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AHQ INSIDER Charleston (SC) Fall Fishing Report – Updated September 1

  • by Jay

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September 1

With recent clouds and rain inshore temperatures in the Charleston area have dropped from 87 to 81 in the last week.

Partly because of mild recent winters, this fall Captain Rob Bennett of Lowcountry Inshore Charters (843-367-3777) expects to see some of the best fall fishing in years.  The creeks are so full of shrimp right now that you can practically walk on them, and in only a few casts during the period an hour or two each side of low tide you can usually catch all the shrimp you need for a day of fishing.

Rob has never seen this many puppy drum around before, and both the redfish and trout will take a shrimp fished under a popping cork with an 18-24 inch leader on a 1/0 kahle hook.  There are also tons of ladyfish around, which in addition to acrobatic fights make a great bait for sharks off the beaches.

One of the abundant puppy drum caught recently on Captain Rob Bennett's boat
One of the abundant puppy drum caught recently on Captain Rob Bennett’s boat

Flounderare also in the same area as the trout and redfish, particularly around white shell beds next to grass.  For trout, reds and flounder Rob emphasizes the importance of keeping your bait near the grass where the shrimp live and other species follow them.

The tripletailbite has also been really good, and in the inlets, around the tidelines, and near crab pot floats they can be found lazing on the surface.  Sight-fishing a live shrimp or DOA shrimp to these fish will usually draw a strike.  These tripletail usually run 5-10 pounds and make for some excellent eating.

Tarponare still around in good numbers, and with millions of mullet about to run down the beaches that bite should only get better.  The tarpon and sharks should be going crazy under the mullet very soon.

Rob is also seeing a lot of small mangrove snapper and catching 2-5 per trip.

Spanish mackerel can still be found offshore and king mackerel can be caught trolling.