Dec 16 2009

Folly Beach Fishing Report 12/14/09

So far, December has had more than its fair share of rainy and windy days. The good news is that when conditions have allowed, the fishing has been excellent. Water temperature is still close to 60 degrees and fish continue to feed aggressively.  Try to take advantage of the next few weeks before chillier weather sets in!

For trout, we’ve been having the most success with mud minnows under popping corks. Try adjusting how far below the popping cork you suspend your minnow. The difference in just a foot can sometimes make a big impact. Target areas like oyster beds, creek mouths and docks. I like popping corks with brass beads that can make a loud clack that attracts fish.

As the winter approaches, redfish have begun their standard practice of forming large schools.  You can find these fish on the flats but also along grass banks. The size of these schools can be staggering, numbering as high as several hundred. We found several schools today that held 50+ fish; it is truly a sight to behold. The fish do tend to be spooky so you’ll need to use extra caution when approaching.  Fishing live bait such as cut mullet or blue crab on the bottom and waiting for the schools of fish to come to you can be the ticket.

Sheepshead action has really turned on recently. For these fish, focus on docks, concrete pilings and other pieces of structure that are covered with barnacles or oysters. Fiddler crabs, oyster or pieces of shrimp all work well as bait. These fish can try your patience because they are notorious bait stealers but they are so tasty it is worth the effort.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions.

See you on the water!

Capt. Geoff Bennett

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