"Real Report" Shallow Minded
In order to keep this report "real" I feel that I must report the good, the bad, and the ugly. To be completely honest the fishing early last week was simply horrific! My ego was already bruised from fishing on Sunday and Monday but after fishing 8 hours on Wednesday without a bite I felt like I'd been kicked in the crotch. When I left the dock early Thursday morning I honestly didn't have a clue where I was gonna go or what I was gonna do. I found myself sitting right where my guiding adventures started over 15 years ago at the Little River Jetty's, we anchored and floated a few mud minnows down the rocks and were quickly rewarded with a nice 30 inch Redfish. The next hour produced steady action but just as the current slowed down so did the bite. We moved around a bit and caught a couple of more solid 22-24 inch Reds at Sunset Bridge. Thursday afternoon produced a dozen or so Trout and a couple of small Flounder. Friday morning the jetty's were rough so we hit the creeks and found a nice group of 18-20 inch Redfish that were more than eager to bite. We ended the trip at Sunset Bridge with the largest fish of the day, a nice 26 incher. Yesterday I fished with my wife in the backwater creeks at Cherry Grove and I'd say the Flounder bite was hot! We only fished a couple of hours and landed 10 with 2 nice 16 inch keepers but missed many more and when we were not catching we were watching other boats down the creek catch fish. Most of the fish are small in this area this time of year but as the weeks go by more and more keepers will be caught with the bulk of the action peaking in June. This looks to be a real busy week and I can only hope the action continues. Charter trips are booking up fast so give me a call if interested in seeing the natural side of Myrtle Beach and catching a few fish. Catch you later,
"Time to Go" Shallow Minded
Hi guys, just a quick update on the fishing here on the Grand Strand. Redfish, Trout and Black Drum have been the most commonly caught species on our trips. Fresh frozen shrimp, chunks of blue crab or live mud minnows have been the best offering. As the water warms the fish are moving around a bit more and some days they can be a little tough to find. I'm a very persistent Captain and believe in moving around a lot if we are not getting bites in one spot. This tactic usually produces more fish than just sitting in one spot for an hour with no bites. The weather is finally stabilizing and warmer temperatures seem here to stay. Please give me a call to get out on the water to have some fun, see some really cool stuff and catch a few fish.
"Early Spring Report" Shallow Minded
Hey Folks, just a quick update on the inshore fishing. The warm weather has brought the Redfish back to life! The bite has been really strong the last 3 days and with the forecast, I anticipate it continuing for a while. The Gulp swimming mullet rigged on a 1/8 ounce Mission Fishin jig head and live mud minnows have been the top producing bait for these Reds. Also in the back water creeks we have been catching big numbers of small Speckled Trout on VuDu Shrimp and DOA Shrimp and even a Flounder here and there. For daily updated reports like my Facebook page: Shallow Minded Inshore Fishing Charters. Catch you guys later.
"Facebook" Shallow Minded
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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.