It's been awhile, maybe too long! Definitely too long since I made a post with some real substance. It seems like we find ourselves more and more rushed as the cacophony of everyday life and social media close in on us.
Any how, it's nice to have a minute and sit down and reflect on fishing recently. We've made it through what is most likely the final set of flood tides here in the Low Country and we're moving on to multiple fish days on the low. While I miss the floods every year as the crabs burrow down and avoid the ensuing cold, it is a refreshing change of pace to head out in the morning with crisp, cool winds and clear green water.
Schools of fish are starting to show all through the low tide sounds and mud flats. The more open waters tend to have the larger fish, albeit when the wind picks up spotting the fish becomes less than effortless.
On a negative tide, reds can be easily found in between the oyster beds and along shallow banks, backs out of the water, crawling through the mud. I recently had my father on the boat and this was how we got it done. Fishing in the sounds and bays was a bit difficult for him as the wind had picked up and he was having trouble picking up the subtle flashes and rolls as the lazy fish flipped to their side to eat the occasional shrimp or mullet. We switched it up and found ourselves a few crawlers that were more than willing to take a quick snack.
When the water in the negative tide areas are muddy, dropping the fly almost on the fishes nose tends to induce a nice reactive strike. On the other hand, in the bays and open clear water, leading the fish a few feet will help get that stalking and feeding hit. While I'm partial to purple and black, chartreuse with purple has been doing the job in the more open waters. I still like a small to medium black or purple fly with some flash to it for muddy, shallow water.
If you're looking to book a trip now is the time to do so. Plenty of shots at fish with space to watch them run. Fall in the Low Country is a beautiful thing!
Call me at (843) 422-3354 or book online today! You can do so here on Amberjack or at www.spottingtailscharters.com