By Geoff Bennett
It is a few weeks late but spring is finally coming! Temperatures returning to the 70s have reminded the trout to wake up while the redfish have become more active. Anglers have been eager with anticipation to return to the water and now have their chance.
While somewhat finicky from the colder weather, redfish have become increasingly more cooperative as we caught more big redfish in March than any month in recent memory. Despite competing against a bevy of options, frozen cut mullet has outperformed them all including live bait. Fished on size 3/0 circle hooks, it has been effective on both the flats and under docks. Expect this bait to continue to produce going forward.
As trout become more active, popping corks cast along grass banks and over oyster beds will be a good bet paired with mud minnows and live shrimp. I usually use a 18”-24” leader and a size 1 circle hook. When working the popping cork, always try to keep slack out of your line and when that cork drops just reel tight to set the hook. You’ll find that the circle hook will do most of the work for you.
Fly fishermen have had their skills put to the test with some windy days. When the winds have laid down, fly fishing has been productive with some great sight fishing. We have been moving over to slightly bulkier flies as glass minnows and mullet return to our waters. Flies tied with EP fibers that produce the illusion of a pulsating baitfish have been working well particularly in lighter colors.
See you on the water!
Capt. Geoff Bennett operates Charleston Charter Fishing providing fly fishing and light tackle charters. Clients choose from a full menu of fly rods, artificial and live bait fishing options with charters tailored to their desires. USCG licensed and insured, Capt. Bennett is committed to providing a safe and enjoyable charter to anglers of all skill levels and ages. For more information, call Capt. Bennett at 324-3332, visit his website at www.charlestoncharterfishing.com or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.