As April slowly comes to an end we have struggled with persistent heavy winds, big tides and plenty of showers. This has caused havoc on some charters as the weather muddied the water making fishing challenging at times. On days when the weather and tides cooperated we have had some amazing fishing. I believe our usual summer fishing pattern is going to be right on time. Mullet, glass minnows, shrimp and Menhaden have begun to fill our waters and there are plenty of hungry game fish around to eat them. Bluefish and Mackerel are starting to show up and they are sporty targets for light tackle anglers. They can be found on current breaks inshore and around our piers and Jetties. Sharks have been spotted and soon should be here in numbers around sandbars and inlets. If you want wrestle with a tough and toothy fish this is the time of year to do it. Redfish of all sizes continue to bite on artificials and live and cut bait. Focus on structure in 1 to 15 ft of water to find these fish. Once you do make a note of the tide level where you are fishing. Those fish will likely hang around that same spot in similar tides from now until October. Trout have moved well inshore and juveniles are mixing in with some larger keeper sizes now. Throw a topwater lure like a Zara Spook early in the morning to target the bigger fish. Flounder continue to bite and can be taken on live shrimp and soft plastics. Don’t forget about those crafty Sheepshead too. Grab a pint of fiddler crabs and head down to your favorite structure with some #2 hooks to have some great fun. Your local tackle shop can help you gear up for your next outing. If you can’t get out on your own or want a guide to help put you on the fish give me a call at 843-696-4231 or visit my website at www.charlestonfishrodbendingcompany.com
Let’s go fishing!
Captain Kevin Blair