fishing will consist of redfish, redfish and more redfish as many of the other inshore species that we normally see have either gone deep or migrated south. This is not such a  bad thing considering that the redfish action will be world class to say the least as we will primarily be sight casting in crystal clear water using light spinning tackle and fly fishing outfits. Moreover, the reds will be schooled up in tight balls on the flats which makes for some very exciting fishing. These fish will be super sensitive to any disturbances in the water so a slow quiet approach and good bait presentation is extremely important. During this time of the year I downsize everything from my leader to hook size and tend to move my baits at a snails pace to elicit a strike. A super stealthy approach will be just as important as the terminal tackle that we use. In some cases I will lead the redfish schools by better than 20 feet to ensure that the bait does not spook them as it hits the water. Furthermore, fly fishing can be especially effective with spooky redfish because a properly presented fly will generally land softly on the water as most flies are much smaller and lighter that standard casting lures.

 

Nearshore, Wreck and Bottom Fishing

 

In my opinion one of the tastiest fish that swims through our waters is the sheepshead. These black and white bait stealers will be staging up over most any hard structure off of the beach and will range in size from one to fifteen pounds. Sheepshead have very hard teeth plus their inner mouths and throats are lined with hard crushers used to scrape barnacles and crush crabs. Considering the armored mouths of these fish, sharp hooks are the key to putting them on the end of the line…basally if you run you hook point across your fingernail and it does not easily catch then the hook is not sharp enough. 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. Is it too cold to fish this month? Not really; just look for calm clear days and bending a rod shouldn’t be an issue!

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