Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Lowcountry Saltwater Fishing Report - 4/21/2015

Fishing Report for the Coastal Lowcountry of South Carolina:
Sadie Beth sportfishing releases a blue marlin on April 18, 2015
Inshore Report: Scott Hammond at Haddrell's Point West asks if you have seen a GATOR trout yet?! Spring is in full gear and that means large trout in our inshore waters. Trout in the 18 to 22-inch range have been common and catch numbers averaging 10 to 20-fish per trip are the norm. Always keep in mind that the larger trout are the spawning population, and they need to be returned to the water! Live shrimp fished under a popping cork is always a good idea, or for artificials try a Vudu shrimp or a DOA shrimp around shell rakes in 3 to 6-feet of water. The sheepshead are still biting live fiddlers at rock piles and bridge pilings, and redfish have broken out of their cold water schooling pattern. The redfish can be found on structure like docks, so pitch a live minnow or cut bait to entice a strike. For the latest seminar information visit the Internet at Haddrell's Point.

Offshore Report: With the first few blue marlin of the season being caught and released there can be no question that the offshore fishing season has fully arrived! Congrats to the Sadie Beth for their blue marlin release on Saturday April 18, and thanks to Capt. Emerson Read too. Scott reports great blackfin tuna catches coming in from the Georgetown Hole and the southwest banks. Boats are leaving the marina extra early to be at the fishing grounds right at dawn to take advantage of a blackfin bite that might not last too long into the morning. Remember to fish the baits way back or under a kite to tame some tuna. Solid reports of wahoo are coming from the ledge down south near the Edisto banks and the Deli area. The majority of dolphin reports are coming off of temperature breaks in 400 to 1200-feet of water, so they are still real deep. To review the dates for the 2015 Governor's Cup Billfish Series click here.

To view past Lowcountry Saltwater Fishing Reports click here.

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