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Saturday, February 13, 2016

Beaufort Fishing Charters Fall Fishing 2015

It was another amazing Fall season here in the Low Country of Beaufort, SC! September, October, and November have always been 3 of my favorite months to fish. As the air and water temperature start to cool down, the fishing starts to heat up! With lots of fiddlers and shrimp roaming around the shallows the redfish, trout, and flounder turn on to a feeding mode getting ready for a long cold winter. Here is a short report with a few photos from this fall.
Local client Jim with his biggest Redfish to date on fly!
Local client Jim with his biggest Redfish to date on fly!
Sight fishing Low Tides and Flood Tides proved to be some of the most exciting fishing scenarios during the fall season with Fly and Light Tackle Anglers. Watching a school of 60 Redfish tailing, chasing shrimp, and cruising up and down the mud flats simply cannot be beat! The flood tide fishing for tailing reds in the grass was some of the best I've seen this year with many incredible days on the spartina flats. We even had flood tide tailers all the way till the beginning of december this year which is rare with colder temperatures. This fall did bring in a lot of bad weather for October and November with lots of high winds and rain. Having to cancel multiple fly charters is not fun but part of the game as a full time fishing guide.
Yearly angler Dusty with a purdy fish on the flood tide. Beaufort Fly Fishing
Yearly angler Dusty with a purdy fish on the flood tide. Beaufort Fly Fishing
Long time regular angler Scott with one of his nice tailing redfish on the flood tide. Beaufort Fly Fishing
Long time regular angler Scott with one of his nice tailing redfish on the flood tide. Beaufort Fly Fishing
Light tackle fishing was also on fire this fall with plenty of days full of redfish, trout, and flounder. Using artificial, top water, and live bait while fishing rising and falling tides provided plenty of high number days. The redfish bite was pretty regular this season but it was great to see the speckled sea trout make a come back after a slow season last year! Had quite a few days when we caught too many trout to count. My new 22ft Pathfinder Bay Boat has been a great addition to the fleet and a fun boat to take 4-5 anglers out. Not to mention still being able to fish a large area of water in rough conditions.
A few photos of various anglers on the pathfinder light tackle fishing. Beaufort Fishing Charters
A few photos of various anglers on the pathfinder light tackle fishing. Beaufort Fishing Charters
The cast n blast season this year was also another great one for the books! Absolutely incredible how healthy our Clapper Rail population is, tons of birds around! Such a fun trip being able to shoot birds then catch fish. My personal favorite is fly fishing for tailing redfish on the incoming tide then shooting birds, then fish tailing redfish on the falling tide. Simply cannot beat the Low Country Cast N Blast! Till next season!
Some new anglers from from upstate SC for there first cast n blast experience! Beaufort Fishing Charters
Some new anglers from from upstate SC for there first cast n blast experience! Beaufort Fishing Charters
New angler Dale from OK with one of his many tailing redfish on the flood during a cast n blast
New angler Dale from OK with one of his many tailing redfish on the flood during a cast n blast
Dale smoked the Capper Rails as well
Dale smoked the Capper Rails as well. Beaufort Cast N Blast
Yearly regulars with there limit of Marsh hen during a cast n blast. marsh hen hunting
Yearly regulars with there limit of Marsh hen during a cast n blast. marsh hen hunting
Cindy with her first Low Country Redfish on the fly! Beaufort Fly Fishing
Cindy with her first Low Country Redfish on the fly! Beaufort Fly Fishing
Long time local angler George with one of his redfish during the low tide. Hilton Head Fly Fishing
Long time local angler George with one of his redfish during the low tide. Hilton Head Fly Fishing
Sara with her biggest redfish of the day! Beaufort Fishing Charters
Sara with her biggest redfish of the day! Beaufort Fishing Charters
Regular angler Art with a nice tailing redfish on the flood tide! Hilton Head Fly Fishing
Regular angler Art with a nice tailing redfish on the flood tide! Hilton Head Fly Fishing
Clark from MI with a big ole sight fished redfish during the low tide
Clark from MI with a big ole sight fished redfish during the low tide
Regular angler David with a nice redfish during the low tide on a very windy day! Beaufort Fly Fishing
Regular angler David with a nice redfish during the low tide on a very windy day! Beaufort Fly Fishing
Mary with her first redfish ever on the Pathfinder! Beaufort Fishing Charters
Mary with her first redfish ever on the Pathfinder! Beaufort Fishing Charters
John with his first tailing redfish on the flood tide! Beaufort Fly Fishing
John with his first tailing redfish on the flood tide! Beaufort Fly Fishing
Return angler with another nice fish on the flood tide. Beaufort Fishing Charters
Return angler with another nice fish on the flood tide. Beaufort Fishing Charters
New angler with from FL with his first low country redfish on the fly. Hilton Head Fly Fishing
New angler with from FL with his first low country redfish on the fly. Hilton Head Fly Fishing
Another nice sigh fished red during low tide with new anglers from GA. Beaufort Fishing Charters
Another nice sigh fished red during low tide with new anglers from GA. Beaufort Fishing Charters
Andy with his first redfish on the fly! Hilton Head Fly fishing
Andy with his first redfish on the fly! Hilton Head Fly fishing
Long time regular John with a nice fish during the low tide! Beaufort Fly fishing
Long time regular John with a nice fish during the low tide! Beaufort Fly fishing
New angler from GA with his first redfish sight fishing during low tide. Beaufort Fishing Charters
New angler from GA with his first redfish sight fishing during low tide. Beaufort Fishing Charters

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Beaufort and Hilton Head Fishing Charters

Cobia Fishing in Beaufort, SC

Double redfish on fly! Hilton Head Fly Fishing 

Client from TN with a big one! Beaufort Fly Fishing 
Lady angler from MI with her first redfish on fly! Beaufort Fly Fishing 
Flood tide tailing Redfish! Hilton Head Fly fishing 
Newly weds fishing for Redfish on there honey moon! Hilton head Fishing Charters 
Local angler with one of many on fly! Beaufort Fishing Charters 
Angler from MI with his first redfish on fly! Beaufort Fishing Charters 

Monday, December 9, 2013

Beaufort, SC Fall Fishing 2013

George from Maine with big ole Beaufort, SC Redfish on fly!
Rick from Indiana his 1st Beaufort, SC Redfish on the fly!
   The months of October and November are two of the most anticipated months of the year here in Beaufort, SC when it comes to some of the best Redfish action on the East Coast. The water cools down, the shrimp move in, and fishing is excellent! This fall was full of high number days whether you are fly fishing or using light tackle gear. Super high numbers of fish and gorgeous weather, create some amazing memories on the water here in the Lowcountry. After guiding in Russia for 5 months I can't say enough how awesome it felt to come back home to some of the best fishing of the year. It was really great to get back out on the water with all my clients I haven't fished with in so long!


Buddy Ben from GA with nice one in the creeks! 
  This fall was full of action when it comes to fly fishing and sight casting. Watching fish bust shrimp, tail, cruise with there backs out, and a take your fly in mere inches of water! The ultimate experience while fishing shallow water low tide mud flats and back creeks. The excitement of seeing this action in person is unmatched and always makes me smile when having a first time angler during this time of year. With the cooler water temperature and mass amount of shrimp in the water, it seems to keep the Redfish in feeding mode non stop! Had tons of days with return clients and also new fly angler with 5-12 fish days which in 4 hours of fly fishing is like landing 50 on a light tackle rod!
Tyler from TN with a pretty early morning Redfish on the fly! 
   Light tackle of course was also non stop action this fall with tons of days when we would literally lose count of fish! Whats great about the fall fishing during the mid to higher tide is that once you find a school of fish, you can literally catch them on every cast. These kind of situations always produce high numbers of redfish between 20-50 fish in a few hours which is crazy! The feeling of catching a Redfish on every cast is unbeatable and always my favorite part about fall fishing. The key is being able to learn where the fish move and targeting certain schools on specific tides. Always love watching my clients catch lots of fish and especially there reaction afterwards, which is why I love my job so much. Watching these king of memories being made on the water is incredible!
Chuck from Columbia, SC with a big daddy Beaufort, SC redfish! 
   The trout bite this fall was also on fire! Seemed like no matter where you were at the Trout were always biting. Having a 12-50 fish day on trout was the regular and also nice to see some larger fish in the mix. Our Speckled Sea Trout rarely get above 20 inches so it was nice to see a lot of 14-18 inch fish being caught. The key to these fish in the fall is colder weather and lot of soft plastic artificial baits. Makes for a lot of fun when using light tackle and not to mention a good eating dinner.
Jeremiah from GA with a big early morning red
Lee from NC with his first Beaufort, SC Redfish on the fly 
The fishing right now is still in that fall mode. The weather is fairly warm which has kept some of the shrimp in and also kept these fish very active. My prediction is that fish will stay this way for another 2-3 weeks before the really cold weather kicks in and the water temperature drops. As much as I love fall fishing, I can't say enough how much I look forward to seeing these fish school up in huge numbers during the winter months! Gin clear water, calm days, clear blue sky, and huge schools of redfish are what winter fishing is all about! Another great Fall season for the books here in the Lowcountry and I cannot say enough how happy I'am to be back on my home waters!


Robert from TN with his first Beaufort, SC Redfish on the fly!
Joking around with return client from NC
Local client Rick with a nice one in the fog! 


Sunday, April 28, 2013

Beaufort, SC Cobia Fishing

Customer with a big 40 Pounder! 
     Any fly fisherman out there will tell you that watching a big fish eat your fly is always an incredible feeling! Here in the Low Country it can be hard to find a fish over 15lbs to experience the intensity of a big fish bite. Our beloved Redfish keep us busy through the winter with big schools at low tide which can be some of the most visual fishing around but can also tend to get old after fishing 4 months of cold morning runs, and lethargic fish. Well in the middle of April a fish comes inshore here in Beaufort to spawn and gives us fly anglers the opportunity to sight cast to not only  a different species, but a much larger fish ranging between 15-80lbs!
      Cobia is the name of the game and can offer some of the most intense sight casting situations here in the Low Country. Cobia also known as “Ling”, “Big Browns”, or “Cobes”, are an offshore fish that come inshore to spawn from the middle of April until the end of June. Once our water temperatures here in the Low Country get in the prime 67-70 Degree range we will start to see the Cobia venturing inshore. There are a lot of places here in Beaufort that you can target Cobia including the Broad River, Port Royal Sound, St. Helena Sound, and Calibouge Sound. The best part is being able to fish from your flats boat for an offshore fish inshore!

Nice Beaufort Cobia on the Fly! 

     I was fortunate to be born and raised on the Broad River which is one of the best areas to target the Cobia Inshore and has created a personal passion for these fish. The Broad River offers a huge area with tons of bait, big tides, and a spectacular fishery. Starting in Mid April our water temperature warms up and the Broad River seems to almost turn into a miniature Gulf of Mexico with clear blue water, bait thriving, jelly balls floating, and Cobia cruising! This is when we get into Cobia Mode and start throwing 10-12 weight rods, big flashy flies, and heavy duty liters. Its always a good feeling putting the big rods in the boat and hoping for the opportunity to challenge a Cobia with your fly.
Hooked up! 

Capt. Owen Plair with a happy customer! 
      We look for calm winds below 10mph and slow moving tides when sight casting to Cobia. Running the boat around 5mph, standing on the poling platform, and looking for the big brown fish cruising on top. When searching for Cobia we are mainly looking for a push, fins out of the water, bait being busted, or simply the brown object swimming beneath the surface. Clear skies always help but the key is to be able to look outside the box for movement in the water that is irregular from everything else. These fish come to the surface for moments out of the day to swim in the sun which helps digest there food and allows us as anglers to present them with a fly to make our dreams of a big fish bending the rod come true! Positioning the boat parallel to the fish at a distance between 30-80ft is key, which all depends on your ability as a caster, and being able to visually see the fish as its cursing on top. 

Capt. Owen Plair's Jail Bird Cobia Pattern 
Customer with a double hook up on Cobia! 
       The best part about Cobia season is that you can also target redfish in the same outing and literally run a 100 yards from a redfish flat to sight cast to Cobia. Using 10-12 weights rods is preferable with large arbor reels, a tarpon tapered floating line, and 40-80lb liters will do the job. Cobia are bull dawgs and have very aggressive takes but lack in the fighting side of things because they tend to just sound to the bottom which is why big liters help landing fish faster. The flies of choice include the Flash Tail Whistler, Sea Reducer, Purple and Black Plaglesi, or anything else that looks flashy and moves fast! The result from big fish and clear water is an amazing fishery that can challenge even the most experienced angler. Cobia on the fly is an experience I recommend to any fly fisherman here in the Low Country.


Thursday, March 14, 2013

Maverick 18 HPX-V 6 Month Review


Sgt. Swire from the Wounded Warrior Project with the first Red on the Fly for my new boat! 
     When I was in the market for a new skiff I can't start to explain how hard it was to find the right boat for the waters here in the Low Country of Beaufort, SC. That all changed after I took the Maverick 18 HPX-V out for a test run. The boat ran smooth in light chop, poled quiet and shallow, was very stable, and most of all solved my issue of looking for the right skiff as a full time guide. I instantly fell in love with the boat and knew it was the number one boat for me simply after a 2 hour test run!
   Maverick has really hit a home run with the 18 HPX-V and I can't say enough about how well the boat performs! This skiff has made me smile everyday the last 6 months I've been running charters on it with 150 hours on the engine so far. It allows me to fish places I could never fish, reach waters faster, offer a smooth ride in rough water, and most of all give me a break on the poling platform with its light weight. After the last 6 months of running the Maverick 18 HPX-V I can honestly say that it has exceeded my expectations as a full time guide by providing the ultimate skiff for my waters here in Beaufort, SC. The only thing I don't like about the boat is how much time I spend washing it after every trip trying to keep her looking new!
My 2013 Maverick 18 HPX-V
Full speed 52mph at 6000rpms with a sweet rooster tail!!
    People ask me all the time "why did you decide on the 18 HPX-V?" Well there were a lot of things that sold me on the 18. I needed a boat that could handle rough open water ways, 3 anglers, pole in 8 inches of water, stable platform, comfortable space, big storage, dry ride, run fast, and also look good for first impressions. The Maverick 18 HPX-V was the only flats boat on the market that truly met all my needs all in one skiff. I run mostly fly fishing trips here in the low country but run a fair amount of 3 person light tackle trips, which started to cause a problem the more days I spent on the water with my old boat.
   I realized after the fly fishing side of my business was the strong point that I need a technical skiff that could allow me to get shallower and pole easier. But after looking at all the technical skiffs I started to realize I'd lose the ability to run 3 person light tackle trips. My first initial thought of the 18 HPX-V was that it was too big to be a "real" technical poling skiff but when I got on the tower with a push pole in hand, that changed my whole thought of the boat! It poled with ease and went shallower than I ever imagined. Not to mention poling completely silent in chop and tracking better than any boat I've ever poled.
Doubled up on the Fly! 
Tailing Redfish on the Fly 
   After receiving my new boat from the factory I really started to understand why the boat performed so well while poling in shallow water. With a bigger platform than most technical skiffs it allows for a lot more weight distribution through out the boat and tracks better with a longer beam. With the Yamaha 115FS, 20 gallons of fuel, myself, 2 anglers, a full cooler, I can draft a TRUE 8 inches of water. It amazed me and my clients everyday how shallow this boat goes for being an 18ft skiff and still a V hull design! Being a Carbon/Kevlar hull is what makes this boat shine in the shallows and the structure of the hull design is genius. I found myself smiling everyday being able to not only get shallower but watch my customers catch fish I was never able to get close enough to target.
   Running this boat taught me what a true technical poling skiff was all about and to hear the surprised reaction from all of my friends and customers who have small technical skiffs is amazing! Not only does this boat perform excellent on the poling platform but handles rough water with ease and keeps you dry. I now can run faster and farther on windy days which has given me a step up as a guide. Its a good feeling knowing I don't have to limit my days to the elements like I used to do because now running a boat that can handle just about anything you throw at it. In reality of the last 6 months the Maverick 18 HPX-V has allowed me to catch more fish not only being able to run farther and faster, but being able to go really shallow to fish areas no one else can fish.
Back creek red on the fly 
Doubled up!
    One of my favorite parts about the 18 HPX-V is the look on my customers face when they first get on the boat and then there response after running to our first spot. The surprise they have in the smooth ride, speed, draft, and look of the boat is always a proud moment for me as a guide. To run a boat that impresses not only the avid angler but beginners to the sport is an amazing feeling and tells you that your in the right skiff. From running this new skiff and the pride I have for the boat brought a real pride to represent Maverick as a company.
      Being able to tell and talk to people about the boat was a ton of fun and I look forward to going to more boat shows in the future because when you tell people about the boat it really sells itself. Not to mention all the new customers and friends I met at both of those boat shows! Also made it down to Miami for the Miami International Boat show and hung out in the Maverick booth which was a lot of fun meeting and talking to Maverick guides and owners from all over the country! 
At the Charleston International Boat Show


At the Savannah International Boat Show 
Gotta love a guy landing his first red on the fly! 
         Another great part about the 18 HPX-V is how many different custom options you can get on the boat to truly make it one of a kind. When I went in to order the boat it honestly took me a few days to decide on what options I wanted because of all the different choices which is nice because you can order exactly what you want.
 


Below is the list of all the upgrades I ordered for my 2013 Maverick 18 HPX-V and photos to show all the goodies.

Options include:


-Pastel-Green Hull
-Two Tone Pastel-Green Deck
-Yamaha F115 for Shallow draft
-Yamaha Pro Series 21 stainless prop
-35 Gallon Fuel Cell
-Hydraulic Tilt Steering wheel
-Black Out Powder Coat Package
-Advanced Livewell Bubbler System
-Flush Mount Capable Center Console
-3 Optima Blue top 6 pack batteries
-Gel-Coat Matched Cooler Seat
-3 Rack Stainless Steel Rod Holder
-Custom Maverick Ameritrail Trailer
-Aluminium Wheel Upgrade
-Trolling Motor Ready System
-Nautical Wrapped Steering Wheel
-Garmin 740s Touch Screen GPS with in hull inducer
-Minn Kota ST Trolling Motor with Ipilot
-Quick Release Minn Kota Bracket
-Under Gunnel and Storage well LED Lights
-3 Bank 24V Onboard Battery Charger
-Blade 8ft Black Power Pole
-V-Marine Push Pole Holders
-Tibor Push Pole Caddy
-Stiffy Hybrid 21 Push Pole
Pastel Green Hull, Black Powder Coat Package, 8ft Blade Power Pole

Tall Center Counsel, Nautical Wrapped Wheel, Garmin 740s

Two Tone Pastel Green Deck and Back Powder Coat Tower

Two Tone Pastel Green Deck 
Ameri Trail Trailer 

Optima Blue Top Batteries 

V-Marine Push Pole Holders, Stiffy 21ft Hybrid 

35 Gallon Fuel Cell, Optima Blue Top Battery

3 Bank Stainless Rod Holder 


Two Tone Package Lids