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Charleston Surf Report

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Surf fishing has been on fire the past few weekends in Charleston.  Black drum, reds, whiting, blacktips, and stingrays.  

 

I bring three rods to fish up the food chain and keep the fights interesting.  The average angler can live without the 13’ custom shark rod, but the 8’ and 10’6” are work horses for soaking baits in the first and second guts.  

 

 

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55 mins ago, BrianBM said:

Interesting set of fish and photos.  Was your mojo a  plug or bait stick?

It’s the 3-6 ounce model.  I had a 3oz Sputnik and a 2-3oz chunk of whiting.  It snapped like I was trying to toss a cinderblock.  

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10 mins ago, CharlestonReds said:

It’s the 3-6 ounce model.  I had a 3oz Sputnik and a 2-3oz chunk of whiting.  It snapped like I was trying to toss a cinderblock.  

Do you just catch the Whiting and toss it right beyond the breakers?

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27 mins ago, coastalfreak said:

Nice photos! What baits are you using? I'm assuming you are fishing on the bottom?

Shoot I wrote a long answer and it got deleted.

 

Yes, I always fish off the bottom with fresh shrimp and then whiting after.  I do bring Gotchas, a weedless gold

spoon, and some Hopkins spoons.  The birds have been diving close lately, but never close enough to wade out 100 yards to get into the Blues or whatever is out there.  

 

My bottom rig is a simple double dropper with a 2 ounce lead coin.  I use Owner #4 or #2 on 30lb mono.  That set up will catch just about anything from whiting to reds, even a bonnet-head.  The bonnet head in the photo was caught on a blue crab.  

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Hmmm. I've never wiggled a Mojo that felt good to me. 

 

I've enjoyed my visits to Buxton (twice in 20 years) but am not armed with rods capable of casting more than six ounces. I keep an eye on rod chatter, for possible future purchase and use.

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4 mins ago, coastalfreak said:

Do you just catch the Whiting and toss it right beyond the breakers?

For the big game, yes, pretty much.  I used to fish them live hooked through the nose, but lately I’ve been cutting the last 1/3 or 1/4th off and hooking through the back.  It’s a little savage but it gets instant hook ups.  I’ve been using ‘mouse traps’ lately too and improved my hook ups. 

 

I’ve had luck fishing in front of the break too once the water gets 3-4’ deep.  Same sharks and rays are there as those beyond the breakers. 

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10 mins ago, BrianBM said:

Hmmm. I've never wiggled a Mojo that felt good to me. 

 

I've enjoyed my visits to Buxton (twice in 20 years) but am not armed with rods capable of casting more than six ounces. I keep an eye on rod chatter, for possible future purchase and use.

Yeah, we call those 8-n-baits or broom sticks.  My 13’ can cast a 8 ounce anchor and a whole whiting without any trouble.  It’s honestly a little much.  I’ve paired it a Van Staal VS300 using 65lb hollow braid.  It’s a beast, but a little overkill for South Carolina.

 

On the middle ground I use(d) the 10’6” 3-6 ounce which is a lot of fun to catch just about everyone on.  If I could only have one rod for chunking, this would be it.  2-3 ounce Sputnik with a 1/3 of a whiting will catch almost anything.  I can bomb this one too.

 

That said, the reds and black drum in the photo were all caught on an 8’ Mojo using 30# braid. Lots of feel with this little rod. The only negative is it can be hard to keep above the breakers.  This one is rated 3/4 - 3 ounces.  I use 1-2 ounce coins, never bigger.  If

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1 hour ago, CharlestonReds said:

What do you recommend?  I need to focus more on this to mix things up. 

"REcommend" would be too strong.  No one with just two visits to Buxton has the experience to "recommend" anything.

 

I own a Century 1327 that wears a Saragosa 6000.*  It's a very nice rod, perfect for 2-4 oz. plugs and tins (tins being my default choice for damn near everything.)  It's a nice tool for bluefish and anything else that might like a tin, in Long Island, New York. I have no doubt that it's up to red drum of any size. However, I wouldn't fish it with 8 and bait, or even 6 and bait.  For a five ounce Sputnik and bait, I have a Loomis 1448c.  If in a crowd, it will wear a Newell 229 with 20 lb. mono.  If by myself, it will wear a mag 525 with 50 lb Sufix 832.

 

The garage does have a couple of thirty+ year old rods that can handle a heavy load; a 12' - 13' Lamiglas ES series (if you have heard of them, you're probably a fellow geezer.) They are heavy, and I'd like something a lot lighter. For an open beach, a 12' or 13' rod is OK, but it's a specialist rod and I'd rather cast ins, plugs or flies. 

 

* pre-graphene model, I think they've changed it. 

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9 hours ago, BrianBM said:

What rod are you using that is 13'?  Was that the shark rod?

Back in 2015 I had Pete Barrett wrap a 13’ blank.  I can’t remember the specs but it can throw a lot.  The length is a little cumbersome, but it’s useful when fishing past the breakers to keep the line above the waves.  It’s got a giant ass Staal on it and can really winch in big sharks.  A 6’ blacktip is a blast on this set up.  

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