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January Report Shallow Minded
So far this month we've been able to put a few fish in the boat on every trip. Earlier the Speckled Trout bite was incredible in Coquina Harbor, My fishing buddy Terry Helms and I have had some really good afternoons in there fishing around the docks and boats near the back of the marina. We have tried lots of different artificial baits but a Chartruess DOA shrimp was without a doubt the best bait. I've often said that if I could go anywhere in the world to fish and take only one bait a DOA shrimp would be atop my list. There have been a few Redfish in our local creeks around Little River Inlet but pressure from boat traffic has these fish super spooky. I have noticed a lot more Duck Hunters and other fishermen in the creeks this winter, thus pushing the fish farther back into areas where access is very limited. I fish a Ranger Banshee in the winter months and this boat has a super shallow draft with zero hull slap (no noise) which makes it one of the best Technical Poling Skiffs on the market today. Even in a boat like this that only weighs 500 lbs. you can still get trapped by the tide. I like to do a little scouting around the day before charters and there's nothing worse than finding a group of Reds only to come back the next day and they've moved. At this point you're "All In" cards are on the table and then Mother Nature shows her hand and leaves you in a fishless creek waiting on the tide to return enough water so you can get out. This is the ultimate high risk fishing situation but can also lead to high reward if you've done your homework correctly. It's too cold here today to fish but the weekend forecast looks favorable so I'm sure I'll be out there somewhere. Catch you folks later.
"Merry Christmas!" Shallow Minded
Here's a quick update for all you folks sitting around wishing you were fishing. We have been experiencing some really warm temperatures here along the coast, and water temps have remained steady and in some places increased by a couple of degrees. There are plenty of Redfish around in the backwater creeks but I have not found them in large schools which are more common this time of year. I feel that the warmer water has them in more of a spring like pattern and creek mouths, docks in the waterway and even the jetty's have been producing lots of fish. The Trout bite has been and is really strong, there are countless undersized fish in most creeks. I've had charters over the past few days and we've easily caught 30 plus Trout on each trip but have only been able to keep enough for just a few meals. A 1/8 oz. Mission Fishin jighead with a white Gulp Swimming Mullet has been working well on both the Trout and the Reds. My gift certificate deal was a hit and I sold out within 12 hours, it was great that most of my good repeat clients jumped on it as they realized what a deal it was. I apologize to those that missed out and next year I'll make the offer again on Cyber Monday. We have had some issues updating photos (my lack of knowledge) but should have the problem resolved soon. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all, catch you later.
Christmas Charter Deals Shallow Minded
I was going to make this offer on Cyber Monday, but just forgot about it. The Trout and Redfish bite has been so good that's what has had the majority of my attention. I am offering a Christmas Special of by one charter at regular price get the second at half price. You will get two half day trips for $525, and there are only 10 available. This would be a great gift for the fisherman/woman in your family Please call for more information, 843-458-3055.
We have seen an increase in the size of the Trout in certain areas and there remain to be plenty of smaller ones just about everywhere. DOA Shrimp or the new Voo Doo Shrimp have been our go to baits but I did catch 11 one day on small Clouser minnow flies. The warmer temperatures have the Redfish confused, we are usually catching them real shallow and the fish are in fairly large schools. This week we have had better luck fishing docks and deeper holes, more of a Spring like pattern. Berkley Gulp swimming mullet on Mission Fishin 1/8 oz. jigs have been the top producer for the Reds. Charter trips are starting to slow down but the fishing should remain solid for a few more weeks and if the weather doesn't get too cold we'll catch them all winter. Now that I have more time I am going to try and keep this report updated on a weekly basis, check back often. Catch you folks later.
"Quick Update" Shallow Minded
Just a quick update on what's happening on the local fishing scene. The Speckled Trout bite is on fire, we have caught over 50 in my last two trips with about half being keeper sized and the others just barely under. I believe that you could float a live shrimp down the ICW from Sunset Bridge to Little River Bridge and probably get a bite every 100 yards. We have been finding them with live shrimp and then switching over to DOA shrimp which have been producing larger fish. Don't put your rod and reels up yet there's still a lot of great fishing to be had. Catch you guys later.
Just a quick update to show some of the big Red Drum we have been catching at the Little River Inlet. The weather looks to be great for the upcoming week so give me a call if you want your shot at one of these fish.
"Running of the Bulls" Shallow Minded
Well folks it's here, the time of year all us fishermen have been waiting for, fall. Although it's not official until the 22nd, when you walk outside tomorrow morning there should be no doubt in your mind as the temperatures should be much lower than today. The Big Bull Reds have shown up in force on the jetty's and a live finger mullet drifted along the bottom should bring a quick hook up. Now is the time to go, don't wait, you need to go now if you want a good shot at one of these monsters. On the near shore reefs the Flounder bite has remained solid and live bait is as always the best choice. On some of my last trips we had a blast casting Storm Chug Bugs or Zara Spooks into the showering schools of bait and were rewarded with some really nice Spanish Mackerel. They always say life is about choices, dove season, deer season, football season, but for me the choice is clear, fishing season. Catch ya'll later.
"Pathfinder" Shallow Minded
I sure love fishing a Pathfinder Bay Boat, not only do they ride good, have comfortable seating, plenty of oversized bait tanks and lots of rod storage but they float and run super shallow. We have proven this time and time again when there are spots that are restricted during lower parts of the tide as we can simply run right over sand bars occasionally bumping bottom but safely arriving a good hour before anyone else can access them. Medium sized Redfish have been holding in solid numbers in the deeper holes in the shallow water creeks. These fish have been responding good to just about any live bait fished on or near the bottom. On the jetty's the Trout bite has been pretty decent and they just can't refuse live shrimp fished under a float. The Flounder fishing has also seen an improvement and the near shore reefs have been producing good numbers of nicer sized fish up to 6 lbs for us but some bigger have been caught by other boats. Larger live menhaden or mullet will work best for these flatfish. A few of the larger Bull Redfish have just started to show up in the inlet but not in really good numbers yet, cut bait or live menhaden soaked on the bottom are your best bet. Well their you have it folks, that's pretty much the fish skinny from this part of the world, until the next tide, we'll catch you later
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