|Stalking winter redfish in the shallows using stealth is a good game plan for success|
Scott Hammand at Haddrell's West Ashley reports that COLD water does not always equal a slow fishery here in the lowcountry! Late January provides a great time of year for the avid fly angler who likes to sneak up in the shallows to sight cast to schooling redfish. Those redfish push onto the shallow water mud flats on sunny days to warm themselves, since water temps there may be 4 or 5 degrees warmer since the dark mud absorbs the heat from sunlight. Conventional anglers can use mud minnows or Gulp 3-inch shrimp on spinning gear near those same shallows, and they might be surprised at how strong the bite is this time of year. A solid sheepshead bite is going on at the jetties, bridge pilings and nearshore reefs using live fiddlers and live shrimp, but even a freshly shucked oyster can serve to tempt the toothy sheepshead to chomp down on your hook. The trout begin to get lethargic when water temps hit the low 50's but they can still be found in deep holes at low tide casting and retrieving lures VERY SLOWLY. For all the latest seminar information visit the Internet at Haddrell's Point.
Offshore Report: Scott adds that winds from the West have been howling lately, causing the fleet to sit in port. On days when the wind allows, a few anglers have been out bumping along the bottom for sea bass and triggerfish in 60 to 90-feet of water. Others are still high-speed trolling for wahoo along the ledge, with some HOO in the 60-pound class being caught. The wahoo fishery off the S.C. coast in winter is like the energizer bunny - it just keeps going ON and on and on and ON!!
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