Edisto Island Fishing Report
Sheepshead: Excellent. This is the peak month for sheepshead fishing in the creeks around dock pilings and fallen trees. Fiddler crabs fished with short-leadered Carolina rigs are all you need for a great time catching these tasty, toothy critters. The lower tides are always best, and the best structure is the oldest structure.
Spottail bass: Good. Water temperatures have cooled to the mid 70s, and the redfish have started to feed much more regularly in the creeks and on the flats. The numbers of fish in the area are still low as compared to past years, but if you are able to find the schools, catching has gotten much easier. Live shrimp fished 1-3 feet under a float on the main river oyster flats has been the most productive around mid-tides. The large tides of the full moon produced steady action for those sight fishing in the grass. There will be another opportunity for sight fishermen during the new moon later this month.
Creek fishing has been steady, but most fish have been slightly under the slot limit’s 15″ minimum. Deep bends in creeks with old docks, fallen trees, riprap, or seawalls are good places to drop a live shrimp or finger mullet on the bottom.
The bull reds are making their annual “run” on the hard bottom areas just offshore and on the reefs. Live finger mullet or menhaden are the best bait for these bruisers. Fish are averaging 25-30 lbs. and will continue to here in big numbers through November.
Trout: Good. Finally, there have been some trout showing in the area with some regularity. Most fish are averaging 13-15 inches, but catches of 10-15 per trip are common. Live shrimp fished 3-5 feet under a popping cork on the main river points and current rips during the upper stages of the tides has been most productive.
Flounder: Poor. Usually, the flounder fishing picks up tremendously in the area during October, but very few rod and reel catches have been reported. Some anglers are having success gigging during tides and conditions when the water has good clarity.