September Fishing Report
Fall is finally here! The fine fishing that accompanies this change in season has already begun. No more need to be on the water at first light to scratch out a few hours of fishing before the hot temperatures turned the bite off. Anglers can expect all species of fish to feed more aggressively. And, oh yeah, there will be much less traffic on the water to boot!
Recently, weve been casting artificials to redfish on the flats at low tide and found them to be finicky. So, back to the tried and true cracked blue crab. Set up your boat a good distance from the school and wait for the redfish to come back to you. Weve been using size 3/0 circle hooks and its really important to make sure the hook point comes out nice and clean from the crab to ensure a good hook set. Its best to put the rod in a holder and only pick it up once the drag starts singing.
The topwater trout bite has really been smoking first thing in the morning. A creature of habit, I usually start with super spook jrs. My favorite colors are black head/ chartreuse body and silver shad. If these arent working, Ill switch over to a lure with a slimmer profile like Yo Zuris banana boat. Remember to alternate your rate of retrieve until you find one that works. As an added bonus, weve been having big redfish bull rush these lures and absolutely crush them.
The flounder season has been one of the better ones in recent memory. Finger mullet fished under a popping cork has been working very well. Some of our best bites have come at low tide either around rock piles or along sandy bottoms. It hasnt been unusual for a client to tell me they are stuck on something only to watch the rod tip start dipping up and down. Several flounder in the 3-4lb. range have made it into the boat recently.
Fly fishing has been best during big high tides or tailing tides when the redfish are way up in the grass. This produces very exciting fishing as anglers can see the backs and tails of redfish as they put their noses in the mud to forage for crabs. Spoon flies have been particularly effective and weve been using Dupres spoon fly in their root beer color quite often. When casting to redfish, remember to lead the fish by several feet, hitting them square on the head will cause them to spook and race away.
See you on the water!
Capt. Geoff Bennett operates Charleston Charter Fishing providing fly fishing and light tackle charters.
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