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Fall Fishing is On Fire!

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Fall Bite is On! Here in the Lowcountry of South Carolina, the fall fishing season is in full-swing. Falling water temperatures have set the inshore species, such as redfish and trout, into a feeding frenzy as they bulk up for the colder winter months.

I got to experience this recently while fishing on a cool Sunday morning here in Charleston. It was a day tailor-made for catching multiple species, with the right tide for my float plan – plus light winds and sunshine made the day even better. My strategy included early-morning structure fishing for sheepshead, then switching to inshore fishing creeks and flats for reds and trout.

The morning sheepshead fishing was steady, and the fiddler crabs were having a hard time staying on the hook as I caught a number of smaller fish. I finally found a nice keeper-size sheep that went into the cooler. I notched another legal-size fish before heading to my “special spot”.

Along the way, I hit some fishy-looking water along the mouth of a creek that was made turbulent by the outgoing tide. I rigged a rod with some locally-produced plastics called “Trout Tricks”, and proceeded to fan-cast along the mouth. Two casts later, I had my first trout in the kayak. This spot would produce a few more before I finally moved on.

As I arrived at my honey-hole, I scanned the water of the creek – looking for action. The trout were hitting the schools of bait as they were skirting the grass of the creek. I cast along the grass, working the plastic up and down in the water column. The trout were thumping the lure on the fall – but I wasn't getting that big hit. Then a few minutes later – I got that big hit and a bowed-over rod. Nice trout? Yes! A fat 17” trout in the net.

Then came the reds! I hooked a nice redfish when I was fan-casting along an oyster mound. It would be the first of many this day. As I continued along the creek the reds and trout kept coming, with the same technique and same plastic lure. This was the kind of day where you pump your fist and say your hallelujahs!

A dozen reds and about as many trout later – I was casting into some deeper water in the creek. An aggressive thump! The rod dipped over and I set the hook, and reeling the line in I noticed that whatever it was wasn't surfacing. I was excited to see that flat flounder coming into view! Getting the inshore slam was a terrific cap on a great day of fishing.

Get out there and enjoy the fall bite while it lasts!

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Lewis G. Brownlee

Lewis G. Brownlee (Elgeebee) is a native South Carolinian, and avid outdoorsman.  He is the president of the "Lowcountry Kayak Anglers" club in Charleston, SC.


# gssterl 2014-11-20 09:11
Wow! What a great day, congrats. I hope to have a simialr experience when I am on vacation in Destin, Fl for thanksgiving.
# one more cast 2014-11-20 14:47
Awesome! Anytime you can snatch up a slam, youre having a good day.
# Sauerkraut 2014-11-21 08:45
Good job Lewis.

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