As the temperature finally starts to drop below 90 degrees its sad to see summer go. This was my 7th summer season as a full time guide here in the Lowcountry and yet another unforgettable summer! I was very fortunate this season to have some incredible weather and some incredible fishing. Of course it was very hot with over 80 days that were above 90 degrees so there were plenty of sunrise mornings to stay out of the heat. What I loved the most about this summer was that the shrimp were plentiful as ever and the bite stayed hot even with a water temperature above 85 degrees.
Looking back on the summer reminds me of why I love my job so much and why I decided to pursue my career here on my home waters of Beaufort, SC. The constant smiles and memories made on the water are what its all about. When Fly Fishing we focused on very early morning tides, starting as early as 6am some days to stay out of the heat, and get the best action of the day. Full day trips on fly were limited because of the hot weather. Low tides provided some insane action with schools of fish popping shrimp in just a few inches of water. Check out my youtube channel for a few of the videos. The flood tides were great as always with lots of fish focusing on fiddlers in the short spartina flats tailing around in just a few inches of water. Tarpon fishing was great and even a few late season Cobia around to chew feathers as well!
As usual light tackle fishing was great! Lots of excellent days in the Pathfinder with anglers from 5 years old all the way to families of 6! What I love about light tackle fishing is that is provides a decently easy way for people to target redfish in the summer. With the hot/muddy water and tons of bait around it can sometimes be tough in the summer to get a good bite. One thing I love to use during July and August is cut Mullet. Absolutely the best bait and very successful during the really hot months. Redfish simply cannot say no to juicy fresh piece of cut mullet. Enjoy just a few photos taken from the summer months and I look forward to seeing you all in the fall! The next few months are some of my favorite of the year and absolutely love sharing it with all of you.