06-30-2009, 08:18 AM
Re: SC coast
Have a great trip!
Try and get some info from a local Bait and Tackle down there for general areas to fish. The same places other folks fish with light spinning tackle would be perfect for FF (unless it's a crowded jetty). If you can, try and get a sense of what spots fish best on different stages of tide-- and a tide chart/current table. It can happen any time anywhere, but some flats might tend to fish well on incoming as fish move up to feed, or on dropoffs next to them as water drains on outgoing. Creek and river mouths can be good on incoming as fish move up with increases in salinity, and inlets and outlets to saltwater ponds are often good on outgoing as they carry bait like shrimp and small baitfish out of their nurseries. Riptides may set up on points and off the tip of jetties on certain stages of tide. But folks in a B&T should be able to give you some good info.
This will give you a range of options during different times of the day, and if you can pick spots with the best tides that coincide with low light, that might up your chances.
Riptide does a lot of fishing out of a yak, and he'd be good to PM (if he doesn't weigh in here) for some tips on #1 saftey, and #2 fishing tips from a yak. Just be careful around yahoos in boats.
As far as the open surf, it can be tough, often offshore winds this time of year, especially in the afternoon, can make casting difficult. I'd try and scope out the beach at low tide and fish the incoming. Look for holes and troughs, and subtle changes in the wave forms or surf line that might give you a clue as to where holes, troughs and outflows that might be fish runways are. If you see spots like that try and get a fix on landmarks on shore so you can find them again.
Examples--- waves that form coming into the beach, then flatten out, then rise again are passing over a bar, then trough, the then the bar/or beach.
breaks in wave lines that that roll into the beach might flatten out in certain
spots, usually this means there's a hole with a break in the bar on either side. Often you'll see mini rips of foam running out to sea as the waves recede. these are good ambush points for fish. The changes in depth in such spots can be small- often just a couple of feet.
The more inherent structure, and bait in a spot the better and the more you should work it over. If it's a beach you might try and cover a lot of ground to intercept some cruising fish.
Good luck on the sharking--- (yikes!). You could toss or use the yak to run out a hunk of something out there while you're fly fishing. Just be sure to use the "bait runner" feature if your reel has one, or a light drag setting if it's left in a sand spike, so it doesn't get yanked out to sea--- it happens every year.
Good luck! Looking forward to your trip report...