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Old 02-11-2018, 09:04 PM
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Invited to spend 5 days on Daufuskie and wondering whether there are good fishing opportunities worth towing the boat up from Tampa. I imagine that most possibilities would be inshore doing the Trout / Redfish thing, but having never fished up that way before thought I'd check with you guys for advice.

I'm guessing that the weather will still be too unsettled to assume that I would be able to run far offshore on any given day, without getting beat-up, unless I just happen to hit it lucky.

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Not too sure about fishing but we took the boat to Daufuskie twice now and my problem was where to find a place to park the truck and trailer while we were there. Hilton Head has a lot of restrictions and I couldn't find a marina to leave the truck and trailer. Even called a good friend who has a house on the island and she told me that I couldn't park in her yard because of the HOA.

Ended up running out of Hogan's Marina on Wilmington Rd just outside of Savannah and they were super. They let me park the truck and trailer and the run to Daufuskie was a pretty cool ride. Couple of Manatee zones but crossed the Savannah River and probably didn't take us much longer than running from HHI.

We were there in April and caught some small Spanish but didn't really fish very hard.

Things may have changed but where are you thinking about launching and leaving your truck and trailer?
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Hi Shag, thanks!

I really have not put a lot of effort into this yet and was still trying to figure out if there was enough reason to tow it up in the first place. Looking back at some old threads, since I don't know the area well, it looks like my spots for launching are the ramp just as you go over the bridge to Hilton Head or the one before Lemon Island. Then, of course, back towards Savannah, with a bit longer of a run.

I spent some time in Hilton Head about 10 years ago, but that was just doing the resort thing and I never got out on the water. Looks like the offshore runs there are about the same as here, looong!
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Where Dafuk is Daufuskie.......;?;?
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Old 02-12-2018, 05:14 AM
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Originally Posted by mackerel View Post
Invited to spend 5 days on Daufuskie and wondering whether there are good fishing opportunities worth towing the boat up from Tampa. I imagine that most possibilities would be inshore doing the Trout / Redfish thing, but having never fished up that way before thought I'd check with you guys for advice.

I'm guessing that the weather will still be too unsettled to assume that I would be able to run far offshore on any given day, without getting beat-up, unless I just happen to hit it lucky.

-Mac
This is my area, what kind of boat?

Most everything here is HOA so leaving your truck and trailer in someone’s driveway for 5 days prob isn’t an option like your friend mentioned.

There’s an RV park as soon as you get on HH, it’s on Jenkins Rd.
They MIGHT let you pay them to keep your truck and trailer there, give them a call.

If you’re ok with leaving your truck and trailer at a public launch for 5 days ( no on site security or workers ) then your best bet would prob be between the HH bridges, plenty of free parking.

That would give you a short run to Daufuskie and from there, you can hit a few offshore / nearshore reefs within 16 miles leaving out of the south end of HH, but that route can be tricky.

The Betsy Ross would be your best bet if it’s not too far for you.

If you stay inshore you’d be fine in just about any boat on most days.

We also have big tide swings (9-10’) and strong running tides compared to some places in FL so just be aware of that as well.
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Thanks Wicked!

The boat is a Pathfinder 23DV which does well both inshore and is plenty capable and very used to deep runs offshore.

Nobody likes to park their vehicle and trailer at an unsecure public location for an extended period, so that will definitely play into the decision once I figure out if there are fish worth chasing there next month.

Mid-March may be a bit early for a lot of species so I'm starting to wonder, even though I love having the boat with me in situations like this.
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Betsy Ross reef looks to be about 25 miles out from Daufuskie which is fine considering I would not be taking a hardcore crew.

Typical bottom fish there in March? Snapper, Grouper, AJ's?
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If you just want to catch and release, lots of AJs ,Snapper and a few grouper but Snapper closed, AJs have worms here unlike Florida and no-one eats them around here, Grouper closed until June 1.
Black Sea Bass, B-liner (vermillion snapper) and triggers are the typical bottom keepers in March. The Betsy Ross is a known destination for good Cobia fishing but they usually don't show until a bit later in April or really May. If you catch the right day and seas, the gulf stream for wahoo, BFT and possible mahi. I usually stop off at Dafuskie for bait on the way out. Always looking for crew.

And inshore is a bit of a mystery this year. We had a rather hard freeze with some fish kills so usually trout are great in March but might be off this year. Reds are probably fine but you would be better getting a guide rather than trying to figure out 7 ft tides which makes fishing here quite different than the GOM. Good fishing but different from the GOM where I grew up.

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Originally Posted by Weekend-Hooker View Post
Where Dafuk is Daufuskie.......;?;?
The last island in SC before the Savannah River. If you look out of Harbor town on HHI it's just south. Can only get there by boat. Golf carts only. Pretty cool place.

mackerel, where are y'all staying? If they are still open try and eat at least one meal at Marshside Momma's if they are still open.
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Originally Posted by Shag View Post
mackerel, where are y'all staying? If they are still open try and eat at least one meal at Marshside Momma's if they are still open.
Friends have a house rented and invited us along. Looks like a nice place and location. It looks like Marshside Momma's is right next to where the ferry docks?
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If you just want to catch and release, lots of AJs ,Snapper and a few grouper but Snapper closed, AJs have worms here unlike Florida and no-one eats them around here, Grouper closed until June 1.
Black Sea Bass, B-liner (vermillion snapper) and triggers are the typical bottom keepers in March. The Betsy Ross is a known destination for good Cobia fishing but they usually don't show until a bit later in April or really May. If you catch the right day and seas, the gulf stream for wahoo, BFT and possible mahi. I usually stop off at Dafuskie for bait on the way out. Always looking for crew.

And inshore is a bit of a mystery this year. We had a rather hard freeze with some fish kills so usually trout are great in March but might be off this year. Reds are probably fine but you would be better getting a guide rather than trying to figure out 7 ft tides which makes fishing here quite different than the GOM. Good fishing but different from the GOM where I grew up.
Thanks Tridogs,

Yeah I saw the thread with the fishing reports of Wahoo success and that sounds great to me. Unfortunately while the boat and I are used to doing the distance, I would likely have a mutiny with this crew if I went 50+ out, even if I got lucky with the weather. Too bad about the Cobia, that would have worked out well and is one of my near-shore favorites to catch.

Overall it sounds very similar with the timing on the migrating species there to what we have here and I'm ending up a bit on the early side.
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Originally Posted by mackerel View Post
Friends have a house rented and invited us along. Looks like a nice place and location. It looks like Marshside Momma's is right next to where the ferry docks?
Yep, not to far from there. Haven't been in a few years but good food with a really cool/rustic atmosphere. If you a reader read "The Water is Wide" before you go. Will give you an insight to the history of Daufuskie.
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Originally Posted by Wicked Game View Post

We also have big tide swings (9-10’)
No way on the 9'-10'...
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Marshside Mamma’s just closed, forever. Unfortunately.

But, Old Daufuskie Crab Co at Freeport is open and is a really cool spot.

Yes, we can have a 10’ tide here, 10’8 ft was max recorded, today it’s 8’1.

See below:

Tidal coefficient
FEBRUARY 19, 2018
The tidal coefficient today is 83, a high value and therefore the range of tides and currents will also be high. At noon the tidal coefficient drops to 80. The day ends with a tidal coefficient of 76.

The heights today are -0.3 ft, 7.9 ft, -0.4 ft and 8.1 ft referenced to Mean Lower Low Water (MLLW).
We can compare these levels with the maximum high tide recorded in the tide tables for Bluffton which is of 10.8 ft and a minimum height of -2.0 ft.

If I’m understanding it wrong, I’ll be the first to say I was wrong and learn something.

I was just trying to point out that we have tide changes more drastic than other places, trying to help keep him out of trouble.
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He's not kidding. You have to be very weary of sand bars, follow other boaters the locals are usually good. Unfortunately I don't have a place to store your boat but I can tell you shark fishing for blacktips or spinners is great fun. We took a hard hit on trout fishing, they're only catch and release currently.
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We will be over in HHI the last week of March, thinking about bringing the boat along too.
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For those of you that will be in the Hilton Head, Bluffton, Daufuskie area feel free to send me a PM if you need any info on the area or want to get together out on the water or on land for a drink while here.
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Stay away from the daufuskie rum. It’ll get you in trouble haha.
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Highly recommend you try a Scrap Iron at Daufuskie Crab Company. Also recommend a two drink maximum...
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Tides are tough here for sure...
When figuring the tide you must actually account for the Negative as well..
As posted above it was a +10.8 ft tide coming off of a -2ft tide.. meaning we actually moved 12.8ft of water between the tides..that's over 2 ft of water added or subtracted every hour(6 hour tide cycle) the current that goes with that is enormous..Thats not every tide.. however it is possible and does happen.. I believe our yearly average is just over a 7 foot swing...bring the boat..booze cruise and explore a bit. Have a great time

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