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Beaufort, SC Tarpon Fishing

Friday, December 7th, 2012

December: Win or Lose – Tarpon Fishing

For some reason most of my fishing mishaps have something to do with a tarpon. These guys are so unpredictable that you never know what’s going to happen. One of my favorite things to do used to be catching juvenile tarpon out of the South Florida canals from my canoe. It was a simple enough process, I would paddle along until I saw a fish roll and pitch a bait on the swirl; most of the time the bite would soon follow. On this particular day I was fishing with my brand new Abu Garcia bait casting combo that I had finally saved the money to purchase and I was ready for action. It didn’t take long to find my first fish. I eased into position and placed the perfect cast just after the fish gave away his position. With a quick bite I wound tight and jabbed back to set the hook. “Game on” I though as the 15 pound fish screamed across the canal and came up for a head shake. No sooner than I thought that I had the upper hand the fish turned and came right for the boat and with one leap cleared the canoes low freeboard and flopped right onto the deck! This was not how I saw this whole thing playing out, but in the excitement I managed to flip the canoe and both the fish and I went overboard. It all happened so fast that I still see it as a blur, but what I do remember is seeing fishing rod sinking slowly, but well within reach. As I grabbed for it the fish came tight and took off, taking my brand new combo with him. Chalk one up for the fish! I had to paddle back with no fish, no rod, and sopping wet in the middle of winter, but what can you do; that’s fishing. To hear more tails of whoppers and mishaps give me a call and let’s put together a fishing trip and until then “catch em up”!

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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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Tarpon Fishing Action in Beaufort, SC

Tuesday, August 7th, 2012

Leaps and Bounds-Beaufort, SC Tarpon Fishing

It’s another summer day on the water and with questions about passing afternoon storms we decide to head out on a monster tarpon quest. As I set the anchor I catch a glimpse of a tarpon boiling up on a passing school of menhaden from the corner of my eye. I know that he is probably not alone so I hurry back to the pit to get my baits out and establish a chum line. With in a few minutes we have a full spread of baits out and were waiting for the big bite…and we wait…and wait…and wait until I start to wonder if were going to get a bite at all. With tarpon feeding all around the boat but nothing as much as sniffing our offerings, we get ready to move. As were pulling in our lines the top long bait goes down hard! The line is dumping off of the reel so fast that I worry were going to get spooled, “there he is, he’s jumping”! The fish is out about 150 yards putting on a great ariel show, but at this point I’m looking to dump the anchor and go after this fish. The first moments of the bite will usually dictate as to whether or not you’re going to catch the fish, and we were lucky on this trip to keep him glued until we could motor up and give him chase. We fight the fish for just over an hour; he gets a little, then we get a little, but that’s the way it goes when you’re dealing with a 150 pound fish that’s fighting for its survival. After a hard fight and a quick photo we release the worn out tarpon back to the water for another day. To hear more tails of whoppers and mishaps give me a call and let’s put together a fishing trip and until then “catch em up”!

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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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