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If you are going to be in Charleston, South Carolina, and you want to get in a day of redfishing, subscriber Timothy Liptak has just the guy for you—Jeremy Melhaff of Charleston Shallows Inshore Fishing Charters (843-478-5319; www.charleston shallows.com). Liptak fished a half day with Melhaff this past February and gives all aspects of the experience excellent ratings. He says Melhaff has a 17-foot Maverick HPX-V with a Yamaha four-stroke 90 horsepower engine, which he used to pole him in search of reds, mostly in small creeks.
“The weather was perfect: 75 degrees with light winds. We fi shed an outgoing tide and caught a good number of fi sh,” he writes. “The highlight of the trip was catching a 10- to 12-pound redfish in a small creek.” Liptak gives the cost of his half day of fishing as $350. He warmly recommends this guide, calling him a real pro. “Melhaff loves to fish, and he is a true fly-fishing guide. Charleston has tons of guides, but very few are well versed in fly fishing for reds. His knowledge of the area tides and estuaries made our trip very productive.”