Fishing in the Charleston waterways is year round however as our waters ways warm up and our summer species move in, we are gearing up for our inshore fights. Harbor water temps have reached the low 70s and bait is everywhere. Get your cast nets and rods ready!
Back Water Creek Fishing
Floating a popping cork with live shrimp down grass lines and next to dock pilings with an occasional twitch, is bringing the reddrum (bull reds) to action.
Blackdrum and sheeps are actively going for shrimp and fiddlers, jigging the bottom of structure whether it be a dock piling or settled debris. Have a spot with a nice eddy to the entrance of a bait creek? Fish a longer leader with a mud minnow or shrimp to find your next trout honey hole. You can also find some spotted sea trout when you are out and about.
Fresh Menhaden are running along the ICW Ben Sawyer bridge and through out the harbor so get your pancake skills down.
Dust off your Penn Clashes, get an extra pack of inline number 7 circle hooks, cut pieces of bait and toss a line. The bull reds are chomping and the sharks are feisty. (P.S. You will miss a few more fish using circle hooks, but this will help eliminate gut hooking them. The bulls have to be properly released so keeping them alive is more important to us than landing all hits).
Description – Bull Reds
A ‘bull red’ is a big redfish. The red drum from the sciaenops ocellatus family is known as redfish, channel bass, spottail or simply red, is a game fish found in the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico northern.
They are called bull reds because of their size and maturity. On average a redfish that hits the 27-inch mark is ready to start spawning, so most fish over 27 inches qualify as bull reds. This time of year they range in size from 32 to 40-inch size, but they can go bigger. Bull reds are bottom feeders as they don’t want to chase bait, so we use fresh cut bait either menhaden or mullet as bait.
“The largest redfish ever caught on record was a 70-pound, 4-ounce red drum by a woman angler. Elizabeth Pomory was bottom fishing off Oregon Inlet, North Carolina when the fish hit a mullet. She landed the fish on 50-pound tackle in a half-hour,” according to Sport Fishing Magazine.
Description – Sharks
Shark fishing is an adrenaline rush and can be a great experience if you haven’t fought one yet.
There are nine species of the hammerhead shark which are:
- Great hammerhead shark (Largest of the hammerhead sharks)
- Smooth hammerhead shark
- Scalloped hammerhead shark
- Whitefin hammerhead shark,
- Smalleye hammerhead shark
- Scalloped bonnethead
- Winghead shark
We typically see the bonnethead shark in Charleston waters which is a small member of the hammerhead shark species. The largest bonnethead is about 5 ft. long and females are usually larger than the males.
We also see lemon sharks here in Charleston waters. The shark’s yellow coloring is a camouflage when swimming over the sandy seafloor in its coastal habitat. The lemon shark measures between 7.9 to 10.2 ft and weights up to 200 lbs. by adulthood. It has a short, broad snout with a flat head and the second dorsal fin is almost as large as the first.
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