Folly Beach May Fishing Report
Our fishery is set to explode! The waters are full of bait and the effects of the long Winter have now been shed. Traditional targets like redfish, trout and flounder are active and the summer seasonal species will arrive soon if not here already.
Fishing for redfish has been very good. The large schools of redfish have now broken up but you can still find pods of ten to twenty fish especially on the flats. Right now its not if the fish are biting but rather how windy is it? As usual, the Spring has brought some windy conditions that can churn up the water causing low visibility and sometimes turn off the bite. The best way to counter the wind is to work live or cut bait on the bottom. Putting a scent trail in the water and an easy meal in front of redfish is a tactic bound for success. We usually put cracked blue crab or live mullet on the bottom with enough weight to hold it stationary. Use circle hooks in size 3/0 combined with a heavy test line and hold on!
Trout fishing is becoming increasingly better. We have been catching some healthy trout in the 2-3 pound range mostly over shell beds and along grassy banks. Bait suspended under popping corks has been the ticket and you can use either live shrimp or mud minnows. When working a popping cork, lift the cork out of the water to make a clacking sound and then let the bait fall naturally before lifting the cork again. Trout are used to seeing bait floating in the water column and not jerked along the surface. Trout will frequently watch the bait and hit it as it falls. Dont forget to try topwater lures at first light in the morning! Anglers have recently been reporting a solid trout bite working these lures to start the day. You will sometimes pick up redfish as well.
The seasonal species mentioned above include spanish mackerel, ladyfish and sharks among others. Bonnethead sharks that can range up to twenty pounds have begun cruising our waters. These sharks are pretty obliging targets and can be a great way to introduce children to fishing. Working bait on the bottom works well for them too and dont be surprised when you catch these sharks while working on redfish.
See you on the water!
Capt. Geoff Bennett operates Charleston Charter Fishing providing fly fishing and light tackle charters. Clients choose from a full menu of fly rods, artificial and live bait fishing options with charters tailored to their desires. USCG licensed and insured, Capt. Bennett is committed to providing a safe and enjoyable charter to anglers of all skill levels and ages. For more information, call Capt. Bennett at 843-324-3332, visit his website at www.charlestoncharterfishing.com or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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