SALT WATER FISHING REPORTS


 

Greater Murrells Inlet (Updated June 16)

 

Inshore: Perry’s Bait Tackle (843-651-2895) in Murrells Inlet and Captain J of Fishful Thinking Guide Service (843-902-0356) report that flounder catches have slowed with the heat and then started to get better again. Fish are being on mud minnows as well as Gulp! fished in the creeks and inlets. A few slot-sized reds and black drum are being picked up, and sheepshead are biting well on fiddler crabs.

Surf, pier and jetty: Perry’s reports that pompano, whiting and bluefish are all being caught off the piers and in the surf. Winter trout as well as weakfish are being caught on the south end of Garden City.

Nearshore: Just off the beaches schools of menhaden have arrived and are being followed by migratory species such as tarpon and jacks. At the nearshore reefs big Spanish mackerel and spadefish are being caught.

Offshore: Perry’s reports that mahi mahi, blackfin tuna and wahoo are being caught in the Gulf Stream. 30-40 miles offshore grouper, black sea bass, and snapper are being caught bottom fishing.

 

Edisto Island (Updated June 7)

 

Inshore: Captain Ron Davis Jr. (843-513-0143) reports that fishing for redfish is fair on the flats and in the creeks on shrimp, cut mullet or mud minnows, but the population remains down. Trout fishing is excellent with DOA shrimp fished 3-5 feet under a popping cork, and flounder fishing is good on the bottom with mud minnows. Sheepshead fishing is good on fiddler crabs around structure.

Surf: Whiting catches are strong on cut mullet strips, and just off the beaches Spanish mackerel schools are starting to show up and the fish will take spoons.

Nearshore: At the nearshore reefs cobia are being caught in decent numbers, and while spadefish are around they have been very finicky eaters.

Offshore: Dolphin fishing is decent and a few tuna and wahoo are being picked up.

Sheepshead: Good. Sheepshead can be caught around structure at lower stages of the tide on fiddler crabs.

Flounder: Good. Flounder can be caught on mud minnows fished on both jigs and light Carolina rigs in the inlets.

Nearshore: Bluefish and Spanish mackerel are thick just offshore, and weakfish and black drum can be caught at the nearshore reefs.

Offshore: The dolphin bite is red hot, and while the wahoo fishing is slowing down tuna are still being caught sporadically.

 

Beaufort (Updated June 7)

 

Redfish: Fair to good. Bay Street Outfitters (843-524-5250) reports that on the last set of tailing tides fishing was good in the short grass, but stained water conditions have made for a tough bite for anglers trying to target individual fish on low tide. Blind fishing with cut mullet, mud minnows and live shrimp has been the best pattern lately.

Trout: Fair. Bay Street Outfitters reports that diminished water clarity has killed the topwater bite, but casting grubs and fishing shrimp or mud minnows under a floating cork has caught fish.

Jacks, ladyfish and some early tripletail are starting to show up.

Hunting Island Pier (843-838-7437) reports that whiting and stingray have comprised the main catch lately.

 

Charleston (Updated June 2)

 

Inshore: The Charleston Angler (www.thecharlestonangler.com) reports great high tide fishing for tailing redfish in the spartina grass. Fly fishermen have been using brightly colored crab flies due to increased levels of rain muddying the water. The speckled trout bite is very strong in both shallow and deep water. Larger than average size trout have been caught since spring. Reports of flounder and sheepshead have been excellent.

Nearshore and Offshore: The appearance of Spanish mackerel schooling up nearshore and inshore have been reported. As usual this time of year, bull redfish and plenty of sharks have been caught. The cobia and amberjack bite has increased through the end of May and will continue into June. Several large billfish have been caught and released this week. The offshore surface temperature will climb into the 80s as we progress through June tapering the dolphin bite off a bit.

 

Little River/North Myrtle Beach (Updated May 24)

 

Inshore: Captain Patrick Smiley (843-361-7445) reports that lots of 12-15 inch flounder are being caught on mud minnows and Gulp! baits. Some nice trout are also being caught on imitation shrimp as well as live shrimp fished under a popping cork. Good numbers of black drum are being caught on fresh dead shrimp, and while slot-sized redfish are few and far between some bigger red drum are being caught around menhaden schools on live and cut menhaden fished on the bottom.

Cherry Grove Pier (843-249-1625) reports that bluefish, including some nice-sized fish, are being caught. There have been pretty good numbers of Spanish including some keepers, as well as whiting, croaker, small perch and a couple of small black drum. A few small flounder are being caught but king mackerel have not yet showed up.

Nearshore: Captain Patrick Smiley reports that cobia, Spanish mackerel and bluefish are all being caught. With water temperatures rising there are also some big blacktip sharks over 100 pounds around, and there are also plenty of spiny dogfish. Black sea bass and flounder are also being caught.

 

Hilton Head (Updated June 2)

 

Redfish: Slow to fair. Captain Dan “Fishin’ Coach” Utley (843-368-2126) reports that redfish schools can be found on the flats but the fish are very finicky and hard to present a bait to. When a bait can be cast to the fish without scaring them they are often refusing to eat, but Gulp! shrimp are working a little better than live and cut bait.

Trout: Good to very good. The trout bite is making up for a slow redfish bite, with good numbers and good sizes being caught. Fish can be caught around oyster points on mud minnows worked under a rattling float, and trout can also be caught on Trout Trick soft plastics worked slowly in the bends of creeks with the current.

 

 





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