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Beaufort Trout and Redfish Report

Thursday, October 11th, 2012

Well the days are starting to get shorter and it looks as though it is time to put another summer fishing season behind us. As much as I enjoy the summer fishing, I always look forward to the fall. Not only does the crisp cool weather make boating more enjoyable; but the fall fishing, shrimping and crabbing is unmatched across the board! Right now you can head out at any time of the day, over any tide, and catch something.

 

Inshore Fishing and Nearshore Fishing

The inshore action right now is as good as it gets and will stay this way over the next few months. This is the season that I look forward to all year, and for good reason…the fish are plentiful and they are feeding hard. Most of the backwater creeks are loaded with shrimp and baitfish which is providing an abundance of food for the redfish, speckled sea trout and flounder to fatten up on. With daylight becoming shorter and mild cold fronts pushing through these fish know that the next few months will be their last opportunity to feed hard before the winter season. In other words, they are in what I like to call “feeding mode”. If you want to make things simple just rig up a popping cork with a live mud minnow or shrimp and you will surely find some solid action around the creek mouths, oyster bar and grass edges. This is also a great time of the year to fish a with variety of artificial lures on light tackle spinning gear and fly rods. Generally, I like to use soft plastics which may include weightless jerk baits and tube lures or in deeper water I may fish the same baits behind a 1/4 oz jig head. When it comes to fly fishing you may want to consider the abundance of shrimp that are moving into and out of the marsh and focus on various shrimp patterns. As the water begins to clear we will also have some excellent sight fishing opportunities for redfish while poling the shallow flats. In the shallow water these fish will still be spooky, but with a proper approach and good presentations you should get some explosive strikes!

 

Nearshore and Wreck Fishing

Let’s jump right in and look at one of my all time favorite fisheries: Bull Redfishing. What is a bull redfish?…basically a very large redfish. The South Carolina state record redfish was caught in Murrells Inlet, SC and weighed in at 75.0 pounds. Now thats a big red drum!  As these fish are finishing up their spawn they will flood the sounds and nearshore wrecks through out Beaufort County. We are generally fishing for them in deeper water and with larger tackle. I like to use 20 pound spinning or 30 pound conventional rods with a carolina rig and either a live mullet or menhaden for bait. While fishing for the bull reds also look to catch a variety of other species to include weakfish, bluefish, whiting and black sea bass. In closing, please remember that our fisheries are finite resources and though we all like to take a few fish for the dinner table, a fish released is a fish that can be caught another day.

Beaufort Fishing | Redfish

Captain Charlie Beadon

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Beaufort Fall Fishing Action

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012

Well the days are starting to get shorter and it looks as though it is time to put another summer fishing season behind us. As much as I enjoy the summer fishing, I always look forward to the fall. Not only does the crisp cool weather make boating more enjoyable; but the fall fishing, shrimping and crabbing is unmatched across the board! Right now you can head out at any time of the day, over any tide, and catch something.

Inshore Fishing and Nearshore Fishing
The inshore action right now is as good as it gets and will stay this way over the next few months. This is the season that I look forward to all year, and for good reason…the fish are plentiful and they are feeding hard. Most of the backwater creeks are loaded with shrimp and baitfish which is providing an abundance of food for the redfish, speckled sea trout and flounder to fatten up on. With daylight becoming shorter and mild cold fronts pushing through these fish know that the next few months will be their last opportunity to feed hard before the winter season. In other words, they are in what I like to call “feeding mode”. If you want to make things simple just rig up a popping cork with a live mud minnow or shrimp and you will surely find some solid action around the creek mouths, oyster bar and grass edges. This is also a great time of the year to fish a with variety of artificial lures on light tackle spinning gear and fly rods. Generally, I like to use soft plastics which may include weightless jerk baits and tube lures or in deeper water I may fish the same baits behind a 1/4 oz jig head. When it comes to fly fishing you may want to consider the abundance of shrimp that are moving into and out of the marsh and focus on various shrimp patterns. As the water begins to clear we will also have some excellent sight fishing opportunities for redfish while poling the shallow flats. In the shallow water these fish will still be spooky, but with a proper approach and good presentations you should get some explosive strikes!

Nearshore and Wreck Fishing
Let’s jump right in and look at one of my all time favorite fisheries: Bull Redfishing. What is a bull redfish?…basically a very large redfish. The South Carolina state record redfish was caught in Murrells Inlet, SC and weighed in at 75.0 pounds. Now thats a big red drum! As these fish are finishing up their spawn they will flood the sounds and nearshore wrecks through out Beaufort County. We are generally fishing for them in deeper water and with larger tackle. I like to use 20 pound spinning or 30 pound conventional rods with a carolina rig and either a live mullet or menhaden for bait. While fishing for the bull reds also look to catch a variety of other species to include weakfish, bluefish, whiting and black sea bass. In closing, please remember that our fisheries are finite resources and though we all like to take a few fish for the dinner table, a fish released is a fish that can be caught another day.

Captain Charlie Beadon
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Beaufort Inshore Redfish

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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Inshore Fishing Report for Beaufort, SC

Thursday, August 9th, 2012

The largest and most powerful sport fish migrating through our inshore waters during September 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. On average Lowcountry tarpon run in the 100-150 plus pound range so when you hook into one of these bruisers I would suggest hanging on for the ride. This is also a great month to fish the flats for tailing redfish. We have been catching the tailers regularly on light spinning rods using tube lures and they have also been taking well placed crab and shrimp patterned flies. By now the marsh is flooded with shrimp which is creating a feeding bonanza around the mid tides as the shrimp are being pushed back and forth through the creeks. Fishing with live bait under a popping cork near the grass edges and oyster bars is a sure bet for redfish, speckled sea trout, ladyfish and jack crevalle. We have also been seeing some nice schools of ladyfish and jacks out in open water feeding on glass minnows which has given us some great action on the fly rod. When fish are schooled up and feeding on the surface you can throw just about anything at them and get a take so I have been keeping my 7 weight ready with a small clouser so that when we run across a school of fish we are ready for action. Nearshore, we should still be seeing nice schools of spanish mackerel, blue fish and jacks which can be seen from great distances as they push glass minnows and small squid to the surface. Finally, shrimp season has arrived…if you enjoy eating shrimp, try eating them on the same day that you caught them. Until next time, Catch em Up!

Beaufort, SC Redfish

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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Beaufort, SC Tailing Redfish

Monday, June 25th, 2012

Tailing Redfish

beaufort tailing redfishWithout a doubt we are lucky to have such a great inshore fishery here in the Beaufort area. We have the opportunity to catch redfish on a year round basis on light tackle spinning and fly rods using artificial lures, live bait and flies. Moreover, we use a number of different fishing tactics that would include poling the shallow water mud fats, baiting the oyster bars, grass edges and creek mouths and sight fishing for tailing redfish. Though catching redfish by any method is always fun, sight fishing adds a whole new element! As we approach spring this becomes ever so true as the redfish will begin to flood the shallow short grass flats in search of fiddler crabs and thus marking the beginning of the tailing season. What is a tailing redfish you may ask? As redfish feed along the bottom in shallow waters they dip their noses down to the bottom thus exposing their tails above the surface as they feed. It really is quite a sight to see and gets anglers across South Carolina fired up to go fishing.

Imagine this: Your wading along a shallow short grass flat in mere inches of water as the tide slowly starts to flood in through the spartina grass. In the distance you hear fish crashing through the grass as they push in to feed on fiddler crabs. It doesn’t take long for the tide to flood up above your ankles and as you look down the flat you can see a red tail tipped in blue waving above the surface. Within a few minutes you see another and then another, before you realize it you are in the middle of a red hot tailing bite. The only question now is whether or not you can keep hands from shaking long enough make an accurate cast to place a fly in front of a feeding redfish!

I consider fishing for tailing redfish to be the ultimate hunt with a fishing rod. It really combines the sports of hunting and fishing in the way that we pick out one fish, stalk it until we have the right shot and then fire away with the fishing rod in hopes of getting a bite. Though you can fish for tailing reds out of the boat I prefer to wade fish because you do have an advantage in mobility and a lower profile… plus it really adds to the hunt! As far as tackle I recommend 8-17 pound spinning rods spooled with braided line or an 8 weight fly rod. Most soft plastic lures will work along with small crab fly pattens and even live bait. For wading the flats you simply need an old pair of lace up tennis shoes (lace them tight to keep periwinkles out) and a fanny pack to carry your extra tackle. Good luck and until next time Catch em Up! Captain Charlie

Captain Charlie Beadon

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Beaufort Fishing Forecast for June

Friday, June 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. June 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.

This months feature is Bonnethead Shark Fishing

Beaufort, SC shark fishing

The shallow water flats and estuaries will be teaming with bonnetheads in water so low that you will often have the opportunity to sight fish many of them as they cruise the flats exposing their backs and tails in search of food. Most of these guys average 8-10 pounds and are great fun on light tackle putting on explosive runs and hard bullish head shakes.

Inshore Fishing

Port Royal Sound hosts one of the best spawning grounds for cobia anywhere in the world and the month of June is prime time. Look to have shots at 30-60 plus pound cobia on an average day. Is fly fishing your thing… well then you may want to try your luck with bruiser cobia on the fly rod! While fishing for cobia doesn’t be surprised to also catch spanish mackerel and blue fish. Late June can also be a great time to fish for monster sharks such as; duskies, lemons, bulls, black tips, and spinners. June also hosts some of the best conditions for tailing redfish; it is not uncommon to get shots at 10-15 fish a day. Moreover, tailing redfish provide some of the best fly fishing action of the year. We will also be fishing around the oyster bars and grass edges for redfish, speckled sea trout and flounder.

Offshore Wreck Fishing

As cobia move in and out of the sound they also stage up on the offshore wrecks. In general, the wrecks will hold a larger concentration of big fish during this time of year. Along with cobia expect to catch sharks (some exceeding 200 plus pounds), mackerel 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, SC Tailing Redfish

Friday, May 25th, 2012

Tailing Redfish

beaufort tailing redfishWithout a doubt we are lucky to have such a great inshore fishery here in the Beaufort area. We have the opportunity to catch redfish on a year round basis on light tackle spinning and fly rods using artificial lures, live bait and flies. Moreover, we use a number of different fishing tactics that would include poling the shallow water mud fats, baiting the oyster bars, grass edges and creek mouths and sight fishing for tailing redfish. Though catching redfish by any method is always fun, sight fishing adds a whole new element! As we approach spring this becomes ever so true as the redfish will begin to flood the shallow short grass flats in search of fiddler crabs and thus marking the beginning of the tailing season. What is a tailing redfish you may ask? As redfish feed along the bottom in shallow waters they dip their noses down to the bottom thus exposing their tails above the surface as they feed. It really is quite a sight to see and gets anglers across South Carolina fired up to go fishing.

Imagine this: Your wading along a shallow short grass flat in mere inches of water as the tide slowly starts to flood in through the spartina grass. In the distance you hear fish crashing through the grass as they push in to feed on fiddler crabs. It doesn’t take long for the tide to flood up above your ankles and as you look down the flat you can see a red tail tipped in blue waving above the surface. Within a few minutes you see another and then another, before you realize it you are in the middle of a red hot tailing bite. The only question now is whether or not you can keep hands from shaking long enough make an accurate cast to place a fly in front of a feeding redfish!

I consider fishing for tailing redfish to be the ultimate hunt with a fishing rod. It really combines the sports of hunting and fishing in the way that we pick out one fish, stalk it until we have the right shot and then fire away with the fishing rod in hopes of getting a bite. Though you can fish for tailing reds out of the boat I prefer to wade fish because you do have an advantage in mobility and a lower profile… plus it really adds to the hunt! As far as tackle I recommend 8-17 pound spinning rods spooled with braided line or an 8 weight fly rod. Most soft plastic lures will work along with small crab fly pattens and even live bait. For wading the flats you simply need an old pair of lace up tennis shoes (lace them tight to keep periwinkles out) and a fanny pack to carry your extra tackle. Good luck and until next time Catch em Up! Captain Charlie

Captain Charlie Beadon

843-592-0897

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Beaufort Fishing Forecast for May

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

Fishing Forecast Beaufort, SC

As the days become longer and the air temperature warms up so does the water. As the inshore waters heat up so does the fishing. Look for trout and redfish to become more active and cobia to start moving in.

This month’s feature is Inshore Cobia Fishing

beaufort cobia fishing

Cobia season is right around the corner! For those of you who don’t know this is our biggest fish run of the year and it seems that everyone will be going cobia crazy. With good numbers of 30-60 plus pound fish moving into the river we have good reason to get excited. We have the largest concentration of cobia anywhere on the east coast during the months of May and June as these fish move into our waters to spawn. Cobias have it all, they are great fighters, great table fare and eat most anything that you offer. Many bites come on the bottom, but we also catch quite a few fish on top water lures and the flies.

Inshore Fishing

Port Royal Sound hosts one of the best spawning grounds for cobia anywhere in the world and May is when it all begins. Look to have shots at 30-60 plus pound cobia on an average day. Is fly fishing your thing? Under calm conditions taking one of these bruisers on fly is always an option. While fishing for cobia doesn’t be surprised to also catch spanish mackerel, blue fish and various sharks. Moreover, the shallow water fishing is excellent. Look to catch good numbers of larger sea trout, redfish and flounder around the shell bars and mud flats.

Offshore Wreck Fishing

As cobia move into the sound they also stage up on the offshore wrecks. In general, the wrecks will hold a larger concentration of big fish during this time of year. Along with cobia expect to catch sharks (some exceeding 200 plus pounds), mackeral 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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