01 Nov Post Matthew fishing report
October is usually a month we Lowcountry fishermen really look forward to, Bull reds are in, the trout bite kicks off and redfish start getting into their fall patterns as the water cools off. Mother nature decided to throw us a curve ball this October called hurricane Matthew, skirting the coast of Hilton Head island with 90mph winds in some areas and storm surges of 8-9 feet. There were trees down everywhere and many docks where we fish were destroyed, thankfully no one was hurt and the rebuilding has begun.
After hunkering down for a few days we got back in the river and where surprised to see that the fish weren’t affected much. We caught trout and reds the first day back on the water. It did affect the water clarity in the Broad river, however. The water is brackish much further down stream than it usually is and a bit muddy in some areas. I suspect it will take a while for all the fresh water to run off with the higher than average tides we have this time of year anyway. As we get into November we’re looking forward to things getting back to normal and fishing the schooling reds in clear water that always accompany fall and winter fishing in the Lowcountry.