This is a report from my buddy Eddie Oliveras in Orlando about his recent trip to Georgetown, SC…
Short clip of my trip, still learning d-slr and software…
What an age we live in… I recently had the good fortune of linking up with a facebook buddy near Georgetown, SC for some fishing while on a business trip to the Carolinas and Virginia. Capt Jay Nelson with Winyah Guide Service greeted me at the Big Tuna Restaurant on Front St downtown Georgetown late Tuesday evening.
We both share a passion for fishing including throwing feathers and I grew up in Greenville, SC as a child… it was the first place we lived when I immigrated to the US from Puerto Rico. The joke being our plane must’ve made an emergency landing en route to New York, because to this day I have no idea why we moved there. I had never been to the SC coast but Jay also has a passion for photography and video to give me a vision of what was in store. We shared Facebook messages and emails and finally the time had come.
Dinner was excellent, pan fried local flounder, done a way I had never eaten before… scored, seasoned and fried whole. The guys reserved their comments as they watched me try to peel the flesh off the skin and I quickly figured out I wasn’t eating the best part! I didn’t leave not a crumb for the ants on my plate after that instruction. What impressed me most however was the camaraderie and respect in that community from everyone. They would stand when they were approached by older folks and hand shakes were firm with direct eye contact and a “marine-like” posture… something I hadn’t seen in a long time. Word must travel fast in such a tight community.
We head back to Jay’s place in Pawley’s Island. Ranch style homes surrounded by tall pines I walk into Jay’s place and see a piece of fishing tackle on every wall in the garage… from fly to spin to gigging to hunting, a true outdoorsman. Without a spoken word the fly box comes out eventually… an interesting assortment, some that seem more like a stolen secret pattern from a Keys guide. Redfish here have holiday spirit too so Halloween colors are the pattern of choice.
To my amazement, the tarpon bite had been very good the past couple of weeks, and so a couple big rods went by the wall just for good measure.
Perry’s tarpon images
Jay’s good buddy Perry picked us up early. We put in not far from downtown Georgetown and made our way out of the historic seaport passing shrimp trawlers towards a secret spot to find tailers at high tide. The Great Pee Dee, Waccamaw and Sampit rivers converge to this inlet and the resulting marsh delta is well fed with nutrients.
Sunrise at the ramp
Discussing where to go first
Georgetown Lighthouse at Dawn
Ready to pole
We didn’t find tailers but I did hook up on a nice fat overslot red (slot is 15-23 inches) busting shrimp in the grass. We made a quick run thru some backcountry creeks to North Inlet and found an abundance of trout, flounder, redfish and… gar?? What the heck is gar doing here? It’s precarious if you don’t know the area as razor sharp oyster bays can leave you high and dry, so we quickly worked areas according to the tide. Jay and Perry were both prefishing for an IFA tournament so we hit all their spots. It was cool to run into a creek barely wide enough to fit the boat and sightfish reds cruising on top of oyster banks.
My red (Perry’s image)
Well, alas the day was over, we ran back to the ramp with more redfish than I could recollect to the boat. Jay dreams of fishing Mosquito Lagoon for the giant redfish with me, I hope I don’t let him down now, haha!
Oh, they placed 3rd out of 41 boats at the IFA tourney too!
Jay’s YouTube video: