A story written by my dear hubby, Paul!
From time to time, my wife asks me to help out with her blog and stories for the Village Connection. Whether it’s proofing the final draft or helping with “Where in the Neighborhood” ideas, I was more than happy to accommodate her request to go on a fishing charter with one of the Old Village, Old Mt. Pleasant’s newest residents, Captain Chad Ferris, who operates Tall Tails Charters out of the Isle of Palms Marina.
They say 10% of the fishermen catch 90% of the fish. Having fished the local inshore waters of the harbor and East Cooper area for more than 10 years, I still fall into that second category so I seized this opportunity to brush up on my fishing skills with a professional. Within minutes of the first bait hitting the water, I had a beautiful trout on the line. From there, it was non-stop action. When the bite let up at one spot, Captain Chad moved to another spot where the activity continued. After catching more trout than I could keep track of, we stalked some redfish in the Intracoastal Waterway. Although we saw numerous redfish, I just couldn’t seem to get my bait close enough without spooking them. Even though we weren’t able to catch any redfish, this was my favorite part of the trip.
Gliding silently through the shallows, we could clearly see an abundance of life and activity on the banks of the Intracoastal, including redfish, sharks and rays. The sea life was abundant on our trip and Captain Chad was quick to point out that most of the larger trout we caught were females, full of roe and ready to spawn and how important it is to release these fish after a quick picture, to fight again another day. Captain Chad proved to be an expert in both fishing and conservation and was more than happy to answer all my questions related to tackle, rigging, bait and techniques.
So if you’re tired of getting skunked, looking to brush up on your fishing skills, or a just looking for an enjoyable day on the water, give Captain Chad at Tall Tails Charters a call for your next fishing trip. And tell him that Paul sent you!
For more info, feel free to contact Capt. Chad Ferris at843-209–5153 or check him out at http://www.fishcharleston.com.