If you’re visiting Hilton Head Island for a weekend, a week, a month or more this winter, be sure to take advantage of winter fishing on the island. According to Captain Trent Malphrus, the winter months can be some of the best fishing of the year!
Red fish, who love our waters, tend to bunch up in schools from 50 to thousands of fish, which Captain Trent says looks like “clouds coming down the flats.” Because the water is cold, you can approach them without spooking them and their reaction time is slowed. If you find a school and if they just aren’t eating, quickly move on to the next one.
Captain Trent says jig fishing is the best way to catch these schools. “When I find the fish on the sounder, I try all different colors and sizes of jigs till I find the one they want that day,” he says. “You are going to be surprised at how many fish you can catch this way when the water gets cold.”
If you want the best chance of reeling in some fish, head out on a Hilton Head fishing charter with Captain Trent and Palmetto Lagoon Charters. He knows all the best locations to find fish and the right techniques to get them to bite.
So far this November, Captain Trent has been reeling in reds, flounder and trout. The bite is on, he says!
Call us at 866-650-4132 for more information on fishing our inland waters or the 11-mile lagoon system at Palmetto Dunes.