Along the coast of both Carolinas, the speckled trout bite is on fire, and anglers on both sides of the border don’t see any sign of it cooling off anytime soon.
Capt. Rob Bennett of Lowcountry Inshore Charters has been having 40 to 60 fish days while fishing for trout in the Edisto area. The trout fishing is some of the best he has experienced in several years.
“It’s been consistently good, day after day, and it should stay good for some time yet. The weather has the trout feeding like mad, and it’s going to continue this way for the foreseeable future. They just love to feed in this type weather,” said Bennett (843-367-3777).
Capt. Mike Eady of Yak Fishing and Outdoor Guides in the Grand Strand area said the same thing is happening in the northern part of South Carolina’s coast.
“They are really biting anything and everything right now. MirrOlures are good, Matrix Shad lures. Honestly the fishing has been so good that anything will work,” said Eady, who has done most of his fishing in the Murrells Inlet area near the Huntington Beach State Park jetties.
Further up the coast, north of the border, Capt. Jot Owens of Jot It Down Charters in Wrightsville Beach is having a similar experience with the trout. This has been one of the better years for trout that Owens has seen in some time, and he and his clients are catching them on a variety of lures, including MirrOlure 52MRs, Saltwater Assassin seashad soft plastics, Berkley Gulp! shrimp, and live shrimp.
“This year’s speckled trout fishing is everything I thought it would be and a little bit more. With a mild winter last year and the big numbers of small fish last year, this year is truly a special speckled trout season, and it will only get better as the water continues to cool,” said Owens.