"Can you see where the sea grass makes a straight line where it meets the water, then the grass juts in to make a little pocket? That's a great spot for redfish or trout." said Capt. Amy Little of Fine Lines Charters as one of her clients tossed a mud minnow under a popping cork to the spot. A few minutes later, the cork silently slipped under water, and the angler reeled in a keeper trout.
Warm weather and clearer water has Charleston's inshore fish active, and Little has been picking off redfish and speckled trout in the creeks and inlets from Breach Inlet to Shem Creek.
"This is a transition month, with baitfish becoming more abundant and redfish breaking up from their big winter schools, and the fishing isn't exactly easy right now," said Little. "But anglers who know where and when to fish can catch their share of redfish and trout."
Little doesn't focus on any specific creek;.she looks for telltale signs of fish-holding areas in a variety of creeks.
"A shell bank is underwater just in front of that section of grass, and areas with both features are usually good ones to try," said Little (843-345-1310). And the right time to fish these spots, she said, is on the incoming tide. "I prefer fishing the incoming tide, because it opens up food that hasn't been available to the fish for several hours. They can eat off these shell banks that were above water at low tide, then move up into the grass to eat crabs and baitfish as the tide continues to rise," she said.
While Little has been catching some fish on Vudu Shrimp and other soft plastics, she said live bait is the way to go.
"With baitfish becoming more abundant as the water temperature warms, it just becomes more difficult to fool these fish," said Little, who uses circle hooks with 12- to 15-inch leaders under popping corks to keep hooks from hanging up on the shell banks.