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No Dice On The Low Tides

Posted on January 21 2017

When Phil Croff and I started talking about his southern swing, he mentioned that he really wanted to do two things; eat oysters and cast a fly at a redfish.  Phil had a presentation planned for one of the evenings at Lowcountry Fly Shop which gave us two days with crazy low winter tides to look for redfish and Leon's Oyster Shop hit the mark for a few shucked local fresh oysters.

We spent the first afternoon with Captain Scotty Davis of Lowcountry Fly Shop and the second afternoon with Captain Jason Shepard of Fly Times Fishing Charters.  When I say we fished the low tide, we fished the lowest of low tides.  Creeks that typically hold water at low tide were down to a trickle.  Flats that usually have water on them were pluff mud simmering in the sun.

Hardy had a great time both days hanging out in the skiffs.  The second day she just couldn't help herself and jumped onto a mud flat only to jump back into the boat and shake herself off all over the three of us.  Imagine a thousand watercolor brushes dipped in brown gray paint going everywhere.  We (and the skiff) were covered. 

We moved a few redfish around on the first day with Captain Davis and Phil had a few more shots on the second day with Captain Shepard taking far back into some out of the way flats.  He had a momentary hook up at the end of the last day just to create a spark that he needed to come back for another shot.  Redfish can be fussy bastards on the low tide and he'll get another shot when they're tailing in the grass.

Planning a trip to Charleston?  Booking a day with Lowcountry Fly Shop or Fly Times Fishing Charters are a sure bet to get on some redfish.

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