Beaufort/ Hilton Head Fishing Report
Spottail Bass: Very good. Bay Street Outfitters (843-524-5250) in Beaufort reports great fishing for redfish across a range of tides. Particularly when low tide falls early in the morning fish are schooled up in small pods and feeding very well since the water is a bit cooler – this bite should only get better as the fall progresses. On spinning tackle sight casting Mirrolure shallow water suspended twitch baits (like the MR17) in any color has been good. The bait sinks to about twelve inches and stays in the perfect zone. DOA shrimp have also been working well. Just after the turn as fish start to pull back onto the flats chasing shrimp has been the best period around low tide. On higher tides that get up high enough for fish to move up into the short grass there has been outstanding tailing activity. On spinning tackle sight-casting Gulp! peeler crabs with the jighead buried has been effective, and on the fly Dupre spoons flies and size 2 crab patterns with a weed guard have both worked well.
Captain Dan “Fishin’ Coach” Utley (843-368-2126) reports that small, juvenile redfish are biting very well around oyster beds in the small creeks. Fishing around low water is best, either when the tide is coming in or going out. Larger fish are also in the creeks around oyster beds, but more stealth is needed to get near them. The outgoing tide has been best for bigger reds.
Tarpon: Fair. Bay Street Outfitters reports that some tarpon are around, as they should be through the end of the month. Anglers are catching them on menhaden, and a few are also being caught on topwater lures and big flies sight casted to them.
Other inshore: Bay Street Outfitters reports that a few trout are being caught on topwater lures early and even all day on cloudy days, with the dropping tide being best. Captain Dan “Fishin’ Coach” Utley reports that he is not catching enough trout to speak of but the occasional flounder is being picked up on mud minnows drifted near oysters in moving water.
Hunting Island Pier (843-838-7437) reports that decent numbers of whiting, a few small bluefish, eels, sharpnose sharks, sting rays and skate are being caught off the pier. They also had a nice Florida pompano landed.