With many sportsmen drawn to the woods and duck blinds, diehard fishermen along the coast know they have will have fewer boats to contend with during a sizzling-hot redfish bite in North Inlet.

"Some of the best redfish action of the year is in North Inlet right now," said Newman Weaver of Kingfisher Guide Service. "Between now and Christmas, the bite will be about as good as it is going to get."

Weaver (843-318-0474) said fishing pressure has lifted on these schools right in time for these fish begin to feed aggressively before the arrival of the cold winter pattern.


"Everybody is in the woods after a deer and leaving all of these aggressive redfish for us," said Weaver, who explained that the majority of the bait left the estuaries several weeks ago, shortly after passing of Hurricane Sandy. And some cold weather has put the redfish into a feeding mode, knowing the chill of winter is on the way.


"Artificial lures and flies have been hot, with reds not turning down any type of lure these days, but the ¼-ounce D.O.A. shrimp has been one of the best lately," he said.


The best action is between the mid-falling tide to the mid-rise when sight-fishing is at its best. The water has cleared up, and fish can be seen at great distances.


"It's the perfect time to sight-fish under these clear conditions, and it's a great time to cast topwater plugs, too," Weaver said, explaining that they're not turning down topwater plugs like a Sebile Bonga Minnow. "In the shallow water, the subtle action of the Sebile is just enough not to spook them."


While he ventures to the rear of skinny creeks, Newman continues to find big schools of reds just about anywhere there are oyster rakes near deep water. From Debordieu to Winyah Bay, the massive collection of creeks and oyster flats will hold redfish this time of year.