Finally the weather has begun to cut us a little slack the past few days, and after the past couple weeks we certainly can use the break from rain and wind. Obviously reports were pretty slow up until the past couple days, but the improvement in weather translated into some pretty good fish reports coming back through the doors While anglers are still seeing some large schools of reds up on the shallow flats, we have also begun to see a little taste of spring with reds starting to gravitate to structure (docks,rock piles,etc) in smaller pods. Still hearing cut mullet being a go to bait, but artificials such as a Live Target Mullet, Chatterbaits, and Gulp! Flats worms have also produced well as of late. Surprising enough, have had several customers in the past few days reporting a handful of flounder being caught (yes I know its barely even march!) and good sized trout being found in 5-10ft of water using Trout Tricks and Zman PaddlerZ around shell points and the center of feeder creek mouths. Sheepshead reports have been somewhat hit-and-miss, with better reports coming from rock piles and bridge pilings in 8-20ft of water. Live shrimp and live fiddler crabs are still going to be your baits of choice for the sheeps.
If you have been patiently looking at your bluewater rig in the driveway or at the marina just waiting for offshore to kick off, you may not be waiting much longer! SOLID reports of wahoo have come through the doors by the handful of anglers who have made the trip out, including one of our good customers catching 5 good sized wahoo in.....get this....130-140ft of water. While this may sound more like an early April report, water temps around the ledge and just inside have been hanging around 68-69 degrees...just warm enough to hold some awesome wahoo steaks! The nearshore reefs are still producing some pretty good sheepshead and black drum for those willing to battle through the hundreds of black sea bass. Also still a lot of False Albacore all over live bottom areas from 60-120ft of water, quite a sporting fish on light tackle!
2 weeks from opening day in the woods(Game Zone 6) and from what I have seen we can expect a strong spring turkey season. Last year this time I had already encountered multiple hens sitting on nests already, due to the incredibly warm winter we had last year which led to a bulk of the breeding season taking place before the season opened. This year, as of this past week, I have just started to see the break up of winter flocks of birds into more of a spring time grouping. Up until this past week i was still seeing gobblers hanging in bachelor groups and hens in large groups with last years poults. Gobblers are starting to split up and stake out their territories, and gobbling activity is slowly increasing each day that passes. Both Haddrells locations have everything you need for the spring turkey season including tags!
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Assistant Manager -- Haddrell's Point Tackle West Ashley