Fly Fishing Hilton Head, Beaufort fly and light tackle fishing

The good and the bad,  This was a first for me,  with cloud clover and a bit of wind Paul Rankin and I headed out for some bull reds on the beach front.  The forecast was to be 5 mph winds and sunny.  Wrong! Foggy west wind 10-13 mph   but we still found the bull reds!  These fish have been in 1-2ft of water busting on some mullet and shrimp trying to fatten up for the winter.  This was the first time Paul and myself were getting bummed about catching 15lbs reds.  The bigger fish in the 20-30lbs class range couldn’t really get their tails up due to the shallow water they were feeding in, and with no sun we just couldn’t pin point the bigger fish’s location after 2 15lbs range fish we decided to head out and get a better day.  On the other hand the fish in the 15lbs range were able to get their tails out of the water making them easy targets.  The reds are really busting some shrimp on the outgoing tides, and if the winds are tough on the reds the trout bite is insane right now.  A light spinning rod and a DOA shrimp with a popping cork or not will give one all the trout action they can stand.

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Capt. Scott Wagner

I have been fishing the Georgia and South Carolina Coast for 30 years and guiding full time for 20 plus years. What you will get from me is a quality fishing trip, whether with fly rod or spinning tackle that is always a long time on the water for the rate. My half days run more like 5-6 hours and full days are over 8 hours. 4 hours on a half day just isn't long enough to fish. What you will not get from me is a quick trip to spots 5 minutes away that are fished heavily so can make it back to the dock in time for my next trip. I have guided through out the southeast as well as Alaska and the Bahamas. I have been instrumental in developing shallow water sight casting in Georgia and South Carolina and have been the first to introduce Tarpon fishing on fly rod to South Carolina and Georgia!!

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