Fall finally arrived at Cape Romain's after one final heat wave blew through last month. The best inshore angling of the year is finally here in these pristine, oyster-infested waters.

There are few days when you won't catch Rob Beglin of Inshore Xtreme Guide Service pounding the banks in Cape Romain's shallow water.

"It's an easy decision to go the extra distance to the Cape," said Beglin,(843-375-6366), who lives in Pawley's Island but bypasses the waters of Winyah Bay to fish Cape Romain and Bulls Bay. "The fall fishing is incredible with trout, redfish, and flounder everywhere."

Redfish, speckled trout and flounder – locally-known as "the McClellanville slam" – get fired up filling as shrimp, crabs and mullet roaming the marshes start their move toward the ocean.

 

Begin finds fish all over the area, but he said reds and specks prefer slightly different locations in the estuaries. He finds redfish close to the shallow, grassy shorelines for most of the tide and then finds trout along oyster rakes and grassy shorelines along deeper sections of the estuary in three to five feet of water. 

 

"The trout will almost always hang around a collection of oyster mounds or shell banks," said Beglin, who occasionally uses live shrimp and mullet but goes with soft-plastic and hard baits primarily in the fall. For reds and flounder, he has success with a Redfish Magic spinnerbait tipped with Gulp! shrimp, and trout are most-often picked up on Saltwater Assassin grubs on eighth-ounce jigheads. He also uses topwater plugs the first and last hour-and-a-half of daylight.

 

Beglin said the next few weeks at Cape Romain should provide phenomenal action on almost any tide, with a McClellanville Slam well within reach.