Light Tackle Fishing

Light Tackle Fishing in Beaufort & Hilton Head, SC

Light Tackle Fishing in Beaufort, SCBeaufort and Hilton Head is a light tackle fishing paradise. Big reds, specks, flounder, cobia, and sharks are just a few of the options available to you on a light fishing gear. I primarily use fast action 6-12 pound class St. Croix rods matched with Penn reels for most of our excursions. I have found that these rods are strong enough to handle big drag screaming reds and sharks back in the marsh but also sensitive enough to give you a good feel on smaller fish such as whiting and speckled sea trout. When we are fishing for bigger species such as cobia, bull reds and sharks we fish 15-20 pound fishing rods. These species can range in size from 15 to well over 100 pounds and they all pull hard so smooth drags and a lot of line capacity is a must on all my heavier rigs. The best ways to enhance any saltwater fishing experience is to properly match your equipment to the size and power of the fish that you intend to catch. This can be a little tricky because you want to use the lightest tackle possible in an effort to have a great battle but at the same time the tackle needs to be strong enough to handle any larger fish that bite the hook.

Styles of Light Tackle Fishing

Huge Jack on Light TackleWe use a number of different techniques to catch fish in saltwater. This may vary from sight fishing with lures to live bait fishing around the tidal creeks, grass edges and oyster bars. For sight fishing we generally push the boat through shallow water perched on elevated platforms giving us a birds eye view of the shallow bottom. When we see fish we get in position to make a presentation…its as much as hunting as it is fishing! We can also sight fish in deeper water for species such as cruising cobia, triple tail or schools of blues, mackerel and jacks feeding on the surface. Sight fishing never gets old, it doesn’t matter how long you have been fishing! When not sight fishing we are generally blind casting the edges using lures or top water baits and depending on where the water level is we also spend do a good bit of live bait fishing. Live bait tactics can produce some our most productive fishing days, though not as glamorous as sight fishing; if you want to bend the rods it’s hard to beat a live minnow or shrimp on the end of the line.

Light Tackle Rigging

sight fishing for tailing redfishYou are more than welcome to bring and use your own light tackle gear, but in most cases we provide our customers with top quality St. Croix spinning rods matched to Penn reels. Depending on the species of fish we are targeting and the time of year, fishing light tackle involves using artificial lures and/or bait. Rigging is of the utmost importance as we move into lighter class tackle. As we use lighter lines, leader and terminal tackle special attention needs to be paid to the condition of the fishing line and knots need to be tied, checked and double checked to ensure that a big fish isn’t lost due to tackle failure. Moreover, some of our battles might last for well over an hour which means that we I keep all of my rods, reels and terminal tackle in top working order to ensure that you have the best chance of landing that fish of a lifetime!


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