Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Lowcountry Saltwater Fishing Report - 12/15/2015

Fishing Report for the Coastal Lowcountry of South Carolina:
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Inshore Report: Scott Hammond at Haddrell's Point West shares that above average air temperatures have kept the Lowcountry feeling more like October than like mid-December, but for the fishermen, it has simply been a dream come true as we continue to experience a fantastic inshore bite. Great reports of trout being caught on artificial baits should only improve as water quality clears up, so try a Zman Slim Swimz minnow or a DOA shrimp for best results. Try trolling or casting in 3 to 7-feet of water along shell rakes when the current is moving. Sheepshead are on fire right now at the jetties, readily eating live fiddlers and live shrimp fished around the jetties and other submerged structures in 6 to 15-feet of water. Scott asks avid anglers that if they have already checked off these two boxes, then why not grab a fly rod and try the low tide flats for some sight fishing for schooled up redfish. A closer minnow fly is usually a good go-to option for reds in skinny water using colors like red and white. For all the latest seminar information visit the Internet at Haddrell's Point.

Offshore Report: Scott states that it has also been an especially good time for runs out to the blue water since the wind has been listless during this Indian summer weather. Flat clam seas allowed for many to post beautiful photos during the morning run to the fishing grounds, on water that looks more like it was made for water-skiing. Quick note, the presence of Great White Sharks off our coast during December and January should rule out any thoughts of testing the waters. Bottom fishing is also very good right now with great numbers of triggerfish, b-liners, black sea bass, some grouper and  a smorgasbord of grunts and porgies.

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