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  • Wednesday, April 24, 2013

It’s April, and the fish are really starting to bite now. PHOTO PROVIDED

It’s April and the fishing has been excellent and keeps getting better every day. The bait has really arrived in the creeks and in Charleston Harbor. I’ve seen both menhaden and mullet around the local waters. The great thing about this time of year is the trout and sheepshead are starting to really show back up inshore. The redfish have started feeding heavily with the warming of the water temperature.

The redfish have really broken out of their schools. Start using a Carolina rig around docks with deep holes. I’ve already started to see a lot of tailing redfish on the flats, so don’t forget to get up in the flats at high tide. The preferred bait has been cut mullet and live shrimp the last few weeks. With the menhaden really starting to fill the creeks, they’ll be keying in on them very soon.

The trout fishing has been excellent the last few weeks. Targeting them around the usual areas of grass lines, oyster bars and rip currents. The most successful tactic has been freelining bait on a small 3/0 circle hook. The typical setup for this is a seven-foot medium rod, 3,000 series reel and 20lb braided line.

I typically like to use about a two-foot leader of either monofilament or fluorocarbon in the 10-15 pound range. You want to let the bait work its way around the areas as natural as possible. If your working a grass line or oyster bed put the bait up near the area and let it swim around. If your working a feeder creek where you have a nice current running through put the bait up current and let it run down current naturally wirh the rip moving through the area. It won’t be long and you’ll know if the fish are in the area. When it comes to hooking the bait for this tactic. It can be done several ways. When using shrimp I prefer to hook it through the tail. If you’re using menhaden or mullet, hook it either just behind the eyes or in the middle of its body just in front of the tail. This will keep it alive a lot longer and you’ll get more action out of the bait. I typically will look for the smaller size baits in the 1 1/12-inch to 2-inch size range to use.


Like I always say, just remember that any day on the water fishing in the Charleston area can bring many a smile. Whether you’re catching fish or enjoying the beautiful weather, it’s always nice to be on the water. I’d love to get you out on the water to enjoy the great resources we have here in Charleston. You can reach me at 843-200-9795 or 843-388-5093. Don’t forget to visit our website at ReelDealCharters.com for more information or to book your time on the water.

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