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Fishing conditions: It is the beginning of the best time of year, low tides fish great, flood tides fish great! Even moderate high tides fish pretty good this time of year too if you know where to look.
Inshore temperature: 83 Degrees F
Offshore temperature: 84 Degrees F
Type of bait fish are feeding on: mud minnows, mullet, shrimp, crabs, and plenty of other things.
Fish species: Year Round Redfish, Sea Trout, Black Drum Seasonal: Cobia, Ladyfish, Jack, Tarpon
Fishing season: Year Round
Nearest airport: Savannah, GA or Charleston, SC
Recommended fly fishing leader: 9 Foot Leader
Recommended fly fishing tippet: 12 Lb. Tippet
Best fly fishing rod: 9' 8 Weight Fly Rod
Best floating fly line: Redfish WF Fly Line
The surrounding inshore waters of Saint Helena and Port Royal sounds form an estuary that makes up twenty-five percent of America’s east coast marshland waters. This estuary is made up of more than ten saltwater rivers and hundreds of creeks which support mud flats and wading grass flats. While pressure in the area has grown over the years there are still plenty of days that a trip out results in seeing only ...
nature not another boat.
The entire area holds great numbers of Redfish, Speckled Sea Trout, Flounder, and Black Drum year round with Ladyfish, Tarpon, Jack, and Cobia as our seasonal fish. Redfish are the main target for fly casters. Though there is wade fishing available it is extremely dangerous to do this without someone that knows where you can walk because of soft pluff mud. Wading the grass flats requires high enough tides and goes on May through October while sight casting on the mud flats occurs year round. Port Royal sound is one of only two places on the east coast that Cobia come inshore in high numbers.
The Lowcountry of South Carolina is unique and challenging due to the expansiveness of the waters and large tidal shifts every six hours. Anglers who enjoy hunting for aggressive saltwater species, making challenging casts, and being in a naturally wild environment will fall in love with the experience of these waters. Each season changes the fishery; gin clear water and huge schools of Reds in the winter, tailing fish in the warmer months, and big Cobia pushing a wake as they enjoy the warm sunlight of the spring.
Fishing the low for schools and singles with crab or baitfish patterns along with using crab patterns up in the grass for tailers will be the best techniques over the next few weeks. Shrimp patterns are also working well!
Low tides through the weekend and afternoon and evening floodtides should make for great fishing. Just watch the radar for pop up storms.