Day by day as the temperature drops and the Spartina grass slowly changes from green to brown, you know fall has arrived here in the Lowcountry- Beaufort, South Carolina! The months of September, October, and November offer some the best fishing of the year and also perfect weather for those 8 hour days on the water. As the water temperature cools down the shrimp start to move in, and redfish gorge on a never ending buffet of bait as they get ready for the upcoming winter months. This time of year is always one of my favorites for sight fishing with fly and light tackle anglers because they get to experience the best of the best during low tides and flood tides.
When fishing low tide this time of year you get the opportunity to experience schools of redfish crushing shrimp in mere inches of water, which can be some of the best sight fishing of the year here in the lowcountry. Watching fish naturally work these mud flats is always exciting especially when you see them working hard to feed on shrimp! Lots of days you are looking for the fish busting shrimp on the surface pushing a broad v shaped wake, but you can also find them by looking for birds working over the fish while trying to grab shrimp popping to the surface. The water also clears up a lot this time of year which allows you to do more sight casting to single fish laid up along oysters or cruising along the edges of the spartina. A lot of times you can see fish feeding so shallow that there backs, tails, and even heads will show out of water while they are aggressively cruising flats, and creeks, looking for food.
Flood tide fishing during the fall is also non stop action when it comes to tailing Redfish feeding on the short Spartina grass flats. Even with the cooler weather it always seems to keep the fish active on the floods not only tailing while looking for fiddler crabs, but also busting small grass shrimp on the flats as well. Being able to experience a low tide and flood tide in the same day during the fall is by far some of best sight fishing for redfish in the Lowcountry.
We also get tons of bull reds this time of year which are between 10 and 40lbs! Mostly fishing in 30-50ft of water catching them on live/cut bait off the bottom. Speckled Sea Trout also start to turn back on this time of year producing plenty of 20-40 fish days on live bait and artificial. Also doing a lot of top water Trout fishing during the early morning and over cast days which is always a blast. Plenty of big flounder around as well this time of year. Marsh hen season also opens up in the fall and allows me to run “Cast and Blast trips” which are always a fun experience for people who have not shot clapper rails before. Overall you simply cannot beat fall fishing here in the Lowcountry whether you are a fly, or light tackle angler!
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