Inshore charter fishing in Charleston has been everything it’s supposed to be for the past few weeks now. We have been doing well the majority of the time and have been able to target several species over the course of 4 and 6 hour charters. The Speckled Trout bite has been hot with fish over 20 inches not uncommon. We have been catching them on minnows and shrimp under DOA popping corks as well as smaller Z-Man plastics on 1/8 oz DOA jigs. If you are casting that style of bait and not getting hits try ripping it off the bottom and letting it fall. That method has produced some aggressive strikes and impressive numbers of fish especially during periods of slack tides. If you are willing to get up a little early break out a Zara Spook Jr or DOA Chugger for some explosive topwater action. Don’t be shy about varying your presentation until you find out what works best in your current spot. Redfish have been taking paddle tail style plastics in both Z-Man and DOA brands though they can be a little stubborn at times. When that happens I have found a live shrimp, cut mullet or cracked blue crab on a light Carolina rig with a #3 circle hook will usually do the trick. Flounder have been taking soft plastics, mud minnows and shrimp under corks and Carolina rigs near shallow weed lines and deeper structure on the outgoing tides. Finally sharks have made a strong showing with many being caught on #7 circle hooks with whole blue crab or a live menhaden behind a Carolina rig. With an abundance of bait showing itself now is a great time to learn to throw a cast net and invest in a crab trap. Get down to your local tackle shop to gear up for some great days on the water. For more information or to set up a Charleston fishing charter just send me an email or give me a call.
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