Edisto Island Fishing Report Reviewed by Momizat on . Sheepshead: Excellent. This is the peak month for sheepshead fishing in the creeks around dock pilings and fallen trees. Fiddler crabs fished with short-leadere Sheepshead: Excellent. This is the peak month for sheepshead fishing in the creeks around dock pilings and fallen trees. Fiddler crabs fished with short-leadere Rating: 0
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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.

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Comments (10)

  • 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

    Reply
  • Sam

    Thanks for the report!

    Reply
  • pam sheaf

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

    Reply

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