Greater Murrells Inlet (Updated
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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