By Capt. Geoff Bennett for The Island Eye News
With a perfect set of conditions in place, anglers can be confident that inshore fishing is really picking up in September. The combination of lots of bait, cooler water temperatures and less traffic on the water should make for great fishing. While most people will turn their focus to hunting and football, fishermen who save some time for wetting a line will be well-rewarded.
As usual during this time of year, redfish will begin to increasingly take artificial baits. Plastic lures that mimic the minnows in our waters are very effective. Zman’s 3 3/4’ streakz in smokey shad is an excellent choice. I pair this lure with a 1/8 ounce jighead, but conditions may call for a heavier weight. Make sure to vary your rate of retrieve as you work a spot. Sometimes just slowing down or speeding up the pace of the lure can make the bite come to life.
We continue to find our best trout bite by fishing topwater lures first thing in the morning when temperatures are cooler.
Our perennial favorite lure remains the Super Spook Jr. with a black head and chartreuse body. Something about the contrast in colors seems to really get the trout fired up. As the topwater bite fades with the rising sun, try switching over to MirrOLure suspended lures, and you can usually find more eager fish.
It’s not uncommon to catch bull redfish – 36-inches plus – during the summertime at the jetties or at near-shore reefs. During the fall, these same fish come increasingly more into the harbor and inlets as they track down large bait fish. Rods rigged for these fish will have heavy test braided line connected to a 50- to 60-pound leader and 7/0 circle hooks.
Fresh chunks of mullet, menhaden or smaller fish are effective baits. Target spots where there are marked changes in depth and wait for the massive strikes!
See you on the water!
Capt. Bennett operates Charleston Charter Fishing, which provides light tackle fishing charters. U.S. Coast Guard licensed and insured, he is committed to providing a safe and enjoyable charter to anglers of all skill levels and ages. For more information, call Capt. Bennett at 843-324-3332, visit charlestoncharterfishing.com or email email@example.com.