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Kayak Fishing with Black Sheep Kayak Charters

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Lewis Brownlee and I decided to fish with fellow Pluff Mud Pirates team member Chris Kirby in Beaufort, SC. Chris is owner/guide of Black Sheep Kayak Charters. He is also a member of the Hobie Fishing Team through Higher Ground of the Low Country. He started guiding in the Beaufort area about seven months ago, and  has been very successful getting anglers on flounder, trout, sheepshead, and the hard-fighting redfish.

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On this trip with Chris, we fished with a client (Brian) from Texas looking for his first redfish. We launched on Parris Island at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot. Actually, the launch site is just past the golf course near an area that has hiking trails through an old 1562 French settlement known as Charlesfort, and the 1566 Spanish village of Santa Elena. There are also remains of the Spanish forts San Felipe and San Marcos. Our launch was just on the other side of the ruins of Fort San Marcos, on a small creek that makes it way to the Beaufort River.  Once in the Beaufort River, we paddled to the south heading towards the Parris Island Point to target some redfish.

Parris Island Point is a huge flat that shares the mouths of the Beaufort River and the Broad River/Port Royal Sound. At high tide, this area is 1’-2’ deep and contains a few shell reef fingers. Once the tide starts turning, you will need to move to deeper water as the flat will become a muddy area for several hours. At low tide, the redfish become concentrated in the deep areas that still hold water. There are opportunities to catch speckled trout and black drum during certain times of the year at high tide.

Chris prefers fishing plastics on jig heads on his trips, but does bring along some live bait (generally either mud minnows or shrimp) just in case the fish aren’t eating artificials. As do most fishing guides, he works hard to get you an opportunity to land a fish in a kayak. On this trip we all managed to get fish in the kayak. Even Brian from Texas, who explained to me he had never caught a fish on a rod, even in freshwater. This might have been a challenge for Chris, but by the end of the trip Brian was whooping and howling as if he was on a bull ride. He had a slot size redfish (17”) in the kayak in no time - Chris did his job well. Lewis caught three redfish, two of which were over slot, with the biggest at 27”. Chris landed one that measured 25”, and I managed a single slot-size spot tail at 18”.

With the trip complete, we headed back to the launch site. Since it was still low tide, there was a solid wall of mud about 6’ high with a 50° – 60° incline. Chris was concerned about the safety of his clients, so he landed first and dragged his Hobie “Revolution” up the incline. Then he came back to the water’s edge to assist each of us out of our kayaks, including helping drag the kayaks up the muddy launch.

If you are ever in the Beaufort, SC area and need the services of a kayak fishing guide, I encourage you to book a trip with Chris Kirby of Black Sheep Kayak Charters. For more information on Black Sheep Kayak Charters, check out Chris’ Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pages/Black-Sheep-Kayak-Charters/1467657426793614 or his website http://blacksheepkayakcharters.com/.

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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.




# islandgeek 2014-03-31 08:55
Those are some nice flounders! :-)
# DDOlson 2014-04-03 19:10
Chris is a great guy. I would highly recommend him if you what to case some nice fish. The photo of him with the great table fare is a promo photo. We did not catch any flounder. After saying that it will not be too long and I'm sure Chris will be landing monsters like that shortly.

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