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18 Apr

Bam! Rising Water Temps ‘Perfect’ For Targeting Charleston Trout

In the transition from winter to spring, a unique angling opportunity presents itself. As the water temperature rises to above 55 degrees, baitfish return to the creeks and trout begin feeding aggressively. In this temperature range, the water maintains its wintertime clarity.  Perfect conditions for targeting trout with a suspending lure.

My favorite is a Lucky Craft 78 SP. The 78 SP (for suspending) dives to about 4 feet and will suspend or stay in the depth throughout the retrieve. This time of year, it is irresistible to trout and the occasional redfish.

On Sunday, the weather was warm, and the water conditions were just right. So, Brody (the amazing fish-finding and stock-trading dog) and I jumped in the skiff. Our rods were rigged with 3 feet of 12-pound fluorocarbon leader and Lucky Craft 78 SPs. The water was 56 degrees and extremely clear. I could easily see the bottom in 6 feet of water.

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