Kiawah to Edisto Island Fishing Report For October – Capt John Ward

October is probably my favorite month to fish in the low country of South Carolina.  The shorter days and cooler weather has got the bait and fish fired up!

There is life everywhere you look on the water, with large schools of bait funneling through our waters and the fish are gorging trying to pack on weight to make it through the winter.

Usually the crowds are starting to thin out on the water due to : hunting season, college football and kids back in school, so get out and enjoy the great bite and less crowded waters.

Inshore the trout, bluefish and ladyfish bite has been good around high incoming water using popping corks with live baits under an 18-30’’ leader fishing around marsh lines and creek points, the bite has been better with the cleaner water on the incoming tide and lighter wind days.

Mud minnows and mullet have been out producing live shrimp primarily due to the bait thieves.

Low tide we are still working structure like docks and blow downs with a Carolina rig with live or fresh cut bait, mostly targeting: redfish, black drum, sheepshead and flounder.

October is probably my favorite month to fish in the low country

During the slack tides we have been hitting the inlets targeting: tarpon, sharks and bull redfish using live and cut baits on float and Carolina rigs.

The surf fishing has been really good with tarpon and sharks following the large schools of mullet going down the beach, also the bull reds are in the surf in good numbers.

Also in October the nearshore waters and reefs are producing good numbers of Spanish mackerels, false albicore, and bluefish on the surface tossing spoons and jigs on the surface.

Bottom fishing has been good for: weakfish, reds, sheepshead, and flounder using live bait near the bottom.

Also surprisingly there are still good numbers of spadefish near the surface using jelly balls and squid under a float or sub surface with light leader small hook and split shot.

Get out side and enjoy the comfortable temperatures and hungry fish while the fabulous weather and bite last. Stay safe and share nature with someone, take a kid fishing to promote our sport for the future.

Get outside and enjoy this beautiful low country weather.

Tight lines, remember to take a kid fishing to keep the sport alive for the next generation.

Give us a call at 843-693-2460 or look us up on the web at

One of our captains can help get you out for an enjoyable day on the water.

Captain John Ward / Affinity Charters

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