Captain Brad Rumph of www.SonnyBoyCharters.com makes no bones about getting on the water early in order to catch trout, bass and flounder in dawn's early light. With a low tide at 6 a.m. and a sweltering heat building with sun up, we threw topwater baits with much success - catching trout on each of our first casts. With the heat of summer now upon us, it is imperative to get on the fish early before they head for cooler spots during the day to loaf. Rumph knows that even though he practices catch and release fishing that the gamefish will require some extra reviving after a fight due to the warmer water temps. No fish were kept this day, though the 5-pound Gator trout that Rumph reeled in was slower to swim off than normal, but coming to the net she offered a large splash of water across the gunnel and into the netman's face! Top redfish for the day went 11 pounds, with a 9-pounder reeled in after that. Just where was this?? Give Captain Brad a call at 843-708-1486 and set a date to practice some dawn patrol and try your luck.
PhotosByJeffDennis: Capt. Brad Rumph can find the gator trout; a redfish that went after a topwater bait
PhotosByBradRumph: Just look at the rod bend made by the 30-inch redfish that Jeff reeled in - what a beauty