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Bushy Park SC November Meet & Fish

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The November Meet & Fish (Nov. 4 2012) for kayak anglers from the South Carolina Kayak Fishing Association - Midlands to the Low Country met at Bushy Park near the Naval Weapons Station near Goose Creek, SC. We had 10 anglers meet up at the launch site and with four new kayak anglers it was Charleston’s version of a mini-Boondoggle.

The plan was to launch at 8 a.m. and fish the incoming tide. High tide was at 12:23 p.m. We decided to meet back at the launch at 1 p.m. for a headcount and conclusion of the event. All had hopes of coming back with stories of their Bushy Park Slam, which would be a redfish, a trout, a flounder, a striper, and a freshwater catfish.

Some anglers took to the left onto the freshwater side of the Creeks and the Cooper River, and some went to the right for the saltwater side.

The water temperature was about 67 degrees F, and water clarity was about 5’ – 6’.

Working the grass line with a white Berkley “Gulp” Curly Tail on a jig head, I managed to get a hit from a nice slot redfish. A few minutes later, another angler yelled “Fish on!” A few seconds later there were some choice words - he had lost a nice speckled trout.

Darrell w Redfish

15” redfish captured using a ¼ oz. red jig head with a 4” white Gulp Curly Tail.

Then the trout bite turned on for the morning. Anglers were catching them with Z-Man, DOA Shrimp on a popping cork, and Gulp. Colors working the best ranged from white to root beer.

Bernnie w Trout

Bernie used a Glowing DOA Shrimp and popping cork to catch and release this nice trout.

The mullet and baitfish were all over the creeks.

LGB w Trout

Elgeebee used a pumpkin colored Z-Man on a jig head to land this speck.

The trout bite turned off right about 11:30 a.m. Occasionally one would take the lure, but it was hard work. For the group, it sounded like we caught and released 20 – 25 trout ranging between 12” – 15”,and of course the first (and only) red that started it all.

Last modified on Thursday, 08 November 2012 09:57
Darrell Olson

Darrell Olson an avid Fisherman enjoys bait fishing, using a spinning rod, bait caster, fly fishing, and fishing challenges that come his way. While living in England he was recognized as the 1981 Master Angler from the Rod & Gun Clubs of Europe. He has been kayak angling for a little more than five years. He is one of the founders of the South Carolina Kayak Fishing Association’s monthly Meet and Fish events. He is currently the Secretary/Treasurer of the Lowcountry Kayak Anglers. For the past three years he has been participating in the Inshore Fishing Association (IFA) Kayak Tour for the Atlantic Division. Darrell is a member of the Jackson Regional Kayak Fishing Team, an Ambassador for Power-Pole and Raymarine. Darrell is also a member of the YakAngler Pro Staff and the YakAngler Will It Fish video series.



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