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Charleston South Carolina Fall Fishing Report

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Inshore water temperatures in the Charleston area range between about 59 and 64 degrees.

Fall is always a great time for inshore fishing around Charleston, but Captain Rob Bennett of Lowcountry Inshore Charters (843-367-3777) reports that conditions have combined to make fishing this fall even better than usual.  The fishing is still excellent.

While fish can certainly be caught inshore, a lot of redfish are starting to move from the surf to the nearshore reefs right now.  Rob advises that reds, spotted seatrout and black sea bass can all be found together at the reefs, and it’s not unusual to pull up a fat black sea bass and then immediately tangle with a 30-pound red drum.  This makes for some really exciting fishing.  When anglers are offshore they should also put out a live bait rig under a balloon, as water temperatures are about perfect for king mackerel right now.

Inshore there are still plenty of redfish around traditional areas such as docks and other structure, but as temperatures drop fish are on the verge of grouping up into big schools.  This should happen any day now and groups of 10-50 fish averaging 6-12 pounds will be a common occurrence on the flats.

Captain Rob Bennett with a healthy redfish caught recently outside Charleston

Trout can still be caught in the rivers, and they are biting well on artificialssuch as Zman Silver Streakz or most any grub (curly tail or flattail) behind a jighead.  There are areas that will produce on each stage of the tide, but if you can pick your tide then fishing the high, outgoing tide is probably best.  Extreme cold later in the winter should slow the bite down but for now the fishing is strong.

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