With water temperatures slowly dropping, inshore fishing has shown a marked improvement in the last few days.
Spottail bass are more schooled and are holding over hard bottom along active oyster banks. Trout have moved inside grass edges close to feeder creeks and the mouth of larger points. Sheepshead are tight around bridge and pier pilings and holding over rock formations in shallow water.
Other active species include croaker, whiting and spot with some smaller shark still active.
Best baits include mullet, minnows and a variety of artificial screw tail lures, and jigs in green, white/red and chartreuse.
The following offshore report comes courtesy of Capt. Wally:
"It has been a few years since King Mackerel have been as active as they have been recently. October is not a month I usually get the opportunity to venture far offshore, due to customer choices, but last week things changed. With seas at 3-4 feet, a 15-knot west wind, and water temps at 74 degrees, things couldn't have been more perfect.
"The Sea Wolf put out nine deep trolling lines. Within 20 minutes, we boated a 20-pound king, lost a considerable amount of others but managed to land three more and a large, 25-pound barracuda. Best lure and color choices were red and black, purple and black, pink, and white and red. Spoons, drone, sizes 2 and 3 1/2, colors green and pink."
I have been asked time and time again about my choice of shotguns. In recent weeks, this question has been the topic of many conversations around the deck and during social events.
My brother-in-law is a gunsmith and often finds incredible bargains that fit my purpose well. After much argument, a bit of persuasion, a period of trial and error, and a large number of rounds fired, I have decided.
I am now shooting a Cobra pump shotgun with a fixed pistol grip, fiber optic front sight and a dedicated Beretta (R) choke. The gun sports a picatinny rail, large faced recoil pad, and a vented rib. This gun fits well to any field conditions I may encounter.
CLEAN MARINE PROJECT
Boaters wishing to dispose of unwanted, damaged and unusable equipment may do so for free at a three-day event next weekend at several locations around Beaufort County.
Staff will be on hand to coordinate Nov. 2 (noon to 4 p.m.) and Nov. 3-4 (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.) at the following locations: Grays Hill Landing; Bluffton Oyster Factory Park; Broad River, C.C. Haig Landing; Port Royal Landing Marina; Benny Hudson Seafood Dock; Port Royal Commercial Dock; Broad Creek Marina; Edgar Glenn Landing (Old Lemon Island Marina); Palmetto Bay Marina and Buddy & Zoo/Station Creek Landing.
Items for disposal include motors, anchors, dock lines, crab traps, nets, coolers, scrap material and accessories. Large items, including watercraft and trailers, and restricted fluids must be coordinated through Beaufort County Solid Waste and Recycling: 843-255-2734.
For information, go to http://www.scdhec.gov/cleanmarine.
The S.C. Department of Natural Resources volunteer marine gamefish tagging program has been re-launched. To participate, individuals must have a S.C. saltwater recreational fishing license and have the appropriate tagging gun.
For information on the tagging program, call 843-953-9363 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
My wife is considering adopting another family pet. I asked how she came to this conclusion. It being just the two of us, she answered, "You will learn to cope with the addition."
In our search, we came upon this ad: Free Puppies: Mother, registered German Shepherd; Father, Unknown Super Dog with ability to leap tall fences.
Her decision is still pending.