Edisto Island Fishing Report Reviewed by Momizat on . Thanks to Ron Davis, inventor of The Chatterbait, for this inshore report. Spottail bass: Good. Cooling water temperatures have prompted the redfish to feed reg Thanks to Ron Davis, inventor of The Chatterbait, for this inshore report. Spottail bass: Good. Cooling water temperatures have prompted the redfish to feed reg Rating: 0
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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.

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Comments (11)

  • Lee Greer

    How is flounder gigging late September? Striper fishing around the island same time period.

    Reply
  • Bev

    What are the best chances and ways of caatching reds or trout for this coming weekend of
    January 25-27.

    Reply
  • james

    I am interested in fishing for reds, i am looking for suggestions as to what type of rod and reel i should purchase tackle ect. i would appreciate any help.

    thanks,
    James

    Reply
  • Travis

    I will be in Edisto on May 31-June 9 as we do every year. I usaully like to surf fish for shark. What is the best fishing during this time in the surf as shark fishing is kinda a bore until you catch one. I’m looking to utilize my time for the hunt instead of the wait. Any info would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks

    Travis

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  • Dayle Fish

    Are there locations where I can gain access to the river from shore, for shore fishing?

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  • Aidan

    I am heading down to Edisto the first week of June this year. Every time we go, our usual bait is just plain old squid. It works great, but all we really catch are sharks and rays. Our usual fishing spot is either next to the Pavilion’s pier on the beach, or Steamboat landing. We have gone down to the end of Botany Bay and fished the river but never did any good. Any suggestions on different baits to use?

    Thanks

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  • Sam

    Thanks for the report!

    Reply
  • pam sheaf

    were is the best place to fish sheep-head on shore? Thanks!

    Reply
  • Matt

    How will the fishing be Veterans Day weekend. We will have access to a 17ft boat, any tips for getting into some good fish this time of year?

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