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AHQ Report - Edisto Island

November 19

Inshore surface water temperatures around Edisto Island are down to the mid to upper 60s. The North Edisto is clear while the South Edisto is a bit browner because of the rain – but still not bad.  Bait is finally leaving the creeks. 

It’s that time of year when each drop in the water temperature reminds inshore species that they need to feed up because soon there will be an absence of forage, and as a result Captain Ron Davis, Jr. (843-513-0143) reports

October 21

Inshore surface water temperatures around Edisto Island are about 75 degrees in the ocean, but the creeks have gotten as warm as 78-79 degrees. The South Edisto is highly tannic while the North is getting very clear. The creeks are totally full of shrimp and finger mullet and the mullet run continues off the beaches.

Each time the temperatures drop during the fall the fish feed a little bit more aggressively, as if cooling reminds them that the bait will be disappearing soon, but Captain Ron Davis, Jr. (843-513-0143) reports

September 24

Inshore surface water temperatures around Edisto Island are about 77 or 78 degrees in the main rivers, while a couple of miles out temperatures are still over 80.  The South Edisto is very dark with recent rain events. High winds and tides have also generally dirtied the water. Bait is at its peak for the year with the mullet run in full swing and big shrimp coming out of the creeks. 

With so much bait around the fish have gotten into the period where they are putting on the weight that will get them through the winter, and Captain Ron Davis, Jr. (843-513-0143) reports

August 27

Inshore surface water temperatures in the morning around Edisto Island are about 84-85 degrees on the main rivers, while in the creeks water temperature can hit 90 or 91. Visibility in the North Edisto is pretty good, while in the South Edisto it is lower – especially when the tides are moving. There are tons of shrimp and finger mullet in the creeks, and mullet and menhaden are thick off the beaches. 

Seasonal cooling has already improved the fishing around Edisto Island, and Captain Ron Davis, Jr. (843-513-0143) points

July 29

Inshore surface water temperatures in the morning around Edisto Island are about 87.5 degrees on the main rivers, while in the creeks water temperatures are about 90-92 degrees. The clarity is decent everywhere and it is only cloudy because of plankton – not mud. There are tons of shrimp and finger mullet in the creeks, and mullet and menhaden are thick off the beaches. 

Despite the hottest water of the year, Captain Ron Davis, Jr. (843-513-0143) reports

July 2

Inshore surface water temperatures in the morning around Edisto Island are about 82 degrees and there is fair water clarity. Finger mullet have just reached the perfect size for bait.

Even though it’s July, Captain Ron Davis, Jr. (843-513-0143) reports

June 17

Inshore surface water temperatures in the morning around Edisto Island are about 82 degrees and there is decent water clarity. The water is browner in the South Edisto because of all the rainfall coming down the river, while the North Edisto, a closed tidal system, is clearer. 

The fish are in a reliable summer pattern around Edisto Island, and Captain Ron Davis, Jr. (843-513-0143) reports

May 28

Inshore surface water temperatures in the morning around Edisto Island are about 78 degrees, and the water is dirty in the South Edisto and better in the North Edisto. 

Overall fishing conditions remain similar around Edisto Island, and Captain Ron Davis, Jr. (843-513-0143) reports

May 13

Inshore surface water temperatures in the morning around Edisto Island are about 72 degrees, and the water in both rivers is nice and clear.  

Back on the water accepting small parties again, Captain Ron Davis, Jr. (843-513-0143) reports

April 3

It’s a tough time to fish in the Edisto Island area, and Captain Ron Davis, Jr. (843-513-0143) reports that all local ramps are closed to recreational fishing and the private marina on the island has also followed suit. 

March 27

Inshore surface water temperatures in the morning around Edisto Island are 65-66 degrees, and the water in both rivers has cleared. It is a pretty green.

This continues to be a time of rapid change around Edisto Island, and Captain Ron Davis, Jr. (843-513-0143) reports

March 13

Inshore surface water temperatures around Edisto Island are 57-59 degrees, and the South Edisto River and the creeks coming off it are very brown.     

In the next 30 days there are likely to be significant changes to saltwater fishing around Edisto Island, but already Captain Ron Davis, Jr. (843-513-0143) reports

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