Capt. Bill’s Corner
October 2023 Edition

This is what we’ve been waiting for!

Just step outside and you can feel something special in the air. These mild temperatures bring plenty of activity to our river.

Whether you like fishing for Sea Trout that are getting fatter by the minute because of the abundance of shrimp and mullet, targeting giant Bull redfish, bringing home some tasty Sheepshead, or delicious Flounder it’s all happening right now.

I haven’t changed much of my approach to targeting these fish, Flounder and Redfish are readily taking artificial baits like the Berkeley Gulp Jerk shad and Swimming Mullet. For Flounder I like to pair the Swimming Mullet with a 1/4oz jig head on an H and H spinner blade. For redfish I’m using a size 4o Owner Twist Loc hook and the Watermelon Red Glitter Jerk Shad.

Sea Trout are taking paddle tails and hard Jerk baits. Look for the Trout bite to get even better as the water cools off.

If you use live bait, the shops will have Mud Minnows again anytime now, and you have finger mullet and shrimp that will work for just about anything that swims.

A ½ crab on the river bottom between 30’ and 40’ will most likely yield a drag screaming Bull redfish.

Try to get out and enjoy the beautiful fall weather coming our way.

Good Luck and Take care,
Capt. Bill
Playing Hooky Inshore Fishing
(904) 479-6871

May 2023 Edition

Getting a Flat isn’t always a bad thing.

As the days get longer and the water warms more of our Flounder friends begin to show up, making this a good time to talk about a couple techniques and locations that may bring you some success on the water.

Let’s talk about some of the artificial lures that produce well for me and in turn my clients.

One is the white 3” Gulp swimming Mullet rigged on a jig head, I like to cast these up into feeder creeks and retrieve them slowly back to the main waterway during the outgoing tide.

Also, a Gulp shrimp in “Natural” or “New Penny” fished weedless on a twist lock hook hopped every 5 or 10 seconds works great and allows you to fish in heaver cover with fewer snags. (you may want to go to the 4” Gulp shrimp during the summer)

When fishing around docks, I’ll use a spinner bait like the Redfish Magic with a white paddle tail pulled just fast enough to feel the vibration of the blade at the tip of my rod.

If you like to fish with live bait, mudminnows or finger mullet are a great choice, whether on a jig head or using a “Carolina rig” pulled slowly on the bottom.

I have found that that while using live bait I’ll wait a little bit before setting the hook, as where with artificial once I feel the bite, I’ll almost immediately tighten the line and set the hook.

Location, Location, Location.

While you can find flounder throughout our river system, there are some spots that seem to hold more than others.

For example, the docks between White Shell and Clapboard creek, the southside of the spoil island just west of the Dames point bridge in Mill cove, and the sea wall that runs just west of the Dames Point bridge to the Cruise Boat terminal just to name a few.

Two things you want to keep in mind no matter if you are using fish live bait or artificial 1st if you catch one there is a good chance that there are others and 2nd you might want to have a landing net close by, flounder because notorious for coming unbuttoned next to the boat.

Please feel free to text or email me with any questions. I hope you can get out and find some tasty treats.

Good Luck and Take care,
Capt. Bill
(904) 479-6871

April 2023 Edition

This issue of Capt. Bill’s Corner is titled “Spring Fever”

It’s hard not to get excited when we have more warm days than cold, the water temperature is around 70-degrees, and the time change is here. What more can we ask for?

Big Trout are readily taking topwater lures and minnow imitating crank baits early morning and late afternoon.

Look for “Rocks and Docks” close to drop offs. A few twitches followed by a pause normally gets the job done.

My favorite topwater is a bone colored Skitter walk with a “Walk the Dog” style retrieve, and it’s hard to beat a Mirrolure 17MR.

Delicious Sheepshead are more than willing to eat a fiddler dropped next to a dock pilling or jetty. Put the crab on a jig head and drop it down on a tight line using a slow “yo yo” technique until you feel the weight of dinner on the line. I don’t set the hook so much as using more of a continued lifting action to drive the hook home.

Let’s not forget our friends the Redfish, you find them crawling around shallow creeks, where several different baits will trigger a strike, I have been having good success with a slow retrieved spinnerbait or a paddle tail that has some gold coloring or gold specks in it.

Don’t talk about going fishing, get out there and do it!

Good Luck and Take care,
Capt. Bill
Playing Hooky Inshore Fishing
(904) 479-6871