The Christmas holiday brought more surprises to Georgetown’s inshore anglers besides gifts wrapped in colorful paper with a bow. Redfish and flounder are living fat and happy in shallow water, crushing live bait and artificial lures.

Capt. Jordan Pate of Carolina Guide Service is on point feeding these hungry schools with just what the doctor ordered. 

“Fish are real happy lately in the little creeks around Georgetown,” said Pate (843-814-7900), “and it is not too much of a challenge to get them bite.”

From artificial shrimp and minnow imitations to live mud minnows, jumbo redfish are pouncing on baits as soon as they see them. Pate is locating the schools in many of their typical winter spots, but they are holding a different posture.

“The reds are schooled up, but in smaller pockets than they would normally be this time of year,” he said.

Even as January arrives, water temperatures have stayed in a zone more typical of the fall fishing season – slightly above 50 degrees, which is an idea range for redfish and flatfish.

 “We have picked up a few flounder, too, on jigheads and Vudu shrimp tipped with mud minnows,” said Pate, who pointed to mid-day low tides under bluebird skies as the best time for fishing action on the shallow flats around Georgetown.

“The sun (warms) the water temperature in the shallows a few degrees – just enough to get these fish fired up and ready to eat,” he said. 

The presence of flounder in the shallows is a definite sign of unseasonable conditions. Typically, most flatfish evacuate the marshes and shallows to overwinter around nearshore reefs in the ocean..

As long as the warm spells continue to offset the chilly days, the redfish action should continue to offer Georgetown anglers with a viable and exciting alternative.