We are coming up on my favorite time of year to go fishing in Charleston SC! Fishing has been great the past few weeks as hoards of bait and slightly cooler temps signal a change of seasons is under way. Deep Sea Charter Fishing has been exciting as King and Spanish Mackerel hunt near the surface while Triggerfish, Snapper, Sea Bass and assorted other bottom dwellers wait for your bait to be dropped to the bottom. Nearshore charters are targeting Big Redfish, Sharks and Flounder that are hanging close to the beach to take advantage of all the available food. This is one of the best times of year to put some quality sized catches and numbers of fish in the boat. Live and cut bait will work on big redfish, sharks, flounder, trout and a variety of other species. We have been fortunate enough to be able to mix things up and use several techniques to get the fish to bite including bottom fishing, popping corks, tipping jigs with live bait and live lining just to name a few. If you want to learn how to use a variety of artificial lures now is the time to do it. The new topwater baits by Z-Man, Live Target shrimp or DOA Terror eyes or CAL swim baits are a perfect choice for this time of year and will continue to produce even when live bait becomes scarce. So if you learn to use them effectively now you will be performing at “expert level” when fishing over the cooler months. Work with your local tackle shop to find the rod and reel setups to maximize your casting distance. Don’t minimize the importance of the right line and leader for the job as well. I have found that using the lightest line that is appropriate for my presentations makes it much easier to detect bites, especially with fish that tend to inhale baits. Your local tackle experts will get you on the water with the right stuff every time. As always email, call, text or book a trip online with me to find out more. These folks in the pics below did! Let’s go fishing!