South Carolina winter Reds by Jay Nelson


South Carolina redfish have officially shifted into winter mode. We had several days with sub-freezing temperatures last week and the water has transitioned from stained to gin-clear. The redfish have ganged-up in large winter schools and most of the baitfish have either left the creeks or gone deep to avoid the cold. The fish are really predictable this time of year and won’t turn down an easy meal in most cases. Huge schools of redfish mixed with near-perfect visibility make winter fishing in South Carolina’s Lowcountry a unique experience. Yesterday’s fish were caught on bright clousers, redfish sliders, and Gulp baits in natural colors.

Capt Jay Nelson