Thanks, Legare, for a great experience by all, esp. my grandchild. She even caught the first fish on her small rod! Appreciate your expertise and attitude. See you next year. Regards…Rudy
Eli and I wanted to thank you for the awesome trip. We haven’t stopped talking about it. We especially enjoyed your company.
Thanks again, roy
Captain Legare, Sue Zann and I wanted you to know how much we enjoyed our fishing tour today. Of the several guided fishing tours we have taken in Charleston, this was by far the best and most productive we have been on. Thank you for the many memories we made today.
Bob & Sue Zann Norris
Eight year old, Tyler, caught this 20lb Red Fish in a foot and half of water. I am not sure who really one, but I bet he’ll be dreaming about this fish for a long time.
The trout fishing has been very consistent this summer, which makes for a wonderful trip for the youth anglers. You can really get your numbers up there, and if you add few large reds. You really have put something together youngsters will remember.
Saturday was the Best! Thank you very much for making Maclean’s first saltwater fishing trip a memory of a lifetime for both of us. He has been non-stop about when we can go again. I’m am working on October 19th or 20th. Can you pencil us in and we can confirm the exact day as we get closer ? Thanks again for your patience and excellent guiding!
The redfish have been very active this spring. We are primarily bait fishing, using shrimp, mud minnows, menhaden, and finger mullet. The reds seem to still be a little spooky at low water, and difficult to catch on artificial. The trout, however, are feeding aggressively on artificial shrimp, and top water action. When fishing with the younger anglers, the trout don’t seem to mind a mud minnow.
Generally, mother nature rewards only the most determined anglers. This youngster is reaping his rewards…
Adam’s First Fishing Trip
October 2009… The first annual Rodgers’ family fishing trip
Fall Fishing in Charleston
Dizzying redfish action characterizes fall fishing in Charleston. The reds attacked our baits until the live wells were empty and my hands were bleeding from re-rigging lines. There was way too much chaos to count the number of fish we landed on this charter but that’s a good thing in this context.
I had the pleasure of fishing with Katie and her family this past week while they where visiting the Isle of Palms. This young lady could do it all from redfish and flounder to this nice speckled sea trout, it was a great day fishing the Charleston Harbor and surrounding flats and estuaries.
Late July Fishing Trip with Brett
High heat, above average water temperatures and abundant bait for redfish make fishing in Charleston waters challenging during summer months. Fortunately, Brett was willing to leave the docks at Shem Creek at daybreak before the heat kicked in. The early start helped make Brett’s introduction to fishing in Charleston a success.
Round 2 Charleston redfishing
On their return trip the redfish treated them right. When we first met in the early spring the tide was rising and the wind was was out of the SW at 20, the conditions were tough to say the least. We worked hard and got a few. Second go around, just the opposite. Perfect, the tide was falling and wind light and variable, the bite was on.
Morning Redfish on the Charleston flats
Day break/sunrise can be the most spectacular time of the day for catching redfish in Charleston.
Legare, here a picture of the 8# 30″ red that Erin caught when she and I went fishing with you. I appreciate all that you did to make sure that she had a quality experience. We both had a great time. If we get back down to Charleston, We’ll look you up.
Redfish Delight Despite Unfavorable Conditions
Generally, most anglers and fishing guides in Charleston avoid being on the water on big holiday weekends. Memorial Weekend is well-known for insane boat traffic and less than optimal fishing conditions. Last week’s flood tides made this Memorial Weekend perfect for spending time with the family on land. Against my advice, I took some diehard clients on a fishing charter early Sunday morning. Fortunately, the clients were willing to leave the Isle of Palms Marina at 5:30 AM allowing us time to travel up the Intracostal Waterway by moonlight to our first destination 20 minutes north of IOP. Although the moonlight helped me navigate in the dark it also allowed the redfish to eat through the night further decreasing our chances of encountering nonstop action.
We found an unnamed flat protected by marsh grasses and a labyrinth of oyster beds near Copahee Sound where the redfish likely took refugee from the heavy boat traffic. Before first light we started casting live shrimp and mud minnows under weighted floats to schools of reds. I think we all had a that sinking gut feeling of getting skunked after no bites the first hour.
After sunrise, the redfish awoke and were surprisingly hungry. Against the odds, the redfish bite turned on and both anglers stayed busy for nearly 2 hours. The action was so good I didn’t have a chance to take pictures and everybody lost count of how many redfish we landed and lost – call it a baker’s dozen.
About 3 hours prior to high tide the bite turned off as suddenly as it turned on in the flats. We had enough time to catch a few bonus fish around Bulls Bay before calling it a day. Two more reds and a 14″ seatrout were landed before the fish moved into the grass at slack tide. The moderately paced action was actually a good thing because it gave me a chance to take the one picture below.
The unofficial count for the day: 14 redfish in the slot+ size range, 1 keeper size seatrout, 10 hookups that either broke the line or spit out the hook. A great day with ideal fishing conditions.
Charleston Double Play – Redfish and Topwater Trout
This morning’s fishing trip was a blast. The client was an experienced angler from the Netherlands who has fished all over the world and this morning was his first experience catching redfish in Charleston. We left Shem Creek around daybreak and spent a few hours catching seatrout with artificial lures – awesome topwater action. When the tide was right we moved to the ICW behind Isle of Palms and prepared for serious redfish action – an experience fishing guide doesn’t take a someone’s first experience catching redfish lightly! After poling around the flats and casting a variety of bait for an hour or so we found the spot. The pictures tell the story best.