Winter is a great time to fish and explore South Carolina’s Marshes
Winter fishing report for the waters surrounding Pawleys Island, North Inlet Reserve and Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge. Crystal clear water coupled with an abundance of migratory shore birds and schooling fish can make for some beautiful sights. The fishing can be excellant when the proper weather presents itself. South Carolina Redfish are gathered into large schools often times making them easy targets. Our approach is simple, quietly poling shore lines and shallow bars, casting to groups or pods of fish. We are looking for laid up and cursing fish. The past month we have patterned most fish hanging in deeper pockets just off of shallow bars. Once a school of fish is located its paramount to cast to the fish on edges of the group. This will prevent the whole school from spooking if a less than perfect cast is made.
Catch and Release on Redfish and Sea Trout
Due to the extreme cold south Carolina experienced last year I will continue to practice Catch and Release on trout and Redfish and I hope you would consider doing the same. One last note about winter fishing Schooling Redfish. If you find yourself on a healthy school of winter Redfish don’t beat them up! Catch a few and move on. Beating down a school educates them and often causes them to vacate an area.