CAPT. JASON DuBOSE – Outfitters Center Director & Head River Pro I say it every year, but it holds true so I’ll say it again, “October is hands down my favorite month of the year for saltwater fishing in the Lowcountry!” “Why October?” you say. I’m glad you asked. It all boils down to two main things … great weather and a wide variety of fishing options! October’s weather is truly phenomenal! Warm sunny days and cool mornings and evenings are par for the course. The winds are generally light and the humidity is down. Perfect conditions for spending a day on the water! It’s actually the transition from summer to fall like conditions that is the catalyst for such fantastic fishing this time of year. As the days grow shorter and the water temperature begins to cool it triggers a number of natural occurrences in our local fish populations. Certain migratory fish populations that were far offshore in the summer months begin to move back into our local waters while other “resident” fish populations begin to feed with wild abandon in response to the abundance of shrimp and mullet the fall months bring to our area. Two of the “resident” fish populations that really ramp up feeding activity in October are our inshore redfish and spotted sea trout. These species frequent the numerous oyster rakes, grass edges, flats, and feeder creeks of the Port Royal Sound estuary system. Trout and redfish can be targeted with either live or artificial baits and are a blast to catch on light tackle. They are also a perfect option for those anglers who prefer the challenge and skill of fly fishing. A little further down the river, around the “hard bottom” areas located near the mouth of Port Royal Sound, droves of bull reds migrate in from offshore and take up residence for a few months. “Bull reds” is the term used to describe mem- bers of the adult spawning redfish population. These fish average from 20 to 30lbs. but can reach weights of over 40lbs. Bull reds provide great sport although they must be released as redfish exceeding 23 inches are protected from harvest. Catches numbering in the double digits are common with the Oldfield record standing at over 40 bull reds caught and released on a single trip! Yet another fishery that typically peaks in the fall months is our offshore bottom fishing. Natural live bottom reef areas located 30 to 50 miles offshore teem with a variety of hard fighting and great tasting fish species this time of year. When you drop a bait to the bottom on one of these spots it’s typically not a matter of “if” you are going to catch something, but rather “what” you are going to catch! Snapper, grouper, sea bass, amberjack, porgies, and triggerfish round out the usual suspects found on our live bottom areas. Not only does bottom fishing yield plenty of action but also great fillets for the grill! Don’t miss the opportunity to gather friends and family and get on the water with us this October! Book a private charter or check out the group bull redfish trip I have offered on the 7th. It’s sure to be a highlight of your fall!
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