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Edisto Island (SC) Spring Fishing Report – Updated March 9

  • by Jay

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March 9

Captain Ron Davis, Jr. (843-513-0143) reports that Edisto Island-area inshore water temperatures range from about 62-65 degrees in the main areas, while in the shallows they can reach into the high 60s on warm afternoons.  Because of the absence of rain clarity is still excellent.

The redfish bite is very poor on the river flats, and the few fish that can be found are very finicky.  The creek bite remains decent, and there are more fish there and they are easier to target.  Fishing around docks with cut mullet, mud minnows and shrimp can be productive, but to cover the most water fishing Gulp! shrimp on a weedless jighead is the best pattern.  There is very little point in fishing outside of the bottom of the tide cycle for reds, and with no fish tailing yet it’s hard to catch fish when it’s not low water.  In past years you could spot fish along the grassline on higher tides but there just aren’t enough around right now.

A nice red caught on Captain Ron Davis' boat
A nice red caught on Captain Ron Davis’ boat

Troutfishing has been good – above average for March – but with fish scattered it’s important to cover a lot of water in the creeks.  ¼ ounce jigheads with a curly or boottail grub will both catch fish, and whether to cast or troll is a matter of preference.  You can cover more water trolling with several rods, but the most productive areas are often from the base of docks out to the floating platform which can’t be effectively trolled.  Docks at the bends of creeks are most productive.  The tide does not seem to matter too much right now, but with the target depth from 4-7 feet it affects what areas of docks anglers should fish.  Early and late in the day has been best.  There are some fish out on the main rivers but the creeks have been more productive.

Black drum have been unusually absent on the main river flats while flounder have not migrated back inshore yet.

Both inshore as well as nearshore sheepsheadfishing has been strong, with the best inshore fishing in 8-12 feet of water on the lower half of the tide cycle.  Fiddler crabs as well as oysters and clams are all working.  At Capers Reef, 4KI, and the Edisto Nearshore Reef sheepshead have been biting well if you can wait out the small black sea bass.

It’s too early for Spanish mackerel but there are lots of 1-2 pound bluefish at the nearshore reefs and wrecks.  They will eat ½ ounce spoons jigged or cast, and there are lots of little tunny mixed in.