Rode along with Capt. Mike Able the other day to take pics of shallow-water redfishing and Haddrell’s new logo (designed by Brian Carroll of Marine Marketing Group).
Mike took us on a nice ride through the flats! Check out the video.
Story originally published in Tideline magazine in March 2012
By Matt Winter
Capt. Tucker Blythe stands on the bow casting an E.P. Everglades Special. The bright fly line loops back and forth under a brilliant, late-winter sun. Watching closely, you can just see the orange and chartreuse fly whizzing past.
Capt. John Irwin has taken his turn up on the poling platform at the stern of the flats boat. From atop his perch, Irwin’s got a better vantage point. He sees the school up ahead, and gently pushes the boat forward while giving Blythe target updates. “Eleven o’clock.” “Yeah, right by that clump of grass.” “See ’em?” “They’re moving down.”
Originally published in Tideline magazine in July 2011
By Matt Winter
Capt. John Ward can tell when the giants come cruising at the Charleston Jetties.
You can often find Ward anchored along the south jetty, teaching his clients how to work lures and Carolina rigs along the rocks for smaller redfish, big trout, black drum and sharks. But the Affinity Charters owner always keeps a sharp eye on the big rods off the back of the boat. Those lines are meant for bruisers, the big beasties that prowl through the rips and upwellings.
Originally published in Tideline magazine in January 2011
BY MATT WINTER
Late last year, Capt. Tucker Blythe was on the hunt, running and gunning over the cold, clear ocean off Charleston.
Heading south in waters 40 to 50 feet deep, Blythe was looking for birds, big gannets spiraling like a tornado above a ball of baitfish.
Blythe found the birds. He found the bait. And he found something that should drive any Lowcountry angler wild with envy: monster red drum, feeding with wild abandon, in massive schools untouched by virtually any other anglers. Continue reading “Chasing redfish off Charleston” »