Fishing Report for the Coastal Lowcountry of South Carolina:
Rubber nets are easier on trout and other fish
Inshore report: Scott Hammond from Haddrell's Point West shares that fall has the temps dropping but the inshore bite is rocking and rolling! Great reports of sheepshead and strong trout numbers have been flooding through the doors recently. Great trout reports along shell rakes and hard bottom in 5 to 8-feet of water using the NEW Trout Eye Jig heads, and Zman PaddlerZ have been deadly, and of course a live minnow under a popping float is always fool-proof. Fish for your sheeps around bridge pilings and the jetties right now in about 8 to 15-feet of water using live fiddlers or you can also use live shrimp fished underneath a slip-float in these same areas. In addition to the trout and sheepshead bites being strong, plenty of schooling redfish are moving onto the shallow water mud flats right now as the water temps drop and they look for places to bask in the warm sun. Use cut mullet, gold spoons, or a Zman Ultra Shrimp tipped with pro-cure scent for great success on these schooling redfish. To view the latest seminar information visit the Internet at Haddrell's Point.
Offshore Report: Scott continues by saying that the handful of calm days in between the windy days has brought forth some great bottom fishing reports including strong numbers of large sea bass, vermillion snapper, triggerfish, and the occasional Mr Grouper. Most anglers have been having their best success in 70 to 110-feet over live bottom areas using cut squid for the sea bass and triggers, and using butterfly style jigs and live baits for the larger grouper. Trolling reports have only been a handful here and there but those that have been came back with some good sized wahoo right along the ledge in 150 to 200-feet as well as some schools of blackfin tuna in the same areas. Troll small ballyhoo behind a 1/4-ounce sea witch for the blackfins, and a YoZuri Bonito plug or a large Iland lure with a medium ballyhoo behind it for the wahoos!
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