2016 is off to a great start as red fish continue to school up in the shallow estuaries south of Myrtle Beach and Pawleys Island. The majority of the month was spent on the skiff with Fly Fishing clients and we had some very productive days, several trips producing double digit redfish. Ideal conditions for fly fishing are mellow tides, light winds and bright sunny skies which we’ve seen a lot of over the last 4 weeks. The best fly pattern this month has been the black and purple toad which has been drawing strikes from even the most finicky fish. The most productive soft plastic has been a white zoom fluke fished weedless or on a jig head. As days become longer and the water temperatures continue to climb, look for fly fishing to continue to be excellent thru February.
The calendar is starting to fill up for Spring and Summer so if you are visiting Myrtle Beach or Pawleys Island and would like to schedule a fishing trip on the best tides, feel free to give me a call.
-Capt. Jordan Pate