Half-day charter – topwater trout at daybreak followed by 10 big reds. Can’t ask for a better introduction to Charleston fishing.
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.
Early April is typically a difficult time to catch redfish. I ran half a dozen trips out Isle of Palms Marina the first week of April. I fished different spots each charter and produced about the same results. The rising water temperatures are breaking up schools of reds found in shallow flats during the winter. Figuring out what they’re eating during seasonal transitions is challenging. Until the menhaden return to the Charleston Harbor (hopefully later this month) daily catches will vary. This time of year catching 6 or more big spottail bass on a half-day chater is a good day.
Left the Isle of Palms marina before daybreak searching for redfish. Pressure from increased fishing activity this time of year leads to frequent early morning fishing charters depending on tides. We reached the skinny waters of Hamlin Sound in about 10 minutes. I pushed through the flats for a good 15 minutes before spotting some tailing fish. The first few fish were caught sight casting to schooling redfish with artificial lures but, live mullet was easily their preference. The bite turned on around 7:30 AM and the reels screamed until we ran out of bait and headed home for an early lunch.
SC Department of Natural Resources recently published an article that’s loaded with quality information about seatrout or speckled trout fishing in the Charleston area. Learn how to catch specks from local Charleston anglers with years of all season fishing experience. Most inshore and flats fishing charter captains will be glad to show you their favorite trout spots and how to catch them using fly tackle or artificial lures.
Finding redfish during spring months is half the battle.
Redfish Action Returns as Shallow Waters Warm
The water temperature in the intracostal waterway between Mount Pleasant and Isle of Palms has been above 60 degrees for the past 10 days. I’ve run early morning and afternoon fishing charters for the past week and the redfish bite has been improving every day.
Finding redfish during spring months is half the battle. Redfish eating habits have been a bit finicky. I pushed into a school of hundreds of reds and threw everything at them – live minows, crab, soft plastics, top water lures, the whole tackle box – and not a single bite! While stalking redfish this week I saw multiple schools of shrimp, blue crab and mullet so reds have a diverse menu.