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Beaufort Fishing Report for July

Wednesday, July 8th, 2015

We have finally gotten into the summer fishing season and the fishing action has been red hot across the board. Due to warm waters and plenty of baitfish we have seen a mixed bag of fishing opportunities on both the inshore and nearshore waters. Whether you are a light tackle enthusiast looking for a quiet outing in the backwaters, a big game fisherman looking for something large to pull on or planning a family fishing adventure this a great time to get out on the water.

Inshore Fishing:

My first option on most inshore fishing trips right now would be to target redfish, speckled trout and flounder. These fish will will be plentiful around many of the grass edges, creek mouths and oyster bays as they forage for small bait fish and shrimp washing in and out with the tidal currents. In many cases, using live or cut bait will work very well but lures such as spoons, jerk baits and topwater walking baits can be very effective as well. Along with the “big three” we should also get plenty of rod bending action from a mix of ladyfish, jack crevalle, bluefish, shark and spanish mackerel. It is not uncommon to catch any or all of these species in one spot if you get lucky and hit it right! The jacks, ladyfish, blues and mackerel are also know to surface feed over open flats and will give away their position by churning the surface as they push smaller baitfish to the top which provides us with some great rod bending action using small topwater lures and flies. In the shallows, we will also be looking for tailing redfish throughout the month. In my opinion, chasing tailing reds in mere inches of water is one of the most exciting ways to chase fish in the Lowcountry! Given the fact that we can see the fish as they graze along the bottom looking for crabs we will get great shots at these fish with both light tackle spinning gear and  fly rods.

Nearshore Fishing:

In the deeper waters around the Sounds and larger river systems the summer action provides us with many larger fish such as giant jack crevalle, big sharks and tarpon. In many cases we will be live bait fishing for these species using 15-30 pound class spinning and conventional outfits. These fish are large and in charge so if you get hooked up with one of these bruisers I would recommend that you hang on and get ready for a long battle! We should also be seeing schools of spanish mackerel and bluefish along the shoals which can provide fast paced action as these fish will be feeding heavily on or near the surface. In may cases, we will be casting plugs and flies directly into the middle of the schools of fish in hopes of getting a strike and considering that these fish are very aggressive on the bite and put up a great fight they are one of my favorite summer fishing options!

Beaufort Fishing Report for June

Wednesday, July 8th, 2015

We are finally into our summer fishing season! With water temperatures becoming more stable and a huge influx of baitfish the action should be outstanding with a mixed bag of various fish species and feisty sharks on both the inshore and nearshore waters. Given the hotter afternoons I would generally recommend fishing the shallow waters during the lower light of the morning or evening hours and save mid day for deeper water bottom fishing.


The shallow water sight fishing will still be good as we move into summer but rather than fishing around the low tide we will be focusing more attention to the high tide redfishing. With good summer tides the reds will be able to push way back into the marsh up to the short grass flats where they can pick at fiddler crabs along the bottom. In many cases they will be feeding in such shallow water that we will be able to see the fishes tails popping out of the water as they feed (thus the name tailing redfish). This is a very exciting way to catch fish as we will be able to see the fish before ever making a cast which is great for light tackle and fly fishing enthusiasts! Outside of fishing for tailer’s we will have good shots at reds along the grass edges, oyster bars and creeks mouths. Along with reds also look to catch good numbers of speckled trout, flounder, jacks, ladyfish, bluefish and various sharks. I many cases, live or cut bait will take any of these species but working soft plastics or topwater lures along the edges will can be very productive as well! As a note: remember that the speckled trout are spawning during the summer so releasing the larger “row” trout ensures that we will have a great trout fishery for years to come.

Nearshore Wrecks: whiting, spanish, blues, shark, cobia

There is so much bait pouring into our area right now and behind the bait you can bet that there will be large gamefish and plenty of sharks to pull on. Along the beach and rips we will start to look for schools of bluefish and spanish mackerel as they crash the surface feeding on smaller baits. Moreover, there should still be a good number of cobia floating around on both the nearshore waters and on the offshore wrecks. If you are looking for some table food then placing shrimp on the bottom for whiting is the way to go; these fish don’t get very big but for what they lack in size they make up for as being excellent eating. And then there is the shark fishing! If you just want to pull on something big there will be plenty of sharks around to catch. We have 17 different shark species that average in size from 10-100 pounds plus a few monsters such as bull, tiger and hammer head that can push well over 500 pounds!

Beaufort Fishing Report for May 2015

Friday, May 1st, 2015

Spring is now in full swing and with the exception of a possible late cold snap we should be seeing an influx of new fishing opportunities. With water temperatures moving into the mid 70s our resident fish will surely become much more active while many migrating fish will be moving into our waters. Redfish, speckled trout, flounder, cobia, shark and triple tail are just a few of the fish that we will be targeting this month and with perfect spring weather its that time to head back to the outdoors!

Inshore Fishing:

beaufort inshore fishingThroughout most of the winter we have been fishing for redfish in gin clear water and though the water is starting to get that “dirty” look by now, the visibility can still be exceptionally good for sight fishing. While sight fishing we will need to move into the fish with extra caution as many of the redfish will be on high alert for predators and ready to push off with the slightest movements. We will also be looking too catch reds around the edges of the oyster bars, grass and creek mouths right now and though this style of fishing requires more patience than stealth it can be very rewarding. Mixed in with the redfish will be speckled sea trout and flounder and for the most part you can catch all of them by using the same tactics. Live bait is a top choice but working the edges with jigs, jerk baits and even topwater lures can be extremely effective. The key is to look for areas where there is bait being washed in and out of the creeks with the tide and you are sure to find hungry gamefish staging up to feed. Moreover, the shark fishing should get going on both the inshore and nearshore waters. Look to catch bonnetheads, atlantic sharp nose, blacktips and even some giant tiger sharks this month.

Wreck Fishing and Offshore:

We would generally be looking forward to the cobia run but the past few years have been slow to say the least due to increased pressure and over fishing especially on the nearshore waters. On the wrecks there should be cobia plus good numbers of black sea bass, bull reds, sheepshead and flounder. This can also be an excellent time to run out to the blue water of the gulf stream. The mahi-mahi bite will be red hot and there should still be a fair number of wahoo and black fin tuna around as well. For dolphin my bait of choice would be a ballyhoo either rigged naked or rigged in behind a bubbler or sea witch. Overall, these fish aren’t too picky as long as the bait is running true (not spinning or full of grass) while trolling. Just in case you do run into a finicky dolphin a few cigar minnows or hard tails in the live will should very well solve that issue. Until next time, Catch em Up!

Beaufort Fishing Report for April 2015

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

This is a great time of the year to get out on the water. With warming temperatures, lots of bait and hungry fish migrating into our local waters its time to dust off the poles and go fishing!

Inshore Fishing

beaufort redfishThings are heating up on the inshore waters right now! Throughout most of the winter we have been catching lots of redfish but with warmer water temperatures we will begin to see a number of different species moving into the estuary. First off, bait will be come more abundant around the shallows; mullet, mud minnows, grass shrimp and small crabs will start the fishing food chain thus attracting good numbers of redfish, speckled trout and flounder. These fish are hungry and looking for something to eat; on top of that, the increased competition will make these fish more aggressive to feed! Live bait is always a great choice but lures are very effective as well; jerk baits, jigs, suspending twitch baits and topwater lures are sure to elicit a strike right now. Moreover, as we get deeper into April we will start to see good numbers of cobia and triple tail move into the Port Royal Sound. In many cases we will be catching cobia on the bottom but it is not uncommon to see these fish cruising on the surface giving us the opportunity to sight fish for them using lures and flies. In regards to the cobia: These fish are here to breed and with more fishing pressure over the years we have seen a decline in the number of cobia coming through the sound. A little restraint can go a long way. There is nothing wrong with releasing cobia, especially the larger breeding females. If we want to enjoy this fishery tomorrow we need to take care of it today!

Offshore Fishing

As we move out to the offshore waters there will be plenty of action this spring. Starting around the wrecks, the black sea bass and sheepshead will be stacked up over the structure as they forage for food. Fiddler crabs are my bait of choice for the sheepshead and the sea bass will eat most anything that you put on the hook. Also don’t be surprised to hook into doormat flounder around the wrecks right now and the possibility of a few cobia showing up is likely as we get later into April. Moving further offshore into blue water the hot bite this month will be wahoo…one of my favorite fish of all time, they are super speedy, fight hard, have a mouth full of razor sharp teeth and they are excellent on the grill! A few quick tips to catch wahoo: 1. Troll faster –  Wahoo want a bait that is moving fast, I would recommend trolling between 12 and 16 knots. 2. Troll Deeper – You might keep a few baits on top, but when wahoo fishing we always want to have at least one or two baits running 10-15 feet below the surface. 3. Add Some Color – For high speed trolling we want want to use colorful baits, the most trusted colors for wahoo are blue/white, hot pink/white, orange/black or red/black.

Beaufort, SC March Fishing Report

Thursday, March 19th, 2015

Water temperature is one of the key factors that determines the movements of fish and this is true for the smallest of bait fish all the way up to our apex predators. Overall, I would classify many fish as being either tropical or cold water fish. A good example of a tropical fish would be a snook (not found in South Carolina) as they would die quickly in cold water, whereas stripers would be considered a cold water fish. On the other hand, if you look at a species such as redfish we will see that they are found anywhere from Texas, around the gulf coast and up the east coast from Florida to Virginia so these hardy critters may be considered either warm or cold water fish. In many cases, water temperature will directly coincide with the migration of fish and this may be a north – south migration or even an inshore – offshore migration. Lets look at a few examples: during the winter months many of our flounder and sheepshead migrate from inshore waters to offshore waters primarily because the deeper offshore water offers slightly warmer and more stable water temperatures. An example of a north – south migrator might be the mighty tarpon, these fish visit our waters during mid summer and spend their winters in the tropical waters of south Florida. The point is that each species of fish will react to water temperatures differently and the key for us as fisherman is to study these behaviors and movements to better understand when and where fish will be during different seasons.


We are coming to the end of the winter redfish season. Throughout most of the winter we have been finding the reds schooled up on the flats in huge numbers, but as temperatures start to rise these schools will start to break up and the fish will become more mobile. Moreover, reds that were sluggish to take a bait will be looking for something to eat and readily take a well placed offering. As the fish start to change their behaviors we need to make changes as well. We will still be looking for fish on the shallow flats but also be paying more attention to the grass edges, creek channels and oyster bars with moving current to pitch soft plastics, flies and live baits.

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! The prime targets on the wrecks throughout March will be sheepshead, sea bass and flounder. In particular, flounder will be staging up on the wrecks in good numbers as they get ready to push back to the estuary. These fish are often overlooked by many anglers but armed with the right tactics and a little patience these fish can provide a great day of fishing. The key thing to remember about flounder is that they will not lay on top of the wrecks…in fact, in many cases they will be 30 feet or more off of the structure. I generally like to drift fish for them dropping buck tail jigs or live minnows on a flounder rig over the slack tide.

Beaufort Fishing Report – February

Monday, February 9th, 2015

Beaufort Fishing GuideCooler temperatures and clear water generally keep most of our inshore redfish in skinny water and given the right conditions the offshore wrecks will be loaded up for some super fast action. The key to fishing this time of the year is to look for calm clear days to sight fish the flats or to bottom fish the near and offshore wrecks.

Inshore Fishing

With cooler water temperatures the redfish are schooled up on the 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 500 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. Moreover, 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. The combination of these factors create ideal conditions for shallow water sight fishing with light spin and fly fishing gear.

Nearshore Wreck Fishing

Some of the best winter 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. In particular the sea bass are all over the wrecks right now and there are many techniques to catch them as they generally have voracious appetites. I usually go with a a trusty diamond jig working close to the bottom with short erratic pops of the rod tip. Not only are sea bass 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.

Captain Charlie Beadon


January Fishing Report – Beaufort, SC

Thursday, January 1st, 2015

Beaufort RedfishI always find that January is one of my favorite times of the year to fish, especially when it comes to shallow water sight fishing. With cooler water temperatures we will see a dramatic increase in water clarity as most of the algae and plankton dies off. This crystal clear water will allow us to see what we are casting to or “sight fish” thus giving us a bit of an advantage in finding and catching fish…just remember that if you can see the fish they can see you.

Inshore Fishing

Overall, the best action on the inshore waters will come from redfish during this time of the year though there are still a fair number of speckled trout around to give us a little diversity. Many of the other species that we see on our inshore waters during the warmer months have either moved out to deeper water or migrated south for the winter. On the good side however, we have a world class red fishery and some of the most exciting action comes during the cold months! The best redfishing right now can be found on the clear shallow water flats and in most cases the reds will be huddled together in large  schools to keep lots of eyes out for bottle nosed dolphins prowling the flats looking for a redfish snack. It’s not just about finding these fish but also catching them and big schools of fish equals lots of eyes looking out for predators. If one fish sees you the entire school will be alerted so a stealthy approach is paramount. Moreover, you might need to adjust your tactics just a little to elicit a strike by using lighter leaders and smaller baits coupled with long and accurate presentations.

Nearshore, Wreck and Bottom Fishing

Don’t forget about the offshore fishing this month because there is plenty of action out there to keep everyone bowed up. Many of the nearshore wrecks should be getting stacked up with sheepshead as these tasty fish have just moved out of the inshore estuary and are always up for eating well placed crab. Just don’t get frustrated if your bait gets stolen a time or two by these sneaky fish as they have a well deserved reputation for sucking a bait off of the hook without making a bump. I always tell my charter clients to “just be patient” and “keep at it” and we always manage to fool plenty of these bandits by the end of the day! 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. With regular cold fronts coming through keep and eye out for clear skies and calm seas. Until next time, Catch em Up!

December Fishing Report – Beaufort, SC

Monday, December 15th, 2014

beaufort redfishAs winter approaches we will see far fewer pleasure and fishing boats out on the water but for us die hard fisherman the quest continues. As far as I’m concerned I look forward to the late fall and winter fishing all year long but the key is to pick your days and look for the right conditions. I will generally be looking for light winds and mid day tides to allow the fish to warm up a little bit. Moreover, with overall cooler water temperatures the water clarity will significantly increase giving us some prime sight fishing conditions.

Inshore Fishing

The inshore waters will continue to fire off this month with speckled sea trout and redfish. These fish will still be feeding heavily as they feel the water temperatures dropping which in turn will give us some of the finest fishing action of the year. With clearing water the specs will have no trouble finding your baits, and though I will still be using a fair amount of live bait under corks, soft screw tails and twitch baits will also be a good choice to fool these hungry fish. Over most of the month I will be concentrating my efforts around the grass edges and shell rakes on both sides of the mid tide for trout and redfish. While we will still be taking quite a number of reds around the mid tides these fish will also be congregating into tighter schools over the mud flats which will give us some excellent opportunities for light tackle spin and fly fishing. Given the clear water and schooling fish this means one thing…it’s prime time for sight fishing. I am often asked “when is the best time to go fly fishing?” well guys this is it!

Nearshore, Wreck and Bottom Fishing

Around the near and offshore wrecks we should be able to get into some really good bull redfish action through about the middle of the month and as the bulls start to push out to deeper water look for the sheepshead to take their place. For the sheepshead I like to set up a carolina rig on medium action spinning gear using a 2 ounce egg sinker, 18 inches of thirty pound leader a 2/0 hook and for bait a live fiddler crab is hard to beat! These fish can be a little tricky to hook but once you get the hang of it get ready for a down and dirty fight because these fish pull hard as they try to dig back into the bottom structure. If you decide to venture out a little further to the deep wrecks and live bottom areas get ready for some excellent black sea bass, flounder and grouper action this month. Good sized black sea bass should be plentiful around most all structure and hard bottom along with a number of flounder and broom tail grouper. You should also find a few nice gags, snapper and jacks around the deeper wrecks and live bottom areas.

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!