Live shrimp producing good catches in Hilton Head marshes

Live shrimp fished under a cork have been deadly on redfish and speckled trout.

There’s little in the way of secret strategy this month in the Hilton Head/Beaufort area.

Capt. Danny Roark at Tailwind Charters in Hilton Head admits that, “This is just the time of year when you can throw out a live shrimp and something’s going to eat it. If somebody asked me what time of the year to come down here and catch numbers of fish, this would be it.”

Roark (843-263-3863) said that he’s been catching lots of slot-sized redfish and keeper speckled trout over the past week. The technique has been fairly simple: hook a live shrimp on a 2-foot leader and fish it under a popping cork. Look for a marsh bank with oyster rocks.

“(Thursday), we had a good bite going on the redfish, and when they left, the trout seemed to move in,” he said. “We’re just fishing the marsh, in or around oyster rocks.”

Roark said that most of the redfish he’s been running into have been between 15 and 18 inches long; the specks have been running from 12 to 15 or 16 inches regularly. The bigger specks should show up in another few weeks as the water temperature cools, he said.

“We’ve had pretty good fishing lately,” Roark said. “We had an awful time about 10 days ago when we were having big tides; we had a 9-foot tide one day. But once the water started to go back out, it was fine again.

“There have been plenty of redfish – plenty of fish, period.”

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Dan Kibler is the former managing editor of Carolina Sportsman Magazine. If every fish were a redfish and every big-game animal a wild turkey, he wouldn’t ever complain. His writing and photography skills have earned him numerous awards throughout his career.

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