-By Rich Miller
The last couple of months have been hectic but now that the slow summer months have come around we are on the downhill side until deer season starts. Here in the south we still have about two and a half months before it opens up. With a great turkey season, an unforgettable bear hunt, and a super offshore fishing trip, this spring has come and gone faster than any I can remember. For the next couple of months I don’t have anything big planned other than our family vacation. We have a house rented on Edisto a little island off the coast of South Carolina. This is a family vacation, but you know I am going to have to get a little fishing in while I am there. We normally take this vacation toward the end of July and that is good for me because that is when the tarpon are migrating back through. This year we are going a little earlier so I guess I am going to have to settle for a little surf fishing and chasing some of those hard fighting red fish around the oyster banks.
The problem with the surf fishing is I have never had much luck with it. You have to use this huge spinning rod with a heavy weight to keep the bait on the bottom. When I do catch a fish it is normally small and I usually don’t know I have a fish until I go to reel it in. The good thing about it is I take a comfortable chair and it is a very peaceful thing to do during the afternoon while watching the sunset.
When it comes to red fishing I am more fortunate. One of my buddies that I have hunted and fished with my whole life has a house at Edisto and he stays on the water just about every weekend. As you well know the key to consistently catching fish is putting your time in on the water. I am very fortunate that I have an inside track otherwise I would waste a couple of days trying to just figure out what the fish are doing.
Whether I catch any fish or not I will enjoy spending time with my wife and son and doing whatever he wants to do. Normally on all of my trips there is never any time to just do nothing and not have an agenda. The good thing about this yearly trip is I don’t have to do anything, although I will update you next week while sitting on the beach.