Spring is a exciting time to get out and enjoy inshore fishing in Charleston.
Spring is a transitional period for redfish and trout. The schools of redfish
are breaking up and moving off of the shallow mud flats towards structure in search of food. By mid April, they will be tailing in the marsh which is a great opportunity to catch a red on a fly rod. The trout will be getting
more aggressive once the water pushes above 65 degrees. Z MAN soft plastics on a jig head or flutter hook
fished off points, structure and creek mouths are a good choice. Trout can move between a wide range of water depths in the spring so dialing them in is the key. Spring is a fun time to throw top water lures at dawn
Winter is a unique time to fish the Charleston inshore waters. The fish begin to transition to a Winter pattern
once the water temperature drops to about 60 degrees, usually December through March. When the water cools
off and the bait leaves the creeks the reds will begin grouping up in large schools in sometimes just a few feet
of water on the warmer low tide flats. Sight casting to a large group of fish can be fun and challenging. This a great time of year to fly fish but artificials and live bait will produce. Reds are easily spooked and picky eaters
in the Winter so have a few options available. Trout can be targeted in the deeper holes and in the middle of the
creeks. As a general rule, the slower you work your artificial the better.
With Summer in full swing the reds will settle into their typical pattern of hanging around structure looking for a meal. With the water temperature in the mid to upper 80's redfish will also seek out shade under large floating docks. Whatever you can catch in a cast net a redfish will eat. They can also be sight cast to around low tide as well as during the flood tides. During these times I like to use artificial lures or fly fish. For trout top water, live shrimp under a float and soft plastics are all good choices.
Summer in Charleston is hot and afternoon thunder storms can pop up quick
so pay attention to the weather and load up on the sunscreenand water
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