Edisto Island Fishing Report
Thanks to Ron Davis, inventor of The Chatterbait, for this inshore report.
Spottail bass: Good. Cooling water temperatures have prompted the redfish to feed regularly throughout the tidal cycles. The numbers are still relatively low in the area as compared to past years, but if fish are found, they have been cooperative. Live shrimp have been the best baits to use, but finger mullet, mud minnows, and scented soft plastic lures are all catching fish. Finding good schools on the flats has been the biggest challenge.
Creek fishing has also picked up, but most fish are 14-17 inches. Creek reds are being caught on live shrimp and finger mullet fished on Carolina rigs around trees, rocks, docks, and sea walls. The best fishing in the creeks is normally within 3 hours of low tide.
We are at the peak of the bull red run. Redfish in the 15-50 lb. range are common on the rocky bottom areas just off the coast and also around the offshore sandbars that create turbulent water. Live and cut mullet have been the baits of choice.
Trout: Good. Trout numbers have picked up in the area since the beginning of October. About 40 percent are over the keeping limit on average. They have been found around main river points and creek mouths around high tide, and also up in the deep bends in the smaller creeks with structure around low tide. Live shrimp are hard to beat for bait, but artificial grubs and lures have been almost as effective.
Sheepshead: Good. Lots of nice sheepshead are being caught around deeper, older docks with lots of growth around the pilings. Slack water is best, and fiddler crabs are the bait of choice.
Flounder: Poor. Very few rod and reel catches have been reported. There have been a few decent gigging reports, but the flounder are on their way offshore as the water continues to cool.