So you’ve heard the big Fall redfish are off the beach. You have heard how wild they are and how much fun it is to pull them out from behind the bars up on the beach.
Well let me start by saying, it is fun! It’s world class! The bite is strong, they are wild, they are aggressive and can be hard to spot and hard to stay on. But when you find them, when you get on them, it’s worth it!
With that being said, I want every serious angler to have a chance to get hooked up with these brawlers! I love to catch these fish in this environment, it is entirely different than catching them in the marsh. It is not uncommon to have three even five or six of these midsize bulls thrash your lure at one time, even knock it completely out of the water.
Now, as if the take isn’t thrilling enough…. these guys can be difficult to spot. It is not uncommon for me to be fishing a school, and have several boats ride by at a close distance most are looking for drum as well and not have a clue that I’m stalking the school. So for me the thrill of the hunt keeps me fueled as well as the take and the tug that follows. In addition to that challenge after you double up on these bruisers and by the time you get both fish clear and regroup, then you have to find them again. That might take ten minutes,might take an hour.
This brings me to the most important part of this topic. Although these fish are a blast, and I enjoy seeing my guys hook up and fight these fish for the first time. Safety is a HUGE issue here. A very good friend and fishing compadre of mine from over ten years ago now turned me on to this style of fishing for Reds some years ago. As you might understand fishing off the beach has many hazards. The most predominant of these are waves or wakes that break behind you and can easily surprise and catch you off guard.
Now although you may love to surf, surfing on your boat over a bar and onto the beach while hooked up with 27-36 inch drum is not fun. Lest we mention it can be hazardous to you and your equipment, even fatal. So my afore mentioned friend while hooked up with a nice upper slot surf red got beset onto the beach. Now fortunately he was uninjured lest his pride. 😅 Now judge ye not, this can happen to anyone.
Under NO circumstances would I recommend this to any solo angler. Simply put there are too many variables to account for to make this a safe endeavor. On calm days off our southerly facing beaches boat wakes travel surprising distances which can easily catch you off guard. Not to mention random waves , well we are talking about the beach here. It can happen easily these circumstances surprise even the most experianced of waterman. You are fighting a thirty inch red stripping line three other following him, your boat turns just a little, you are watching the fish. Then out of nowhere a rolling three footer catches the corner of your bow. Throws you in the floor, before you get up, the next one pushes you over the bar and onto the beach. I hope at least you didn’t lose the fish.
Point being it can happen, I’ve seen it happen. Safety always first. Just because it can be done does not mean it always should. There is plenty to enjoy without risking your safety. If you do this with others it can be difficult to discipline your attention to the sea state and waves as well as your angler and his fish.
Let your experience be high quality and safe, you and your party book your trip with a knowledgeable and experianced guide who makes his living keeping people safe on the water, and teaching people to catch fish while sharing his experience with his party. That’s what it’s all about at the end of the day. Good safe fun reinforced be many years of experience on the water. Honestly as much as I love to catch fish, there’s nothing like seeing someone’s face hooked up to a screaming drag with a world class fish on the other end. That is priceless. It’s ok to to just sit back and enjoy a guided experience on the Crystal Coast. Don’t be afraid to ask your guide or Captain when you call him to inquire about booking a trip ” what is your experience?” “how many years on the water?” “What have you done for a living?” After all, not is it only your money it’s you and your families life. You should KNOW you can trust him/her with that.
Book with us, get a world class angling experience and know you’ll be safe while still experiencing a thrill. Personalized and professional. Seasoned and knowledgeable. That’s a Carolina Tradition. That’s a promise.