Folly Beach has kept anglers busy the past few weeks with catches of Trout, Sheepshead and Redfish while Charleston fisherman are doing the same plus enjoying an influx of baitfish into their waters. Sheepshead have been eating fiddler crabs and oysters. We have found them on sunken structure, rock piles and around docks and pilings in 4 to 18 ft of water. Redfish have begun to spread out from their winter schooling pattern and are now roaming creeks, flats and grasslines in smaller numbers in search of food. This is good news as they are readily taking soft plastics like Z-Man paddle tails and any kind of cut or live bait fished under corks or on the bottom. Trout have been biting well in clean water and we have been catching them on popping corks with live shrimp or mud minnows and just as effectively with DOA shrimp jigged and twitched off the bottom.
If you find your baits are getting hit often and you are coming up empty tie on a “Gotcha” plug and rip that through the area that you have been getting your bites in. Don’t be surprised to hook into as many 10 to 12 inch Bluefish that you care to catch. I keep a few ultra light rods on the boat and we throw the small version of that plug and it provides plenty of action. We usually put a few dozen in the boat just for fun before moving on to search for larger prey. Your local tackle shop has everything you need to gear up for a successful trip. Be sure to stop in before you head out and ask them what is working. Your tackle shop staff has information and products that the big box stores just can’t provide. I highly suggest you take advantage of it. The fishing has improved a little each week and things will continue to get better. Get your trips on the calender now by calling me or booking online through the website.
Let’s go fishing!