“We’ll give this area about 10 minutes and if we don’t get any action, we’ll move on to the next spot. The fish are definitely here, but that recent storm and king tide has them real moody, so we’re not going to spend too much time in any one place if we don’t get a bite pretty quick,” said Capt. Garrett Lacy of Mt. Pleasant.

Lacy, who operates Charleston Fishing Adventures (843-478-8216)¬†didn’t have any luck in that spot, so he followed his own advice, moving his Maverick on to another likely-looking spot, a Bulls Bay oyster point with a feeder creek running into it.

Similar spots are located all over the Charleston area, and redfish and speckled trout flock to those spots, especially when the tide is moving in either direction. But as Lacy said, even when conditions are right, sometimes the fish are tough customers, and that is often the case after big storms, and after extreme tides and moon phases.

So what’s the secret to catching them when things are tough like they were last week on Lacy’s trip? Good old fashioned persistence.

“You just have to stay on the move, give them plenty of bait, and not spend too much time in any one spot that isn’t producing,” he said.

Lacy tried another couple of spots, anchoring in one and fanning out several lines. Nothing. Then he lowered the Power Pole where a feeder creek was emptying into Bulls Bay, and had his anglers cast live mud minnows under popping corks. Then things turned on. Big bluefish, speckled trout, and a nice redfish came out of this spot.

It’s that persistence that pays off on such slow days, said Lacy. When most anglers give up after failing to catch fish at a couple of spots, it’s the ones who stick to it that eventually boat a few.

Lacy likes to offer several different baits. Live mud minnows, live shrimp, and cut bait are all good choices for redfish and specks in these locations, and any time anglers are casting with multiple rods, it’s a good idea to use different baits until the fish key on any certain one.

Anglers can expect the bite to stay hot throughout the summer, said Lacy, and anytime the incoming or outgoing tide matches up with first light is a prime time to go. 

“As long as the tide is moving in one direction or the other, you’ll find some fish feeding. You might have to check several different spots, but you will find them if you stay persistent. But if you catch the tide moving at first light, you’re going to have a banner day,” said Lacy.